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2009 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

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  • $28,195 original MSRP
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2009 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

For 2009, Subaru's third-generation Forester is bigger, nimbler, safer and more refined than the model it replaces. With two great engine choices, new advanced safety features, a fresh new look, and Subaru's all-wheel drive system, the Forester has gone from a boxy wagon to more of a crossover vehicle. It now offers stiff competition to the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Even better, the 2009 Forester costs about $1,200 less than the model it replaces.

What's new for 2009?

The third-generation Subaru Forester is all-new in and out for 2009 and moves more toward becoming a one of a new class of crossover utility vehicles. Symmetrical ll-wheel drive is standard on all Foresters, as is the company's renown 2.5L 4-cylinder boxer engines, which for 2009 has been tweaked to deliver more low-end torque. The Forester is three inches longer and rides on a new platform, with a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase, and the rear end gets double wishbone suspension, which not only makes for better handling, but improves interior room and cargo space.

Model Strengths

  • Full-time all-wheel-drive system
  • car-like handling
  • generous interior space
  • strong standard safety feature list

Model Review

From its debut in 1998 through its previous redesign in 2003, the Subaru Forester appealed to people who want the cargo room of a wagon and the nimble handling of a car. For 2009, the same versatility returns, with plenty of newly added features.

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Review: 2009 Subaru Forester

Source: MSN Autos

Small SUVs often ferry people and run errands around town during the week, then hunker down and bounce around the countryside on weekends. With its newly developed DC3 chassis, all-new double wishbone rear suspension and Subaru's famous Symmetrical all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the Forester rises to this challenge without hesitation. Far from a brute, the Forester provides a quiet, comfortable and refined atmosphere with thoughtful amenities and loads of cargo space.

Trim Choices
More of a wagon when it hit the scene in 1997, the third-generation Forester is all SUV. For 2009 the five-door hatch gets a clean-sheet restyle and an all-new chassis and suspension. The nip-tuck job creates a more truck-like appearance, and slimmer front and rear fascias might reduce the drama of any soft-road adventures.

The Forester is available in five trims: 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X L.L. Bean, 2.5XT, and 2.5XT Limited. The big difference is X trims rely on a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder "boxer" (horizontally opposed) engine, while XTs get a turbocharged version of this same mill.

Under the Hood
The base engine is rated at 170 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 170 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. The 2.5-liter four features Subaru's i-Active variable valve lift system, sequential electronic fuel injection and is PZEV emission certified. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway.

The turbocharged powerplant gets a heartier engine block and Subaru's more advanced Active Valve Control System (AVCS). The turbo XT pumps out 224 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 226 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm, and checks in with a 19/24 city/highway mpg rating.

Transmission choice affects the type of AWD system offered in the Forester. Vehicles with five-speed manual gearboxes get a continuous AWD system with a viscous-coupling center differential. Foresters with a four-speed auto are outfitted with an active version of Subaru's all-wheel drive, which features an electronically managed, continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch to send power fore or aft.

Inner Space
The Forester cabin with its clean lines, secure seats, Spartan use of control knobs, and a first-rate gauge cluster is welcoming and comfortable. The Forester driving experience is all about vision. Forward, rearward and to the sides, Subaru has ensured maximum visibility, which translates into a safer, more confident commute.

Among the creature comforts, we were keen on the center console storage bin that features a clever removable section allowing the storage of oversize items. The design of the rear seats, which are rounded at their ends to induce easy entry and exit, also get a thumb's up. Further, the 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be reclined for maximum comfort.

Cargo space is a bone of contention with carmakers, because the SAE measurements don't take the shape of the area into account, meaning the usefulness of vehicle is not reflected in the numbers. Subaru has artfully tucked the '09 Forester's inner-fender wells to enhance capacity, and a back-to-back 'load-off' with its main rivals highlighted the functional shape of the Forester's cargo space.

On- and Off-Road
With an effective driveline and stout underpinnings, the Forester easily conquers washed-out fire roads. The suspension pitches enthusiastically to absorb ruts but transfers comparatively little harshness into the cabin.

On the street — where it will spend a vast majority of its time — the Forester proves an excellent dance partner. The Subaru tracks corners well but possesses a bit too much initial sway in the chassis. A slightly soft suspension is often the compromise between off-road and on-road dynamics.

The 170-horsepower engine propels the X trims admirably in most situations. But when asked for immediate passing power, the base engine seems to reach out of its comfort zone. The turbocharged XT is an entirely different story, providing a much more responsive driving experience and an authoritative demeanor with instantly available torque.

Right for You?
Surefooted in dirt and snow and steady-handed for the daily grind, the Forester is a well-rounded vehicle endowed with Subaru's two star attractions — its Symmetrical AWD system and its turbocharged boxer engine. The base X starts at $19,995, and the model line tops out with the XT Limited at $28,195. This wide spread of prices should put the Forester in play for a large range of buyers.

Evan Griffey served as an editor of Turbo & High Tech Performance, a pioneering publication about sport-compact tuning. Today Griffey freelances for Import Tuner, Sport Compact Car, Car Audio and Siphon.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

84 months or 100,000 mile powertrain (whichever comes first) from original warranty start. Many upgrade options available.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2009-2016 With Less Than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 152
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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