2009 Subaru Forester XT Review | The Truth About Cars

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2009 Subaru Forester XT

The Forester XT is living, breathing that Subaru has lost its The Toyota-fication of the brand has now reached its in the redesigned Forester, and it stands (really, really tall) as the example of how to alienate the hippies and that bought Subaru Subaru.

To put it succinctly, driving the new XT is like answering the door Ed McMahon with a check for a dollars and finding your standing there instead. At the MIL eventually goes home. The XT just hangs around and disappointing.

The illusion starts at the See that hood scoop? You may that like the WRX and Legacy GT, the scoop means performance and

Instead, all it means is Turbo and nothing more. But even the lump on the hood, the new Forester is more attractive than the old one to Subaru for bucking the trend, but it represents a sharp shift boxy tall wagon to Why is Subaru making SUVs?

me, ask Toyota.

Step on inside. See hood scoop? Yes, bulbous nostril encroaching your field of vision mocks you mercilessly day after day you should have purchased the

The ridiculously low front seats occupants a nice view of the hood scoop, and little The driver seat is thankfully adjustable. Not so for the passenger, who peers out the like a five year old to see the road ahead.

The seat bottoms are too short as providing about as much support as a barstool and leaving driver and passenger looking for to prop their knees.

But are the rear seats gloriously I found myself thinking I could overlook the front shortcomings for the rear leg room Then the cold hard hit me that (A) I#39;m going to be in the front 99.995% of the time and (B) it is hard to reach into the car seat to retrieve a pacifier it#39;s a half mile Families with long-legged will love the stretch-out and the trick reclining rear

The rear seemed much comfortable than the front#8211; but the doesn#39;t sit in the rear. The interior nicer than the WRX; nearly as nice as the Legacy,

Let#39;s make no bones it, the only reason anyone look at the XT over the base lies beneath that hood scoop: the turbocharged YEEEHAWWWW factor. The new Forester, the WRX, packs more torque at the expense of the high end but the WRX it feels oddly sluggish Want to add insult to injury?

Here are your four gears. The base Forester with a manual option; not so the XT. In it doesn#39;t even warrant the -speed automatic.

By this I#39;m starting to wonder if doesn#39;t just want to their hoon-oriented customers#8211; actively want to crush spirits.

The overall experience like the last two Matrix You know how much fun it could be, yet a stunningly horrible disappointment and through. The handling, absolutely even by SUV standards, betrays integral brand image. The steering wheel feels the ‘91 Explorer my parents Understeer makes cornering an in unexpected surprises.

This fact might you a safer driver, but not by choice. The thing handles like a of cornmeal being hauled by dogs #8211; it#39;s all

Except instead of sled it#39;s being hauled by the best powerplant Subaru has to Straight line motivation is an adventure but God help ye otherwise. I can imagine that such a soft suspension and mammoth height gives it a passable in the rough, but if you have off-roading in plans, why buy one of these when you can get a bin Jeep instead?

There#39;s little to set the XT apart from the of the crop. Sure, it#39;s but who cares when driving it the very soul out of you? it is an exercise in irritation and you feel you#39;re actively fighting the Forester just to keep it on the

If you#39;re looking for a sporty, CUV with room for the family, go buy an RDX. It may be more expensive, but never regret it. I can#39;t why anyone would spend hard-earned cash on a new Forester, you#39;re in that small of Subaru lovers that have anything but a Subaru, and you in the snow belt and/or the extra room over an for camping with the family.

like Subaru, you can do better this.

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