Woman at the Wheel - Subaru Forester

Valencia Mohammed | 3/6/2009, 4:46 p.m.

2009 Subaru Forester Bolder Design, Greater Comfort

The all-new 2009 Subaru Forester comes with a total re-design that offers a bolder, more sports utility vehicle (SUV) -like design. The 2009 Forester also makes a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics €" a noteworthy accomplishment considering the high standards set by the previous model.

The Forester is built on an all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) that improves ride and interior space, especially rear seat legroom. The 2009 Forester also features increased hip and shoulder room.
In addition, the new platform improves crash-worthiness and provides a stiffer platform for crisper handling. The enhancement of body rigidity and new suspension helps to reduce levels of noise, vibration, and harshness.

All Forester models for 2009 feature standard side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system and Brake Assist safety system are standard on all models for the first time.

The Forester for 2009 was designed to create a new crossover utility vehicle for active lifestyles, improving ground clearance and drivability while maintaining Forester€s rugged off-road capability

The new-generation Forester makes a bolder SUV design statement than before while retaining its Subaru identity and without resorting to overbearing design elements. A larger, more pronounced grill, higher hood line, €hawk eye€ headlights and a large, contoured bumper cover with available foglights give the front end a more confident appearance.

The new Forester design integrates functional improvements, as well. New for 2009, framed side windows and larger door openings provide improved ingress and egress

The 2009 Forester interior places a new emphasis on comfort and spaciousness. New materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality.

Front seatback comfort is enhanced by the use of specially developed seat cushions and seatback springs. The sweeping twin cockpit design embraces occupants, and brushed aluminum-look insets flow into the center stack.

Rear passenger comfort is enhanced by a central armrest in all models. The standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold to provide a flat cargo floor, made 5.2 inches wider between the wheelhouses by the new double-wishbone suspension.

The 2009 Forester offers more user technology then ever, including an available navigation system for the first time. The standard information center (or available navigation system) is the focal point of the center instrument panel. In addition to an input for MP3 players, the center console, when equipped with the navigation system, also includes video jacks that can accommodate portable gaming devices.

The 2009 Forester comes pre-wired for XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The available AM/FM 100-watt premium stereo includes a 6-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3/WMA audio file capability.

The manufacturer€s suggested retail price is 19,995. The 2009 Subaru Forester offers 20 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The Subaru Forester is a wise investment €" its built to last.