A car-based SUV, such as the Forester, provides many of the advantages of a traditional sport-utility--all-weather versatility, higher seating position, and interior space. In addition, it offers the comfort and road manners of a car.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is an older vehicle, and the acceleration is naturally slower than later models. The gears are true, and I feel safe in inclement weather. I live on a mountain, and the vehicle handles well going up and down."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Very peppy, good acceleration, seems agile"

Anonymous, UT (2000 Subaru Forester)

"All wheel drive and ABS have saved my butt on numerous occasions. I live in Cincinnati, where it snows and no one can drive well. I have always made it to work, even in 18" of unplowed snow."

MARIAN B., OH (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Dependable 4WD that's great to drive. Safe to drive in all kinds of weather."

ANN H., CT (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Very underpowered"

DAVID H., AR (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Sometime when you press the gas pedal, the car surges forward no matter how even/gently you are pressing."

LINDA D., OR (2000 Subaru Forester)

"My 1999 Subaru Forester (you did not provide that year at the start of survey) has always handled well and is comfortable for driving long distances. It accelerates nicely and is easy to parallel park."

LORI R., AK (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Handles extremely well, great acceleration for a 4 cylinder car, still has pep. Comfortable if a bit noisy to ride in."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Low center of gravity resulting from flat engine position provides confidence in handling on curvy roads."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Forester)

"The car sits high off the road ... great driver visibility all around ... excellent handling in wet and snowy conditions ... overall very comfortable physically and mentally for us "old" folks ;)"

LINDA D., TN (2000 Subaru Forester)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Our Forester is old and a high miler so it is noisier than much newer SUVs but we want to buy a new Forester to replace our 2000 model. The ride is good (not great) and the seats are still just what they were when we bought it. Since it was always garaged the interior is still almost like new."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Forester)

"The seats need more lower back support which I believe has been corrected in more recent models."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Forester)

"First of all, it's not a 2000, it is a 1999, but your choices for year only went back as far as 2000. It was my mother's car and she hardly drove, so I got it for $8,000 with barely more than 30,000 miles on it and drove it from CA to WA and ferried up to AK, a great, comfortable drive. Trouble I have now that car is 17 years old: some kind of oil/gasket/valve problem that I'm told is common to Subaru Foresters; the back windshield wiper is loud and too expensive to fix; the cruise control st"

LORI R., AK (2000 Subaru Forester)

"The car has a lot of road noise, and the seats do not let you shift positions. On a long car trip, I like to shift positions every once in a while, and it is difficult in this car, to say the least."

NICHOLAS H., CA (2000 Subaru Forester)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"wanted a vehicle that was easy to get in and out and could haul various sizes of loads like an SUV but had the handling of a car."

Anonymous, NV (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Our 2000 Forester is a great big value!! It was paid off in the 1st 5 years we owned it and we haven't paid much to own it since then. We haven't had any major expenses except for normal maintenance including a new timing belt, tires and a battery every 5 years. It still gets 20 MPG."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Forester)

"Even though it is a 16 year old used car, I can sell it for nearly as much as I paid for it 6 years ago."

Anonymous, PA (2000 Subaru Forester)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"All wheel drive, excellent on winter. Folding down seats make a huge cargo area. Reliable."

Anonymous, CT (2000 Subaru Forester)
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