This post is sponsored by Subaru.
Every once in a while, I get a pitch that I say yes to. When Subaru contacted me recently to ask if I’d like to try out one of their 2014 Foresters, I said yes. It was easy for me because as I told them, I’m already dedicated to their brand.
My husband and I have owned and driven a 1993 Subaru Impreza since we bought it new in 1993. My husband’s parents owned not one but two Subarus when I met them and my parents owned one also. You could say we’re Subaru people.
We drove the Subaru Forester 2,600 miles (yes, with a comma) and we worked it over! The car arrived sparkly and new smelling and I’m afraid to say that is not how we returned it! New car smell? Gone! Sand, dirt and crumbs between the seats? Yes! So much dust you could write, “Wash Me!” on the window? Yes – definitely!
Our itinerary included 5-days of camping in Oregon and California (Subaru Forester Review Part 2 – link to follow) and 5-days of beach and surf fun in Carlsbad, California with a 17-hour long drive home (Subaru Forester Review Part 3 – link to follow).
What I really liked about the car:
- It has a good amount of space for passengers in both the front and back seats. Our 1993 Subaru is very short on leg space for back seat riders – who are usually teenagers and are basically our size. Yes, I can feel their knees in my back when I’m driving my old Subaru.
- The back cargo area had enough room for all of our camping gear – including our water supply. We camp light without much gear and after eating through the food, there was even more room.
- The air filtering system (or whatever it’s called!) worked very well. Our travels through southern Oregon and northern California were around the wildfires that were (and still are) happening and we didn’t smell it at all inside the car.
- The moon roof – I loved this! It’s huge and opens up but was too bright for the back seat occupants, “Mom, that sunlight is too bright!” Only kids born in Portland, Oregon complain about there being too much sun.
What I would change about the car:
- The car has a camera that automatically turns on when backing-up. While I found this hard to get used to, it also came with a much smaller rear window. It seems like the current trend to have a small back window but with all of the visibility in the front, more visibility out the back window would be nice. Earlier models of Foresters have larger windows but no cameras.
- The beeping when you cross a line or get too close to the car in front of you. I realize this is part of the extra package but it was too distracting for me. “What’s beeping now?” is something we all said. Again, something I’d probably have to get used. It’s like a built in back seat driver who nags about your driving!
Here’s a video from our trip:
Subaru gave us a Go-Pro camera (don’t feel bad if you don’t know what this – I had no idea but my teens thought this was very cool!) and a $50.00 gas card. All around, it was an extra fun road trip and I appreciate the use of the car. It would be great if Subaru would return the car to me after it gets more test drives.
Disclosure: I participated Subaru of America’s Forester Blogger program. I have been asked by Subaru of America to review their products in exchange for the use of a short-term vehicle loan. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.My disclosure policy can be found here.