First, I did some quick research on the Forester to see if anything worrisome jumped out. I am a big believer in not overthinking car selection. Generally, people know what they want and are happiest if they spend less time trying to find the "best" choice. Subaru is a good brand. When its vehicles are equipped with EyeSight, they are super safe.
Google revealed nothing alarming, and the vehicle seemed to fit all my mother's needs. Check.
Then I went back to kbb.com to get a more precise value on my mom's CR-V. It has been a while since I've been in her vehicle, so I don't know its condition. I had her send me the mileage (96,000), tell me which options it has and asked her for a rough estimate of its condition. Turns out she had bought the top-of-the-line 2013 model. It was an EX-L with a DVD player. KBB had it valued at $11,081 to $12,572.
Next, I had to figure out if a CD player was even available on the Forester. A year or two ago, my mother expressed a rare moment of outrage when hearing that many automakers are getting rid of CD players. Sure, you can plug in your phone and listen to an audiobook from there, but that's not what my mom was used to. She works in a library. She wants the ease of leaving work with a new book on CD, popping it into the slot and listening to it on her half-hour ride home.
Thankfully, every trim level of the Forester comes with a CD player. Phew.