2017 Subaru Forester
Bottom line: The made-in-Japan, born-in-Japan Subaru Forester continues to sell well in the United States because U.S. buyers want it.
Ride, acceleration and handling: It is no speedster, but it will satisfy most of us. Torque vectoring — braking the inside front wheel in turns — greatly improves handling.
Head-turning quotient: Acceptable. Body style/layout: It is a compact, allwheel-drive, front-engine crossover-utility with a rear chassis derived from the Subaru Impreza compact wagon. Trim lines include the Forester 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring. Capacities: Seating is for five people. Carg oca pacity is 31.5 cubic feet with all seats in place. The fuel tank holds 15.9 gallons of gasoline. Regular grade is acceptable. Premium grade is recommended for “best performance.” Mileage: Using 89-octane fuel and carrying an estimated 225 pounds of cargo, I averaged 31 miles per gallon in highway driving. Safety: Standard equipment includes fourwheel disc brakes, ventilated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; traction and stability control; post-collision safety system; and side and head air bags. Note: A full suite of advanced electronic safety items is available. Pricing: The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring starts at $34,000, with an estimated dealer’s invoice price of $32,000. The price as tested is $37,500, including $2,000 in options and an estimated $825 factory-to-dealer shipment charge. You can bargain, as much as a $4,000 discount, according to several Washington-area dealers.