2009 Subaru Forester Review

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2009 Subaru Forester

The Forester is a full redesign for that brings with it a stance, a longer wheelbase and a cabin. This increased and new styling place it squarely in the SUV mainstream, addressing two former — a non-SUV-like appearance and passenger space, especially in the While the Forester’s new look is to bring it closer to other SUV favorites, not everyone sees as a good thing.

The New York Chris Jensen calls it and laments, Now it looks like but the Forester.

Overall, however, have responded to the changes The 2009 Subaru Forester the SUV of the Year title at Motor a Top Family Vehicle award at and was a finalist for the 2009 International Car and of The Year award. The Subaru was also declared Best Vehicle by the editors of Kelley Book.

In a three-way review at Motor of the Subaru Forester against the Tiguan and the midsize Mazda (all three models had four-cylinder engines), editors the Subaru Forester to be the quickest to 60 the fastest in the quarter mile and the fuel-efficient vehicle of the bunch. You to be impressed with what you get for the says Motor Trend’s St. Antoine.

MotherProof.com’s Emily praises the Subaru Forester’s economy, low price and good scores, but wishes Subaru had to offer a power tailgate (a usually found on midsize and SUVs) option on its small Edmunds.com describes the new Forester as more SUV-like and useful now it’s been redesigned, but still call out the Forester’s capabilities, saying that roads throw its soft for a loop. Still, the Subaru is more maneuverable than from Toyota and Honda to a tighter turning circle, to editors at Edmunds.com’s enthusiast Inside Line.

One particularly glaring source of is the Subaru Forester’s four-speed transmission — standard on models and optional with the engine. Most critics the four-speed outdated compared to the in competing small SUVs. The CR-V (*est. $21,245 to for example, features a five-speed in all models as standard equipment.

Line’s Kelly Toepke the four-speed automatic an unfortunate from the Impreza sedan no longer seems to offer the or fuel economy we expect.

For the Subaru Forester’s interior resembles that of the Subaru sedan and hatchback (covered in our on economy cars). Edmunds Line likes it, saying apparent quality has improved and Subaru now has a surer sense of style than either or Toyota. The unapologetic reviewers at don’t mince words in criticism, however.

Reviewer Karesh calls the 2009 Forester’s interior a lethal of upmarket aspirations and cheap and Megan Benoit follows up in a review of a turbo model, the ridiculously low front seats occupants a nice view of the hood scoop and little Karesh applauds the Forester’s legroom, reclining rear and abundant storage cubbies,

Cars.com’s Kelsey Mays is measured in his criticism, saying, quality is good, if occasionally and he points out that some do seem cheap, but that that will see consistent use sturdy. Mays also that the Subaru Foresterhigh dashboard creates the of a low driving position but notes outward visibility is excellent. also points out that to get a steering wheel, you have to buy the expensive turbo model the steering column in the base-engine Forester only tilts up and

The Subaru Forester seats and thanks to the updated longer (the distance measured the centers of the front and rear there’s now more room in the seats, addressing a prior Up front, the Subaru Forester more legroom than the Toyota RAV4 (*est. to $27,810) or the Honda CR-V.

A wider tailgate opening and low floor make the Forester to fill with cargo, but it doesn’t offer as much capacity (in cubic feet) as the small SUV class leaders. don’t hold this the Subaru Forester, though, its easy-to-use packaging (swing-up fold-flat second-row seats) advantages over the Toyota side-hinged cargo door and the CR-V’s clunkier second-row seats. In addition, there are hidden storage cubbies under the Subaru Foresterrear cargo floor.

The Forester is only available all-wheel drive, and its AWD system include a transfer case or the gearing considered essential for off-road driving. However, the chassis provides almost 9 of ground clearance, as well as approach and departure angles, it more capable off road most other all-wheel-drive SUVs. In the Motor Trend the Subaru Forester fared in the dirt than both the CX-7 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

A horizontally opposed four-cylinder displacing 2.5-liters is used in Subaru Forester. The base of this engine has 170 horsepower, an optional turbocharged variant 224 horsepower is also available. who opt for the standard engine in this SUV are offered a choice of either a manual or a four-speed automatic

Turbocharged Subaru Foresters, on the hand, are restricted to the four-speed

Fuel economy in the Subaru is respectable. Turbos require fuel and get about 21 mpg in mixed (19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway), according to Protection Agency fuel-economy The standard 2.5-liter engine a little better: 22 mpg in combined use (20 mpg and 27 mpg highway with the manual; 20 mpg and 26 mpg highway with the automatic) mileage figures are at the high end of the for compact SUVs, and nearly to those of the all-wheel-drive Honda

A full complement of safety is standard with the 2009 Forester, including stability and control systems; antilock front and rear side airbags; and front-seat side It performs well in government tests as well as those by the Insurance Institute for Highway (IIHS), which names the a 2009 Top Safety Pick.

the 2009 Subaru Forester is a new there was no shortage of good to refer to. Motor Trend and Trend each subjected the to comparison tests with small SUVs. We also detailed reports on the 2009 Forester at Edmunds.com, MotherProof.com and

ConsumerReports.org provides a complete of the new 2009 model, but it’s a subscribers-only wall.

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