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Old 11-07-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Forester write-up

I enjoyed reading the thoughts about the Forester in the opening editorial and how it sticks to a lot of points that I considered when buying mine, which was also my first Subaru purchase. I just thought I'd post my 2 cents on the Forester and how my thoughts were to yours.

Even for the relatively small cargo area in comparison of my wife's Ford Expedition, the utility of my Forester XT is really surprising. Aside from carrying my one kid (with a second on the way) I'm always carting around something with it or towing a motorcycle on a small trailer to help teach track days here in TX. The Subaru cargo mat in the rear really helps keep it clean in the event of the inevitable spills. The power point in the rear has been used at various tracks to power a TV and other small things.

In the looks department, I think the 06 mild redesign on the fascia is better than the previous model years. From the smoother lines to the signals on the side rearview mirrors. I'm not big fan of the taillights, but they are bright - function over form in my eyes. Most of the time when I'm driving the FXT I forget that I'm even in a wagon. It feels "normal" to me. The police don't seem to pay much attention to it when I'm rarely blazing along the interstate and get hit with laser or instant on radar. Maybe it just looks so unassuming. My initial look into Subarus was to the Outback, which I think is a better looking wagon, but lacks the interchangeablility with the Impreza platform models.

It was mainly this ability to mod that drew me into the FXT along with the universal use it offers. I'm a gearhead and have been racing cars and bikes for about 20 years now and I'm still amazed the with the stock engine that you can bolt on a turbo with supporting mods and blast into the low 12s without beating the tar out of the transmission (5spd). I'm still adding the last few parts to the engine combination that I want to run in mine but it's running 12.2s in the quarter mile despite 90 degree heat and recently did 156 mph at the Texas Mile and still wasn't at top speed. It's this kind of performance along with the daily driving, 20+ mpg, and unassuming form that really drew me to pick up the FXT.

As far as dressing up the interior, the spartan look is also a correct view, but I do have leather in mine and that's usually the first thing some of my fellow Subaru owners point out, along with the sunroof when it opens all the way. Even with the somewhat dressed up trim, it's still a very functional layout and is also easy to clean. Even with the car seat in there it's easy to clean up behind my 4 year old.

But yeah, I love the non-looks that come with it and the confusion by so many non-Subaru (as well as a few Subaru) owners to know what it is. This car is definitely not for someone that wants attention when they drive. But a final plus is insurance. It's cheaper than my two year old truck that I traded in by a noticeable amount. Thanks for writing about the Forester in the magazine - I think you were pretty much nailing the attributed of the Forester. But I do have one disagreement. I hope Subaru leaves it alone and doesn't go for some major remodel to make it "pretty" to compete with the expanding small SUV/wagon market. I think most Forester owners would agree since we bought the car for its current merits and wouldn't change much on them. Except maybe the STi version that isn't available here stateside....
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This was an excellent write up! Thanks so much as I am tring to debate between an 06 wrx wagon or an 06 Forester xt.
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