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2009 Subaru Forester

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director
May 7, 2008

Buying tip

The less expensive versions of the Forester are a great bargain. While the L.L. Bean special editions can cost as much as $30,000, the base Forester with a manual transmission, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, and a four-cylinder engine costs right around $20,000. Along with the base Dodge Journey, it’s one of the best deals in the small crossover class.

features & specs

4-Door Automatic X
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed PZEV
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
MSRP
$21,195
MSRP
$25,995
MSRP
$26,195

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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April 14, 2015
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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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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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