I guess I meant to say all the safety features as well as the environmental features. Sorry. I know some people dislike the feature ... but truly, the start/stop feature in our Forester, built in mid January, is smooth and not something we even notice after three months of ownership. I'm thinking that Subaru did a running change and improved the feature on later builds ... like it did with the tailgate.How is AS/S a safety feature?
Yes we would like to replace the 2014. Nothing wrong with the car but we would like to have the safety features that come with the 2020 Premium. I test drove the 2020 and the "auto stop start" did not bother me. I understand that it can be turned off.Any particular reason you're shopping for a 2020? Is it going to replace the 2014? If so, any particular reason why beyond just wanting something new?
I'd suggest to search through many of the different threads on the site to see what people's gripes have been about the new SK (2019 - 2020) Forester, most notably the "auto stop start" system (a-s-s for short). Some like it, some ignore it and most abhor it.
I think I will have to survive without Heated Steering Wheel. So far hand warmers in the mitt have worked okay in Wisconsin winters.Heated steering wheel standard on Touring, I think, optional on Limited. I think that there have been some posts on here about swapping out the Touring wheel to a premium model on the SJ (2014 > 2018 years)....
Yeah, it's not that big a deal IMO. Just have to shut it off when you start the car each time as mentioned. It's just a button push too so no holding it in waiting, etc. Should become second nature after a while. ....sort of like a checklist you might go through in various scenarios which I've grown accustom to over the course of my life.I think I will have to survive without Heated Steering Wheel. So far hand warmers in the mitt have worked okay in Wisconsin winters.
BTW when I test drove the 2020 in town with many start and stops, a-s-s worked smoothly. But it is nice to know that it can be turned off.
That's going to really boil down to what bother some people more than others.But, hey, there is absolutely no reason to fear it or to avoid buying a new car ... because auto start/stop is here for the long haul.
When Subaru gets around to announcing it.August 1st. When will we hear something about the 2021 Forester or OBs?