Redesigned for 2009, the Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV is now larger and boasts a more attractive interior and exterior. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the Forester 2.5X is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, paired to a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. Forester XT trim levels have a turbocharged version of the four-cylinder engine that blasts out 224 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque with a mandatory automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2.5X is 20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy and 22 mpg in combined driving, while the XT delivers an estimated 19/24/21 mpg. Subaru Forester standard safety features include antilock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. Inside, the five passenger compartment combines function with true comfort and convenience. Available amenities include leather-trimmed upholstery and heated front seats.Read more Read less
The third-generation Subaru Forester is all-new in and out for 2009 and moves more toward becoming a one of a new class of crossover utility vehicles. Symmetrical ll-wheel drive is standard on all Foresters, as is the company's renown 2.5L 4-cylinder boxer engines, which for 2009 has been tweaked to deliver more low-end torque. The Forester is three inches longer and rides on a new platform, with a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase, and the rear end gets double wishbone suspension, which not only makes for better handling, but improves interior room and cargo space. Stability and traction controls are now standard on all models, as well as side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. Satellite navigation will be available for the first time. Prices on the 2009 Forester range from $19,995 to $29,995.
Full-time all-wheel-drive system; car-like handling; generous interior space; strong standard safety feature list
For 2009, Subaru's third-generation Forester is bigger, nimbler, safer and more refined than the model it replaces. With two great engine choices, new advanced safety features, a fresh new look, and Subaru's all-wheel drive system, the Forester has gone from a boxy wagon to more of a crossover vehicle. It now offers stiff competition to the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Even better, the 2009 Forester costs about $1,200 less than the model it replaces.
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