It’s been over a year now since getting the Forester and while I haven’t had the opportunity to use the AWD, the cargo area (with and without the seats down) has proven its worth. A couple weeks ago I fit a full size, Lowe’s rented, wheel barrow back there. Granted I had to put it in upside down, but still, it fit. On another occasion I loaded 15 bags of clothes for Goodwill and probably could have fit more.
I’m excited for a trip to Mammoth next year, I’m looking forward to driving it up there and in the snow.