Back from Yosemite trip
The trip back home was fine with very little control issues from wind and passing vehicles. Comfortable driving both the mountain roads and freeways. Actually handled better in the mountains than my Winnebago Minnie22E which had new Bilstein shocks and a new Monroe stabilzer.
Coming back, I got 8.3 mpg cruising at 70mph and climbed the I-5 Grapevine at 60 mpg with no problems and speed up to 70 near the top at Tejon. Watching my Scangauge, I could have probably gotten 9+ mpg overall had I slowed down to 60. I found in my Winnebago that I would have to take it out of overdrive at the bottom to climb at at 60-65mph with the engine screaming. Not with the Forester.
Anyone know if the TOW/HAUL is like the old overdrive button on earlier models? I would always use the overdrive "off" for down hills saving my brakes. I tried it with the tow/haul and it doesn't seem the same. There was some shifting and not smooth like the Winnebago. Towards the end of the mountains, I tried just shift to "3" and that seems to do the trick. Nice braking effect and smooth.
2004 Winnebago Minnie 22e(went to a nice family Oct 3, 2015)
2016 Forester 2701DS (Aug 31, 2015)
2017 Camping 2 trips 5 nights