Subaru has made a business out of catering to the needs of outdoor enthusiasts with practical crossover-style vehicles that get good fuel economy and come standard with all-wheel drive. The Forester is a key part of that legend.
Unlike the latest Outback model, the Forester maintains SUV-like looks. Its large windows provide good visibility all around and a high roof line makes for comfortable seating inside. It's a five-passenger configuration with a cargo area in the rear.
Subaru only offers a couple of engine choices for the Forester, both with four cylinders. The standard engine displaces 2.5 liters and produces 170 horsepower. The car can be had with a direct-injection 2-liter turbocharged engine making 250 horsepower.
Subaru has embraced continuously variable transmissions, the automatic option for the Forester. With no fixed gears, the transmission constantly seeks the best ratio for fuel economy given the current driving conditions.