The ultimate crossover needs good fuel economy, solid off-roading credentials and a fun-to-drive car feel. In our most recent AutoGuide review we found the Subaru Forester to have a lively feel on the road with good handling and a solid engine. The Forester also felt right at home on gravel roads thanks to Subaru’s all-time AWD.
However, a major complaint of the Forester is its terrible fuel-economy. Even with the less powerful 2.0-liter gas engine, the Forester gets just 20/27 mpg city/highway. Subaru’s diesel engine is seen in the international Forester, where it’s more economical and more reliable, making it perfect for the rugged crossover. Hopefully it would also come with something other than the brand’s out-dated 4-speed automatic.