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You are in the Wagons
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#1397 of 1426 Print out my post...
Apr 08, 2005 (9:14 am)
...and give it to him.
If he's stubborn go to the NHTSA and IIHS web sites and show him. The Forester is right on top in pretty much every crash test out there. Bumper basher test also.
#1398 of 1426 Re: Print out my post... [ateixeira]
Apr 08, 2005 (9:15 am)
LOL - I already cut and pasted it into an e-mail to him.
Sorry if I violated your copyright.
Apr 08, 2005 (9:18 am)
No problem, I'm flattered.
Also tell him Edmunds has an active Subaru Crew community that is extremely helpful and friendly.
In fact we chat every Thursday night, tell him to drop in.
Apr 08, 2005 (12:47 pm)
Ah, you don need no stinkin AWD...get an RSX (or he should). I find the seat comfort excellent (of course, I'm WAY smaller than him....5'7", 175), so he'd have to try it. But the hatchback has an amazing amount of room (carried a gas power washer AND a mountain bike inside last nite with the rear seats down, of course) and gets great mpg.
Subarus are great (we have an Outback, too) but if the extra room is not needed, the RSX is a contender.
Of course, it's a blast to drive, that doesn't hurt a bit, esp on long drives. I drive 200m each way on many weekends, and believe it or not...I look forward to it.
Ok, it's not a wagon or SUV, but you mentioned hachback. And you better not get an SUV ;=)
Apr 08, 2005 (1:15 pm)
Isn't that kinda small? You put a bass in the hatch and it's full, I'm not even sure you could carry a 2nd passenger.
#1402 of 1426 Re: adp3 [li_sailor]
Apr 08, 2005 (1:52 pm)
Sails: the RSX drives way too nicely for my brother's tastes! If it has too much pick up, he'll think it is the wrong car for him.
Are we really classifying the Subies as "SUVs"??
I think a hatchback could be fine, but am not sure any of them are really big enough froma cargo perspective, except perhaps the Prius.
#1403 of 1426 the old Honda Squareback thang
Apr 08, 2005 (1:54 pm)
they used to make do with that funny square Honda CIvic wagon/hatchback thing, but that was nearly 15 (?) years ago. But they didn't make any long drives back then, either.
#1404 of 1426 Re: Small? [ateixeira]
Apr 08, 2005 (1:57 pm)
You put a bass in the hatch and it's full...
Where on Earth have YOU been fishing? We want to know!
Apr 08, 2005 (2:05 pm)
I would definately take a look at the Vibe/Matrix. It may not handle quite as well as the Forestor (something you said did not matter) and it gets EPA 26/31 vs 22/28 for the Forrestor (something you said did matter). It is not the quickest vehicle, but it is within a whisker of the Forrestor in acceleration because it is quite a bit lighter. It has a little more rear seat room, and a little less room in the way back, but if you are not carrying rear seat passengers you can fold the seats down and there is plenty of room for cargo.
Personally I would prefer the manual tranny with FWD and a set of 4 snows for the winter. Gas mileage then goes up to 29/36 and the purchase price is quite a bit lower as well. The FWD version also has a touch more hp to go along with less weight.
If AWD is not required the Jetta diesel is another candidate.
Apr 08, 2005 (2:24 pm)
My fishing hole is a secret.
Forester is, technically, a car, at least that is how it is registered.