The Forester has truly come into its own in the last two years, receiving plenty of accolades and praise for its utilitarian personality and car-like refinement in this latest generation. Completely revised in 2014 , the Forester gets a few minor updates for 2015 that make it even more a bargain to brag about. While the quirky little crossover isn’t fast, sporty, or particularly good-looking like most of TopSpeed’s covered content, it is outstandingly practical.
A small $225 price hike over the 2014 model covers a multitude of added features. For one, the backup camera now comes standard — a handy feature when the cargo area is chock-full with stuff. The center stack now gets a color multi-function display, replacing the outdated black and white unit. And Subaru’s EyeSight system drops a large $500 off its sticker price, costing $1,295 paired with the All Weather Package on 2.5i Premium models.
Everything else that make the 2014 Forester a success is carried over, including an unchanged pair of engines and transmissions. Base models get the 2.5-liter flat-four mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The combo is good for 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The CVT remains an option, though at an extra $1,000. The more powerful option is the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four making 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. Unfortunately, upgrading to the turbo relegates the transmission choice to the CVT.
Trim levels for the 2.5-liter still include 2.5i, Premium, Limited, and Touring, while the more-upscale 2.0-liter turbo is only adorned with the Premium and Touring trims.
In all, the Forester is an honest crossover that works well. It just takes getting past what looks to be a bland cover to find a multifaceted vehicle well positioned to tackle nearly any task the average American brood can throw at it.
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