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I'm happy to report that the Forester is still just as capable as it's always been. While the car is slightly larger, weight was kept in check (it's about 40 pounds heavier), and you still have 8.7 inches of ground clearance, more than all the Forester's direct competition and really pretty good for any modern, production SUV.
- Motor Trend

The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover vehicle that blends the best attributes of a sport-utility vehicle with the ride and driving dynamics of a car. It offers the capability of Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, as well as a versatile rear cargo area with liftgate, underfloor storage and up to 74 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

The Forester is available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. All 2.5i variants are equipped with a 170-hp 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine; both "XT" variants get a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, generating 250 horsepower compliments of an intercooled turbocharger. Transmissions include a six-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Notable (trim-dependent) features include: sport-tuned suspension, panoramic glass sunroof, power liftgate, adaptive LED headlights, 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, HD/satellite radio, USB port, Bluetooth wireless phone/audio streaming and smartphone integration. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction control systems, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, rear-vision camera and seven airbags. The optional EyeSight system includes driver assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking control and lane departure warning.

The Subaru Forester gets a refresh for 2017, with a new grille, front end styling, and front and rear lighting. Steering-responsive LED headlights with high-beam assist are now available, while the enhanced EyeSight safety system now includes blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Interior

One thing we like about the Forester is that you can climb in it and work everything without having to refer to a 500-page manual in the glovebox, like, for example, with an Audi.In other words, it's simple and intuitive.

The instrument panel is clean (shared with the Legacy sedan and Outback crossover.Audio and climate controls are logical and easy to use.The dash is located forward and low, to give front occupants more room.The information screen is mounted over the center console that flows back over bins and cupholders to an armrest.

The interior materials, improved in recent years, are a mix of matte and soft-touch surfaces with matte metallic trim, including a handsome Saddle Brown perforated leather with contrasting stitching for the Touring model.The 2017 Forester gets more sound insulation in the floor, an acoustic windshield, and thicker glass in the doors, all intended to reduce interior noise while underway.

The driving position is high and the window line low, so there's an unsurpassed feeling of space in front, for a compact car.But the front seats leave a lot to be desired, with short, flat cushions and slim bolstering.Tall drivers will find their knees contacting the center console and door panels, which aren't soft.

Ironically the rear seats have a better contour to them.There's ample headroom and legroom, with a low driveshaft tunnel, as well as rear doors that are wide enough for easy entry and exit.Every model but the base has a 60/40 rear seat that folds nearly flat with a one-touch mechanism, creating a generous cargo capacity of 74.7 cubic feet.And there's still a good 34.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat.

Driving Impression

The Forester might not look it, but it's pretty sporty.The Subaru Forester is quicker and better handling than a Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue.It brings a good amount of fun to its capable and versatile utility.

The base 2.5-liter isn't so quick, but it will have enough acceleration for most people.We prefer the 6-speed manual transmission to the CVT with this engine, because the CVT in the 2.5 isn't as sophisticated as it is in the 2.0 turbo.The shift linkage isn't as tight as it might be, and the throws a bit long and truckish, but still, the six-speed manual gets the most out of the engine's torque.

In the Forester 2.0XT, Subaru's SI-Drive system offers Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp modes, to alter throttle and CVT response.Sport Sharp enables the CVT to shift through eight snappy steps, using paddles on the steering wheel.Sport and Intelligent mode are programmed for six steps.This CVT is the least annoying we can think of.

Forester's good handling is enhanced by the stout turbo engine.The electric power steering is well tuned and nicely weighted, with a quicker ratio for 2017.The body scarcely leans, for a tall utility vehicle.The ride is comfortable and not harsh on big bumps.The 2.0XT Touring adds torque vectoring, which dabs the brakes on the inside rear wheel in corners, helping the car rotate.The Mazda CX-5 might still be better on the pavement, but it can't match the Forester on unpaved trails, so if you ever go there, you're ahead with the Subaru.

Forester's relatively rugged capability on trails is enhanced by 8.7 inches of ground clearance, with approach and departure angles that are quite impressive for a small SUV.

The mechanical all-wheel drive makes the Forester fun and predictable on dirt or snowy roads.For more offroad security, there's an available X Mode (with hill descent control) that moves the power between the left and right wheels, in addition to the front and rear wheels.This puts the Subaru up there on the sophistication level of Jeep and Land Rover.

Summary

Underneath the Forester's dated skin lies the heart, soul and spirit of a dominant competitor in the field of compact crossovers.The base 2.5-liter engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and minimum options brings tremendous value, for all you get, starting with unquestionable reliability and longevity, and including great handling, all-weather capability, and interior room with cargo capacity.The CVT with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is the best in the business.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports by The Car Connection.

