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Old 12-26-2007, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Santa Brings details on 2009 Forester



2009 Subaru Forester
By Subiesport Magazine, http://www.subiesport.com

2007 has been a year of big announcements at Subaru. First there was the revision of the Tribeca, and while that wasn’t earth shattering, the world waited in rapt excitement for the next one. That would have been the new Impreza WRX. Here was the first step in the hot-saloon cum hot hatch revamp. Then, closely on the heals of this was the relaunch of the STI which made the world stand still. Not ready to throw in the towel, Subaru had just one more revamp up its sleeve. And here it is: the long awaited for… 2009 Subaru Forester.

Not exactly the biggest release from Subaru in the last 5 five years, but still, another all-new model for Subaru fans to either rejoice or lament over. Given Subaru’s track-record over the last year, the faithful are sure to have their beefs with this new car as well.
Gone is the shoe-box styling that made the Forester such a hit. Again, Subaru seems to be taking styling cues from the likes of Toyota as the new Forester looks to be much more Rav 4 and not so much box-back Impreza.

The Forester still shares its platform with the hot saloon Impreza and therefore also shares the all-new, more sophisticated double-wishbone rear-suspension which Subaru claims improves crash protection as well as handling feel. Whereas the senior Forester was much more car-like in stance and ride-height, this generation is taller for a more SUV feel, with up to 8.9-inches of ground clearance. Subaru claims that this Forester also has more cargo room, which comes virtue of better suspension packaging and a longer wheel base, 3.6-inches more than that of the previous car.

The drivetrain is the same as that of the Impreza, with both 2.5-liter N/A and 2.5-liter turbo models available. Both manual and automatic transmission choices are available with VDC traction and stability control being standard along with all-wheel-drive, ABS and 4-wheel disc brakes. Manual transmissions will get Incline Start Assist to prevent roll-back when starting out on a hill.

The new Forester will now offer the same gee-whiz interior goodies of the Impreza with optional navigation, satellite radio and portable media player connectivity. Subaru claims that “…new interior materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality.” The Forester again is offered in several different trim levels with the stripper being the 2.5 X, “offering one of the best values in the crossover SUV segment and the range-topping Forester L.L.Bean Edition, offering more luxury without compromising the vehicle’s sporty nature;” or so says Subaru.



While we take solace in the fact that Subaru has retained the hot XT version, it appears that Subaru has slipped yet another one of its quirky, marque-defining models into the mainstream with the Forester’s new pseudo off-road body-cladding. This may be an attempt to carve the Forester out of the GLBT niche that Subaru so happily made for the car, and try to make it more competitive against the likes of the Rav 4 and CRV, which it closely resembles now.

If this new car is anything like it’s predecessor, it should offer more power, performance and handling than that of either the Honda or the Toyota.



Where this new car will fit in given the history and pedigree of the Forester, what with both the Japanese STI version and previous Sports editions as the benchmark, will be interesting to see. However, given the fact that this car also shares the underpinnings of the Impreza which is no slouch in the handling and power department, we will have to see just how much padding there is between the two cars.

Hopefully, as in past generations, your own home-brewed pseudo-STI version is only a set of springs and a reflash away.

For more pictures, and the original press release, visit http://www.subiesport.com

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Old 12-26-2007, 06:46 PM   #2
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boooo! i like the more square look better

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Old 12-26-2007, 07:06 PM   #3
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holy ...
what did they do to the poor forester?
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:14 PM   #4
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Subaru beat it with teh ugly stick.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:22 PM   #5
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They just ****ed it up, just like they have ****ed up all the other models. I'm glad I have an 05 Forester, best one made to date.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
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I like it, you guys have too much of the "I fear change" mentality. Subaru did exactly what they needed to do with the forester. A few quirkey loyalists buying Forresters is not as good as mass quantities of the general public.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:41 PM   #7
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This is my most favorite Subaru now. I hope it comes with a diesel and an improved automatic transmission next year! If not, I will wait until Subaru does that.
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:11 PM   #8
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This is my most favorite Subaru now. I hope it comes with a diesel and an improved automatic transmission next year! If not, I will wait until Subaru does that.
I'll second that.

I think it looks great and they didn't go too far with the upsizing.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:04 PM   #9
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i like it a lot lol
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:11 PM   #10
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It looks more like a Ford Escape from the front... I thought it was a wagon, not an SUV. Oh well, can't judge anything until you see it in person.

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Old 12-26-2007, 09:20 PM   #11
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disappointed when i saw the pic, as with most everything subaru is making right now.

and that first paragraph made my head hurt
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:24 PM   #12
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Looks terrible, is Subaru aiming for the ugly look for all models?
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:25 PM   #13
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disappointed when i saw the pic, as with most everything subaru is making right now.

and that first paragraph made my head hurt
I completly agree, why are they ruining all of their cars?

I dont even care about the specs... this car is too ugly.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:31 PM   #14
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I think it looks great. Good job Subaru.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:41 PM   #15
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It's amaizing how much damage a BAD PHOTO can do to a car's image.

better photos can be found here:

http://blogs.edmunds.com/Straightline/3963

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2009-...rester/545237/
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:30 PM   #16
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The photos from SubieSports are not bad, they just show a different line. I think the car is finally looking it's part in the Subaru line up. It is suppose to be a small/mid size SUV, to me it has always looked like a plump wagon, that said, it didn't looked bad, it just didn't look like a SUV. I have many friends who have told me that the reason that they didn't buy a Forester was because they didn't want a wagon, I think that they would buy this version. I would think that Japan would know by now that the USA wants STi versions of every model Subaru builds, I'm sure a Sti Forester would sell great here, as would a STi Legacy. This is the Forester we've needed here in the Northwest, I think that they have a winner here. Now if there would only bring back a decent coupe, maybe a limited edition STi Coupe. The line would form behind me.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:33 PM   #17
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Is that a mirror on the hood?! Oddly I like it.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:41 PM   #18
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I like a lot better than the new Impreza
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:06 PM   #19
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how can anyone say the previous forester was good looking?!
I really appreciate how useful this car is but you need to have some REALLY bad taste to think its\was good looking!
this hasn't changed much. I think its a step up although its still ugly as sin.
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:19 PM   #20
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Big step up in the looks department for the forester . This change looks more mainstream which is what subaru is going for .
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:23 AM   #21
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how can anyone say the previous forester was good looking?!
I really appreciate how useful this car is but you need to have some REALLY bad taste to think its\was good looking!
this hasn't changed much. I think its a step up although its still ugly as sin.
haha, keep your flame suit handy
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:32 AM   #22
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Hmmmm

I dont Dislike the new forester, but I see the escape in it...or maybe a jeep.

But if I wouldn't spot it on the street amongst other cars like I can an older impreza or older forester.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:42 AM   #23
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But if I wouldn't spot it on the street amongst other cars like I can an older impreza or older forester.
Well, what you posted IS an older Forester. Besides there is nothing similar between those 2 pictures you posted except that the car pictures were taken from the same angle
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:50 AM   #24
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The old forester XT looked awesome in my opinion.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:54 AM   #25
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how can anyone say the previous forester was good looking?!
I really appreciate how useful this car is but you need to have some REALLY bad taste to think its\was good looking!
this hasn't changed much. I think its a step up although its still ugly as sin.
Seriously, what's not to like?

Forester pic 1

Forester pic 2

Forester pic 3

Forester pic 4

Forester Pic 5

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