Now that Subaru has for the most part shed its weird wardrobe, let me announce that the redesigned (last year) Forester is one of the more sensible crossovers on the market. When the world economy dived, Subaru sales and market share both climbed. During the first eight months of this year, the company's U.S. volume rose more than 11-percent over the same pre-recession period last year. Chalk it up to conventionality. Medium-size crossovers with all-wheel drive, ample space, and a sub-$30,000 price are hot and Subaru has excellent products for these hard times (the only exception being the still weird Tribeca). The Forester T's turbocharged flat-four engine is well behaved and reasonably potent, its all-wheel-drive system is transparent in its operation, and the interior is reasonably easy to reconfigure for a wide variety of hauling and transporting tasks. The only bone to Subie's wild days is an air and water scoop too prominently positioned atop the hood.
Don Sherman, Technical Editor