Interior convenience highlights include cargo-carrying details. Each door panel has a molded recess for soft-drink and water bottles up to 24 ounces. The center console’s design includes several moving pieces that can be configured to handle such items as handbags. In the rear seat, all models have a center armrest.
Door openings are wider, and the rear seats are situated for maximum ease of entry and exit. These provisions meet specific requests by previous Forester owners.
In the cargo area, the space between the wheelhousings is wider than in previous Forester models due to the subframe mounting of the double wishbone rear suspension system. That contributes to the new model’s ability to carry four tour-sized golf bags with the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks raised. With these seatbacks lowered, the cargo floor is flat.
The 2009 Forester also offers more user technology than its predecessors, including such standard features as a vehicle information center, MP3-player input, pre-wiring for XM® or SIRIUS® satellite radio, and Radio Data System® (which can display such information as a song’s title and artist). A partial list of available features includes a navigation system incorporated in the dashboard, video jacks that accommodate portable gaming devices (displayed on the navigation screen when the vehicle is parked), Audyssey MultEQ® audio enhancement, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer. Forester has an available AM/FM 100-watt premium stereo that includes a six-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3/WMA audio file capability along with SRS(•)® Circle Surround Automotive2 (Audio System Application). A leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons is also available.
The 2009 Forester is the direct result of Subaru responding to the needs and desires of Forester owners. This small SUV is poised for utilization in the typical Forester owner’s active life. Contemporary styling and practical design come together to make the new, third-generation Forester more of what it has been for its owners through its first two iterations.
1 Claim based on cumulative awards won since 1997 from Car and Driver (5Best Trucks), Edmunds.com (Editor’s Most Wanted), and R.L. Polk & Co. (Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards).
2 SRS(•), CS Auto, Circle Surround Automotive and WOW are trademarks of SRS Labs, Inc.