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Oh, the potential
When I heard the brand new
would be lacking a hood scoop and the option of a manual transmission, I immediately pushed it aside as being a complete and utter waste. What good is the return of the sporty version of a much liked and revered model if its roots are completely ignored?
Well, after a week behind the wheel of the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT I’ve come to appreciate the subtleties that make up this new crossover, from its SI-Drive selector to the ever-so-faint turbo spool that’s just audible enough to make you grin upon acceleration.
What is a Subaru Forester XT?
Well, first off, some might call the Subaru Forester the grandfather of all crossovers. Here’s one of the vehicles that started the movement in the late ‘90s when it emerged as a compact crossover wagon (oh that dirty word).
The Forester offers a pleasant in between for those looking for a practical go-anywhere family vehicle.
The Forester XT model first appeared in 2003 in North America and featured a turbocharged 2.5L engine.
Now in its fourth generation, the Subaru Forester has entered the realm of CVT transmissions and a brand new X-MODE all-wheel drive control system for hill decent control, as well as growing in height, length and girth.
Here’s one of the vehicles that started the movement in the late ‘90s when it emerged as a compact crossover wagon. (Photo: Philippe Champoux)
2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Price and Specs
Across the board, there are nine Foresters for you to peruse. Sounds like a lot, but the differences in trim levels can be as simple as different wheels, or as extreme as a bigger engine and technology like Subaru’s EyeSight system.
The 2014 Subaru Forester lineup starts at $25,995 for the Forester 2.5i and goes up to $37,995 for the 2.0XT Limited Package with EyeSight. My test vehicle was the second most expensive in the XT lineup, with a Limited Package and no EyeSight for $32,495.
Six of the nine Subaru Foresters in the lineup feature a 2.5L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine good for 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is available in the lower models, and Subaru’s Lineatronic CVTs can be had across the lineup.
The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT features a fabulous 2.0L BOXER twin-scroll turbocharged 4-pot that pushes out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
As always, Subaru’s symmetrical, full-time AWD is also on board across all Forester models.
The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT features a fabulous 2.0L BOXER twin-scroll turbocharged 4-pot that pushes out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. (Photo: Subaru)
Driving the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Limited
A friend of mine recently sold his ’03 Forester XT. Complete with a hood scoop and 5-speed manual transmission, his white Forester had some serious attitude -- just as I feel like our ’04 WRX has so much more personality than any “new” Rex. Performance oriented Subarus must have attitude.
The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Limited is quite quick off the line, with its CVT transmission that can blissfully “act” like it has gears (eight of them, in fact, with S# -- Sport sharp -- engaged). Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters make for a sportier disposition, but there was still something missing.
The SI-Drive driver mode selection system makes for sharper throttle response, fake downshifts and a more aggressive drive, but it wasn’t enough. Also, the ventilated disc brakes front and back were less than stellar. I found the pedal spongy and unresponsive.
Here’s a car that, to me, is meant to be modified. Hear me out: The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT can be purchased by your average Joe looking for a family vehicle that’s got some punch when asked, one that can take the fam on camping weekends in the woods while also taking everyone to school and work on Monday.
However, slap on an exhaust, remove the turbo silencer, upgrade the brake, do something about the steering (which is float-y and feels a bit dead in spots), tweak the suspension and bushings and you’ve got a proper Subaru. I came to realize that I’m OK with that.
Kudos to Subaru for releasing a Forester XT that’s as accessible to the masses as it is to the enthusiasts.
Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters make for a sportier disposition, but there was still something missing. The SI-Drive driver mode selection system makes more aggressive drive, a but it wasn’t enough. (Photo: Philippe Champoux)
Inside and Out of the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Limited
I absolutely love the new look of the Forester. They somehow kept the square look while simultaneously rounding out the edges and giving it a modern, sleek look. The LED headlights on the Limited Package, along with a bit of chrome trim, add to the flair of the XT.
Inside, it’s standard Subaru. I’ve gotten used to a bare-bones interior with my Impreza, so the Forester felt like home. It’s functional, easy to use, roomy and comfortable. What more could you ask for?
