The 2017 Subaru Forester has been named the Utility Vehicle of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
The Subaru Forester took the top honor over the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC and Chrysler Pacifica.
The award is given after over 60 automotive journalists gather together at an event known at “Test Fest” to drive each eligible new car in a category, back-to-back on the same day.
The Forester was tweaked for 2017, gaining new looks and fresh features like an updated EyeSight driver safety system which now includes things like reverse automatic braking. Powering the Forester is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT.
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Pricing in Canada for the Forester starts at $25,995, while in the US, the Forester sells for at least $22,595.
“Our program is absolutely testing-based,” said Justin Pritchard, co-chair of the Canadian Car of the Year committee. “We have experienced vehicle testers driving dozens of vehicles, back to back, over the course of several days. This testing process generated 1,384 test drives, producing over 100,000 data points and 1,058 category ballots,” said Pritchard.