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If the Subaru Forester was available in a FWD only model would you buy it?

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If the Subaru Forester was offered in FWD (with the same engine / mounted the same way) would you consider buying it?

My answer is no. I traded off a comfortable front passenger seat for the AWD Forester. If I wanted a FWD crossover it would be the Honda CRV. I did drive the Tuscon, Santa Fe, Rav4, Rogue in FWD only and the CRV would be the choice.
 

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Possibly, though not sure what other models I'd consider. For certain I'd get some real snow tires instead of the all-season meats I can get away with on the Forester. If FWD were the only way to get a diesel over here, then I'd probably get a FWD Forester.
 

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Sure, I would...

...if it were cheaper and got better gas mileage. I drove FWD cars all over the Midwest US in the winter and they worked just fine, even in deep snow.

Quite frankly, I've needed the AWD services of my 2005 Forester maybe twice since I've owned it, yet I've been paying the price in lower mileage the entire time. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Forester, I just don't care whether it has AWD or FWD.
 

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No way! Subaru was doing just fine being unique in design and function. There is no need to change the good thing they have going and become like all the other SUV/wagons out there. I knew about the gas mileage when I bought it. (my commute is only a few miles and I ride my bike a lot of the time)

FWD:puke:
 

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why has no one stated the obvious in that

if its not AWD its not Subaru.
everything they stand for aka awesome

otherwise i would have gotten a mazdaspeed 3 aigh?
 

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Absolutely not. I wouldn't but a Subaru if it wasn't AWD.
Exactly.

There are a bunch of nicer cars, that are more efficient or make more power, and cost the same amount.

If my Outback were FWD only, I would have gotten a TDI Jetta Wagon instead without hesitation.
 

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Probably not. We bought the Forester primarily because:
  • I'm 6'-7 (2.0 m) and can comfortably fit in it
  • It's AWD
  • It's got a manual transmission
  • It's got great rear seat leg room (behind the front passenger seat, anyway)
  • We consider it to be an "economy car"
Based on recent forum reports, the last point might fall into the "really!?" :huh: category. However, our intended use of the Forester is business and/or personal trips any time of the year. For example, my old job included customers in PA, NY, and VT. We've racked up ~9,351 trip miles so far (~78% of total miles to date), and trip fuel economy has averaged right at 30 mpg (~7.8 l/100 km).

We already had a FWD car ('06 Honda Accord) and a RWD pickup ('00 Ford F250 Superduty crewcab), so adding the Forester has resulted in a nicely balanced "fleet".

Regards,
im / crewzer
 
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