Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 23, 2010

Summary

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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$695
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$29190
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc turbocharged horizontally opposed 4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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 weigth: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 (MSPR) effective as of February 23, 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