2009 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Subaru Forester - Road Test Specs

2009 Subaru Forester SUV

(2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 4-speed Automatic w/VDC, Nav)


Model year2009
Style2.5XT Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC, Nav (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)
Base MSRP$29,995
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$30,660


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeflat-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,457cc (150cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)8.4:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)224 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)226 @ 2,800
Transmission type4-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)4.44


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)Not available
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelGeolander
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, front225/55R17 H
Tire size, rear225/55R17 H
Wheel size17 X 7
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.8
0-75 mph (sec.)10.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15 @ 90.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)125
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.5
@ Full throttle (dB)74.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe best acceleration run was with the traction control shut off and the transmission in sport. Got a little tire scratch off the line. Gears feel like they could be spaced better/closer together as it feels like it falls off the power between upshifts.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsQuite a bit of dive and ABS and tire noise, but powerful stops all. Pedal remains squishy from start to finish.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe Forester teeters on the brink of ESP all the way around the skid pad, in fact, the brakes got quite warm from it. That said, it felt tippy but freakishly neutral. Modulating the throttle did strange things to the steady arc of the skid pad, requiring more steering input than I'd prefer. In the slalom there's a noticeable steering delay and gain once the car rolls. Just as it starts to get fun, however, the ESPO grabs front brake aggressively.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)70.6
Wind (mph, direction)5.25

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 City / 24 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,440
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,427
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.8/44.2
Length (in.)179.5
Width (in.)70.1
Height (in.)66.9
Wheelbase (in.)103.0
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)60.2
Turning circle (ft.)34.4
Legroom, front (in.)43.1
Legroom, rear (in.)38
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)Not available
Headroom, front (in.)41.6
Headroom, rear (in.)40.4
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)Not available
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.6
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)Not available
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)33.5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)68.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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