Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover Sport Utility Vehicle manufactured since 1997 by the Japanese automaker Subaru. It was released in the United States in 1998 on the chassis of the Subaru Impreza. As is customary with all Subaru models marketed in the United States and other international markets, the Forester is equipped with all-wheel drive. Subaru marketing aimed to appeal to the SUV-oriented market, and as a result, the Forester has features that are normally associated with SUVs. These include things like a large, boxy cargo area and more ground clearance than other Subaru models. Additionally, the Forester, up until recently, was sold in India as a Chevrolet. However since General Motors no longer holds an ownership stake in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, sales in India of the Chevrolet-badged Forester have ceased. The Forester is assembled at the Gunma Yajima Factory in Japan. In 2003, a turbocharged Forester, the XT, was launched alongside the naturally aspirated X and XS in the United States. This occurred as a 2004 model, however the same model had really been available since the late 1990s elsewhere in the world. The XT model is equipped with a 2.5 L turbocharged engine that is mated with the same Mitsubishi TD04 turbocharger used in the Subaru Impreza WRX. Those seeking added power for their Forester XT can replace the turbocharger and intercooler with used STI parts, which are readily available. The changes in the 2003 Forester feature weight-saving alterations such as an aluminum hood, perforated rails and a hydro-formed front frame. Subaru has once again earned itself some awards, as the Forester was Car and Driver magazine's Best Small SUV for 2004, 2005 and again in 2006. It is really impressive to see a model sweep the title multiple years in a row. That is a clear indication that something is being done correctly.