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2007 Subaru Forester

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2007 Subaru Forester Review

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When the SUV craze took off in the mid nineties, the company which built its reputation on the all-wheel-drive category found itself without an entry. Subaru didn't take long to remedy this problem, giving birth to its first SUV: The Forester. Based on the Impreza platform, the Forester is basically a very tall wagon with some added ground clearance. As such, it retains all of the safety and stability features found in Subaru cars, but offers headroom and cargo space exceeding the popular Legacy and Outback wagons. Chock-full of options and with a choice of a normally-aspirated or turbocharged engine, the Forester serves up a bit more spice than either the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, and for not much more cash.

You'll Like This Car If...

If performance is a prime selling point, Subaru claims that a manual-shift 2.5 XT Limited can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds, which is rather swift for a compact SUV.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Because the Forester delivers a choppier ride than some rivals, it might not appeal to those who favor an always-gentle road experience. Refinement is roughly on par with the competitive Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, but it falls short of Honda's CR-V.

What's Significant About This Car?

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Forester

Driving Impressions Especially with the newly-tweaked turbocharged engine, Foresters are eager and frisky performers with just a touch of satisfying crudeness. Acceleration is especially snappy with the manual gearbox, which instills a...

more youthful nature. Considerably snugger inside than Subaru's new B9 Tribeca, the Forester yields ample headroom in both front and rear.

Rear-seat legroom is fair, and toe space is excellent. On smooth surfaces at least, the ride isn't bad, though choppiness is evident. The turbo engine is a little buzzy, but not oppressively so, though road vibration is noticeable. Gauges and controls are ordinary but sensibly arranged.

Hill Holder
Manual-shift models are equipped with a Hill Hold feature that helps keep the Forester from rolling backward when starting on an upgrade.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
That's what Subaru calls it but, in fact, two distinct systems are offered. Manual-shift Foresters get Continuous All-Wheel Drive with a 50/50 front/rear torque split, while those with an automatic transmission are equipped with Active All-Wheel Drive, which incorporates a continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch and direct power to the wheels that need traction most, in response to changing conditions.

2007 Subaru Forester Details
Interior

Stepping inside, which is easy to do, the Forester's interior appearance is familiar, but modifications have increased its utility and comfort. A multi-functional center console features a sliding armrest, while, in the cargo area, floor bars are accompanied by four utility hooks. A passenger seatback net storage pocket has been installed in the 2.5 X, which also offers front and rear cup holders and a rear-seat folding armrest. Nearly two inches of thigh support have been added to the rear-seat cushion and the standard retractable cargo cover is high enough to accommodate tall items.

Exterior

Fresh from a makeover in 2006, the Forester's appearance has changed a bit to bring it a "more unified, sophisticated, and more modern form," according to Subaru. Smooth side cladding and more curvaceous rear glass produce a clean look. Last year's makeover included increasing the ground clearance to eight inches. The Forester sports a familiar front fascia, grille, four-lamp headlight cluster, bumper and fenders, and outside mirrors are bigger with integrated turn signals available. The heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension has been retuned for enhanced performance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All Foresters with the naturally-aspirated engine are called 2.5 X, and include head/chest side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, an AM/FM/Weather-band stereo with CD player and remote keyless entry. In the 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition the durable finish on the floor and seatback is extended to the cargo area side walls, and also included are desert beige leather-trimmed upholstery with perforated Alcantara bolsters, a security system with shock sensor and a Momo wood/leather steering wheel. The 2.5 XT Limited, the sole turbocharged model, includes a premium package with leather-trimmed upholstery and sporty electroluminescent gauge pointers.

Optional Equipment

Subaru's premium package, available on the 2.5 X only, adds rear disc brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, eight-spoke alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, panoramic glass moonroof, heated front seats, automatic climate control and a six-CD changer.

Under the Hood

Subaru's 2.5-liter, horizontally-opposed (boxer configuration) four-cylinder engine is in naturally-aspirated form for 2.5 X models and turbocharged for the 2.5 XT Limited. Manual-transmission models have Continuous All-Wheel Drive, while those with a four-speed automatic transmission have Active All-Wheel Drive, which includes a continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch.

2.5-liter Boxer-4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 23/28 (automatic)

2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
224 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 21/26 (automatic)

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2007 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 336 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Safest and best value car I've owned.

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Foul weather roadability, versatile, value"

Cons: "AWD is full time"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Outstanding handling in snow and rain, quiet too. Never had to use air bags but it gets the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute. Only repairs needed in 10 years and 61k miles are new front brakes & rotors at 61k miles and new sway bar links at 50k miles. Just wish the AWD could be locked out at times it is not needed, that way gas mileage might be one or two mpg better. But 26 mpg average is still pretty good."

Great practical and sensible car.

By on Monday, July 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "well made good value little car"

Cons: "quieter cabin with comfortable seats,better shift"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"nothing seems to fall apart, even the clock works excellent. would be nice if it shifted easier, the seats weren't so hard and not so much outside noise filtering in, esp. on rough roads. The tougher the car the longer it seems to last. I want another Forester made just as well except those three items listed previously improved as long as it didn't compromise its durability. Better gas mile would be an extra plus."

Great car

By on Thursday, July 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,987

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great mileage highway or local."

Cons: "cargo area"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My only complaint is cargo area and back seats don't lock down for cargo like my previous outback. REALLY loved that Outback but Forester better at defrosting completely (coated with ice) all by its lonesome. Very nice pickup for merging onto interstate."

Would buy again, great handling and comfort

By on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "handles amazing for mountain driving, comfortable"

Cons: "no lights for radio buttons or glove box."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I could go on with what I love. The only minor improvements I'd love to see are lit radio buttons (cannot see them at night), a glove box light, and gas mileage improvement. All the things you'd hope the car has it truly does, handling, cornering, safety, comfort, quality, easy to use for many functions (popping seats up/down, off road, mountain driving)."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great Cary

By on Monday, April 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Has been a great car to own and drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great in the winter with lots of interior comforts, good luggage space, fold down seats and easy handling."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality, reliability, comfort, safety, versatility"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2006 Subaru Forester now has 102,000 miles, and I have never had a single problem with it. It's comfortable, safe, goes places most other cars could not go, and gets 27 to 31 mpg on the highway. Over the years, I've owned VWs, Toyotas, Nissans, Fords, Chrysler products, and GM products. Of all these cars, my 2006 Subie is simply the best. I liked it so much I bought a new 2014 Subaru Forester."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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