What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Subaru Forester?

The primary advantages of the 2015 Subaru Forester are its four-wheel drive, excellent safety features and roomy interior, while its disadvantages are its unfriendly multimedia controls and loud engine noise, according to automotive review site Edmunds.com. The interior is also not as luxurious as that of some competing models.

The 2015 Subaru Forester offers standard all-wheel drive, as do all 2015 Subaru models excepting the BR-Z performance coupe. This offers drivers excellent traction and control in wet driving and off-road conditions, adding to the safety provided by the Forester's standard anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. In the event of an accident, the Subaru Forester's array of front and side airbags help give the car five-star rankings in both front- and side-impact tests. Additional safety features include a standard rear-view camera on all models, as well as an optional frontal collision mitigation system that automatically applies the car's brakes if the system detects an impending impact.

The interior of the Subaru Forester is roomy, offering up to 74.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Rear-seat legroom is comparable to that found in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedan. However, the interior of the Forester is relatively simplistic, and the optional navigation system is not as intuitive or sophisticated as that of Subaru's competitors.