Originally Posted by Zeeper
It is probable that if you go for the Forester your mileage will be in the same part of the MPG range (i.e. toward to lower end and not the upper end of the range) all things being equal, because most of what puts you in the MPG range you are seeing is how you drive the car and whether it is warmed up or not when you are starting it.
The Forester will be a PZEV (not sure if you current car is) and that alone can increase cold start fuel consumption.
But looking back you wanted a Forester to begin with, so who cares if you take a hit on depreciation.
But let us know if this is not the case. Some people claim the Impreza is so underpowered that they feel the need to floor it more often, which they would not do if the car had more power.
Yea, I was planning on buying a new forester, but changed my mind when they redesigned the impreza and left the forester with the 4eat. My current car is not a PZEV and still sucks gas in the cold. I drive it nicely but definitely feel like it's underpowered and I have to floor it just to merge with traffic or keep up with traffic.
I want to wait and see what the Foresters get in the real world once people start getting them this winter. I'm leaning toward getting the XT because I don't want another under powered car, but with my commute I want decent mileage too.