Used 2015 Subaru Forester Review

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Is it a wagon? Is it an s u v? Does it matter? Nope. Born in 1997, the Subaru Forester was ahead of the curve when it comes to straddling vehicle categories. But these days, Subaru’s tall wagon has morphed into something more akin to small crossovers like the Honda CR-V. Toyota rav4 and Ford Escape.

Regardless of how it’s labeled, the Forester remains ideally crafted for small suburban families, winter travelers, and outdoorsy types alike, even with the sun in your eyes, this fourth generation model is still clearly a forester, but with that boxy profile and tall side glass, That Tallness comes with some obvious benefits, including 8.7 inches of ground clearance, excellent outward visibility, and high set seats that let occupants board the vehicle without climbing up or squatting down.

The Forester shape also yields benefits. An interior space, let’s say you’re shooting a video in the middle of nowhere and you need to carry suitcases, a bunch of video gear, and just in case you get stranded, some food and water.

In that situation, a generous 34.4 cubic foot cargo hold with really coming in handy, pulling these remote releases, lowers the nearly flat folding seats, expanding total cargo capacity, the 74.7 cubic. Just keep in mind that if the front seats are positioned rearward, you’ll have to walk around and manually remove the non folding second row headrests in higher trims.

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All that cargo space is accessible via a power height adjustable tailgate, which is nice if your hands are full, but not if you’re in a hurry. Besides slow motion operation, the tailgate’s highest position is still a little low for taller folks. Enough about cargo. What about people? Not surprisingly, the high roof leaves ample space for tall hats or big egos.

There’s plenty of head and legroom in the back too with reclining seats. Standard on all, but the base trimmed dimensions aside, the interior looks. Though not what we’d call a daring design. It’s got a straightforward, uncomplicated charm, enhanced by seats that are reasonably supportive and comfortable enough for long hauls and parts unknown.

Considering the steady improvement of modern car interiors, we think the Forester could be softer overall, but honestly, it’s software. It counts in the primary touch. So consider that a minor quibble. Somewhat more vexing is this small, not particularly sophisticated looking navigation infotainment screen, and this even smaller information screen placed far away from the driver’s eyes.

Good luck spotting obstructions with the available backup camera. And speaking of cameras, the optional eyesight system uses two of. With its stereoscopic vision, eyesight adds lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision breaking to the forester’s capabilities. It’s actually pretty amazing that this kind of technology is offered in a compact crossover, but there are a couple of trade-offs.

One, the cameras sit where the sunshades ought to, so you’ll have these stubby little things to deal with. And two, eyesight’s magical technology displaces the sunglass. Minor inconveniences aside, eyesight’s, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control work exactly as advertised. Some other optional features we really like are the fine sounding 440 Wat eight speaker Harmon Carden audio System, and this awesomely huge panoramic sunroof.

That lets in the sun, wind and all sorts of other stuff,

unlike some crossovers, the Subaru’s pretty legit off road. It wouldn’t be our first choice for trips to Moab, but the standard all wheel drive system does a good job getting the power to the ground while ground clearance approach and departure angles are generous enough that scraping isn’t a huge. At speeds less than 25 miles per hour.

X mode can be activated, altering, throttle transmission, hill descent, and stability controls for enhanced performance over challenging trails. Pick up the pace on some desolate dirt road somewhere and the vehicle feels planted, controllable, and surprisingly fun switch to pavement and the handling is Doc yet capable enough that you’ve got no excuses for holding up other drivers on the way to the trail head.

When it comes to ride quality, there’s certainly softer SUVs, but the Forester is plenty civilized. Even after countless hours of driving through Wasteland, we never felt beat up. Power comes courtesy of a pair of horizontally opposed four cylinder engines, a base 2.5 liter, and a turbocharged two liter paired with a standard six speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

The base engine performs well enough and returns highway economy in the low thirties when matched to the C V t. Also, take note that models powered by the base engine feature a more sedate front fascia. If you’re into that sort of. The more powerful Turbocharged two liter engine only comes with the CV T, which thankfully lacks the annoying racing engine action found in less refined CVTs of the past.

It can also be shifted like a six speed manual via panel shifters in sport mode, or strangely as an eight speed in the racy sport, sharp mode. The robust output of the turbocharged engine synced with the quick reactions of the C V T mean passing powers available right when you need it though. Both the C B T and Turbo take a moment to reach power friendly.

Bolstering the Subaru’s value proposition, our resale values that while not quite best in class, aren’t far from it. And boys, that class filling up entries like the Buick Encore Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-v Mazda CX five Nissan Rogue and Toyota rav4. Would love to steal thunder from the forester.


But wanting and doing are two very different things with a can-do spirit, lots of space, some cool technology and solid value. Subaru’s, Forester, regardless of how it’s labeled. Will almost certainly remain the wagon U V like crossover vehicle of choice for those with active lifestyles. Find out about the 2015 Subaru Forester 4dr CVT 2.5i Touring PZEV for sale here in our Used Ames Cars inventory. Also, be make sure to check out our Used 2016 Nissan Altima 4dr Sdn I4 2.5 SV Review and 2018 Ford Fusion SE FWD here!

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