2009 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited

2010 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited

Base price (with destination): $29,190
Price as tested: $31,494

Standard Equipment:
All-wheel drive
Side curtain air bags
Tire pressure monitoring system
Panoramic power moonroof
Automatic climate control
10-way power driver's seat
Heated front seats

Options on this vehicle:
Option packaged 10 - $1800v -Touch-screen navigation
-Bluetooth connectivity
Cargo tray - $75
Sirius satellite radio - $429

Key options not on vehicle:
Various roof-rack accessories - varies
Trailer-hitch - $390
Remote start - $350
Subwoofer - $270

Fuel economy:
19 / 24 / 21 mpg

Size: 2.5L turbocharged horizontally-opposed four-cylinder
Horsepower: 224 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 226 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

4-speed automatic

Weight: 3460 lbs.

17 x 7 in. aluminum-alloy wheels
225/55 all season tires

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The Forester finished third in our driving tests two weeks ago. And that is after my mother totalled her 2004 Forester. She loved that car. The Nissan Rouge came in second with more power, smoother ride, nicer interior, but had poor visibility compared to the Forester. The Honda CRV did not place, nor did the Toyota RAV4. I had hoped we could have driven the Mitsubishi Outlander but could not find one. The Hyundai Santa Fe SE won the comparison with the best warranty, best price, more horsepower from a V6, lots of room, very good visibility, easy to drive, great ride that was smooth, lots of room, and an excellent warranty and price. The interior was also the nicest of the group.
Nobody "needs" a turbo. OK, but some of us really, REALLY like them!! We have an Outback 2.5 XT with a five-speed manual, and the car is practical and loads of fun to drive. My husband and I are driving enthusiasts, and who would have thought that an Outback could put such a smile on our faces?! The smiles are worth the extra fuel costs. Sadly, Subaru in its infinite wisdom has chosen to drop the 2.5XT from its line, so our 2006 is going to have to last us for a long time to come.
It's bland all right. I can't decide if it looks more like a CR-V or a RAV4, but it sure doesn't look like a Subaru! We long-time Subaru owners have always appreciated the brand's quirkiness and originality, and we're going to miss that. I could overlook its boring facade, but no matter how good a vehicle it might be, without a manual transmission, it won't see the inside of my garage!
Nobody needs an expensive gas thirsty turbo (XT)...and the Forester non-turbo (X) is missing the basic feature of a TELESCOPIC steering wheel. Deal breaker. It is an incompetent marketing practice to pair the TELESCOPIC steering wheel exclusively with a more expensive (yet less fuel efficient) engine.

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