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2018 Forester vs 2019 redesign, NA vs XT
I went out and test drove a 2018 Touring today and I have to say, I loved almost everything about it. Really enjoyed the way it drove, it wasn't too noisy, and it wasn't over-designed. I could go on but I'll keep it short and sweet. Anyway, I know that Subaru runs a five year cycle on their cars on the Forester should be up for the SGP in 2019 as well as a redesigned look inside and out, and honestly if they can do to the Forester what they did to the Impreza, I think it will be worth the wait. Wouldn't have an issue getting one now, but it's missing some things I'd like to have, one of those being android auto, and since the 2018 Outback has it now, I figure it's only a matter of time for the Forester, hopefully with the 2019 redesign to bring it into the "modern age," so to speak. Also, since the Forester traditionally runs on the Impreza platform, and the Impreza having seen an increase in size, I don't think it's too crazy to think the Forester may see a slight bump in size as well? That would not be a bummer for me, seeing as I'm 6'6" and have a bad lower back, which is why I'm looking at a Forester and not an Outback or Impreza, I don't want to sit like I'm in a car anymore. Another thing I'm hoping to see with the 2019 is the direct injection they brought to the new Impreza, increasing the horsepower as well as improving gas mileage.
As mostly everyone here is a Forester owner or prior Forester owner, what are your guys' thoughts? Is it worth the wait? Are the potential improvements significant enough?
My other issue is NA vs XT, I know the regular boxer engine is fairly reliable, but I'm concerned about the turbo meeting that same expectation. I want to buy this car with the intention of driving it until it dies or at least has hit 300k. I love the idea of the extra power for certain situations like getting up to speed on the highway, especially with a fully loaded vehicle, etc. but don't love the idea of my turbo kicking the bucket and being out thousands in repair costs.
Any input would be greatly appreciated, this would be my first Subaru, I've always loved them and with my bad back I have an excuse to try and get myself into one!