Forester in its el­e­ment

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ex­pen­sive as the pace­set­ters of Out­lander size, even go­ing to the top end for max­i­mum safety and some lux­ury. The SUV tid­dlers are all lim­ited in boot space but the rear seats should be fine for the pooch and they are light and easy to han­dle. need all-wheel drive and the petrol en­gine is best for short runs. The safety pack at just over $1000 in­cludes auto safety brak­ing, rear cross-traf­fic alert and blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing. to buy at the top end of the lineup to get all the safety fea­tures. The CX-3’s big­ger brother will give him much more space and is within his bud­get. He might find it more pleas­ant to drive, too. An op­tional safety pack will make ev­ery­one feel bet­ter.

THE WILD­CARD

pack­age, in­clud­ing auto safety brak­ing and lane de­par­ture warn­ing, puts the Forester into the mix. It’s big­ger and feels more sub­stan­tial but the down­side is it’s right at the top of the bud­get. You’ll pay $39,490 for the 2.5i-S with Eye­sight.

THE VER­DICT

If it was my dad, I’d put him into the Forester for the safety and a bit more real estate in case of a crash. But I’d also push hard on a deal to en­sure the on-road price stays within bud­get.

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