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Comparing the SportRack Vista XL Cargo Box with Thule and Yakima Cargo Boxes, 2009 Subaru Forester


Do you recommend the Vista xl for my subaru 2009 forester? or is the Thule/Yakima worth paying the extra 150-200 dollars


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Basically, it depends on what features you want in a cargo box. The SportRack Vista XL, # SR7018, is going to give you all of the basic features of a cargo box. The main difference is going to be the mounting hardware. The Vista XL uses u-bolts, which you can see in the last picture on the product page.

The u-bolts are going to be a secure connection, but they take a lot longer to attach to the crossbars on the vehicle roof. Yakima and Thule boxes have a clamping type of mechanism that makes installation or removal much easier and faster.

The Thule and Yakima boxes, like the RocketBox Pro 14, # Y07192, are also going to be better constructed, more robust, and can include features such as integrated straps and cargo attachment points inside the boxes.

If you are looking for a basic box and do not mind the u-bolt style of attachment, the Vista XL box is a good option. As long as the crossbars that run side to side on the roof of your 2009 Subaru Forester are under 4 inches wide, and the center to center distance between the bars is 25-7/8, 27-7/8 or 29-7/8 inches, this box will fit.

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