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