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Continued: Subaru Forester: As lovable as ever

  • Article by: BARRY SPYKER , Miami Herald
  • Last update: December 20, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Making your ride a safe experience starts with Subaru’s EyeSight system, which looks out for the guy in front of you (adaptive cruise warning), hits the brakes if it senses an imminent collision, and warns when you drift into the adjacent lane. This system is offered only on the Touring model.

Every Subaru gets antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-side air bags, side curtain and even driver’s knee air bag. Rear-view camera is standard in every trim but the base 2.5i.

But don’t diss the 2.5i — it’s rather well equipped with lots of power, AC, cruise control gadgets on the steering wheel and variable windshield wipers.

It’s one of six trims, however, which add significant enhancements. The 2.5i Premium adds a rear-view camera and panoramic moon roof. The 2.5i Limited gets a CVT, leather inside and power liftgate.

The Touring includes a navigation system, nice instrumentation and eight-speaker sound system.

Then the 2.0XT Premium gets all the Premium stuff plus the 2.0-liter turbo engine, 18-inch wheels and a spoiler. And the 2.0 Touring gets a tech package, too, with the EyeSight feature.

You non-Subie types looking for a compact crossover might want to toss this Forester on your shopping list. As for the Subie loyalists, there is nothing to fear in this fourth-gen Forester. Subaru just took everything you liked — its functionality and practicality — and made it just a bit better.

And then it added a dash of style and economy. Nicely done.

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    Price as tested: $32,995

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