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2010 Subaru Forester (continued)

Summary

2010 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester offers foul weather capability with its all-wheel-drive system and it excels on unpaved roads and in other less-than-perfect driving conditions. Forester is stable and rugged off road, while there are no harsh spots to the highway ride. Overall, the Forester compares favorably to the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and other compact SUVs.

Sam Moses filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from Los Angeles; with NCTD staff reports.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Subaru Forester 2.5X ($20,295); 2.5X Premium ($22,795); 2.5X Limited ($25,995); 2.5XT Premium ($26,495); 2.5XT Limited ($28,495)
Engines:170-hp 2.5-liter sohc H4; 224-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged dohc H4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags; active front-seat head restraints, electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, all-wheel drive, tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited ($28,495)
Standard equipment:leather-trimmed upholstery, automatic climate control, power moonroof, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, power locks, power moonroof, cold weather package, console, cruise control, fog lamps, 6CD with MP3/WMA and 6-speaker sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, tinted glass, reclining folding 60/40 rear seat, roof rails, steering wheel audio switches
Options as tested (MSRP):none
Destination charge:($695)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $29,190
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc turbocharged horizontally opposed 4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):224 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):226 @ 2800
Transmission:4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/24 mpg
Wheelbase:103.0 in.
Length/width/height:179.5/70.1/66.9 in.
Track, f/r:60.2/60.2 in.
Turning circle:34.4 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.0/52.9/43.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.7/52.7/38.0 in.
Cargo volume:63.0 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:2400 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, L-shaped lower arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, double wishbone
Ground clearance:8.9 in.
Curb weight:3460 lbs.
Tires:225/55HR17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:16.9 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of January 12, 2010.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-WANT-AWD - www.subaru.com


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