Recognizable as a Forester, the fourth-generation crossover SUV has a number of design cues that set it apart from its predecessor and contribute to its aerodynamics.
Forester continues the Subaru mantle of safety, with a stronger body, seven airbags1 (including a knee airbag for the driver), and available EyeSight2 driver-assist system (see article in Fall 2012 Drive).
Testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to take place.
A – The front fascia expresses sportiness, solidity, and ruggedness. The front bumper’s shape improves airflow around it. The aluminum hood lowers overall weight and the center of gravity – for enhanced mileage and handling.
B – The unique fascia for the 2.0XT emphasizes that sportiness even more.
C – Moving the A-pillar base forward approximately 8.0 inches adds to the sleekness of the vehicle’s silhouette, plus it provides a more expansive view.
D – Side panels and wheel arches evoke images of power and (off-road) capability – SUV-like qualities of toughness in a sleek, modern form.
E – In the rear, the lower roof and narrowed body improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency without compromising rearward visibility. The rear spoiler contributes to reduced drag and better fuel efficiency. The rear bumper’s shape improves airflow around it.
F – Underneath, underbody covers, wheel liners, and air flaps contribute to good aerodynamic performance and improved fuel economy.
( ): Compared to 2013 model.
A – Total length (in.): 180.9 (+1.4)
B – Total width (in.): 70.7 (+0.6)
C – Total height (with roof rails) (in.): 68.2 (+1.3)
D – Wheelbase (in.): 103.9 (+0.9)
E – Track, front/rear (in.): 60.9/61.1 (+0.7/+0.9)
Head room, with sunroof, front/rear (in.): 40.0/37.5 (–/-0.2)
Leg room, front/rear (in.): 43.0/41.7 (-0.1/+3.7)
Shoulder room, front/rear (in.): 57.0/56.5 (+0.9/+0.9)
EPA passenger volume (cubic feet): 113.1 (+5.5)
Cargo volume, rear seatback up/lowered (cubic feet): 34.4/74.7 (+0.9/+6.4)
1 The airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) affords the driver and the front passenger additional protection in moderate to severe frontal and side-impact collisions and outboard 2nd-row passengers additional protection in moderate to severe side-impact collisions. This system provides supplemental protection only, and seatbelts must be worn in order to avoid injuries to out-of-position occupants upon bag deployment and to provide the best combined protection in a serious accident. Children should always be properly restrained in one of the rear seats. See Owner’s Manual for recommended seating position.
2 EyeSight is a driver-assist system which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, and weather and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations.
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