This is our 2014 Forester - It's a base model 2.5/6spd manual. I have built a folding bed/storage platform with a pull out table in the rear. We have put over 50k miles on it in 2 years. It has been all over the west coast, the southwest, northwest and Canada. It has seen hundreds if not thousands of miles off pavement. It provides a nice change of pace over our other rig (XJ Jeep) - It is comfortable enough, get's good gas mileage while being smooth and easy to drive long distances but also provides us with just enough capability to tackle the majority of forest/mountain roads.