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Old 12-24-2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default 2009 US-spec Forester

This thread is for US-spec 2009 Forester models, not JDM or Canadian models, or models from other markets.

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

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Old 12-24-2007, 11:23 AM   #2
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Thanks Bob. I wonder if this new frame will allowed Subaru to lower the CofG, while keeping the additional clearance.
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:29 AM   #3
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they've ruined everything..
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:36 AM   #4
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:40 AM   #5
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NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW PREVIEW:
SUBARU RELEASES FIRST PHOTOS OF ALL-NEW 2009 FORESTER CROSSOVER SUV
  • All-New Design with Improved Comfort, Space and Utility
  •  All-New Platform With Sport-Sedan Dynamics
  •  Standard Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)

CHERRY HILL, N.J -- Subaru of America, Inc. today released the first official photos of the all-new, third-generation 2009 Forester, a total re-design of the award-winning crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that will debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January. The 2009 Forester, which arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring, builds upon its predecessor’s reputation as an icon of safety, dependability and versatility. The new-generation 2009 model projects a bolder, more SUV-like design and making a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics.

As with all Subaru models, the 2009 Forester comes equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. An all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) and double-wishbone rear suspension improves crash-worthiness and at the same time provides crisper handling, a quieter ride and increased interior space and cargo room. The 2009 Forester once again blends positive SUV attributes including a high seating point and interior versatility with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency.

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 is standard on all models for the first time. With the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3), Subaru optimized all elements of the Forester’s chassis to deliver a better balance of ride, handling response, quietness and overall traction performance than offered by competitive vehicles. A comprehensive array of elements contributes to that goal, including the new, high-strength body structure, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, VDC and four-wheel disc ABS brakes with the Brake Assist safety system.

Manual-transmission models also feature Incline Start Assist, which can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

Even with its bolder exterior and roomier interior, the new 2009 Forester is only about three inches longer than its predecessor, thus retaining the trim exterior packaging cited by Forester owners as one of this model’s most essential features. A robust body structure, heavy-duty raised four-wheel independent suspension system and up to 8.9 inches of ground clearance help make Forester equally adept at negotiating twisty roads and absorbing ruts and bumps.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE WITH GREATER COMFORT AND VERSATILITY
The 2009 Forester offers naturally aspirated and turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter Boxer engines, both revised to provide better low-end and mid-range torque for more responsive everyday performance. New interior materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality. As before, Forester is offered in a wide array of models, with the 2009 Forester 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.

The 2009 Forester offers a navigation system for the first time as well as advanced audio system upgrade options. The 2009 Forester comes pre-wired for XM® or SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. An auxiliary audio input jack enables connection of an iPod® or MP3 player.
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:41 AM   #6
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:42 AM   #7
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Looks JUST like a mitsu from the side and rear
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:44 AM   #8
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now to bad the don't bring out the STI Forester!
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:45 AM   #9
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they've ruined everything..
Well in the eyes of SOA's target market, they'd probably argue otherwise.
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:48 AM   #10
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did we really need another freakin' SUV ?

step back for Subaru, Forester was ahead of its time being a sort of crossover vehicle ... now it's just another LAME ASS SUV
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:57 AM   #11
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honda pilot and mitsu outlander= new forester

is that the same dash as the impreza?
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:00 PM   #12
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I hate the new style, looks waay to mainstream with no originality. No projectors on the Forester is also weak....
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:16 PM   #13
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Judging from the negative NASIOC response, it will be a commercial success. I'll definitely drive one when they're released. Maybe I can convince the wife to sell her 05 WRX wagon and our 2003 Pathfinder and replace them with a WRB FXT.

Thanks for the link, Bob.
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:25 PM   #14
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Judging from the negative NASIOC response, it will be a commercial success. I'll definitely drive one when they're released. Maybe I can convince the wife to sell her 05 WRX wagon and our 2003 Pathfinder and replace them with a WRB FXT.

Thanks for the link, Bob.
Thanks, and you can be sure of that. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Old 12-24-2007, 12:26 PM   #15
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looks good, diesel with 6 speed will be nice daily..
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:35 PM   #16
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This well sell like crazy,just like the new Impreza is...........
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:38 PM   #17
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meh. blends in.
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:54 PM   #18
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I love it! Been driving an Impreza OBS for 4 years now and wanting to trade for something a little larger. The '08 Forester was on my short list, but there is a lot good of competition in this segment. My wife has fallen for the new Nissan Rouge for example.. But this new 09 Forester may just be the ticket to keep Subaru in the family!
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I love the NEW Impreza and hate the NEW Forester...

hatchbacks are the new trend... SUV's are an old trend that many automakers are trying to move away from - crossovers are hot now, ironically what a Forester used to be
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looks good, diesel with 6 speed will be nice daily..
Don't hold your breath for either.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:11 PM   #21
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maybe if you are young and don't have a family to haul around...


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SUV's are an old trend that many automakers are trying to move away from - crossovers are hot now, ironically what a Forester used to be
Call it what you want, but the pre '09 Forester was never anything but a small AWD wagon - not a small SUV and certainly not a crossover no matter how it was "rated." I would consider the '09 to be a small CUV or a small SUV

I like the new Forester and it will be at the top of the list when we replace our OBS for something a little bigger to accomodate our growing family.
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I love the NEW Impreza and hate the NEW Forester...

hatchbacks are the new trend... SUV's are an old trend that many automakers are trying to move away from - crossovers are hot now, ironically what a Forester used to be
In what way is a Forester NOT a cross-over? It was, and still is, a chunky, boxy, mini-SUV looking tall wagon. Its size has grown to compete with the CR-V and the RAV-4, but it's still relatively compact. The increase in rear leg room will likely be the single most compelling feature to Forester shoppers.

I like the new styling. It's not like the Forester's looks were ever heart stopping in the first place. It was always rather derivative and generic SUVish. Yes, there are strong hints of Pilot, Outlander, and even Range Rover. But the overall look is rather handsome, purposeful, and pleasantly chunky.
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maybe if you are young and don't have a family to haul around...
2 kids, wife hauls them around in A3...
yeah we're europeans


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Call it what you want, but the pre '09 Forester was never anything but a small AWD wagon - not a small SUV and certainly not a crossover no matter how it was "rated." I would consider the '09 to be a small CUV or a small SUV

I like the new Forester and it will be at the top of the list when we replace our OBS for something a little bigger to accomodate our growing family.
I don't why but that just looks huge on these pics, a size of Navigator... after reading the specs I realized it's not much bigger than the old Forester - I wish the had 2 next to each other on the same pic -
if that's the case I guess it could be a cross-over... and that's cool
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2 kids, wife hauls them around in A3...
yeah we're europeans
Exactly, while the rest of us fat ass Americans need our F450s to go buy groceries. I do have to admit I "feel" safer in my Colorado than I do in the OBS. Whether or not I actually am (taking the curtain airbags out of the equasion) is another question.

PS - the S3 is one of my favorite cars that we don't get.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:49 PM   #25
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Call it what you want, but the pre '09 Forester was never anything but a small AWD wagon - not a small SUV and certainly not a crossover no matter how it was "rated." I would consider the '09 to be a small CUV or a small SUV
So where do you draw the line? Why is the 09 Forester an SUV and the 08 Forester not? Because it's grown a few inches?
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