Sticking to the basics, the Subaru Forester embodies the saying "a steady pace wins the race." It has always been a sound and practical vehicle, although its plain, unpretentious demeanor didn't help it stand out to car shoppers in this crowded field. Subaru put function in front of form, resisting the contemporary trend toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending rooflines and curvaceous bodies.
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The sweet spot in the Forester lineup is the mid-level 2.5i Premium (one step up from the base 2.5i) with the CVT. It adds a power driver's seat and a giant sunroof to the base model. We'd add the desirable EyeSight safety equipment suite.
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