Practical and powerful
Date Posted: July 4, 2016
By Zack Spencer
Subaru, as a brand has exploded in popularity because of its well designed vehicles like the Forester and standard all wheel drive (AWD). There might not be a more functional small suv or crossover in the market, with big doors, big windows and an easy to access cargo area.
The Subaru Forester is a unique because it only comes with AWD and an advanced on at that.
Subaru, as a brand markets its products to people who have urban, city adventures and weekend outdoors fun. Even though buyers of the Forster might not fit this to a tee, the rugged go-anywhere attitude that the Forester portrays is appealing.
The Forester is very well designed for easy access in and out and great outward visibility, thanks to huge windows. The boxy design offers plenty of interior capability for up to five people and the optional power tailgate make it easy to use.
The Forester come with two powertrain options and is one of the only products in this class to still offer a manual transmission.
The base engine is a 2.5L engine with 170hp. This engine can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT, or CVT. The AWD system with the manual is preset to split the power 50/50 to the front and rear wheels, the CVT can vary the power between the front and back. There is a more powerful 2.0L turbocharged version with 250hp and a more robust and responsive CVT. This engine is not available with a manual. Fuel economy is rated at 9.6L/100km in the city and 7.5L on the HWY (22MPG City and 29 on the HWY) on the base 2.5L engine with automatic.
The price of the Forester ranges widely from roughly $26,000 to almost $38,000 (In the US from roughly $23,000 to almost $34,000)
The features range from heated seats to panoramic sunroofs to leather seats, navigation, power seats and more. One of the biggest differences between this product and most of the competitors is the optional EyeSight advanced safety system. This uses two cameras behind the windshield that detects other cars and pedestrians and the car will automatically brake for the driver and it will warn of drifting out of the vehicles lane. This system and the construction of the car along with front, side and curtain airbags and standard traction and stability control have provided Subaru with the highest crash and safety ratings.
The Subaru Forest is a capable and functional vehicle that is easy to use and provides all weather stability and advanced optional safety features. The Turbo model is the one to buy for spirited drivers; it is a ton of fun and powerful
Even though the Forester can become expensive it doesn’t have a particularly luxurious feel, more utility. The base engine isn’t particularly powerful and a bit noisy, plus the Eyesight system is only available on some models.
Overall, this is a capable and rugged utility with a go-anywhere attitude.
The Turbo model is the one to buy for spirited drivers