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Old 06-20-2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Forester XT vs 2019 Forester wanted some opinions/reviews

Hey Everyone,

Has anyone gone from owning a 2014-2018 Forester XT to purchasing a 2019 Forester?

Or anyone who really considered buying a XT (new or used) but decided on a 2019 Forester?

My wife and I are in search of another car to help haul our three dogs around. they aren't fitting in our WRX or S2000. I finally drove a 16 XT last night at CarMax and would really like this to be our next car. Has enough power and pick up plus the space. Of course the price OTD from there (or anywhere actually) is close to 30k for a low mileage XT.

I haven't driven the 19 forester yet but wanted to get someone's impressions on the non turbo motor and how the car feels in terms of power?

Reason for the XT would solely be based on the turbo. I need something with some power in my daily driving (would trade the WRX or have the wife take the WRX while I drive the new car).
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:45 PM   #2
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Power is really the only metric to go with the 2018. If you've driven a N/A Forester, the '19 won't be too terribly different. However, EVERY other metric of the 19 is better than the previous gen. If power is your "need", you have your answer.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:48 PM   #3
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You have a point. I do need to drive one to see if I can give up the power for the other amenities.
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:37 PM   #4
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The 2020 Outback will be available with a turbocharged 2.4 liter engine. It's nearly as roomy as the Forester. I'm guessing the Forester will eventually offer this option as well.

https://www.torquenews.com/1084/new-...ued-36l-engine
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:45 PM   #5
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I'd be interested in a turbo charged Forester for personal use on weekends.

I didn't mind the 19 Forester when I test drove one. It drives fine for normal folks like my wife. As long as I don't step on it, the car did not bother me.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:13 PM   #6
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The 2020 Outback will be available with a turbocharged 2.4 liter engine. It's nearly as roomy as the Forester. I'm guessing the Forester will eventually offer this option as well.

https://www.torquenews.com/1084/new-...ued-36l-engine
Depends on where you want the room. Outback has more passenger room minus a little head room; so, as long as you are not tall. And the Outback has more floor space in the rear. Forester is just taller.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:04 PM   #7
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My wife and I just got a 19 forester sport and drove it from Chicago to LA and I have nothing but good things to say. Itís plenty quick for day to day driving and is extremely comfortable (Iím 6í 4Ē). I havenít driven the XT but I also never considered it, I donít care about having a fast land yacht.

I say go and test drive it and see what you think.
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Old 06-28-2019, 03:55 PM   #8
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Okay, I took everyone's advice and finally drove all the cars back to back.

Drove a 19 Forester, 19 3.6 outback, and a 19 Ascent.

Winner = Ascent... It was quick, big enough for the three dogs, much more of a family car than the other two (for our needs).

The forester did surprise me, it wasnt super quick, but had a little pep to it. I think honestly even if it was a XT, the size did make a difference. The dogs would fit in the car for sure but we wouldnt have any room left over for our stuff.

Now just waiting till we are ready to pull the trigger. thanks everyone for the input!
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Old 06-29-2019, 06:49 AM   #9
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The Ascent looks better too.
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:40 PM   #10
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I was looking at an Ascent for our family but the sole thing that turned me off were three letters...CVT.

I donít care how refined they make it, or how much they configure it to ďfeel likeĒ an actual automatic transmission, I just couldnít fathom owning a CVT, so we went with a used Honda Pilot thatís actually quite entertaining to drive.

Itís really sad that Subaru doesnít offer a regular automatic (an eight speed automatic for example) in any of their SUVís or cars for that matter.
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:21 PM   #11
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I was looking at an Ascent for our family but the sole thing that turned me off were three letters...CVT.

I donít care how refined they make it, or how much they configure it to ďfeel likeĒ an actual automatic transmission, I just couldnít fathom owning a CVT, so we went with a used Honda Pilot thatís actually quite entertaining to drive.

Itís really sad that Subaru doesnít offer a regular automatic (an eight speed automatic for example) in any of their SUVís or cars for that matter.
So I dont have much experience with a CVT at all. My brother's '12 impreza is a cvt and only have driven it a few times and its okay.

Ive only owned one automatic and that was over 10 years ago so not too familiar with the CVTs
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