Originally Posted by keithnc
I am looking into getting an ET Se but have a question.
I own a Subaru Forester and was wondering if anyone had any issue with the ground clearance. Every so often I go offroad as far as gravel roads (or dirt) for photography shoots. Anyone every had some issues.
I'm not talking about 4 wheeling, just non paved roads usually in a nature preserve.
I have a Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS which I took on a road trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan recently. The car handled just fine on all of the National Forest's gravel and dirt roads I traveled on. We travelled fairly deep into the woods with the car as well. Prior to purchasing the Touring we had 2 Subaru's, a 1996 Legacy Wagon and a 2001 Impreza Hatch. The Touring handled everything my Subies did. The Touring's suspension isn't as forgiving though, just take it easy.
If you are going to be doing lots of driving on gravel and dirt Forest roads you would probably be better off with the GLS version of the Touring with the 15 inch tires. Save the money and get the GLS with the popular package; it only costs 700 extra.