Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Friday July 25, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Alaskan Impreza Club
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Chapters > Alaskan Impreza Club Forum -- AKIC

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
View Poll Results: Which car for AKMUNKIE
Honda CRV 1 5.00%
Subaru Crosstrek 9 45.00%
Subaru Forester 7 35.00%
Subaru Impreza 1 5.00%
Mazda CX-5 2 10.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
AKMUNKIE
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 333463
Join Date: Sep 2012
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Subaru Stars Pick AKMUNKIE's new car

So I now Kiwi is doing this also and he is getting some good feedback from everyone. So I thought I would do it so I am able to get your feedback also. Everyone on here seems extremely knowledgeable and respectable. So I would really appreciate it any feedback from you.

My family situation is that I have a fiance and will be getting married soon. I have a 16 month old son that I will be having part time also. This would be a personal vehicle and not used for work at all. My fiance and I have an active outdoor lifestyle that includes fishing, camping, snowboarding, down hill skiing, and cross country skiing. Budget is something I haven't decided on. With the possibility of buying a brand new vehicle I want to make sure it is exactly what I want, as I will be holding onto it for awhile.

My vehicle history doesn't say much. I have never bought a brand new car. Used to have a 1992 legacy for a little while and before that I had a 1995 Geo Prizm. Prior to the prizm I had a 2001 Chevy 1500. I have always wanted a new vehicle but never purchased one. I have sold off a lot of things and now may be able to get one.

The Subaru is a car I am extremely enthusiastic about. It has about everything I need and want in a vehicle. I put the other ones in the mix as they are a comparable vehicle. My sister has a CR-V and has been impressed with it. But then again she knows nothing about cars. And the Mazda I have in the mix as my best friend owns a Mazda and swears by it.

Expectations of the vehicle are to get good gas mileage as I live in Eagle River and all things I do are mostly in Anchorage. Need cargo room for camping and grocery shopping or for hauling around items needed in the remodel of homes. So looking for some utility in it, but also want some sport to it. Don't want a wimpy vehicle with no get up and go.

Hope that helps in this!

Thank you!!
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.

Last edited by AKMUNKIE; 11-13-2012 at 04:04 PM. Reason: Chano'd
AKMUNKIE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
chanomatik
NASIOC Supporter
 
Member#: 159474
Join Date: Sep 2007
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage (...for now...)
Vehicle:
2013 BRZ Ltd 6MT CBS
SNOSLO

Default

We can't help you unless you tell us more about what you need, your lifestyle, family situation, etc. Also budget. Kiwi had all that, plus explained that his company paid for gas sometimes, while he paid other times. We need expectation of usage. Also, we don't really know your vehicle history. You could start by explaining WHY those vehicles listed are even options.
chanomatik is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
edo2000
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 68709
Join Date: Aug 2004
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK
Vehicle:
2012 WRX
red

Default

Of those choices, I would go with the new generation Impreza or Crosstrek. Both are fairly new technology, winter-capable and economical (and we all know about Subaru reliablility). The Crosstrek would have more space for kids and snowboards.

Congrats on your upcoming nuptials .
edo2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
AKMUNKIE
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 333463
Join Date: Sep 2012
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Default

Thanks Edo! Looking forward to it for sure! Date is in June of next year to be held in Montana
AKMUNKIE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 04:37 PM   #5
chanomatik
NASIOC Supporter
 
Member#: 159474
Join Date: Sep 2007
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage (...for now...)
Vehicle:
2013 BRZ Ltd 6MT CBS
SNOSLO

Default

Thanks for that update!

I will tell you that for some (including myself) the Crosstrek does not have enough of the expected "get up and go". However, with the Crosstrek and Impreza, they're really meant to be driven a bit aggressively and with awareness. Revving them high will yield the BEST results. Expecting any oomph from down-low will result in disappointment. Utility-wise, they're on point. I think spacing is EXCELLENT, too.

If I were into the outdoors more and had a family and if I weren't considering the Outback I would definitely consider the new Forester. It has tons of utility. Gas mileage should be exceptional. Power delivery should be balanced. It's coming with a 6-speed manual. Foresters generally have an early release date, so I'd expect them to show up no later than 2nd Quarter 2013.

The Yen conversion of the the new Forester XT with CVT was just announced to be about $33k. We assume it'll be much less for the actual USDM model. If I were in your situation, I'd go for the 2014 Forester XT for all-out utility while still keeping the feel sporty. The Outback is nice, but it definitely doesn't feel sporty. The Impreza does most definitely feel sporty, but the Crosstrek and Forester are much better suited for Alaska. All you need is one experience with a crappy parking lot or driveway and you'll be glad you got some more lift out of your vehicle. If you camp then then Crosstrek would be nice since it can actually tow and get hit underneath.

If you're venturing outside of the city often, I wouldn't go for the Impreza.

The Forester moonroof is simply to die for!

