I just bought a new car, and looked at several including the Forester. I believe the Forester does not have rear air conditioning which was important to us. If you can afford a step up, I'd look into the Outback, but then again you could not get rear AC unless you opted for a leather package. The Out back comes in both 4 and 6 cylinder.
We also like a Honda Crosstour - like an Accord but its a station wagon.
I ended up getting a Toyota Venza V6, it is huge inside. Both the Honda and Toyota have options of 4 or 6 cylinder and AWD.