Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: CA, but travel a LOT
Car: '13 XV Crosstrek Premium CVT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I love my OB...great car and perfect for what I need. But if the new (09) Forester had been available when I bought my OB, I would have had a tough choice.
The new Forester has a lot more passenger space than the OB, particularly in the rear seat. In the Forester, there is a sense of being in a spacious vehicle, but the OB feels like you're inside a car. I like space.
Downsides to the Forester in my book: The dash looks cheap in comparison to the OB. That's a big downside in my book because the dash is something that I look at every time I get behind the wheel. The Forester gauges remind me of early-mid 80's GM, and that's not a good thing. The cargo floor of the Forester is kind of odd...it slopes down from the rear seatback to the hatch...if anything round were put in there, it'd roll right out. I have a dog, and I prefer a level cargo area so he isn't laying down on a slope in the car.
Despite the minor gripes I have about the Forester, I would have had a really tough choice between the OB and the Forester if the new Forester had been available when I bought my OB. But that was a non-issue for me since the new Forester didn't hit dealer lots until a couple of months after I bought my OB.
Both are good vehicles...you really can't go wrong with either one.
'13 XV Crosstrek Premium CVT in Desert Khaki