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 Epinions.com
Sep 15, 2002
What makes this the best compact SUV? (with link to my review of 2004 turbo)
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
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 Epinions.com
Sep 26, 2002
Everything You Need to Know About the '03 Forester! (Written by someone who owns one!)
Pros: Sensible size, AWD, fun to drive, safety features!
Cons: You might get a ticket when you blaze by that Navigator!
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 Epinions.com
Jul 4, 2002
No More Frumpy Forester
Pros: Roomy Interior, Drives like a Car, Huge Sunroof
Cons: Could use more power
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 Epinions.com
Sep 9, 2003
I LOVE this car
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.
Buy this car. You will not be sorry. One of the safest cute-utes out there. 2 words. HUGE MOONROOF. Read More at Epinions.com
Jan 8, 2003
The Car-Based SUV
Pros: Safety, Price, Amenities, Performance, Practicality
Cons: "wagon-like" shape and rear seats
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 Epinions.com
Jan 13, 2003
2003 Forester: Best All Around
Pros: Value, engineering, safety, AWD, handling, reputation.
Cons: Nothing of much significance; minor interior features I would make better.
If you are considering something in the small SUV class, you should give the 2003 Subaru Forester very serious consideration. Read More at Epinions.com
Apr 7, 2003
My Little Red Forester
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.
If you want a nice, safe vehicle that's a joy to drive, buy a Forester. Read More at Epinions.com
Aug 4, 2003
Will surprise you. Test Drive it first before you judge it
Pros: MPG, AWD, ABS, fit and finish, safety.
Cons: Price=A bit expensive. Features=Can't think of any. Very pleased so far.
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 Epinions.com
Jul 21, 2003
Forester XS+ - much better than expected.
Pros: Quietness/Smoothness, Quality feel controls, Gas mileage, AWD
Cons: Tinted rear glass as an option would be nice.
Go and test drive it. You will be surprised. Read More at Epinions.com
Dec 17, 2002
Rugged yet refined
Pros: Comfortable, safe, well equipped, decent gas mileage, large sunroof, good handling
Cons: Not many, engine vibrations more than normal
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 Epinions.com
Jan 28, 2003
Sweating the Details
Pros: Capable, Agile, Practical
Cons: Transmission occasionally slow to downshift, a few design quirks
It does everything I need it to do without being a gigantic, gas-guzzling behemoth. Practical and accommodating. Read More at Epinions.com