2016 Subaru Forester Walk Around

The Forester’s grille is high, not aggressive, and its headlamps sweep and taper. The hood is aggressively creased, but the sides are softer, with modest fender flares and taillights taken from Impreza. The lines are simple, a design that takes into consideration easy access, cabin space, and visibility.

The Forester 2.5i is better looking than the 2XT, with all its vents, lights, grilles, and accents. Still an aggressive air dam but no longer a hood scoop.


Interior room in the Forester is remarkable for a compact crossover. A driver’s long legs might extend over the seat cushion, but rear passengers have plenty of legroom. The rear seats fold flat with a one-touch mechanism. It’s quiet inside, thanks to added insulation behind the door panels and instrument panel.

The refreshingly simple instrument panel is shared with the Outback and Legacy sedan. It’s forward and low, opening the cabin a bit.

The trim is mostly matte and soft-touch surfaces. The information screen, larger in 2016, is located at the top of a center stack with simple climate and audio controls. At the driver’s elbow there’s an armrest, cupholders and storage bins.

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