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 |  Apr 23 2013, 10:14 AM

Reasonably fun to drive with six-speed manual transmission


At 2.5-liters this crossover’s engine puts out a respectable 170 horsepower, the same as a 1995 Ford Contour V6. Torque is a little more at 174 lb-ft. Add it all up and there’s enough thrust for borderline-brisk acceleration, though the big boxer’s off-kilter thrum probably makes the vehicle seem faster than it really is.

A six-speed manual transmission adds to the driving enjoyment. Ripping through the gears is a lost art these days and the Forester is happy to humor members of the old guard with slick gear changes and smoothly rev-matched down shifts. If three pedals are 50 percent too many a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a $1,500 option on the 2.5i Premium model. The CVT is standard on higher-trim Foresters and exclusively offered on models with the up level 2.0-liter turbo engine.

  • Hans Hong

    Did they improve the sound quality of the stock speakers and head unit? The 2011 2.5X models are TERRIBLE for sound quality and makes FM radio even sound like garbage.

  • Morro

    Another classic hit by the Subaru ugly stick

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Joash-Tan/100000351085371 Richard Joash Tan

    and you are a bullshit because I am biased with Subaru

  • Richard Joash Tan

    and you are a bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Richard Joash Tan

    and you are a bullshit because I am biased with Subaru