The LED headlights on the Limited Package, along with a bit of chrome trim, add to the flair of the XT. (Photo: Philippe Champoux)
Comparing the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Limited
When it comes to comparison, we actually just put the Forester up against the likes of the
Compact Crossover Comparison
. The results speak for themselves.
are potential alternatives as well in the XT’s price range.
Tuesday, 13 11:18:00
Monday, 12 06:49:00
The v6 outlander dives much better especially the steering feel
Tuesday, 13 01:15:00
drove both. you must work for the blow head gasket company
Wednesday, 14 04:13:00
Does anyone know what the bottom red section with bulb is in the tail light assembly, both sides? Even with a bulb it doesn't light up, could they be a rear fog light?
Very happy with my XTP, only done three thousand KMs, but all OK.
Thursday, 15 07:57:00
more BS. The Outlander doesn't even begin to approach the quality of the Forester. The Outlander just feels cheap through and through.
Thursday, 15 08:42:00
FYI, I owned 3 Subaru. 2 foresters 2003 and 2010. Also owned 2007 legacy wagon. 2003 had blown head gaskets, windshield that crack, dab clutch, wheel bearings. 2007 burns oils, crack windshield. 2010 burns oil at 80,000 km. Do you work for Subaru? I have mitsu mirage 248,000 only changing the alternator. the 2014 outlander is well built. Subaru does feel solid when you drive them but there are not reliable. Just Google blown head gasket on subaru. You will see the facts. You can continue to deny it. After all, we are entitled to our own opinions. Mitsu builds great cars, the evo, pajero etc. i know it seems like they have took tier eyes of the ball recently. With the 2014, they are back.
Friday, 16 12:33:00
The old 2.5l EJ series engines do blow headgaskets (subaru doesn't make them anymore). It's a costly repair, but replace them and the engine is like new. It's as expensive and as invasive as replacing a timing belt. let's not make it seem like you're rebuilding an engine or transmission. Mitsus are junky cars. They are not reliable. Consumer reports ranks mitsubishi as one of the least reliable brands and the outlander as its worst model in reliability. Subaru is one of the most reliable brands on the road today. The Forester is Consumer Reports top rated small SUV
Friday, 16 12:54:00
First I will not believe CR. They keep changing the reliability on Subaru. The 2007 model is not reliable now. Next year the 2008 will not be reliable as more report of blown gaskets and problem get reported. You are either bias or UN informed, so let me inform you. Mitsu outlander all yrs are reliable and recommened by CR. Mitsu pajero has won 12 tiles in Paris- Dakar rally in 25 yrs and they have beaten all other manufacturers. Even the president of Toyota loves the Pajero and list it as one of his favorites. The evo has won many wrc titles. here is list of forester problems http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f2757c9.
Our readers can judge for them self by following the links.
The only 2 good things about subarus are the allwheel dr and crash test. The outlander matches this and is more fun and reliable. I could have bought the XT for cheaper since I had 3 subarus but the steering was too loose, seat were horible, still worried about head gaskets, oil consumption and new cvt. On a positive note, the acc was good and the handling was good. The 2014 outlander is much better. It was an easy decision for me. You can stick with your opinion and I will stick to the facts.
Saturday, 17 04:01:00
You don't trust consumer reports, yet you site them for the Outlander? I acknowledged the head gasket issue. Subaru doesn't even make the normally aspirated 2.5l EJ series engine anymore. The harmonic vibration issue you posted affected 2010 and 2011 model year Outbacks. It was fixed for 2012 and fixed under warranty for the prior years. Even with headgaskets, Subaru is still a more reliable brand than Mitsubishi. 96% of Subarus built in the last 12 years are still on the road today. Mitsubishi sold a crap ton of cars in the late 90's/ early 2000's. Those cars don't even exist anymore.
Mitsubishi is dying in the United States. Seems like I'm not the only one not interested in junky, low quality cars. The Forester has more front/rear headroom, front/rear legroom, ground clearance, cargo volume, and way better mpg, resale values, and residual values than the Outlander. It has a much better ride, way less road/wind noise, handles better, and is faster than the Outlander. The Outlander is a cheap vehicle for people looking for a cheap ride. The Forester is much higher quality.
