2009 Subaru Forester L L Bean Edition Review The Truth About Cars

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are supposed to be the Birkenstock sandal of the world; simple, robust with a certain sense of that doesn t care current fads. Alternatively, you say a Subie used to be what a VW to be (before Ferdinand Piech messing with the brand) a boxer engine (once a key VW and standard all-wheel-drive. In recent Subaru s image has become and less clear. The automaker s to escape the granola ghetto gave us the Tribeca, and then the new

And now we have a new Forester; an answer the that in the past didn t to be asked: what is a Subaru?

has made some major missteps in recent years. the new Forester doesn t continue misguided trajectory. There s no grille, no bulbous malformations; a pleasant. nicely-proportioned wagonish that could have from Hyundai or Mitsubishi or Does the new Forester look like the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Outlander?

Yes it does.

Just so it s clear the Forester isn t a wagon some 1000 racers get by with clearance between the tires and the openings. Modders can fit double-dubs, a suspension or both and still room inside the arches for a TV screen.

Subaru s interior is with a lethal combo of aspirations and cheap materials. s lots of hard silver most notably a wide that forms a wave the instrument panel. [Note to no one wants to grab cheap-feeling every time they the door.] Sadly, the soft-touch polymer that impressed in 2003 didn t survive the The old Forester s interior wasn t as styled, but it looked more and felt more solid.

Subarus have traditionally more dimensionally challenged the competition, especially in the back For the first time ever, you ll plenty of legroom inside a What s more, the rear reclines. More importantly, the offers useful storage bins and indents everywhere you and many places you don t.

Another change: you get a decent sliding armrest as standard equipment, than as a dealer-installed accessory. Way

Some of the Forester s key characteristics t changed: the Forester still has a four and all-wheel-drive. But the fancy new makes promises the naturally powerplant just can t deliver turbo. (There is a turbo on just not in the L.L. Bean tested.)

The Forester s Curb is up about a hundred pounds (to the engine s output is down by a few (three bhp), and Subaru feels that a fifth is still too special for its junior Bottom line: no matter how you rev this engine, there are no to be had. The Forester s engine sounds so gruff you won t want to rev it. But you ll to rev it, just to get the Forester up to speed.

thing there s a manual gate; the automatic prefers to lug the when left to its own devices.

Not that you want to be making knots when you turn the Aside from the over-light the Forester s chassis feels composed in relaxed motoring. But hit a with any semblance of speed and understeer meets insufficient on the wrong side of the yellow

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No doubt the Yokohama Geolanders them again) are good at But that something isn t hanging on to dry Stability control is standard for who think understeer is an invitation to harder.

On the flip side, the is smoother and quieter than in the old Think Toyota.

Problem is, with Subaru and Number One now at the hip, does the world need another Toyota? used to be about getting a car that was unlike other cars. In every way that matters, the new Forester is just compact crossover. The body is to look at.

But so are those of the Santa Fe and Outlander it so resembles.


Subaru s predictable Hyundai and Mitsubishi don t have the s patented symmetrical all-wheel-drive. Subaru s trademark drivetrain is desirable- when combined a lusty turbocharged engine, suspension and sticky rubber. In the Geolandered Forester it makes not the difference.

The previous Forester was anything else in the segment. The new one is like everything else in the for both good and bad. is good for Forester buyers, and bad for

Go figure.

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