2009 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited

I wasn't expecting the Forester to put the "sport" in "sport utility," but my, how this turbocharger works wonders. My only other experience with this new Forester was with a normally aspirated 2.5X model, which felt rather anemic. In XT form - which adds a turbocharger to Subaru's flat-four - the Forester simply scoots.

Sadly, that turbocharged engine commands approximately a $3500 premium, urges you to use premium fuel, and eats away at the fuel economy ever so slightly. Still, at 19/24 mpg city/highway, it's better than a larger SUV, and about on par with most competitors. Chevrolet's latest Equinox returns similar fuel economy figures, but offers none of the pep of the Subaru.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

tonkatoytruck
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.
tinlizzy50
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.
tinlizzy50
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!
orbit9090
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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