2007 SG9 Forester XT Stick Shift
Reviews from car magazines like Motor Trend are a conflict of interest. They get most of their money from ads by the Car Manufacturers. Also they don't buy they cars they test. The Manufacturers also give them their cars to drive and test. The manufacturers who generally have more models to give (or pay for more ads), get more pleasing ratings. The trick they use to "score" one car higher then another is to overlook some of the features that it does poorly in. If they give a car a terrible review, then they risk the chance of not getting a car from that manufacturer next year, which means that they can't review that model, since the magazine can't afford to buy a test car.Subaru didn't slide enough ca$h Motor Trend's way.
That said, had we gotten a more appropriate Forester, a comparably equipped $26,690 2.5X Limited optioned with nav, premium audio, and satellite radio, the price would have been just under $30,000.
The Subaru has the sunroof, and with the NAV you get the BT phone, sat radio, the limited has the heater leather seats right, and the brake hill-hold is standard is it not?Try to find another under-$30,000 CUV with Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, nav, panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats, satellite radio, and brake hill-hold and hill-descent control. Let us help -- it doesn't exist
If you want a more objective evaluation, I'd recommend Consumer Reports rather than Motor Trend.