Introduction

The Subaru Forester is well known by now, as a compact, wagon-like utility vehicle.With the ride and handling of a car, it was basically a crossover before crossovers were invented, bringing superb all-weather security with all-wheel drive, and primitive road capability with nearly nine inches of ground clearance.Forester is the best-selling Subaru, and in 2014 it won The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy award.

We recently spent six months with a turbocharged Forester 2.0XT, testing it in a variety of conditions and terrains, confirming our belief it's an excellent car to buy.The CVT works very well, and delivers fuel mileage as high as 28 miles per gallon.Forester doesn't have the agility of the Ford Escape or Mazda CX-5, but from the driver's seat it feels far sportier than the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, or Toyota RAV4.

The 2017 Forester gets updated styling, with a mesh grille, tweaked front bumper on Forester 2.5i models, and a C-shape for the headlamps and taillamps.One thing that remains is superb visibility through the upright glass.

Base engine is a 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower.This boxer engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission (CVT).Acceleration is adequate.

A quicker option is the turbocharged 2.0-liter that makes 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; it comes only with a paddle-shifting CVT, which can be programmed to feel like a six-speed or eight-speed automatic transmission using Subaru's SI-Drive system.

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i CVT delivers EPA-rated fuel mileage of 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined; the 6-speed manual transmission is rated only 25 mpg Combined.The 2017 Forester gets an increase of one mpg over the 2016 model, thanks to sharpened engine management.

The 2.0XT model, with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which requires Premium fuel, is rated at 23/27/25 mpg City/Highway/Combined.Over a few thousand miles during our six-month test with a 2.0XT, we averaged 24.1 miles per gallon.

The federal NHTSA gives the Forester five stars overall for crash safety, and the insurance industry's IIHS confirms the praise with top ratings in every crash test including the challenging small overlap frontal crash, to Top Safety Pick Plus.

The 2017 Forester makes available some new active safety features: The EyeSight camera system, which spots dangers on the road ahead and self-brakes, gets a longer and broader field of vision.The 2017 Forester offers reverse automatic braking, and the automatic headlamps now turn with the car.2017 Forester Limited and Touring models have blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts.

Lineup

2017 Forester 2.5i models come in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring models.Forester 2.0XT comes in Limited and Touring.

Standard equipment in all models includes rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free calling, audio streaming, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen.Options include perforated leather seats, a 7.0-inch screen with infotainment, eight-speaker, 440-watt sound system, and power rear liftgate.

Walkaround

The Forester has never compromised to look all swoopy like other crossovers.It's a tall, short, square wagon with the ride height of an SUV.Its design priorities include easy entrance and exit.That doesn't make it not handsome.

It does step out a bit.The light sculpts on its sides, and the shape of its taillamps, are shared by the edgy Impreza.There are a couple of character lines on the hood, down the center and along the sides.Not everything is neat.On the turbo models there's an aggressive airdam that reminds us of dewlaps on a lizard.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).33 cD
Angle of Approach23.0 degrees
Angle of Departure25.0 degrees
Front Head Room1,052 mm
Front Hip Room1,369 mm
Front Leg Room1,093 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,448 mm
Front track1,545 mm
Overall height1,735 mm
Overall Length4,610 mm
Overall Width1,795 mm
Rear Head Room1,012 mm
Rear Hip Room1,346 mm
Rear Leg Room965 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,434 mm
Rear track1,555 mm
Wheelbase2,640 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
4WD TypeFull-time
Axle ratio4.44
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Engine
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement152 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationFlat
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power170 hp
Max RPM5,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque236 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-SULEV30
Exterior Features
GrilleWith chrome bar
Fuel Consumption
City10.9 L/100 km
Combined9.7L/100 km
Highway8.3 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersH-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
TransmissionManual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Roof
Roof rackRails only
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeDouble wishbone
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
internet accessSelective service
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile60
Speed RatingH
TypeAS
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size6.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place974 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed2,115 L
Curb weight1,510 kg
EPA interior volume3,067 L
Fuel Capacity60 L
Gross vehicle weight2,032 kg
Ground clearance220 mm
Max cargo capacity2,115 L
Towing Capacity680 kg
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Rim TypeSilver styled steel
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Subaru CA Alternate Cash Credit
Forester
$2,000 Jun 30, 2017

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Subaru CA Finance Rates
Forester
0.5% 0.5% 0.9% 0.9% N/A N/A Jun 30, 2017

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Subaru CA Lease Rates
Forester
0.5% 0.5% 0.9% N/A N/A N/A Jun 30, 2017
Subaru CA Lease Residuals
Forester 2.5i MT (HJ1X0)
63% 52% 42% 35% N/A N/A Jun 30, 2017

2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i (M6) 4dr All-wheel Drive, Kitchener, Ontario

Gemini Motors, 26 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C-1L1

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