Originally Posted by Joshua Cavitt
This thread is informative and helpful but has one bit of misleading evidence.
We will not make features that are standard on the Forester, optional on the Sunseeker.
sorry about that, I guess what I should have said is that standard equipment changes year to year so what may have been standarrd equipment on a 2016 Forester may not have been available as standard equipment nor as an opton on a 2016 Sunseeker but could now be standard equipment on both in 2017.
Prime example is the LED theatre lighting and the flooring. The 2016 Foresters also had the Helwig Sway bar, something that the 2016 Sunseeker did not have
All three were sales speech points by Forester dealers when trying to sell you on a Forester instead of a Sunseeker. All three became standard equipment on the 2017 Sunseeker.
Another interesting tidbit is that there is a huge difference between the 2016 and 2017 Sunseeker cherry colored interior. I am not sure if Forest River changed suppliers, but the Cherry color is a lot darker in the 2017 than the 2016. It is more of a dark mahogany color or dark cherry on red oak color than the light cherry that was available in 2016. My wife even noticed the difference in color it is so drastic. The color scheme still works well together though.
When we were shopping, we looked at both, but were uncomfortable with the salesman at the Forester dealership so we chose the Sunseeker and ended up with a bad dealer, so to speak.
Here is a question maybe Joshua can answer that will help you choose a bit better.
Joshua, is the cabinetry frames in the Forester made of covered pressed wood like it is in the Sunseeker?
While yes the doors themselves are real hardwood, the frames themselves are so flimsy, you will need to be careful when using that Dyson they provided, otherwise you will be chipping the corners and have exposed pressed board. Another thing you will need to eventually do is to remove the doors and super glue the holes in the particle board framing that the hinge screws go into before they vibrate loose and are beyond repair.
When we were shopping we thought we were ordering a 2016, the pricing point on the Forester was about $5000 higher than the Sunseeker. Excluding the Helwig sway bar, most of the difference between the two at the time appeared to be "FLUFF" and we couldn't see spending an extra $5000 for fluff.
What was delivered to us was among the first batch of 2017's built and lucky for us, most things that were unavailable in 2016 were now standard in 2017.
Research, Research, Research, the dealers service department reputation is the most important thing you need to know, because if they give you the run around once you drive off the lot, It doesn't really matter how much you "Saved", you are pretty much screwed.
It would be nice if Forest River offered a comparison chart, but then if they did, I am not sure customers would be able to justify the price difference between the two brands.