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New Foresters long distance comfort?
I searched for this topic but found discussions dating back several years, so thought I'd try again since cars update so much.
I am looking at buying a new or recent (2013, 2012, 2011) Forester. My wife and I do mostly small in-town driving, but one of the uses we have for a new car is visiting our college age kids, a 5 hour drive for one and a 6 hour drive for another. We can do this in our 2002 Mazda MPV minivan, but it's just fatiguing. After 3 or 4 hours the road and wind noise gets to us, and the seats leave my upper back achey and don't do too well on the lumbar softness either.
So the sit-in test in newish Foresters feels great, but I am looking for comments about driving half or all day on freeways. I am large ( 6', 230 lbs.) and my wife is small and slim, and both of us struggle with seat comfort, so it may be just that after 10 years the Mazda is shot.
I am totally willing to get the premium seat packages (leather, etc.) to get a sturdier seat.
I know that the long distance comfort of a car involves the seats, the road and wind noise levels, vibrations, and the particular ergonomics of the car, so I am not necessarily looking for perfection. It may be that the Forester is great for what we want yet lacking in one of those areas, which would be fine.
Thanks for any comments and advice. Personal experience comments would be great.