The Mazda and Honda vehicles are actually quite nice, but now that Subaru's gas mileage is becoming much more competitive, I'd go for full-time AWD any day over part-time, lop-sided 4WD.
chanomatik is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 04:42 PM   #6
LiLpNoY
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 94836
Join Date: Aug 2005
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Vehicle:
2oo5 STi Aspen
2o12 PiLoT CherrY

Default

I voted the CRV. Been pretty impressed with the Honda Pilot. The CX-5 has crazy mpg so that would be my next choice after a through test drive.
LiLpNoY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 04:45 PM   #7
granny
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 283145
Join Date: May 2011
Chapter/Region: SWIC
Location: Avondale, Arizona
Vehicle:
1997 LEGASTi Wagon
- PowerflexUSA - Moore -

Default

If a Forester XT was a choice I would have picked it but out of those I voted Crosstrek.
granny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 05:04 PM   #8
AKMUNKIE
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 333463
Join Date: Sep 2012
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Default

Yeah, I had been looking at the XT also. Sticker price on that was like 34K which I am not sure about but still in consideration. Continental had one that I saw when I was there last.
AKMUNKIE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 05:16 PM   #9
AK SloPok
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 56464
Join Date: Mar 2004
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage, AK
Vehicle:
12 Ram
White

Default

It's not on the list but I doubt you could make a better choice than the Outback 3.6r
AK SloPok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 05:43 PM   #10
chanomatik
NASIOC Supporter
 
Member#: 159474
Join Date: Sep 2007
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage (...for now...)
Vehicle:
2013 BRZ Ltd 6MT CBS
SNOSLO

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AK SloPok View Post
It's not on the list but I doubt you could make a better choice than the Outback 3.6r
+1. I'd go 3.6R if I was going Outback.
chanomatik is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 06:00 PM   #11
LiLpNoY
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 94836
Join Date: Aug 2005
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Vehicle:
2oo5 STi Aspen
2o12 PiLoT CherrY

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chanomatik

The Mazda and Honda vehicles are actually quite nice, but now that Subaru's gas mileage is becoming much more competitive, I'd go for full-time AWD any day over part-time, lop-sided 4WD.
After spending sometime with the pilot in winter conditions, I'd have to say the Pilot does better than the Tribeca. The Tribeca had wierd traction control quirks, that other drivers also complained about in various models. The Honda Pilot has had no issues.
LiLpNoY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 06:05 PM   #12
chanomatik
NASIOC Supporter
 
Member#: 159474
Join Date: Sep 2007
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage (...for now...)
Vehicle:
2013 BRZ Ltd 6MT CBS
SNOSLO

Default

Yeah, I never considered the Tribeca. The Outback seems to be tried and true, and if he's just going for 5-seats max, the Tribeca just reads fail.

I do like your Honda Pilot and I really like my friend's Honda CR-V. I also like the Toyota RAV-4. However, excluding Tribeca quirks, it's tough to pry away from full-time AWD for most people.

Pilot/Tribeca/Outback sizes might be overkill for him. Forester might just be the biggest I'd recommend for retaining that sporty feel while driving.
chanomatik is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 07:24 PM   #13
AKHawkeye
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 291487
Join Date: Aug 2011
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage, AK
Vehicle:
2005 LGT Ltd Wag
05 Ducati Monster 620

Default

I voted for Forester.

Why? Because I would keep my eyes out for a newer gen XT, they pop up once in awhile, and they're cheaper than buying one new. As a plus, most times (if not all) they're owned by little old ladies that have no idea what they're capable of. And since they're automatic only, there's no huge demand for them. You get to keep the sportiness, and also get to avoid buying new.

If you don't want an XT, then I also notice that CL is full of late gen models (base, and premium) from people who buy them, then decide to leave the state.

Just my .02.
AKHawkeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:38 PM   #14
Akrexak
NASIOC Supporter
 
Member#: 100607
Join Date: Nov 2005
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage, AK
Vehicle:
2015 DGM STI-His
'14 FXT Touring-Hers

Default

Subaru Forester. I've had 2. Wife wanted another CUV so we looked at/drove all the options (which all are listed for the exception of Rav4 and Crosstreck)and we still loved the Forester. I can't say much about the crosstreck but I would and will check that out when I get back.
Akrexak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 11:52 PM   #15
bjcarter2
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 227288
Join Date: Oct 2009
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Palmer, AK
Vehicle:
2006 MCS JCW
Pepper White

Default

Forester FTW.

What else on that list could carry tons of stuff. I have stuffed a full-size washer in mine and closed the lift gate. I bet you couldn't do that in any of the others.
bjcarter2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 01:04 AM   #16
AKMUNKIE
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 333463
Join Date: Sep 2012
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Default

Well I went and test drove the Impreza... Was not impressed with the room in it so that will knock out the Impreza and also the Crosstrek. I sat in the forester and also the outback and will be replacing the Impreza and Crosstrek with the Outback. Liked the Forester a lot, but only test drove the Impreza. Thanks for all the input!! Also looked at the Legacy Sedan and really liked that!!
AKMUNKIE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 02:18 AM   #17
Carter
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 156708
Join Date: Aug 2007
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Palmer, AK
Vehicle:
2004 Mini Cooper S
Invader 125 Shifter Kart

Default

If you want a Forester, and you're buying brand new, you'd be best advised to wait for the 2014s hit the floor.
Carter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 03:28 PM   #18
Shaggie 907
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 256102
Join Date: Aug 2010
Default

mitshubishi airtek turbo r
Shaggie 907 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #19
AKMUNKIE
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 333463
Join Date: Sep 2012
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Default

Can you even get one of those in the US?! It does look pretty sweet... And comparable to the forester in many ways.
AKMUNKIE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 05:01 PM   #20
AKMUNKIE
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 333463
Join Date: Sep 2012
Chapter/Region: AKIC
Location: Anchorage
Default

It's funny now because after going and looking at the different vehicles I have on the list and also doing some research on the top picks.. I like the Outback the most and that isn't even on the list. But I believe the 2.5 will be the one for me since it gets much better gas mileage the 3.6 and also costs roughly 3-4K less... I have not test drove the 3.6 so I might do that sometime this week. Between the Outbacks now, the 2012 or 2013? I know they made a few changes to the 2013 that include slightly stiffer suspension, 2.5 changeup on the motor, timing chain instead of belt, and a little different body style... Thoughts?
AKMUNKIE is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.