Forester: Practical Compact Crossover

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Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is an SUV with attitude, one of the smaller vehicles in its class which is big on performance. Packed full of features and with the ability to go off-road, it’s a very flexible drive.

The Award-Winning SUV: Enter the Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is an SUV which has received praise for its style and performance on the road, loaded with both technology and safety features which make it a pleasure to travel in.

This vehicle doesn’t have the extrovert appearance of some 4x4’s, but despite its subdued exterior and low key features, it’s still undeniably stylish.

The fact that the Forester picked up the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year from Automobile Journalists Association of Canada confirms that it's earned its place among the best SUVs on the road, with an immaculate driving performance. Under the hood, there’s the choice of a 2.0 litre turbo engine which offers 250 horsepower and 258 lb/ft of torque or the 2.5-litre engine which provides 170 horsepower and 174 lb/ft of torque. For fuel economy, you can expect to achieve in the range of 10.9 L/100km for city driving and 8.3 L/100km for highway driving.

The drivetrain is an all-wheel drive and there’s the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission of the more leisurely CVT.

Compact Yet Comfortable

With a five-seater capacity, the Subaru Forester won’t win any prizes for being the largest SUV on the road but Subaru hasn’t skimped on the details when it comes to filling the cabin with luxury features.

Many manufacturers force drivers to purchase the highest trim to benefit from luxury extras but Subaru has included an impressive range as standard.

Climate control, a moonroof, heated front seats, cruise control, a leather steering wheel, heated mirrors, fog lamps and keyless entry are all fitted from the factory for no extra cost. There’s entertainment on board too with the CD player, satellite radio, MP3 player and Bluetooth connectivity which is all easy to operate from the audio controls on the steering wheel.

Basic Safety Features

The Subaru Forester performed adequately in safety testing and has the basics fitted to the vehicle but it’s not quite as well equipped as some other SUVs in this department. The driver benefits from front, head and chest airbags but also knee airbags too. The front passenger and the rest of the vehicle don’t have the latter but have the protection of the other airbags fitted. A rollover sensor will trigger the side curtain airbags if the vehicle is about to turn over, a useful feature particularly for those planning on going off-road. Elsewhere there are antilock brakes, daytime running lights and an electronic stability control system too. The Subaru Forester is a small SUV which may not have the same amount of space as other vehicles in this class but nevertheless packs a powerful punch in terms of performance, style and in-car comfort.