The Forester is the most awarded small SUV of all time
I think I'll stick with the facts, and you can keep justifying why you bought an inferior vehicle. Enjoy it and hopefully Mitsubishi survives in the US so you can use your warranty.
Saturday, 17 08:12:00
So you finally keep admitting to the readers subaru issues one by one. Should I mention the 2.5 turbo issues and wheel bearings issues? I site cr because you brought it up. You are BS ing. Subaru engines have been blowing up as off 2007. One just have to google on it. I know you work for Subaru. That 96 % is Subaru marketing crap and you know it. There is no proof of anything you say. My old rav 4 was way better than the forester. Subaru are overrated as customer knows or will find out . Expensive to maintain and worse soa does not admit to problems with their product. My 1988 mirage was better that my 2003. Forester. I owned 3 Subaru. You are a subaru salesman so I can understand you are trying to defend them. Just do not feed me loads of you bs. Thank you
Sunday, 18 11:26:00
You are full of it. Funny you accuse me of being a Subaru salesmen. More deflecting BS. There's a reason Mitsubishis are known as smokers. You want to point out Subaru issues. Every brand, even the most reliable has had issues. Honda has had engine and transmission issues, Toyota has had sludge issues. It still doesn't change the fact that Subaru is one of the most reliable brands on the road. You still see tons of old Subarus on the road. Subaru customers keep their cars 3x the industry avearage, so they obviously keep going.
Why don't you report mitsubishi's issues? Want to report on the V6 crankshaft and timing issue that has imploded many a mitsu engine? Grenading transmissions? Want to talk about electrical issues? How about the Chairmen admitting they didn't announce recalls because recalls hurt sales?
All those Mitsus that were sold during it's glory days and how many are on the road? Mitsu was selling more Monteros than Lexus was selling RX 300's. I still see RX 300's daily and NEVER see a Montero.
Just face it. You bought an inferior car from a dying brand. You are obviously going to defend it, but you picked the wrong person to fight with. You want to call out issues with Subaru, but Subaru is still more reliable than Mitsu and Mitsu has its own issues to contend with.
Sunday, 18 01:33:00
Unlike yours, my post are facts not BS like yours. DO NOT BUY A SUBARU WRX 2009 | 2009 Subaru WRX 265.
As you can see, more issues on subaru, including the yrs you said were fixed. Who is the BS er now? It is obvious you do not know about vehicles. I don't give a rat"s ( who know what) you think about mitsu. It is your opinion and not factual. At least i can back up with the facts not BS. What about subaru denying warranty claims from dealers and customer and worse trying to blame the customer. If you like your subaru, you are entitled to. Just don't try to BS me with marketing crap. You forgot, i mentioned we own 3 subarus with Blown gasket, bad wheel bearings, crack windshiels, bad clutch, unexplain oil consumption, steering issues. Just look at the post above and you will see. You can try to deny it. however, the internet is LITTERED with subaru issues. I have owned, Mits 2, honda 2, toyota 1, Subaru 3. Subaru has been the most UNRELIABLE. I only change an alternator on the Mirage in 250,000 Km. Honda only change Distributor with over 288,000 km. Toyota with 160,000 nothing change. Please do not try to BS people any more. You can try to sell your subarus. Just don't BS people in order to do so. Also, i do not to have to justify to myself or you my purchase. I drove both and pick what I prefer.
Saturday, 31 07:35:00
2009 WRX's switched to a new engine. The first run of less than 3,000 units had an almost 100% failure rate. The engines failed within 5,000 miles Subaru took care of all of the customers when the failures happened. There wasn't a large amount of vehicles affected in the grand scheme of things, but it was still significant. Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of the WRX until the following model year.
You are angry and are trying to call my facts BS. Just because you say something is BS doesn't make it true no matter how many times you type it. You may be privy to Subaru's issues as you've been a member of Subaru's forums. If you were on Mitsubishi forums for that same amount of time, you'd see their issues as well. Every manufacturer has them. Subaru is still more reliable than Mitsubishi and Mitsubishi still makes cheap cars that no one wants. I don't sell Subarus. I'm on my 5th one. I've never had a major problem with any of them. The oldest one ran 296,000 miles before I gave it away. It was 14 years old at that point. my only unscheduled repairs were an alternator and a cracked radiator that I cracked myself.
