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Photos of the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i front view

It's a Subaru, what did you expect to see?

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i front quarter high

Good traction in the snow. Winter tires still advisable.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i front quarter view

Longer nose, bulkier body sides than the sleeker 2009-2013 Forester.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i side view

"Functional shape" puts it in the best light. Could be worse.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i rear quarter view

Slight up-kick in belt line after the doors a rare concession to aesthetics.

Subaru Forester Photos: Honda CR-V side view

This is worse. Both aesthetically and functionally.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i interior

Limited adds leather. But much hard plastic remains.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i instrument panel

Engineers could have penned this somewhat dated, simple-to-a-fault design.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i instrument panel

Clear conventional gauges and three big knobs for HVAC.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i nav interface

Most controls are easy to use. This is the exception.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i traction display

Drift-o-meter. Yellow bars indicate operation of the traction control, stability control, or ABS.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i fuel economy display

Highest average for the trip from school to home. Typically 23-27.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i driver seat

Comfortable seats.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i rear seat

Rear seat roomiest in class, comfortably high, and reclines.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i cargo area

Official cargo space with the seat up is 34.4 cu. ft., a few below Honda and Toyota.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i cargo area seat folded

Official cargo space with the rear seat folded is a class-leading 74.7 cu. ft.

Subaru Forester Photos: Subaru Forester 2.5i engine

There's a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine somewhere beneath that intake. No cover needed.