Subaru Forester Overview
Following its back-to-basics redesign, the Forester has topped our Ratings. Its positives include large windows, big doors, an excellent driving position, and unusually spacious rear seating. In our tests, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT averaged an impressive 26 mpg overall. Trade-offs included the not-so-composed ride and less-than-agile, although ultimately secure, handling. Engine noise is pronounced at times, too. Controls are very simple but infotainment and connectivity are a bit behind. Mid-trim Foresters bring a lot of content for the money. The optional X-Mode gives it some off-road ability. New for 2015 is a standard backup camera for all trim lines.
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