Few cars are as logical as the Subaru Forester, further reinforced by a 2014 redesign.
Upright and boxy, big windows and thin pillars supply excellent driver visibility, while large doors deliver easy access.
Rear seat room is spacious, and there is plenty of cargo space.
Even with the standard all-wheel-drive, fuel economy from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously-variable transmission (CVT) tops the class at 26 mpg overall; a manual transmission is standard.
A turbocharged XT model is available, sacrificing some fuel economy, but delivering more effortless power.
Handling is nimble enough and very secure, but the Forester isn't particularly sporty to drive.
Ride comfort lost some of the cushiness of earlier Foresters, but it still offers decent isolation from road bumps.
Indeed, luxury isn't part of the equation for this no-nonsense car.
Interior furnishings are fairly basic and the cabin can be noisy.
The standard cloth front seats come up short on support, but the optional leather ones are better.
The 2014-2015 Foresters have either a rather rudimentary infotainment system or a particularly confounding optional navigation system.
The Starlink touchscreen system introduced for 2016 brought Subaru into modern times, with full-featured connectivity that is much easier to use.
Crash-test performance is impressive and the affordable EyeSight suite of safety gear adds forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking; we recommend getting this system.