I just drove the new Outlander V6. I can't believe you praised its steering. The steering is heavy and ponderous. It's not agile at all. Also, just starting it up, I could feel drivetrain vibrations through the brake pedal. Everything on the interior was super cheap. I can't believe you can even compare the two. Just admit to yourself that you bought an inferior product and move on. Or don't, you can't argue with the facts.
Saturday, 31 10:54:00
Isn't funny how i keep getting you to admit to subaru,s problem one after another. Since i have been providing links and you have no choice. Trust me, I won't want to own a subaru. I drove the XT. The interior looks like it 14 yrs old. The steering is loose and too light with no feedback. The seats are the worst in the industry. no thigh support. There is too much lean in the corners. It is okay to be be a subaru employee. I understand you have to make a living. Please do not insult us by posting BS. I call you out and then you admit to the issue. You then try to cover up by saying it not as many car etc, etc. You also mentioned that you own a subaru with 260,000 miles. Please tell us how many head gaskets, wheel bearings, tie rods end, clutches you had to replace. In a comparison test your forester came last out of 3 SUV and unlike you i provide proof . http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2014-subaru-forester-25i-touring-page-2 By now, I though you would have some pride and crawl back into the hole you came out from, since all you info have been proven to be BS. Again, you comparison is wrong as can be shown in the above link. The V6 outlander is even better than the winning Mazda. You are the one with the chip on the shoulder trying to convince yourself that you bought a good car. By the way, I would like you BS theory on the why the Subaru engines consumes all the oil and seize . I also prefer a heavy steering feel just like the BMW. ON the skid pad the outlander is 0.86 and 6.56 sec 0 to 100. You can see from the link your forester is not even close. As least, accept this from the pro at caranddriver and go back to your hole and stay there
Sunday, 1 03:08:00
I never said Subaru didn't have issues. I have said that Subaru has less issues than the industry and less than Mitsubishi. I read the Subaru forums just like you did. The Forester has variable steering based on speed. It's FARRRRR better than the Outlander's. The Outlander isn't nearly as capable in the handling department. I'm not fat, so I don't take up the whole seat. Motortrend commented that the Forester had the best seats out of the CX-5, Escape, and Rav-4 in their latest comparison where the 2.5i placed 2nd behind the CX-5. The XT placed 1st against the Escape. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1308_compact_crossover_comparison/viewall.html I've posted nothing but facts. If you're calling it BS that's your ignorance and denial. The V6 Outlander is a cheap alternative for people on a budget. It's mediocre at best. 1990 interior and no refinement. US News ranks the Outlander #32 in affordable crossovers. The Forester? #3 http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Mitsubishi_Outlander/ You do realize most modern engines with light weight synthetics (used for fuel economy) consume oil? That's standard info for a car enthusiast. An Audi's oil consumption policy is 1 quart per 1,000 miles is within spec. That BMW you benchmarked is the same. Mitsubishi has higher oil consumption with 0w-20 as well. Past 2.0i and 2.5i Subaru's were 3,000 mile oil change intervals. Now with low weight synthetic they are 7,500 miles. Plain to see how someone could consume enough oil to cause an engine seizure if they aren't checking it and the engine is consuming oil within tolerance. The V6 Outlander and Forester XT don't have that issue because they use higher weight oil.
Why are you comparing a 2.5i Forester to a V6 Outlander? the XT is 0-60 in 6.2s. It's tough to find reviews on the Outlander since no one wants to write about it since no one wants to read about it let alone buy it.
You don't even have to take my word for it. EVERYONE knows the Outlander is an inferior vehicle. Compare Edmunds' rating, Compare Consumer Reports' rating, US News, yahoo? http://autos.yahoo.com/news/guide-to-best-small-suvs-192231534.html,
Sunday, 1 10:39:00
The link you posted about the oil consumption is an FB engine, not an EJ.
Those issues with the BRZ are not reliability issues. A lot of first model year cars have issues that have to be rectified. How about you post up Mitsubishi's recalls and service bulletins.
