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AutoGuide.com took the Subaru Forester on a 1000+ mile road trip in the thick of winter.

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Is the Subaru Forester a competent road trip vehicle or is it better relegated to errand-running closer to home? To answer this very question, I took a top-shelf Touring model on a long-weekend getaway with some close friends. The target was Munising, Michigan, an isolated small town on the Upper Peninsula’s weather-beaten northern shore. Round trip, this moderately long-haul adventure inflated the vehicle’s odometer by more than 1,000 miles, ample opportunity to get a real feel for how this crossover performs on extended drives.​


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My wife has an '18 ForesterXT the '19 XV is mine. Just different vehicles. Naturally the XT is a beast and the XV a kitten. I just enjoy both.
 

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Interior looks sharp, but the "driver attention" thing would drive me bananas. I'm already on the verge of madness with the over-aggressive Lane keep Assist function (grrr) so would take a hard pass on the Eyesight system. Too bad...
And yeah, it's underpowered for its new weight.
 

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My wife has a 2017 Forester, living in Michigan, it plows thru the snow like a champ and is comfortable for long trips to the east coast of the US. Just curious, has anyone else noticed that the brake pads and alignment go to hell in a hand basket in an unusually soon?
 

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My wife has a 2017 Forester, living in Michigan, it plows thru the snow like a champ and is comfortable for long trips to the east coast of the US. Just curious, has anyone else noticed that the brake pads and alignment go to hell in a hand basket in an unusually soon?
Lazarus, FWIW ... my wife’s 2017 Forester was just in for its’ 48,000-mile servicing this week. The Service Advisor — very knowledgeable person — commented he expected we’d get to 100,000 miles before needing new brake pads. Since my wife’s driving style is mostly accelerate-brake (notice no “coasting” is involved), I was surprised. However, this is the second visit he’s made mention of this, so I’m pleased.
 

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It added 1.4 cubic feet of cargo space to allow for a total of 76.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This number bests quite a few of the Forester's top competitors, including the Honda CR-V. Additionally, the maximum rear cargo area's opening is wider than the 2018 model by 5.3 inches, which allows for easier loading.
 

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It's nice to compare with other vehicles, and sometimes there are surprising differences (and similarities). For example, we hear a lot of complaints about the lack of power with the Crosstrek. But the fact is that it has better performance (0-60 mph) than the Forester, even though the latter has a more powerful engine. Same is true with the Outback. Yet the Crosstrek seems to get the most criticism for that.
 
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