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2003 Forester

Forester offers a base 2.5X model, uplevel 2.5XS, and due this Summer as an early 04, a turbocharged 2.5 XT. Unchanged for 03 is the X and... Read More
Forester offers a base 2.5X model, uplevel 2.5XS, and due this Summer as an early 04, a turbocharged 2.5 XT. Unchanged for 03 is the X and XSs horizontally opposed 2.5-liter 4-cyl engine. XTs offer a similar engine but with turbocharging for a boost in horsepower from 165 to 210. All come with manual or automatic transmission and all-wheel drive without low-range gearing. Manual-transmission models resurrect Subarus Hill Holder feature designed to prevent rolling on inclines with the clutch-pedal depressed. Antilock brakes are again standard, and are joined for 03 by standard head-and-chest-protecting front side airbags. All models use 16-inch wheels. Air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, tilt steering, CD player, and remote keyless entry are also standard. Leather upholstery is available on automatic-transmission XS and XT models fitted with the optional Premium Package. Minimize
Product Review Summary
35 Reviews from
Overall Rating: Rating: 4.51/5 stars
Reliability: 5
Build Quality 4
Roominess: 4
Seat Comfort: 4
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By: mkaresh in Cars & Motorsports at
Sep 15, 2002

What makes this the best compact SUV? (with link to my review of 2004 turbo)

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Handling, all-wheel-drive traction, interior style and materials, very fun to drive for an SUV

Cons: Awful tires, probably a bit weak with automatic, exterior styling marginal, not a true SUV

Bottom Line:
Practically packaged, styled very well inside, great handling for this class of vehicle, and affordably priced. The closest I've come to wanting an SUV. Read More at

By: annecal
Sep 26, 2002

Everything You Need to Know About the '03 Forester! (Written by someone who owns one!)

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Sensible size, AWD, fun to drive, safety features!

Cons: You might get a ticket when you blaze by that Navigator!

Bottom Line:
If you're thinking you need a car with a little more room, you owe it to yourself to check this car out! Read More at

By: BrianCam in Cars & Motorsports at
Jul 4, 2002

No More Frumpy Forester

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Roomy Interior, Drives like a Car, Huge Sunroof

Cons: Could use more power

Bottom Line:
Subaru virtually invented the car-based SUV concept, and the '03 Forester is proof they know what they're doing. The new Forester is better looking inside and out. Read More at

By: crash613
Sep 9, 2003

I LOVE this car

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Drives like its on rails, Safety features, the HUGEST MOONROOF I have ever seen!

Cons: No cigarette lighter, electrical power when ignition off, wet arms (read review) crappy radio.

Bottom Line:
Buy this car. You will not be sorry. One of the safest cute-utes out there. 2 words. HUGE MOONROOF. Read More at

By: ishinomoritdk
Jan 8, 2003

The Car-Based SUV

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Safety, Price, Amenities, Performance, Practicality

Cons: "wagon-like" shape and rear seats

Bottom Line:
The Subaru is safe, reliable, less expensive, a good performer on light offroad conditions and smooth on pavement. The Forester is practical and the best value for the buck. Read More at

By: raroach
Jan 13, 2003

2003 Forester: Best All Around

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Value, engineering, safety, AWD, handling, reputation.

Cons: Nothing of much significance; minor interior features I would make better.

Bottom Line:
If you are considering something in the small SUV class, you should give the 2003 Subaru Forester very serious consideration. Read More at

By: tinca
Apr 7, 2003

My Little Red Forester

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Everything. The handling, the lack of engine noise, the breaking, etc.

Cons: The CD player, wind noise and the service department where I bought my Forester.

Bottom Line:
If you want a nice, safe vehicle that's a joy to drive, buy a Forester. Read More at

By: davenj
Aug 4, 2003

Will surprise you. Test Drive it first before you judge it

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: MPG, AWD, ABS, fit and finish, safety.

Cons: Price=A bit expensive. Features=Can't think of any. Very pleased so far.

Bottom Line:
I would definitely recommend buying this car if you need an SUV, good tow vehicle (limit=less than 2000 lbs.) and good mileage. Read More at

By: dgcam55
Jul 21, 2003

Forester XS+ - much better than expected.

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Quietness/Smoothness, Quality feel controls, Gas mileage, AWD

Cons: Tinted rear glass as an option would be nice.

Bottom Line:
Go and test drive it. You will be surprised. Read More at

By: jfelten
Dec 17, 2002

Rugged yet refined

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Comfortable, safe, well equipped, decent gas mileage, large sunroof, good handling

Cons: Not many, engine vibrations more than normal

Bottom Line:
Great car for those who want an SUV like vehicle with AWD without the negatives of an SUV. Very comfortable, fun to drive, safe, and practical Read More at

By: fyschebone
Jan 28, 2003

Sweating the Details

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Capable, Agile, Practical

Cons: Transmission occasionally slow to downshift, a few design quirks

Bottom Line:
It does everything I need it to do without being a gigantic, gas-guzzling behemoth. Practical and accommodating. Read More at

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