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Here’s Why the Subaru Forester Was the Best Compact SUV of 2016

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Subaru has been successful in America for almost 50 years because it understands exactly what its customers want: rock-solid reliability combined with the certainty of four-wheel drive in all weather conditions.

The first Subaru Forester debuted in 1998 as a compact crossover SUV that was slightly taller than the Impreza wagon it was built on. The fourth generation model debuted in 2014 as a complete compact sports car, measuring 68.3 centimeters in length and two centimeters in length than the main competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.

As soon as it was introduced in 2016, the Subaru Forester emerged as one of the best compact SUVs of the year. The small crossover SUV sector is fiercely competitive, and the 2016 Subaru Forester is holding up admirably.

In addition to the security of standard four-wheel drive, the Forester offers plenty of storage space, spacious seats and an optional turbo engine that is one of the most powerful in its class. This crossover is not very spectacular, but Subaru believes in providing functional simplicity. And that is exactly what the Forester 2016 offers.

This is why the 2016 Subaru Forester emerged as the best in class.

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The Subaru Forester is the definition of comfort and quality in compact SUVs

Like the previous eight years, the 2016 Subaru Forester offers enormous interior space and a great sense of space. Due to its taller shape, the Forester has about the same payload as the larger Outback, despite being a compact SUV.

At 181-inch length, the Forester offers remarkable space. Over 40 inches of headroom in the rear seats, 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 74.7 cubic feet when the second row seats are folded. It also has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

Subaru significantly overhauls the interior in the 2016 Forester. Materials are a significant improvement over previous models. And extra insulation in both the door panels and the area in front of the instrument panel has a significant impact on keeping the cab quieter on rough terrain.

Tire noise is still there at highway speeds, and Subaru has reduced, but not eliminated, the wind noise around its huge, handy door mirrors.

The driving position is pleasantly elevated, with the dashboard set back far enough to give a sense of space. It also has plenty of elbow room in the front. The window line is lower than on comparable compact crossovers, resulting in a bright interior and exceptional outside visibility. In short, Forester passengers have the best sense of space in its class.

The rear seats are easy to get into, with plenty of legroom and a low segment driveshaft tunnel, and their mild contours should make them comfortable on long journeys.

With the exception of the base model, all rear seatbacks have three positions and all models have a folding center armrest with cup holders. With just one button, the backrest of the rear seat folds almost flat.

The Forester 2016 offers a sensational driving experience

The Forester accelerates well from a standstill and has decent power throughout its range. The Forester has a continuously variable automatic transmission and has one of the best responses on the market.

Subaru’s 2016 Forester crossover SUV excels on and off the road with a solid center frame, wide track and symmetrical four-wheel drive. Subaru calibrated in the perfect amount of shock stiffness for a pleasant ride with minimal body roll and dives.

The electrically boosted power steering provides excellent feedback without appearing overly assisted. Subaru’s continuously variable gearbox (CVT) is one of the best in the industry, contributing to fuel economy and performance. Unfortunately, the CVT causes the Forester to swing out of a stop every now and then, which can be annoying in stop-and-go traffic.

The 2.0XT turbo model’s harder suspension settings make it look more WRX-esque, with wider wheels and the WRX’s tri-mode SI-Drive that turns the CVT into a virtual 8-speed manual transmission. The XT version can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds, which is impressive for a compact family dumper.

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Subaru Forester 2016: high in safety, but low in price

All 2016 Subaru Foresters come standard with anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver’s knee airbag and a rearview camera. Emergency assistance and automatic collision notification are standard on most Foresters in the Starlink Safety Plus telematics system.


Buyers can update the Starlink Safety Plus and Security Plus systems with remote services (door unlocking, vehicle location services, stolen vehicle recovery and alarm notification). The EyeSight technology for driver assistance package includes Lane Departure Warning, Front Collision Warning and a Forward Collision Prevention System with automatic braking.

The Subaru Forester received a top five star rating in government crash tests for general protection, with four stars for complete safety in frontal impacts and five stars for total safety in side impacts. In the moderate overlap frontal offset, small overlap frontal offset, side impact and headrest/seat tests, the Forester received the highest rating of “Good”.

The Forester’s optional automatic emergency braking system received a “Superior” rating from the IIHS.

The average list price for a 2016 Forester is $22,300, with a price range of $17,000 to $27,700.



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