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2008 Subaru Forester - Quality Review

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The 2008 Subaru Forester has ample people and cargo room, but makes little effort to look ritzy or keep a lid on its wind and engine noise.
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space is ample in the front and adequate in back...knee space is less bountiful

legroom is a Forester negative

well-appointed interior

so much road noise, my 4-year-old complains that the car is too loud
Mother Proof

The 2008 Subaru Forester interior values space and efficiency over luxury. reports that the Forester Subaru 2008 features "sport bucket seats in the front and a 60/40-split folding rear seat [that] can accommodate up to five occupants," adding that "space is ample in the front and adequate in back, with abundant headroom and toe room, though knee space is less bountiful." ConsumerGuide points out that the Subaru 2008 "steering wheel tilts but is not telescopic, leaving tall drivers with a long reach to the steering wheel," adding that rear "legroom is a Forester negative, as it's tight even with the front seat set well forward." Edmunds notes this as well: "the rear seat, in contrast, has tight legroom for taller adults...and a somewhat unsupportive bottom cushion."

The 2008 Subaru Forester does better when it comes to cargo space; according to ConsumerGuide, the 2008 Subaru cargo area is "usefully spacious with the rear seatbacks up, expansive with backrest folded," adding that a "large tailgate opening and low liftover allow[s] for easy loading/unloading," while the cabin "has plenty of storage spaces but none are very large." Reports Edmunds, "cargo competitive with 31 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat upright, 69 when folded."

The base 2008 Subaru Forester model is impressive, according to Edmunds, reporting a "well-appointed interior with tight build quality and simple controls." Higher-level trims offer more amenities; "leather and soft-touch plastics dress up the cabin of the L.L. Bean and XT Limited," notes ConsumerGuide, adding that decor on the other Subaru 2008 models "is unremarkable, though appropriate for the price."

Most sources agree, however, that noise levels on this 2008 Subaru model can be excessive; while reports that "some driveline noise occurs during acceleration," ConsumerGuide attests that "Foresters are quiet around town, but wind and road noise rise markedly with speed to become tiresome on long highway trips." However, Mother Proof contends that "there is so much road noise, my 4-year-old complains that the car is too loud...I keep trying to roll the windows up because it sounds as though they're all cracked about a centimeter, but they're already rolled up...I can't stop the noise."


The 2008 Subaru Forester has ample people and cargo room, but makes little effort to look ritzy or keep a lid on its wind and engine noise.

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