When was the last time Mitsu was called the best car money could by? How about never? Fortune Magazine seems to think Subaru makes the best car money can buy.
Subaru has more than doubled it's sales in the past 5 years. It was the only brand that grew every year during the recession and has hit a sales record every year since 2009 as the industry was shrinking. No one buys Mitsubishis, so there isn't much chatter.
Trolling for random articles with random problems is stupid. I could do the same with mitsubishi, but it's a waste of time.
You haven't proven anything as everything you said is contradicted by plenty of articles that I've posted. Just because you keep saying it won't make it true to anyone other than yourself.
Your personal anecdotes aren't facts. My personal anecdotes show that the only issue any of my friends and family have had with their Subarus was a dead battery.
Stop being delusional. Face the overwhelming evidence. You can't win this argument. No one agrees with you.
Sunday, 1 02:21:00
he forester XT is 7.6 sec to 60mph. see link below and the outlander is 6.6 sec.
you are wrong again. Regarding the handling the outlander is 0.84 on the skidpad. see link below
The forester XT is 0.77. See link below
Sorry, Doesn't seem like you know a lot about vehicles to understand the test results.
Regarding you explanation for the oil consumption with the subaru engines, we all know it has been occurring since subaru switch to the 2.5 ej in 1996. Yet you to try it only occurs on newer engines. My honda, mitsu, toyota never consume any oil. Again, the salesman spin of it. The steering feel of the outlander is much better than the forester. See link below by auto journalist. It is rated as excellent. http://www.vroomgirls.com/review/mitsubishi-outlander-2/.
It seems, you think by saying the forester is better will eventually make you believe that it is. Even though All the links again prove you are wrong. In my communication with you. You definitely have an inferiority complex and do you NOT seem to comprehend technical details well.
At the end of day, we choose what we like. One man's meat is another's poison.
Hope you enjoy your forester and you don't spend a fortune to keep it running for 5 yrs. By the way, i am not angry with you. We are all entitled to our own opinions even if it is stupid or does not make sense to others
Sunday, 1 03:34:00
You can't compare performance stats between different publications unless you aggregate them to show a trend. Even within publications, drivers and weather can vary which will give different results. This is bench racing 101.
Edmunds shows 6.3 http://www.edmunds.com/subaru/forester/2014/road-test-specs1.html
Motortrend tested twice and got 6.2
none of the same publications did instrumented tests on the outlander, so we can't compare road holding apples to apples.
and vroomgirls? come on... seriously?
Subaru never had oil consumption issues with the EJ. I've owned several EJ series engines an an EZ and none of them consumed oil.
Everyone says the Forester is better except for you. You are the exception to the norm. I don't understand why you're choosing to operate in your reality distortion field. It is funny to see you throw out random comments, attacks, and opinions that don't have any ground to stand on. Then you try to use my comments to you against me...lol. It's just me and you here, there's no reason to put on a show...although with every post you half whatever remaining credibility you have.
Sunday, 1 07:29:00
BS, the EJ 2.5 all burns oil. The recent ones too. http://missouriwhitewater.org/uieforum?c=showthread&ThreadID=5162. See comments from actual owners not a car salesman like you who keep trying to BS consumers. Here is the BRZ with multiple problems as well. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-subaru-brz-premium-long-term-test-review. Just admit Subaru builds craps for autos and you bought one as their salesman.
Their cars are overrated and in time consumers will learn . Here is more proof. 2012 Subaru burning oil with only 14k on it http://www.edmunds.com/subaru/impreza/2012/consumer-reviews/oil-consumption---piece-of.html?style=101403839&sub=&reviewId=1001340532. Here is more consumers reviews http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-t16958_ds539437 about crap subaru builds. Mitsubishi, toyota and honda builds much better cars. As you can see ,more consumers are posting their experience with subarus. Subaru are now using the CVT which is crap to drive in the Forester XT. At least, they should borrow a 6 SP auto from Toyota. I have proven that your forester is out handle, has the crappiest seats, terrible steering feel( none at all) and is build for people who don"t enjoy driving. Even my long term ex service manger was embarrass since he recommend 2 Subaru to one of his friends. His friend was spending an arm and a leg just to keep them running. He ended up buying Toyota and Honda for his friend. You can continue to avoid the facts. Like I said to you before, Please no more of your BS. You should be ashamed of your self and go back to your hole that came out from. If we were in court, you would have lost the case already. I know you jealous that I have the better vehicle and yours lost on driving enjoyment and reliability. At least, try to enjoy the crap you bought.
