New Forester makes “major leap” for Subaru

The new third-generation 2009 Forester, which is set to arrive in Subaru dealerships in the spring, represents a "major leap" for the manufacturer, the automaker claims.

This updated model shows off a design that more closely resembles an SUV and also contains advancements in safety, comfort and driving dynamics, according to Subaru.

Fully equipped with symmetrical all-wheel drive, the 2009 Forester also has a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase and double-wishbone rear suspension.

"The 2009 Forester once again blends positive SUV attributes including a high seating point and interior versatility with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency," the manufacturer stated.

Subaru said that the 2009 Forester 2.5 X in particular offered "one of the best values" among crossover SUVs.

In addition, for the first time, the updated model features a navigation system – and it also has advanced upgrades for its audio system.

The original Forester was introduced in Japan in 1997.

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