2009 Subaru Forester

    (19 Reviews)

    $19,995 - $28,195

    2009 Subaru Forester Review Summaries

    What reviewers liked most about the Subaru Forester

    • According to the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front crash tests, the Forester was the only SUV in its class to be rated 'Good'

      - Canadian Driver
    • a no-nonsense mini-SUV for those who need the versatility of a small wagon with the grip of all-wheel drive.

      - Edmunds.com
    • There's good low-rpm torque available for passing.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • [Base model] Forester L ($20,295) comes with a high level of standard equipment, including ABS...

      - New Car Test Drive
    • Subaru makes one of the best all-wheel-drive systems in the world, rivaled only by Porsche and Audi.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • ...terrific, huge power sunroof that opens over the front and rear seats.

      - The Detroit News

    What reviewers liked least about the Subaru Forester

    • ...the three rear headrests block your [the driver's rearward] vision.

      - The Detroit News

    Subaru Forester Comparisons

    • ...a lower center of gravity than most of its rivals, such as the Honda CR-V and Suzuki Grand Vitara.

      - Edmunds.com
    • Because it isn't as tall as a sport-utility (it's 2.5 inches lower than a Toyota RAV4), it's easier to load a kayak, skis, sailboard, duffels or other gear onto the roof.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • ...the Forester was the quickest [0-60 and in the quarter-mile] better than the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, among others.

      - Popular Mechanics

    Best one-liner about the Subaru Forester

    • There's nothing to fear from snow, mud, dirt, gravel or wet pavement.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • ... Forester also has that elusive and all-important automotive trait: personality. The Forester still has whimsy.

      - Popular Mechanics

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