Thursday, 5 11:43:00
I am 12 years old and what is this
Friday, 6 05:42:00
Mitsubishi makes much more reliable
autos than Subaru. Not only are the Mitsubishi autos more reliable. There also out handled and out performed the Subaru equivalent. Also, from the links you can see that I am not alone on this point .http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2119603/subaru-2-5-l-engine-the-worst-engine-ever. You also acknowledge Caranddriver. Here is a test bhttp://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2008-mitsubishi-lancer-evolution-gsr-page-4. Out of 3 makes, Subaru is last.
Again, http://www.windingroad.com/articles/reviews/comparison-2012-mitsubishi-lancer-evolution-x-mr-vs-2012-subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-five-door/. These are the facts.
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1101_2011_subaru_wrx_sti_2010_mitsubishi_lancer_evolution_comparison/viewall.html You can keep on being delusional. Just Google on EVO. You will learn some more about performance car. I can see you have a lot to learn. Subaru sales went up because they lower their prices by 2 - 3 grand per vehicle. Also, they are good at marketing. However, this does not make them the superior product or more reliable. Mitsubishi is popular in Russia, Australia, Philippine, India. The Russians are highly technical so they can relate to the capabilities of the vehicles. I know that they are working on new vehicles that should be out by next year. As you can see from the links, only Subaru workers will agree with you.
Thursday, 10 11:19:00
The Forester just beat the Outlander for SUV of the Year
"We all conclued that the Mitsubishi Outlander is unfortunately an overwhelmingly underwhelming vehicle. Loh put it best: "The main issue with the Outlander is that it is only barely competitive when it needs to be a bases-loaded, walk-off home run (like our eventual winner). To win this award, the Outlander needed to be more -- a lot more."
Thursday, 10 12:11:00
Another bias review. I drove the XT. Not as good as this reviewer makes it out to be. Even the Hyundai 2.0 turbo is better. We still seen oil consumption from the 2.o liter engine. Also, the net will be littered with blown CVTs and head gaskets and oil consumption in a few yrs. Mark my words. I told you so! Who is we? You, motor trend and consumers mag. Most credible magazine have it being last like caranddriver, Australian mag etc.The mag that get paid for advertisements will obviously try to say good things . No wonder, they would pick it. Mitsubishi does not advertise with these mag. We all know it will be more reliable than a Subaru. It is the fact. get use to it
Thursday, 10 11:15:00
FYI, The Forester just won SUV of the Year
Tuesday, 29 11:35:00
why buy 3 subaru if hate them thus i find your negative comments on the subaru not credible
Sunday, 1 06:16:00
My wife wanted and own 2. She will not buy again. It is not negative. It is what we experience. The truth is that they are overrated
Thursday, 19 07:08:00
I have had my XT for 3 months. I am always impressed by people who write comments without having even driven one. I sold my Acura RDX 2007 and after quite a bit of research I changed for the XT with EyeSight. I thought it was going to feel like a step down but it has not been the case at all. We are very happy with the car, first of all (for me) it moves fast! Certainly faster than my RDX which was no slouch and faster than any other price comparable SUV. I agree with the reviewer, brakes could be better but are not bad either. As far a steering I don't agree with the reviewer I found it quite responsive. The CVT transmission is very smooth, I found myself playing with the manual gears too, in particular now that we have a lot of snow on the ground. There are a lot of little details which I like, the sound system is fabulous (the interface could be better but once you adapt, it is fine), the variable cruise control works extremely well. I have tested it in many situations, including heavy rain and only in extremely heavy rain it disengages. It gives me better mileage by about 20% than my Acura. It has a very large trunk. I don't like the rather small sun shades (because of the cameras for the EyeSight) which have some plastic extenders that fell cheap. We are definitively enjoying it and I would absolutely buy it again.
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