2009 Subaru Forester Tops Consumer Reports List

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Consumer Reports recently reviewed a number of small SUVS, and the overall winner was none other than the all-new Subaru Forester, which we recently reviewed here. The Forester impressed CR so much it unseated the Toyota RAV4 as the magazine’s top-rated compact SUV by earning a slightly higher road-test score.

CR also tested the Nissan Rogue and Mitsubishi Outlander this time out. The company had previously tested the RAV4 and Honda CR-V, which ranked sixth among compact SUVs. While the Rogue scored well, it wasn’t “recommended” by CR. To get the recommendation, a car must either score above-average in reliability or have predicted high reliability. The Rogue is an all-new model and thus has no reliability figure.

In the case of the Mitsubishi Outlander, CR says it has shown outstanding reliability in its first year since its redesign. Because of a long history of solid reliability, the new Forester is predicted to also have above-average reliability and thus earns the “recommended” nod.

We always thought the Outlander was a sporty and affordable compact SUV, but worried about issues like reliability. Hearing such positive findings by CR definitely boosts its standing in the field. 

Subaru Forester leaps ahead (ConsumerReports)

By David Thomas | July 3, 2008 | Comments (8)

Comments 

Keith

I thought CR went away from their "predicted reliability" metric after their report on the Camry and Tundra showed that the actual reliability metric did not meet predicted reliability.

LM

They did...only for Toyota

sheth

perhaps one day Cr will tell you how they derive road test scores. They havent yet and no one ever notices.

AV

sheth-

I thought I was the only one that noticed when they gave the Lexus LS460 a 99 out of 100 after saying, "But the steering lacks feedback, the car is not agile, and it exhibits more lean then the S550 does in corners" and then said, "But the Lexus has some poor panel fits for this class." The car only reached 48.5 mph in its test, comperable to some SUVs. In fact, both versions of the Forester were able to reach higher limits than a $76,572 LS460. Sure, the Lexus can park itself, but CR itself said that they had "reservations" about the system.

The 09 Forester is acctually a vehicle that deserves the top spot. The Rav4 did not.

AV

sheth-

I thought I was the only one that noticed when they gave the Lexus LS460 a 99 out of 100 after saying, "But the steering lacks feedback, the car is not agile, and it exhibits more lean then the S550 does in corners" and then said, "But the Lexus has some poor panel fits for this class." The car only reached 48.5 mph in its test, comperable to some SUVs. In fact, both versions of the Forester were able to reach higher limits than a $76,572 LS460. Sure, the Lexus can park itself, but CR itself said that they had "reservations" about the system.

The 09 Forester is acctually a vehicle that deserves the top spot. The Rav4 did not.

DL

note the the #1 spot is the XT Limited version, although the lowly 2.5X still got 3rd, right behind the $30k RAV4 Limited V6 -- that's pretty good!

our '04 XS is about as exciting as a refridgerator, and just as boxy, with a suspension that's stiff in the highway with too much road noise, and wet-noodle-limp in the twisties and leans a lot. hope the new on is as much improvement as people say it is!

RShepherd

After reading the CR report and several other positve reviews of the new Forester, I went to my not-so-local dealership for a test drive and was handed the keys to a non-turbo Limited sans salesman. I can definitely understand why it's gotten rave reviews. The main thing I liked about it was the very smooth ride; I don't care how good a vehicle's other attributes are, if the ride is rough, I'm not interested. In addition, seating comfort, room front and rear, cargo space, and visibility were all excellent. It was easy to get into and out of (front and rear), had more than enough performance, a smooth-shifting transmission (although I agree with most of the reviewers who feel that a 5 or 6 speed automatic is expected these days)and was reasonably quiet (but definitely not Lexus-level quiet). I'm still not sure I'm ready to part with my smooth-riding, great-driving 77,000 mile 2004 VW Jetta which I love and which has been almost trouble-free, but when I do, I'll likely buy a Forester.

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