2017 Subaru Forester

The Washington Post Sunday - - CAR -

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.

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