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Test Drive: 2015 Forester XT - Seats...
My short take after test dive of 2015 XT Premium. Background: I have 2004 XT - still runs great - and I love it - also have a 2011 MDX.
Good: visibility, acceleration, (albeit tamed a bit versus the 2004), handling, center console/ armrest, paddle shifters, rattle free (my 2004 has had a dash rattle since day one). Quieter (less road noise) and smoother ride (less road bumps/vibration) that 2004. Wind noise still evident but improved. Steering is a little lighter but still good. AWD and stock tires still stick a 270º freeway on-ramp with a smile.
Not so good: Ambivalent about the way the seats feel - less of a sport seat feel than my 2004. I’m 6 feet 175 lbs. And the passenger seat sits oddly high and has no vertical adjustment. Joystick (vs rocker switch) for adjusting outside mirrors feels flimsy.
Overall I'm impressed but seats are a big deal to me - and I keep my cars a while - so much so that if it wasn’t for the fact that I don’t need another big vehicle I’d be tempted to drop the $15K premium and get a second MDX.
That said, I’m still strongly considering buying the 2015 XT (Touring). Would appreciate any feedback from 2015 XT owners re seating or any other plus/minus you’ve come up with.