My 2003 Forester has had nothing but annoying problems since I bought it. CR says they’re supposed to be reliable so I’ll assume mine is an exception. But I want to replace it.
AWD (I go up into the mountains for xc-skiing, hiking, and snowshoing a lot); fold-flat rear seat for trips to building supply and landscaping stores for home projects, and its small size for easy parking and turning around.
Poor acceleration I have to drop it into third all the time for merging onto the highway, passing, or agility in the city. Also the interior is very noisy - a combination of road and wind noise. The fuel economy isn’t so good either.
I’d like a small AWD SUV or station wagon that’s quieter, peppier, and maybe a little more refined (the Forester is very basic). Reliability and safety must be top-notch. I’ve considered the Outback 6 cyl but it feels like a much bigger car with poor rear visibility.
I’ll go to $40K (invoice, not MSRP) to find the perfect car. Thanks in advance.