The 2015 Subaru Forester is More Reliable than Ever

March 8, 2015 lacarguy Subaru

The 2015 Subaru Forester takes what makes the older Forester such a special vehicle and simply builds on those qualities creating something even more attractive and exciting. The Forester isn’t known for being a flashy vehicle with a lot of power or really great looks, but it is known for being highly practical, and a good family vehicle that you can rely on. Subaru has continued pushing their 2015 vehicle in the same direction and it certainly excels in practicality.

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Effective Performance

The Subaru Outback is by no means powerful, but it does come packed with enough power to move around effectively. It maintains the same engine and transmission options that it had last year. The CUV base engine is the 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that puts out 170 HP. It comes attached to a six-speed manual transmission that can be upgraded to a CVT for an added $1,000.

If the little four isn’t enough power for you, you can opt for the turbocharged 2.0 liter that boosts power up to 250 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque for huge performance increases at minimal efficiency costs. It’s important to note that if you want this engine you have to opt for the Premium or Touring trim packages as well. The Forester gets 24 MPG in the city and 32 on the highway with the smaller engine and those figures dip down to 23 MPG in the city and 28 on the highway with the more powerful turbo engine.

Highly Practical Interior

The interior of the new Forester is about the same as that in the old one except for the screen on the center stack. It’s been upgraded from that old black and white model, to a vibrant 4.3-inch color multi-touch display. It’s easier to read and a lot more pleasant to look at. Both the center screen as well as the small information screen behind the steering wheel are controlled by wheel-mounted buttons for added convenience. It also comes with a backup camera standard now, so you can see what your doing even when the cargo area is full of stuff blocking that rear window. Even with its compact footprint the Forester packs a lot of rear storage space. Behind the rear seats there is 34.4 cubic feet of space, and if you choose to fold them down you get a whopping 74.7 cubic feet to stash your goodies in. Either way there is much more than enough space to stow any camping gear or luggage for a trip.

Surefooted Handling

The 2015 Forester comes with all-wheel drive and takes on most driving conditions comfortably. The symmetrical all-wheel drive system maintains traction in most conditions, especially when coupled with a good pair of grippy tires. The Forester also comes equipped with the all-new X-Mode. This new traction control system provides a controlled descent mode that helps keep the vehicle stable and under control even on steep grades.

Overall the 2015 Subaru Forester is an improvement over the older model. Sure it still isn’t very exciting to look at, and it’s not going to win any racing competitions anytime soon, but it will get you where you need to go efficiently, and for Forester shoppers that’s what matters the most.


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