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I went from a 2017 Legacy Limited to a 2019 Forester Limited. My biggest complaint is the way the Cruise control controls work seems backwards on the new car. In the 2017 Legacy, to increase cruise control speed 1 mph up or down, you moved the toggle one click up or down. To go 5 mph faster or slower, you moved the toggle all the way up or down for a click and let it go. Simple operation and intuitive.

In the 2019 Forester, they made the one click adjustment give you 5 mph up or down. To get just 1 mph up or down you push the toggle all the way up or down (past the 5 mph click distance) and then hold it for a second or so and then let it go. To add another mph up or down, do that again. This seems completely backwards to me and it is awkward:frown2:. The way it worked on the 2017 Legacy was perfect.

The way it works on the 2019 Forester seems wacky and it is very hard to adjust to, because it is backwards from the way all other cruise controls I am familiar with (Lexus, Toyota, Hyundai, etc.) One short click = 1 mph, full push click = 5 mph.

I asked Southern States Subaru's customer support contact to reach out to Subaru's design engineers to ask about this seemingly stupid change but she would not and redirected me to my local dealer, who also thought this change didn't make much sense and just shrugged and kind of said "it is what it is". I hate that expression. And in case you can't already tell, I hate the new cruise control controls.

Why the heck did Subaru change this perfectly good method to this seemingly wacky method? Does anybody know? :(
 

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Did you not test drive the vehicle prior to purchase? If using the Adaptive Cruise Control, one would not need to constantly adjust in 1 mph increments. I rather like the fact that I can set the cruise to 49 in a 45 zone and when it changes to 50 I can just adjust it two clicks to 55.
Speed limit signs are in 5mph increments mostly and thus is the reason I think it’s quite nice not to have to click 5 times to reach the next speed zone.
Also, you do know that you can just press the gas to reach a new specific speed and hit set or cancel cruis and slow down to specific speed.
Overall, you have to get use to it because it’s in your vehicle now and there’s nothing that the engineers will do to fix it; it’s not broke.
I did test drive it but made the mistake of assuming the Cruise worked the same way my 2017 Legacy did. It doesn't. And the way my Lexus does and my 2008, 2010 and 2013 Priuses did and the way my Daughter's Honda does, etc. Why wouldn't it work the same way as my other Subaru? All Toyotas work alike, all Hondas etc. I bet the Outback's Cruise works just like the Legacy.

It's just an annoying change and I have no idea why anyone would design it like this. It just seems wrong compared to the other way. And of course I know how cruise works in all its capabilities - been driving with cruise for decades. Chevys, Nissans, BMWs, Saabs, Infinitis and the list above.

It is actually kind of difficult to not select 5 mph faster or slower in the Forester.

And I use cruise almost all the time and have for years, hence the need for fine adjustments, even with active cruise (this is my 3rd active cruise car). My Legacy and last 5 cars all had 1 and 5 mph increments, with 5 a full push and 1 just a part click.

And you follow the speed limits? ;-)
 
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