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2009 Subaru Forester Named MotorTrend’s SUV Of The Year

Posted in auto industry, Car Reviews, Emissions, Favorite Cars, Fuel, Newsworthy, Rally, Recreational Vehicles, Roads, Subaru, SUV, Traffic, Travel by Suzanne Denbow | October 17th, 2008 | 2 Responses |

2009 Subaru Forester being put through the paces by MotorTrend

Beating out both the BMW X6 and the highly-praised Ford Flex, the 2009 Subaru Forester has recently been awarded the coveted distinction as MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year. While I’ll admit I wasn’t aware the sporty little wagon was technically classified as an SUV at all, it’s still a relief to see that hollow hybrid technology and a few green misnomers aren’t enough to sway the tech-savvy gearheads of MotorTrend.

Said ‘Trend’s Edward Loh of the pick:

“Sure, our Subaru Forester 2.5XT contender posted the best observed fuel-economy numbers (16.0 mpg) for an all-wheel-drive SUV in this year’s competition, but that’s not the whole story.” What the whole story does consist of is the Subaru Forester’s laudable fuel efficiency (19 mpg city/24 mpg hwy) still allowing it the throw down on the track. The Forester’s off-road capability was also found to be above par, performing just as well off-road as on the asphalt. Summarized MotorTrend Editor-At-Large Arthur St. Antoine, “It takes only a few miles to begin to appreciate the Forester’s many virtues. It does everything most SUV buyers need-with more off-road capability than they’ll likely use-yet remains friendly and carlike [sic] in its character. In many ways, the Forester represents the new SUV paradigm; it’s the right vehicle for the times.”

Source: MotorTrend

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  1. We did a review on the Forester a while back (haven’t posted it yet) and I was shocked at how good it was. Nothing fancy, but you got good fuel economy, good fit and finish, power enough for what you need, and it drove very nice. I actually suspected that it was a ringer car at first (a car send to the press with a “fake” quality, sort of) but it wasn’t. Very impressed.

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