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2015 Subaru Forester – A top choice for a small SUV

Published on August 01 2014
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The 2015 Subaru Forester is a solid choice for consumers in need of a small crossover SUV, especially when considering the standard all-wheel drive system that gives the Forester an edge over its competitors.

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It offers a roomy interior, great visibility, advanced safety technologies, and good fuel economy ratings. With the addition of excellent safety scores and an available turbocharged engine, it’s hard not to erase the other vehicles from your list.

Subaru is known for its AWD system, equipped on every vehicle in the lineup with the exception of the sporty rear-wheel drive BRZ. Known as “Symmetrical Full-time All-Wheel Drive”, the system is constantly adjusting the distribution of torque to the front and rear wheels. It not only provides better handling in “extreme conditions,” but as the automaker has stated, it makes like “easier, safer and more enjoyable” for everyone.

It makes sense, considering that the AWD system, in addition to other technologies, has garnered the 2014 model the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the 2015 Forester received a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumers should also check out Subaru’s EyeSight technology that uses two cameras to monitor the road ahead, and based on the situation, will provide assistance to the driver via several active-safety systems. Adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and throttle management are among the various features included.

As for what powers the 2015 Forester, buyers will have a choice of two engines: a fuel-efficient 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower, or a more powerful 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which generates 250 hp and 258 lb-ft at 2,000-4,800 rpm. Consumers can expect good fuel-economy ratings from the first engine, and quick acceleration from the second. Handling is composed, and the ride is comfortable with either the 17- or larger 18-inch wheels.

A 6-speed manual transmission with a hill holder system is also standard on the base model, priced from $25,995 MSRP. The option of a Continuously Variable Transmission is available as well, with or without paddle shifters, depending on the model.

In terms of consumption, the fuel-efficient 2.5-litre engine equipped with the automatic (CVT) transmission will offer ratings of 8.3/6.3 litres per 100 kilometres (city/hwy). As for the turbocharged engine, buyers can expect 8.9 and 7.2 L/100km when in the city and on the highway respectively.

Inside, the term “spaciousness” well describes the Forester. Both front and rear passengers will benefit from lots of space, which also adds to the comfort factor. The 2015 Forester also provides easy one-touch folding rear seats with a 60/40 split to increase the already large cargo area. As for elements that will add to the overall comfort, available dual-zone climate control, leather seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are worth considering, as they will make you feel more at-home in your vehicle. Heated front seats are standard with the base model, with high/low level settings.

And for the sake of convenience, features like steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, HD radio, and a voice-activated GPS navigation system displayed on a 6.1-inch touch screen are offered, depending on the model.

We suggest glancing at the our website to view the full list of available features per model. The 2015 Forester has a lot going for it, such as good visibility, a comfortable and spacious interior, great advanced safety technologies, and of course its standard AWD system is a top-notch feature. Consumers can also test the available turbocharged engine by booking a road test with us today!

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