Subaru Forester 2XT Tour­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Bot­tom line: The Forester is among my fa­vorite fam­ily haulers — one of the best and most af­ford­able all-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles in the busi­ness, equipped with a rea­son­ably ef­fi­cient and pow­er­ful gaso­line en­gine, com­fort­able on long high­way runs and al­most af­ford­able ($36,040) equipped with an ad­vanced driver-as­sis­tance sys­tem.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: It gets good marks — mean­ing eas­ily sat­is­fac­tory for most of us — in all three ar­eas.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It is con­ser­va­tive with some mi­nor cos­metic spiffs (lower front fas­cia) for 2016. Not a styling state­ment.

Body style/lay­out: The Forester is a com­pact, front-en­gine, all-wheel-drive fam­ily wagon/cross­over-util­ity ve­hi­cle of­fered in six trim lev­els — 2.5i. 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Lim­ited, 2XT Premium and 2XT Tour­ing.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The 2XT Tour­ing comes stan­dard with a tur­bocharged flat 2-liter, 16-valve four­cylin­der gaso­line en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing, linked to a con­tin­u­ously vari­able au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Ca­pac­i­ties: There is seat­ing for five peo­ple. Max­i­mum cargo ca­pac­ity is 74.7 cu­bic feet. But don’t try to tow much: The max­i­mum pulling weight is 1,500 pounds. The fuel tank holds 15.9 gal­lons (reg­u­lar grade is okay, but premium is rec­om­mended for best per­for­mance).

Mileage: I av­er­aged 26 miles per gal­lon with the turbo four.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four-wheel disc brakes (ven­ti­lated front, solid rear), four-wheel anti-lock brakes, emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance, sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, post-col­li­sion safety sys­tem, and side and head air bags.

Pric­ing: The 2016 Forester 2XT starts at $33,795, with an es­ti­mated dealer cost of $31,500. Price as tested is $36,040, in­clud­ing $1,395 in on­board nav­i­ga­tion with rearview backup cam­era and other ad­vanced elec­tronic safety op­tions and an $850 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge. Es­ti­mated dealer’s price as tested is $32,000.

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