2.5XT Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC, Nav (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)
Options on test vehicle
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
224 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
226 @ 2,800
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The 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.
Quite a bit of dive and ABS and tire noise, but powerful stops all. Pedal remains squishy from start to finish.
The 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.