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Old 05-07-2003, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Consumer Reports Rates Forester #1 in June 2003 Issue

Just read the new June 2003 Consumer Reports Issue. Forester beat Rav4 as their top rated small SUV...but we already knew this!!

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The Honda Element is turning heads, but the freshened Subaru Forester is our new top pick.

With several improvements for 2003, the Subaru Forester just edged out the Toyota RAV4 as our highest scoring small sport-utility vehicle. This shows the continuing improvement in this category, which is one of the fastest growing in the auto market.
Small SUVs package reasonable cargo-carrying capability with a relatively inexpensive price and good gas mileage. When equipped with four- or all-wheel drive, they also provide the ability to tackle adverse weather and moderate-to-challenging off-road conditions, depending on the model.

Consumers now have about 20 small SUVs from which to choose. Most are car-based models--sometimes called crossovers by automakers--that provide most of the functionality of a traditional truck-based SUV along with better ride, handling, and fuel economy. Small SUVs, in general, are lighter and arenít as tall as conventional, midsized models; their bodies are more aligned with those of passenger cars so they wonít inflict excessive damage in a collision, and they have a lower center of gravity.
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Old 05-07-2003, 06:50 PM   #2
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It's about time! I just picked up my copy of Consumer Reports last week. I was kinda wondering why RAV4 was rated slightly higher than the Forester last year.. and why Forester is better than RAV4 this year? Wish they were more specific on what made it better. I do know for a fact that they did something to the '03 Forester's suspension.. think it was the rear sway bar where it now has 18mm instead of the wimpy 13mm from the previous generation. Result, would be more neutral and better handling. I should know, especially since I have an 20mm adjustable rear sway bar installed on my '02 Forester. The difference is day and night!
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Old 05-08-2003, 02:03 AM   #3
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I wonder if the XT will get rated even higher

Motor Trend also had a glowing review for the 03 Forester in the lastest issue compairing it to the Mitsubishi small SUV (forgot the name) in the snow and among other conditions Good stuff
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Old 05-08-2003, 10:56 AM   #4
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Isn't the '03 built on the new Impreza Chasis (a la WRX), whereas the last generation was built on the older chasis? I would imagine the new chasis imparts a great deal more stiffness (hydroformed steel, for example) than the older one.
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Old 05-10-2003, 05:32 PM   #5
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You are correct about the 03 being redesigned... it's also lighter than the previous models. Check this little article from Motor Trends Truck Trends mag. I just wish they had used an 03 Model for the picture. That's an 01 or 02 Forester in the pic. Article.

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Old 05-11-2003, 12:17 AM   #6
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Stiffer, huh? I guess next on my list of mods will be front/rear strut tower bars to make my '02 stiffer.

It's interesting they say that about 63% of buyers will be female. I've seen other Forester drivers, and they're mostly middle-age or old folks.. and yes, female also! I'm sure that's going to all change once the XT becomes available.
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