2006 Subaru Forester XT – Test drive and new car review – 2006 Subaru Forester XT

17 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2006 Subaru Forester XT – Test drive and new car review – 2006 Subaru Forester XT

All things, but not to all people

Lots of toe the line between car and SUV, but few right down the middle the way the does. Drive the Forester and see that, despite its SUV-like and SUV-like off-road abilities, got the soul of a car — and a pretty one at that. Forester gets improvements for 2006, making it likeable than ever. base, $29,365 as tested, EPA 21 MPG city/26 MPG highway.

Model changes; safety stays the

Subaru has made a bevy of to the Forester this year. For the styling has been tweaked, a new nose; luckily it missed out on the grille that afflicts B9 Tribeca and Impreza. Other include a simplified 4-model X, X with Premium Package, L. L. Edition and XT.

The latter, the only turbocharged comes bundled with year’s Premium Package, so if you to go fast you’ll have to out over $28,000 and live such inconveniences as leather power moonroof and automatic control. Isn’t life

Safety has always been a strong point. While small SUVs and crossovers truck status, the Forester US safety standards for cars. brakes and front-seat-mounted side come standard, but side-curtain aren’t available. XT and Bean get turn signals mounted in the mirrors.

One important feature is the standard all-wheel-drive system, gives it excellent accident-avoidance in all conditions. This year it an extra half-inch-or-so of ground improving its ability to drive snow and rough terrain. it really need improvement?)

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Simplicity and

Dashboard concentrates on function than form, which is with me

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The Forester’s dashboard win any design competitions, but it’s and easy to use. I especially the Forester’s automatic climate A classic 3-dial setup automatic settings for fan speed and Anyone who’s ever had to their attention between and trying to stop the damn climate control from gale-force winds into face will appreciate the

With so many tall and wagons on the road, the Forester’s driving position is not the novelty it was. I found all the seats room is generous up front and but habitable in back. Storage abounds, from the big bin atop the to small pockets in the passenger’s .

The Forester’s tall roofline loading of bulky cargo, but its length means its cargo bay accommodate as much as a mid-size My tester had an optional ($75) mat. a thick rubber that makes cleaning the bay a matter of pulling out the mat and hosing it

Rust Belt residents like the All Weather package, in all but the X: Heated front seats and mirrors and an electric de-icer that keeps the windshield from freezing to the glass.


Subaru has improved the 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine in the XT and L. L. models with a new variable timing (VVT) system. On the engine shows an 8 horsepower to 173. In real world VVT should make the engine much more powerful and by improving its torque (pulling characteristics at various engine

I couldn’t say for sure because supplied me with the XT, powered by the 230 horsepower turbocharged 2.5 liter found in the hot-rod Impreza The XT’s big hood scoop just for show; it directs air the engine’s intercooler. which increase power. The engine is now up to 230 hp enough, Subaru says, for the to make the 0-60 run in a sports-car-like 6 or less.

I drove the automatic; from the whistle of the turbo and a burst of power above RPM, it pulls like a V6. One of my few concerns the gear selector. makes it easy to slip Drive and into 3rd. around in 3rd won’t hurt but it will burn more

Fuel economy estimates for the XT are 21 MPG city/26 MPG highway, not too far below the stick-shift’s estimates of 22/29.

The the chosen, the Forester buyers

is boxy and SUV-like, but Forester is a car

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If you live where it snows, are you’re already sold on the foul-weather abilities. When the flies, Subarus are usually the cars to get stuck. But the Forester’s also improves grip in the and even on dry roads.

To me, the ability to an accident by steering around trouble is one of the most important features a car can have. Here the has a distinct advantage over cars and SUVs.

The Forester’s uniqueness makes it to compare directly with cars. In terms of interior and off-road abilities, the Forester is to small SUVs like the Santa Fe and Mazda CX-7. But its and fuel economy are in a different that of mid-size wagons the Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat .

And forget the Forester’s turbocharged which makes it a lot of fun to drive.

My is that anyone shopping for a a small SUV, or just that’s small, unconventional and should test drive a The Forester is not a car with mass it’s a niche product. If one of the few for whom it was designed, chances are going to love it.

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