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Overall love it

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 8/17/2015 Timothy

I've had my 2015 Forester for almost exactly a year now and overall it's a great car for the price. I got the base model in Manual transmission for a couple of reasons: 1) the price was very good, 2) I live in New Hampshire and wanted an SUV with AWD through the seasons, 3) I wanted a reliable car with plenty of storage space and an AWD that gets good gas mileage. So far, this car has met all of my expectations. The Bluetooth system, despite a lot of negative reviews, I find very simple and very handy. It connects to my smart phone as soon as I turn the car on, the voice activation works with decent pronunciation, and being able to play music off of my phone is awesome.I have 3 Cons for the car: 1) The acceleration is a little weak with my manual transmission unless I really gun it and there is a little jump between shifts unless you hold the clutch down really far, 2) I have to change my oil pretty much every 3,000 miles and 3) the hitch only comes in a 1.25" so I had to get a 2" adapter for my Thule bike rack which makes it a little more bumpy than I would like but to be fair it works completely fine ( just took it on a 2,000 mile trip on interstates and it was fine).Overall, I am very pleased with my car. It does great in the winter (even without winter tires), I get an average of 28 MPG most of the time (over 30 on highways), the cabin is very spacious which is a huge plus, the handling is great and the engine does well at high speeds, the interior is smartly designed and comfortable, the exterior is very attractive, and it fulfills all of my needs especially for the price.

Average Rating : 4

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