Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationCar MakesSubaru · 1 decade ago

MPG & reviews of your '09 Subaru Forester?

I am looking for OWNER experience driving and/or commuting in an '09 Subaru Forester. I know they are really new but still....people ARE buying them! I presently drive a Honda Accord and have no experience with Subaru's. I want comparable mpg and performance. Everything I've heard and read so far say they are similar. I want to hear from real people and real-life driving.

Please describe the type of driving you do and the MPG you get.

Also, what drawbacks do you see, features you would change?

What model and features did you get?

At what price?

Thanks in advance!


We looked at a 4dr Auto X Limited PZEV and my husband really liked it.

We were told that the newer ones are getting closer to 27-29 on mixed driving. Is that not so? I find it hard to believe for sure.

My driving is mixed rural/highway. In other words, I live about 40 min. out of any sort of real town (where I shop once a wk), off a 50-60mph highway and drive around a lot out here with 5-10 min. up to more like 20 min. between stops. A lot of gravel roads mixed with paved. A weekend getaway might entail 5hrs or so of highway driving.

Update 2:

So, we decided on an 09 2.5x Limited with a long list of added features. Thanks to getting another quote online from another dealer....we negotiated our way to $400 under Invoice!

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Our dealership sells ALOT of the 09 Foresters and we have been asking them all when they come in for oil or service how they are doing and they all get 25-30 so 27 is a good average. This is NH so figure a good mix and alot of hills. There really isn't alot of drawbacks to the new Forester, with the new suspension they are smoother, the added frame around the glass and insulation makes them quieter, they aren't too big nor too small. No major blind spots, good ground clearance....the features to get depend on what you like, the basic breakdown is the Premium Package adds alloy wheels and a sunroof along with reclining rear seat (about 15 degrees back, or all the way flat forward), and a 6 disk cd, and for an extra $400 you can add the All weather Package which is the heated seats, mirror, and wiper blade area. Next up is the Limited that adds leather and fog lights, and finanlly a Turbo and Turbo Limited for anyone who wants more power. Expect to pay low 20's for a base, mid for a premium and high 20's for a Turbo or Limited. Also the PZEV is not a model it stands for Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, and is a reference to its envirmental impact much like LEV, ULEV, etc you might see on other vehicles. To give you an idea how good vehicles like the Legacy PZEV and Forester score out a 9.5 on the EPA's 1 (we are shutting you down territory) to 10 (electric car-no emissions) scale, very close to ZERO emissions, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is an 8.5 in comparison. Dont worry too much about price they hold incredible value and last forever, you will get your money out of it and dealers legitimitly only have about $1000 in markup from invoice to play with so dont expect huge discounts on them as their popularity doesnt require the dealers to drop their pants. You'll enjoy it and compared to the price of its compeition your getting a deal even at MSRP. I understand Im a dealer but Im basing this off our 100's of customers feedback, and chances are Im not the one selling you a car either.

    Source(s): Dealer/Owner
  • 1 decade ago

    I do not own one but since you still have no answer I'll tell you what I know. It sort of depends on what model you are talking about. I drive a WRX wagon which has the same engine and drive train as the Forester XT. My friend has a 2.5RS which is the same as the non turbo Forester. I get about 25.5 mpg which is better than they advertised but I drive a stick so I can manipulate it better. If you are looking for an auto, you will probably get around 23 mpg mixed driving. Not bad if you consider a car with one of the best AWD systems on the market. It's a true AWD as opposed to Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford and many others who say they have AWD but it's a FWD base system and often times does not send more than 20% power to the rear wheels. Subaru's system is always between 35F/65R to 50/50 split. They have also been best in it's class as far as safty for quite a few years. I really think you will be happy with one. They are every bit as reliable as your Honda if maintained properly and I have seen many Subaru's around with well over 250,000 miles on them. By the way if you do go with the XT model with the turbo, it is awesome, They do 0 to 60 in around 6 seconds wich is unheard of for a compact SUV with a 4 cylinder but if you are looking for the base model it's still pretty torquey too so you can't go wrong either way.

  • camel
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Forester is a great choice.

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