NEW FOR 2009:

– Completely redesigned model

For 2009, the Subaru Forester has been completely redesigned and is now into its third generation.

While the 2009 model is only slightly larger than its predecessor, it has more of an SUV look than a crossover wagon, and offers more interior room. Exterior changes include a larger grille, higher hood line, larger front bumper, new taillights, framed side windows, wider-opening doors and larger rear glass. Other changes include a new double-wishbone rear suspension, Tribeca-styled twin-cockpit interior design, new seats and more standard and optional features.

As before, two engines are offered: a 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine in the 2.5X that’s more powerful than in the previous generation, and a turbocharged and intercooled version of that engine in the 2.5XT. The 2.5X comes with a five-speed manual transmission with hill-hold feature or optional four-speed automatic, while the 2.5XT comes solely with the four-speed automatic. All models feature Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

Features on the 2.5X include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, heated mirrors, raised-profile roof rails, privacy glass, anti-theft security system, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input jack, tilt and telescopic wheel with integrated audio controls, cruise control, heated seats in premium cloth upholstery, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

The 2.5X Touring adds 16-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, fog lights, chrome door handles, wiper de-icer, rear seat cushion table with integrated cupholders, reclining rear seats and cargo area tray.

The 2.5X Limited comes only with the automatic transmission and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, Xenon headlamps, stainless steel rear step pad, six-CD premium audio system, leather-wrapped wheel, power-adjustable driver’s seat, perforated leather seat inserts and woodgrain dash trim.

The turbocharged 2.5XT comes only in Limited trim and is similarly equipped to the 2.5X Limited.

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