You might recall that we have been in the market for a car. Both of our vehicles are getting long in the tooth (Roxie has nearly 300k miles on her) and we need something dependable. Since Jay is 6'3", we needed something comfortable for him. We also wanted something that would be good for our future dog (which we are STILL waiting for, but that's a story for another day). Oh, and also big enough for future children and all the crap that comes with them.
Over the weekend, we decided to test drive the Subarus on our list (Outback, Crosstrek and Forester). We had a party to attend in Columbia and thought that since we would be on the other side of the bay, it would be a good time to do it. We weren't planning to buy a car until later this year and we still had the CRV to test drive.
As you can see, the Forester won us over. It's a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium with all-weather package and some other wacky package that cost extra. There's a light that shines down on the ground from the mirror?
We purchased Fanny the Forester from Wilkins Subaru. Like all car buying experiences, it took the better part of a day. However, the people there from sales to finance were all wonderful. Obviously, we were three hours late to that party on Saturday.
Yes, Motor Trend just named the Forester the SUV of the year. US News and World Report ranked it #1 in Affordable Compact SUVs. Consumer Reports ranked it #1 in Best Small SUVs.
These are a few of the reasons that I love our new Forester:
- Great gas mileage (32 highway)
- CVT (continuously variable transmission - this contributes to the gas mileage)
- All wheel drive
- Handling (Fanny has a tighter turning radius than my Civic)
- Safety (ABS, a multitude of airbags, IIHS top safety pick)
- Panoramic moonroof
- Super comfy heated seats <3
- Alloy wheels
- Large cargo space
- Adjustable drivers seat
I can't say how much I love this vehicle. It's so much fun to drive... she makes me want to go on an adventure!
That bumpy dirt road to Lake Rawlings will be nothing for Fanny to tackle!