2009 Subaru Forester Photo Gallery


Last week Kelsey Mays delivered his first thoughts on the all-new 2009 Subaru Forester. For the most part, he was impressed. Today he’s put together a photo gallery from the test-drive event he attended. We’ll bring you his full review later this week. Until then, check out the 50-plus photos below. If you have any questions for Kelsey, leave them in the comments.

By David Thomas | March 10, 2008 | Comments (13)



how's the suspension? our 2004 XS seems to have the worst of both worlds -- doesn't soak up bumps well at all, but leans like there's no tomorrow with the least bit of speed through the twisties.

i can't tell if the XT came with the manual, or just one of the normally aspirated? which suspension, in the XT or the non-turbo, do you recommend for regular use (with maybe some spirited driving) on normal roads?

DL, I found myself at odds with some of the other journos at the event -- I thought body roll was adequately controlled for a small SUV, but some thought it was still too much. The suspension doesn't soak up on-road bumps as well as some competitors, but it felt relatively comfortable and quieter than before. Subaru says the suspension tuning is identical between the turbo and non-turbo this year, but the turbo now comes only with a 4AT. Honestly, I'd pass on it -- the automatic takes a while to downshift, and the turbo doesn't really get up and go if you're not punching the gas hard. With the stick shift, the regular engine is just fine -- and it shouldn't be too hard to find one, as a Subaru spokesman said he expects some 25 percent of those buying the normal engine to choose the stick.


Is it just me or is there an article on the Forester at least once a week? I could be wrong, but it seems like this car is constantly being showcased.

Kevin Fulk

Where is the gallery? All I see is one small picture and a large orange box below it. Also, are these photos available in high resolution versions?

When new cars come out we try to cover them extensively because that's when a lot of people are looking for information on them. The longer the Forester is on the market the less coverage you'll see. We treat a lot of popular new models in the same way like the Chevy Malibu and Honda Accord in 2007.

It seems the site we use for the gallery player is temporarily down. Hit control+refresh and the player should be fine in IE. But I'm still having issues in Firefox myself.


Got it. Thanks.


Is there any push button start available in the US? I thought I saw a picture of the Japanese model with a push button.

Nope, just regular keyless entry.

I'm curious about how good the navigation system is, and how the integration with the radio works. Does it display song names for those stations that support RDS?


I'm trying to decide between the new Forester and a Honda CRV, comparably equipped. I drive a lot, highway and town. I carry one dog, in a kennel. I sometimes park in a field which could be muddy. I drive in snow but stay home if there is more than 8 or 10 inches. I put a lot of miles on a car. My 2005 Honda CRV has 99,000. MPG is important but so is safety. What should I consider when comparing these two SUVs?

Ed Gober

The way I see it they spent a lot of time and money to "upgrade" the Forester but missed one of the main points - the transmission! The 4-speed is strictly "old school" in my book and it is the key reason I would not consider buying one - the same is true for the Rav-4 4 cylinder. Get with the program guys!

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