Inside, the Forester inherits a swoopier design that borrows elements from both the larger Tribeca and the Impreza small-car family. The dash design is upright, but flows smoothly around to the doors, yet the center stack of controls is quite upright and straightforward. It's a little plain, but it's a good fit for the outdoorsy, understated crowd that falls for the Forester in droves.
The Forester was fully redesigned for 2009, gaining a slightly larger, slightly more rounded look that replaced its much-loved, more overtly boxy predecessor. In some respects the Forester had become a more contemporary take on the old Volvo 240 wagon formula, maximizing its space with squared-off corners and tall glass. Arguably, the look of the current Forester is more sophisticated—and looks more like a tall boxy wagon than a small-scale SUV. Its front-end appearance, especially now looks like a slightly skewed and scaled version of what Subaru's Legacy and Outback get, while the silhouette even is softer and close to that of the Outback.
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