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It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.

TheCarConnection.com’s editors read all the competitive reviews on the new 2009 Subaru Forester to produce this conclusive review, and to give our recommendations on it. Editors at TheCarConnection.com also drove the car to provide you an expert opinion on it, and to help you understand why other car reviews might differ.

Subaru’s Forester is one of the original crossover vehicles--as are all Subaru wagons. Derived in part from the Subaru Impreza, the Forester blends a useful, cargo-friendly body with standard all-wheel drive. It’s a bit more prosaic than its competition. It’s gotten better in this new edition, but the basic exterior and interior style are cautious updates of the previous edition.

The 2009 Subaru Forester comes in two editions: a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine puts out 170 horsepower, while XT models have a turbocharged four with 224 hp. A five-speed manual transmission complements the Forester’s user-friendly handling, but an available four-speed automatic seems a little behind the times, even though it works well enough. Handling is a strong point, and fuel economy is good. For those who value stability over style, the Forester continues to be a good choice in crossovers.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
For 2009 Subaru Forester

Could Have More 5 Stars

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Everything is GREAT with the Forester except for two things: The dashboard digital display (MPG, clock, temp) is UNREADABLE in bright sunlight and the RPM/Fuel guages should be reversed so that the front seat... + More »
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Friday, April 10, 2015
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Excellent, Reliable, Versatile Transportation with lousy gas mileage by today's standards

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I bought my Forester 2.5x new in 2009. I just took it in for it's 60,000 mile tune-up. I got the base model, with an automatic transmission. It does absolutely everything that I want it to do. It car tops my... + More »
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Sunday, July 3, 2016
2016 Subaru Forester 4-Door CVT 2.0XT Premium

Love at first sight.

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My first Subaru. While the MPG is low the 250hp makes it worth it. Very large moonroof. Backup camera is useful. Visibility is great. Quiet cabin.
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