2009 Subaru Forester L.L. Bean Edition Review

Posted on 16. Apr, 2008 by in Auto News

Subarus are to be the Birkenstock sandal of the automotive world, simple, robust car with a certain sense of style that does not care about the latest fashions. Alternatively, you could say, a Subie used to what to be for a VW (before Ferdinand Piech disorder began with the brand) plus a boxer engine (one push VW characteristic) and uses standard all-wheel drive. In recent years, Subaru has realized the image less and less. The automaker request, the granola ghetto first flight gave us the Tribeca, and then the new Impreza. And now we have a new Forester, an answer the question that had in the past not to be asked: What is a Subaru?

Subaru has made some great styling missteps in recent years. Fortunately, the new Forester is not to say that misguided trajectory. There are no funky grille, no bulging malformations, just pleasant. beautifully proportioned shape wagonish … that could come from Hyundai or Mitsubishi or Toyota. Does the new Forester look just like the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Mitsubishi Outlander? Yes it does.

Just so it is clear that the Forester is not a car … get some Baja 1000 Racer with less distance between the tires and the wheel arches. Modder fit double-Dubs, a lowering or both and still have room in the paper for a plasma TV.

Subaru is equipped inside with a lethal combination of high expectations and low cost materials. There are many hard silver plastic particularly a wide band, which forms a shaft through the instrument panel. Note to automakers: No one wants to resort to cheap feeling plastic every time she closed the door. Unfortunately, the soft-touch dimpled polymer impressed in 2003 did not survive the redesign. The old forester, the interior styling was not so sophisticated, but it looked more real and felt firmer.

Subarus have traditionally been challenged more three-dimensional than the competition, especially in the back seat. For the first time ever, you will find plenty of legroom in a Subaru. What's more, the rear seatback reclines. More importantly, the Forester provides useful storage cubbies, boxes and feeders everywhere you look, and many places that you do not. Another positive change: you get a decent sliding center armrest as standard, and not as a dealer-installed accessory. Way hey!

Some major features of the Forester has not changed: The Forester has a boxer and four-wheel-drive. But the fancy new wrapper makes promises the naturally aspirated engine can not simply deliver sans turbo. (It is a turbo on offer, not only tested in the LL Bean version.)

Forester's empty weight is about a hundred pounds (about 3400 pounds), the power is down by a couple of horses (three PS) and Subaru seem to feel that. Fifth gear too special for his junior models Bottom line: no matter how much you rev the engine there is to have no thrills. The forester engine sounds gruff sounds so you will not want to rev it. But you'll have to rev it, just to get up to speed up the Forester. Good thing there is a manual shift gate, the automatic tow prefer the boxers when they left on their own.

Not that you make too many nodes, if you want to turn the wheel. Aside from the over-light steering, the Forester feels the chassis together perfectly relaxed driving. But met a series met with any semblance of speed and massive understeer insufficient grip on the wrong side of the yellow line. No doubt, the Yokohama Geolanders (yep, them again) are good at something. But something was hanging to dry in patches. Stability is standard for those who think understeer is an invitation to more pressure.

On the other hand, the ride is smoother and quieter than in the old forester. Think Toyota.

The problem is even connected with Subaru and now number one on the hip, the world really need yet another Toyota? Subaru used to. About getting a Japanese car, which was in contrast to other Japanese cars In every way that really matters, the new Forester is just another compact crossover. The body is nice to see. But so are the Santa Fe and Outlander it resembles Sun

Subaru predictable response: Hyundai and Mitsubishi, not the automaker patented symmetrical all-wheel drive. Admittedly Subaru hallmark powertrain is desirable, if it with a powerful turbocharged engine, combined stiff suspension and sticky rubber. In the 170-horse Geolandered Forester makes not the slightest difference.

The previous Forester was unlike anything else in this segment. The new, like everything else in the segment, both good and bad. That's good for buyers and bad for Subaru Forester. Go figure.