2006 Subaru Forester 2 5 XT Test drive and new Crossover SUV review

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The Yankee Clipper


My very car was a 1972 Subaru GL. It was virtually — it had to be, the way I mistreated it. So I was really to get behind the wheel of the 2006 Forester 2.5 XT and try it on for size. The 2006 Forester 2.5 XT carries a $27,895 price ($29,365 as tested), a 3 mile basic warranty, a 5 mile powertrain warranty and an EPA of 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

I don’t if it’s indestructible, but it sure is

First Glance

Forester is an odd Is it an SUV or is it a station wagon? Is it an attractively-designed or is it just ugly?

Forester’s are unique, a tall greenhouse to a stumpy body. Forester is a example of what happens form follows function sometimes form suffers. I to like Forester’s design for very reason — detail is simple and practical.

Even the hood scoop is functional, funneling air directly the intake.

Forester is like a and beam barn — nothing beautiful about it you start to use it. I think that may be of the key to Forester’s popularity in New England. Not does its full-time all-wheel system help conquer the but its practical design appeals to the mentality. It’s not too big for the job, not too for the family. Your Golden can stand up comfortably in the cargo and your cross-country skis strap to the roof rack.

7.9 inches of ground clearance, will travel from bog to bog Nantucket while carrying up to 45 (that’s 56 cubic feet) of

Continued below.

In the Driver’s

Forester’s dash keeps the theme intact.

Photo Fogelson

Forester’s driving is upright, very SUV-like, and taking full advantage of the headroom afforded by the tall cabin. If you feel at all confined, up the big power moonroof that is equipment on all Foresters, and you’ll be at one the great outdoors.

Forester’s keeps the practical theme Big rotary dials select controls, and big analog gauges above the steering wheel. a nice mix of materials on the dash a metal-look plastic serves as an and a grippy rubberized stripe the look of the perforated leather wheel cover. Useful abound in the Forester — always someplace within to store your stuff.

not nuts about the covered at the center of the dash, but it does good use of space that otherwise be wasted. Forester’s surfaces wear a good, leather coat that like it will break in and with age. The cargo is very flexible, with a split folding rear and useful space under the deck for hidden storage.

My test vehicle came an optional ($75) cargo that sectioned off the storage for even more utility.

On the

Even though Forester is the utilitarian vehicle in the Subaru it benefits from features are found up and down the lineup. drive, fully independent four-wheel anti-lock disc and great road manners the Forester a willing accomplice to all of hijinks, on road and off.

2.5 liter turbo four-cylinder adds to the fun, with 230 hp and 235 of torque on tap. Subaru has turbo lag, that tendency that turbocharged can display where power is delayed by a beat or two as the turbo up to speed.

My test vehicle was equipped the optional ($800) four automatic transmission, which well to deliver power and predictably. Subaru’s manual are great — if you really to get the most out of your turbo forsake the automatic, save hundred bucks and have more fun. Tell that you’re driving a in the interest of efficiency — the manual is rated at 20 mpg city/26 mpg slightly lower than the

Save the $800 for speeding and increased insurance premiums.

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All-wheel drive, fully suspension, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and great road make the Forester a willing to all kinds of hijinks, on road and

Photo Jason Fogelson

Despite Forester’s strengths, I get a case of sticker shock I see that $27,895 base I have to stop thinking Subaru as an economy car maker, and my point of view. Forester is a near-luxury special purpose with all-road capability and standard safety and convenience

It’s hard to find a comparison among competitive

If you’re considering a Forester for its competence and utility, there are other vehicles you ought to out. Toyota’s RAV4 is a look, as is Honda’s CR-V. Outlander.

Toyota’s Highlander and Escape/Mercury’s Mariner /Mazda’s all manage the utility equation in fashion, though none the pure driving fun that get behind the wheel of a Forester.

I the more valid comparison for is within the Subaru lineup. If you more luxury and a more design, go for the Legacy GT Wagon. If you a little more space, go for the

If you are a nut, choose the Baja I don’t get it. If you live to drive, the WRX STi. Subarus are niche in the best sense of the term.

you can decide if a Forester fits in niche.

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