Subaru Corporation has been manufacturing this bestselling SUV since 1997. Since then, it has received various awards such as SUV of the Year and Best Car to Buy both in 2014.
Locally, the fifth-generation Subaru Forester received a refreshing update to its exterior and interior which fans and new followers love. The present model still bears the company’s former slogan “SUV tough, Car Easy.”
The Subaru Forester measures 4,625mm long, 1,815mm wide, and 1,730mm tall. Its fascia is highlighted with the Japanese company’s signature grilled and wide hood. LED headlamps with automatic levelers provide illumination. It is paired with a pop-up type headlamp washer and a pair of steering-responsive headlights.
Compared to previous releases, it now boasts a slightly bigger, more beefed up body. It is designed with character lines and nice curves exuding a hint of sophistication. At the rear, LED combination lamps with fog lamps support visibility.
The Forester’s spacious cabin is dominated with sturdy plastic and leather in black. Drivers will enjoy the vehicle’s extensive features such as the eight-way power-adjustable seats, telescopic steering wheel wrapped in leather, and the high-grade multi-function display. At the back, the seats are wrapped in leather and can be reclined using a one-touch folding switch. It also comes with a center armrest with two cup holders.
A dual-zone automatic air conditioning system will keep passengers comfortable. There is also a ventilation system found in the rear. The vehicle is also built with 12-volt power sockets located in the center panel and console box for recharging mobile devices.
The new Forester has an eight-inch display with a navigation system, affixed for entertainment that can be controlled using designated buttons found in the steering wheel.
As for safety, the Subaru Forester is equipped with SRS airbags at the front and side. Curtain and knee SRS airbags are also added for utmost safety. Each seat comes with height adjustable seat belts and ISO-FIX child seat anchors. Its rear doors come with childproof locks.
The new Subaru Forester shares the same platform with its brothers, the Subaru XV and the Subaru Impreza. It is built with a Macpherson Strut suspension on the front and a double wishbone at the rear. Ventilated disc brakes assist in the vehicle's stopping on the front and back.
The new Subaru Forester runs using direct fuel injection, four-cylinder, DOHC 16 valve engine. It is tested to produce 156 hp with a torque of 196 Nm. With this, expect consistent performance on any terrain.
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