Subaru Forester Review – Research New & Used Subaru Forester Models | Edmunds

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The Subaru debuted in the late 1990s as an for consumers interested in the emerging of compact SUVs. Subaru, known for offering its seamless (AWD) system on all its vehicles, out the Forester to compete against the sport-utilities from other automakers. Essentially a tall wagon with AWD, the offered buyers the rugged of a traditional SUV along with ride and performance characteristics.

on the rally-proven Impreza platform, the uses the same AWD system in other Subaru models.

to its car-based foundation, the Subaru has historically handled better the average SUV. The trade-off, at with the first two generations of the was lower ground clearance and off-road capability.

However, those negatives typically not concerns, as most in this segment are looking for a that can handle inclement conditions, ski vacations and the occasional to the trailhead as opposed to hard-core boulder-bashing.

A new Forester has recently It’s roomier, less and boasts a more upscale New or used, the Forester offers the strengths of easy maneuverability, handling in slippery weather, build quality and different from the rest of the pack.

Subaru Forester

The Subaru is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV offers impressive maximum capacity and interior space. It in multiple trim levels into 2.5X and 2.5XT which denote the engine.

For the 2.5X models feature a aspirated, horizontally opposed engine that produces 170 and 174 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed is standard and a four-speed auto is The XT models get a turbocharged version of engine that churns out 224 hp and 226 of torque.

All XTs get the automatic, and all Foresters come with all-wheel drive.

The model is decently equipped full power accessories, control, air-conditioning and a trip while all others get standard Stepping up to the Premium trims alloy wheels, a sunroof and rear seatbacks. The upper and Touring trims can be equipped such items as xenon a rearview camera, leather a power driver seat, climate control, a navigation and an upgraded stereo.

As with its iterations, the current Subaru is a strong entry in the constantly compact SUV segment. Although the automatic hampers its performance and this Forester is nevertheless an entry. With a comfortable ample cargo space and of available equipment, the Forester up well to best-selling competitors Honda and Toyota.

Used Subaru Forester

The current, third-generation Subaru debuted for 2009. Bigger and than the previous Forester, it became a crossover SUV whereas it was considered a tall wagon. powertrains were essentially this Forester offered a spacious and higher-quality cabin.

than some trim reorganization, this Forester changed much since.

The Subaru Forester was produced 2003-’08. Although it didn’t much different from the version, improvements included interior room, a stiffer structure, a revised chassis and standard feature content.

Performance for the second-generation Forester from adequate to exciting. Foresters sold from came with a 2.5-liter engine good for 165 hp, while the and ’05 XT models featured a turbocharged version of the same This model was a hoot to especially when fitted the five-speed manual gearbox.

’06 and later, the standard engine grew to 173 hp, while the XT to 230 horses.

Originally, this came in base 2.5X and XS trims, with the XT (later XT arriving for ’04 and the XS L.L. trim for ’05. The latter was a bit thanks to some extra and special styling details. The XS was a year later by the X Premium followed for ’07 by new models as Sports X and Sports XT.

Despite all these trim changes and additions, the XT never from being the more and better equipped Forester.

In our editors praised this Forester for its peppy performance, cabin and sharp handling. comments were mostly as well, with many noting the vehicle’s comfortable the sure-footed nature of the AWD system, stowage and large moonroof. to this model include response from the automatic more road noise expected and a stiffer ride more softly sprung

The first-generation Subaru Forester in 1998. With SUV-like cues on its tall wagon and the confidence-inspiring grip of its all-wheel the original Forester was an instant Performance from Subaru’s 165-hp flat-4 was snappy for the and back then packed the power one could get in a small

Other strong points for the Forester include comfortable plenty of storage options, crash test scores and handling that shamed its of the day, including the Honda and Toyota RAV4.

As this ran toward its end point (2002), it improvements such as more for the engine and increased luxury (including leather seating). The of major changes required to the first-generation Forester viable the fact that Subaru got it the first time. Add in an impressive record, and a well-kept, lower-mileage is a no-brainer choice in the compact SUV vehicle segment.

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