Not sure I'd call them improvements as much as changes, though Top Gear's biases towards ICE and history of getting too many things wrong when talking about hybrids and EVs makes me cautious about their nits as well as their idea of an improvement.GRA wrote:Thanks for the report, Andy.
So, sounds like some minor improvements. To me, its main advantage is that it's currently the only relatively affordable 4/AWD PHEV SUV available, and if I needed to replace my Forester now I'd consider it. But given my driving patterns (i.e. almost entirely used for 400+ mile roadtrips with no charging opportunities away from home), needs and desires, I'm not going to save any money compared to a smaller, more nimble HEV or even ICE CUV that gets better MPG, and I'd burn less gas and have lower emissions in the latter two, so I'll wait for a BEV/FCEV CUV that's a better fit for me.
I agree - this car's efficiency is tailored for urban driving while also including other capability. Frankly, I'm not sure there will be a perfect fit for your non-standard transportation needs.
The Forester is one of the cars I've been examining. Sadly, it's another vehicle suffering from bloat. My 'perfect' car would be something in the size of a '95-'97 (B4) VW Passat wagon, 2 or AWD, as a PHEV-40. Not seeing that happening any time soon.