In 2016 the market of small crossover SUVs in America is insanely competitive, however, the latest Forester from the Japanese automaker Subaru holds its own and stands on its feet (or, rather, tires), quite strongly. Along with the company’s trademark AWD (all-wheel drive) coming standard, the new edition boasts generous cargo capacity, a spacious interior with plenty of room to go around, cozy seating and an optional mighty turbocharged engine that delivers class-leading strength.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing magical or super-unique about the Subaru Forester 2016, but the engineers managed to provide a pretty appealing deal with all the features I just mentioned, user-friendliness and simplicity when it comes to figuring out all the controls, the knobs and the infotainment system.
Simplicity is an art-form, you know, and that’s exactly what the customers will get with the latest offering from Subaru, the king of off-road and rally experience that’s slowly but steadily stepping into the super-crowded markets of mid-size sedans and, of course SUVs.
Strong Safety Ratings And Two Engines To Choose From
Probably the greatest feature of the small crossover SUVs today is safety, along with impressive fuel-efficiency. And the brand-new Forester doesn’t disappoint on either one of those fronts.
Even though you can’t get blind spot monitoring with any of the available trim levels (odd, right?), you will be able to enjoy a highly-advanced forward collision mitigation system; furthermore, the Subaru Forester 2016 has perfect crash-test scores, both in NHTSA and in IIHS. As for fuel economy, the CVT (continuously variable transmission) that comes standard with the higher trims allows for impressive results, especially if you’re a fan of those US-only never-ending highways.
Still, even the entry-level editions with the 6-speed manual transmission provide solid MPG ratings. Speaking of the powertrain, let me tell you a bit about the available engines – you’ve got a choice between two units: the first one is a 2.5-lit 4-cylinder that’s good for 170 HP and 174 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a 6-speed manual, with CVT being optional.
Subaru Forester 2016 – Class-Leading Fuel-Efficiency
As for fuel-efficiency, the Subaru Forester 2016 with the 2.5-lit engine and CVT returns 32 miles per gallon on the highway and 24MPG in the city (27MPG combined), which is rather cool for a crossover SUV with AWD. The same powertrain takes the vehicle from zero to 60 miles per hour in 9.0 seconds, and that’s an above average result for a standard-level engine AWD-powered car in this segment.
However, if you wanna get the most out the latest Forester, you gotta go with the turbocharged 2.0-lit 4-cyl engine that pumps out 250 Horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It comes only with CVT and jumps from 0 to 60MPH in 6.3 seconds, which an exceptionally quick result for a crossover like that. Fuel economy with this one is also quite impressive: the Forester returns 28MPG hwy/23MPG city (25MPG combined). All in all, this model is one to look out for if you’re all about strong fuel-efficiency and mighty powertrains with class-leading acceleration on top of that.
To be honest, the Subaru Forester 2016 won’t really be able to impress you on the road. And the standard-level 2.5-lit 4-cylinder with those modest 170 Horses won’t break any world records either. Furthermore, even though the CVT is pretty solid, it’s not as smooth and responsive as your regular automatic transmission.
On the other hand, the class-leading fuel-efficiency is more than enough compensation. The turbocharged engine is the best pick, especially if you’re planning on driving up those sturdy hills and mountain roads. On the highways and in the city the Forester provides a highly comfy and quiet ride. Still, be advised that it’s not as nimble on those curvy roads as some of the competition. But, considering the extra durability and off-road readiness, this car seems like a really good pick.
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