This Subaru Forester video review includes information about the 2.5i and 2.0XT models, including their price, fuel economy, safety, trunk space, interior room and available features. For more information, read the 2015 Subaru Forester review.
If you're simply looking for a compact SUV that offers brilliantly executed fundamentals, the Subaru Forester is one of your best bets.
Visibility is excellent and it has one of roomiest cabins for adults, especially in the enormous back seat.The cargo area has nearly 75 cubic feet of space, making it the biggest in the class. The space is also boxy, making it easier to carry large objects or put a big dog in the back.
In terms of safety, the Forester received a five-star overall crash score from the government and it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus thanks to the accident avoidance tech optional on most trim levels.
Every Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive. In the past, we'd say that's not ideal, since those who live where it doesn't snow will be paying extra and getting worse fuel economy for something they really don't need. That's not the case with the Forester. Not only is it cheaper than its front-wheel-drive competitors, but its 170-horsepower flat-4 gets the same or better fuel economy while also being just as quick.
Now, the Forester does have one trick up its sleeve that goes beyond simple fundamentals: an available 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes it the quickest compact SUV we've tested -- by a lot.
Unfortunately, if you're expecting all that power to come with a similarly engaging driving experience, you'll probably be disappointed. The Forester's stable and composed, and its ride is comfortable, but this isn't the sporty SUV it used to be. The CVT transmission definitely doesn't help and it results in a lot more noise.
Most competitors have a nicer interior as well. Again, the Forester does the fundamentals right ? there's no shortage of equipment and the controls are easy to reach and use. However, the materials quality lags behind the segment best, the design is plain and if you're interested in high-tech gizmos like navigation, the optional touchscreen they come with is way behind the times and annoying to use.
So, if you're looking for something beyond just the fundamentals, a Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape may be better choices. But if you want a back-to-basics alternative to the popular Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Forester is a great choice.