2007 Subaru Forester

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$21,195 - $27,895
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Engine Engine 2.5LH-4
MPG MPG 22 City / 29 Hwy
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2007 Forester Overview

click above image for high-res gallery of the 2007 Subaru Forester Sports 2.5X Subaru's Forester is well into its second generation, but the styling and driving experience isn't far removed from the unflappable friendly wagon that bowed in 1998. Why mess with a good thing? The Forester Sports 2.5X is a handsome set of duds that sets you apart from the CUV crowd, even if you don't get the turbo motor. The black mesh grille and more monochromatic color scheme dresses up even the lightly optioned Forester we recently drove for a week. Lightly optioned doesn't mean stripped, there's plenty of equipment here and you'd only want for more if you wanted higher monthly payments. Even a basic Forester is comprehensively equipped. We're happy to report that while Subaru is all grown up from the days of the GL, the spirit of those funky rattlers remains infused in the Forester. %Gallery-8229% All photos ©2007 Dan Roth / Weblogs, Inc. click on any image to enlarge The Forester Sports is equipped with Subaru's vaunted all-wheel-drive system, and it's more apt to consider it a small utility wagon than call it a CUV. It drives like a car, which is one of the plusses of car-based unibody vehicles, while the ground clearance allows you to shrug off unimproved thoroughfares. Being Impreza-based, the footprint is reasonable, and maneuverability is good. The two-box profile and squarish shape allows you to load a lot more into the Forester than you'd initially think. A first-generation Forester sees regular abuse at my day job; we load it to the gills with video production gear. You appreciate the functional two-box profile while marveling at the pile of C-stands, lighting gear, and production detritus you can cram into the Subie. Even without folding the seats, the cargo area is generous for a vehicle with a footprint the size of the Forester. When there's a need for more, dropping the seatbacks double the 30.7 cubic feet to 68.6. A handy load organizer occupied the floor of our tester's cargo area. It was rugged enough to have items loaded on top of it when folded, and it was a snap to open up. It kept the various small bits of things we normally travel with from smashing around the cargo area. For $21K, you forego leather seats and an automatic, but you do get climate control, a multi-CD stereo, cruise control, and power windows. What more could you want, really? If you don't want to change your own gears, there's a 4-speed automatic available for $800. There's also a lot of accessories available so you could tailor your little Subie exactly to your liking, should you have the money. There are no individual accessories that cost more than $500, though those prices don't include installation, you could have a lot of fun carefully outfitting your vehicle for just a few dollars more. Swing one of the frameless-window doors open and the interior materials don't scream luxury, nor do they advertise cost …
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2007 Forester Overview

click above image for high-res gallery of the 2007 Subaru Forester Sports 2.5X Subaru's Forester is well into its second generation, but the styling and driving experience isn't far removed from the unflappable friendly wagon that bowed in 1998. Why mess with a good thing? The Forester Sports 2.5X is a handsome set of duds that sets you apart from the CUV crowd, even if you don't get the turbo motor. The black mesh grille and more monochromatic color scheme dresses up even the lightly optioned Forester we recently drove for a week. Lightly optioned doesn't mean stripped, there's plenty of equipment here and you'd only want for more if you wanted higher monthly payments. Even a basic Forester is comprehensively equipped. We're happy to report that while Subaru is all grown up from the days of the GL, the spirit of those funky rattlers remains infused in the Forester. %Gallery-8229% All photos ©2007 Dan Roth / Weblogs, Inc. click on any image to enlarge The Forester Sports is equipped with Subaru's vaunted all-wheel-drive system, and it's more apt to consider it a small utility wagon than call it a CUV. It drives like a car, which is one of the plusses of car-based unibody vehicles, while the ground clearance allows you to shrug off unimproved thoroughfares. Being Impreza-based, the footprint is reasonable, and maneuverability is good. The two-box profile and squarish shape allows you to load a lot more into the Forester than you'd initially think. A first-generation Forester sees regular abuse at my day job; we load it to the gills with video production gear. You appreciate the functional two-box profile while marveling at the pile of C-stands, lighting gear, and production detritus you can cram into the Subie. Even without folding the seats, the cargo area is generous for a vehicle with a footprint the size of the Forester. When there's a need for more, dropping the seatbacks double the 30.7 cubic feet to 68.6. A handy load organizer occupied the floor of our tester's cargo area. It was rugged enough to have items loaded on top of it when folded, and it was a snap to open up. It kept the various small bits of things we normally travel with from smashing around the cargo area. For $21K, you forego leather seats and an automatic, but you do get climate control, a multi-CD stereo, cruise control, and power windows. What more could you want, really? If you don't want to change your own gears, there's a 4-speed automatic available for $800. There's also a lot of accessories available so you could tailor your little Subie exactly to your liking, should you have the money. There are no individual accessories that cost more than $500, though those prices don't include installation, you could have a lot of fun carefully outfitting your vehicle for just a few dollars more. Swing one of the frameless-window doors open and the interior materials don't scream luxury, nor do they advertise cost …Hide Full Review