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View Poll Results: How bad are the 2014-15 Forester seats?

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  • My Butt hurts the seats are so bad

    2 22.22%
  • Seats are tolerable but still below averge on long trips

    2 22.22%
  • Meh, seats are average

    4 44.44%
  • Seats are better than average

    1 11.11%
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  1. #11
    we have 2015 Subi outback, also have a 2015 wrangler. Wrangler gets worse gas mileage, more road noise and less comfortable seats. i prefer to drive the jeep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    we have 2015 Subi outback, also have a 2015 wrangler. Wrangler gets worse gas mileage, more road noise and less comfortable seats. i prefer to drive the jeep.
    Sure, because what self-respecting man prefers to drive a station wagon over a Jeep?


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    My fiances father has a 2015 Outback. Its at the very top end of the model lineup, and I enjoy those seats quite a bit. The most time I've spent in it at once was 6 hours. Wasn't bad at all, and the seats were certainly better than my base model Imprezza (snoseek is right, they feel disposable).
    My favorite thing is the adaptive cruise. You can use it to 'cheat' in bumper to bumper traffic. If you set the cruise to 30 it'll accelerate and brake for you in a non-alarming fashion. Big fan.

    IMO, go for a high end trim and the seats will improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeggous View Post
    Sure, because what self-respecting man prefers to drive a station wagon over a Jeep?


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    We have 2015 Forrester. I find it very comfortable to drive and I haven't really noticed the road noise. But I'm not all that picky either, I've never owned a high end vehicle.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannonball View Post
    We have 2015 Forrester. I find it very comfortable to drive and I haven't really noticed the road noise. But I'm not all that picky either, I've never owned a high end vehicle.
    Define "high end"? One of the first things I noticed about my new truck is how much quieter it is.

    We have several test cars at work. It is amazing how the European luxury cars compare. It's all about the little things. Road noise is a big part of that. Some of them even have massage seats in the front and back.

    I really judge a car by its automated safety features. Subaru's EyeSight is probably the lowest cost ways to get such a package. For that reason I commend them for bring these features to the masses, despite the fact that they're going to be required in the very near future. The problem is that in order to make it so affordable they cut some serious corners. The fact that it relies solely on cameras means that it is much more limited and unreliable. Bang for your buck, the Hyundai system is the best value on the market today. It's barely more expensive than the Subaru system, and works much, much better.
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    If seat comfort is an issue then I'd say go with a Volvo...my S40 has the least comfortable seats of any model I driven (I've been in a few others as service loaners) and my car still does well on long trips. If ground clearance is an issue there's always an XC60 or one of the XC models, although you would have to go slightly used to get to a similar price point.

    I know Volvos don't have a sterling reliability record, but my car is getting close to 105K and I've had very few real issues and those that I had were covered while the car was under warranty.

    I still don't get all of the reliability claims on Subarus. My son has an 09 Impreza (mainly for the AWD) and I have been setting money aside for the inevitable head gasket replacement. They might be reliable in many areas but I still don't think they have fixed this.

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    I test drove one years ago but the first thought was as soon as I sat down was "These seats are terrible!" Never gave it another look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannonball View Post
    We have 2015 Forrester. I find it very comfortable to drive and I haven't really noticed the road noise. But I'm not all that picky either, I've never owned a high end vehicle.
    I have a 2014 Outback purchased in summer 2013. My son has a 2015 Forester purchased in summer 2014. I like the length of my outback's cargo area and how easy the roof rack is to adapt to a ski rack, but for everything else I like my son's forester better. His forester was the first year of the latest version, but he got a model with few options. My outback is the last year of the prior version of that vehicle, I also got very few options. Both vehicles good in snow. I have no issues with the comfort of seats in either vehicle? Both fine in this respect although not plush, but I don't have much preference about this feature (all seats are better than hitch-hiking in ski boots?) and also have never owned a high end vehicle of any kind. Voted 'meh avg' in your poll, but didn't mean it as a condemnation.
    The transmission smoothness and driver visibility out windows is much superior in the 2015 Forester than the 2014 Outback IMHO. Would highly recommend used 2015 Forester.

    Adding: Problem with Subaru, at least where I live, buying late model used is expensive because they hold their value. I could buy new one with few options for less than same late model used one with more options. I like buying late model used cars too and best example was '97 Maxima I bought in '99 with 50k miles. I guess a Maxima counts as high end car these days? , but I didn't think the '97 model was, although probably my favorite vehicle I have ever owned. It stayed in the family 15 years and son was still driving it in 2014 when it needed costly repairs and he decided to buy his Forester.
    Last edited by jimk; Apr 29, 2016 at 12:25 PM. Reason: used vs. new

  10. #20
    Thanks for all your comments guys.
    High end, I'm just the opposite. I'm coming from an '06 Audi A6 with damn near every feature you can possibly imagine. That's why I'm selling it. At 190K miles, it's the repair a month club. And Audi repairs ain't cheap, even at the local garage. While it's AWD and handles great in the snow, it's got uber low clearance at 4.6" it's scary going soft-roading, which I can see my future journeys. The audi road handling is superb and the inside is uber quiet. I can get way past the foot lights, door handle lights, dimming dome light, auto moonroof which when it fails (and it will) costs thousands to repair, remote mirror retractor and alarms that seem to go off for every stupid reason possible. The calipers are electronic, one more expensive thing to replace. I do love the Xeon lights for penetrating the Maine nighttime (I can do that with an aftermarket if I really want to). And on it goes.

    The car is way more than I need or want. Compare that to my daughter's Corolla, which I drove a bit last weekend, and I was perfectly happy with manual this, manual that, etc. My kids are gone, I mostly just transport myself, my skis and my backpack, and the occasional partner.
    At first I wanted a Jeep, but my wife reminded me I'm gonna have to keep it for 200K miles or 10 years (house financial guideline). Cars are just utility for us, not an end.

    My short list didn't contain a Kia or Sorento. Santa Fe is more than I want to spend and has a 3rd row seat I don't want. CX5 is on the short list. I am fixated by ground clearance, since there are places I want to go I don't dare try.

    Only a few others on the short list. CRV, not enough ground clearance, Ford Escape reliability and mpg concerns. Nissan Rogue has a poor angle of approach (so does the CX5), no clever x-mode feature. Mitsubishi Outlander (have to get rid of those 18" tires and 3rd row seat). VW tiguan ditto the 18" tires, gets pricy fast).
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