The third generation Subaru Forester receives numerous changes. The exterior retains its identity, but at the same time, the design accents of the new model more strictly emphasize its belonging to the SUV class: in particular, high wheel arches with a pronounced relief of the fenders, body proportions that visually bring Forester closer to SUVs. The new Forester offers more standard comfort and safety features. Other features include a reinforced chassis, wider track, longer wheelbase, new rear suspension, and increased ground clearance. The cabin has increased legroom and above the heads of the seated, improved visibility. In the US, the car was sold with a slightly different design than in Europe. In addition, it was equipped with only 2.5-liter units.
In the US and Canada, the "third" Forester debuted as a 2009 model. The more spacious cabin is designed to create a pleasant feeling of comfort for the driver and passengers. The front doors have comfortable armrests and large pockets, each with a niche for bottles. In addition to high quality fabrics, perforated leather is used in the upholstery of the expensive versions. Devices - with clear zoning and blue background light. In terms of the base trim, it looks really generous. Serial US equipment includes: 17 '' alloy wheels, fog lights, roof rails, tinted windows, power windows and remote control locks, power sunroof, 10-way power driver's seat, six-disc CD changer and multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control -the control. In the top-end version, the car has a leather interior, a touchscreen navigation system, sports trim, and a cold weather package.
The American Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed engine - naturally aspirated or turbocharged. The base unit develops a maximum of 170 horsepower and 229 Nm. Turbo version - 224 hp and 320 Nm. The naturally aspirated engine is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with support for manual speed change, or with a 5-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged model has a 4-speed automatic. In addition to the five-speed manual models, Hill Start Assist is available to prevent the vehicle from rolling back when driving off. An additional improvement to the motor-transmission pair was the installation of the SI-DRIVE motor control system, which allows, depending on the driving style, to choose the most suitable engine operating mode in order to ensure maximum efficiency or maximum dynamics. The third generation Subaru Forester is designed on the Subaru Impreza chassis. The latest double-wishbone independent rear axle suspension has improved vehicle safety by enhancing traction. The total length of the car body is 4560 mm, which is 74 mm more than the previous generation; the Forester has added 45 mm in width, that is, its total width is now 1780 mm; the car grew by 85 mm, which resulted in 1675 mm growth. The wheelbase has also become larger, now it is 2615 mm, and was previously 90 mm less. The minimum turning radius of a car is 5.3 meters. The increased dimensions of the body made it possible to make more spacious not only the interior, but also the luggage compartment - its volume is 450 liters.
The new Forester is equipped as standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive, dynamic vehicle stability system. In addition, the basic kit includes six airbags (front, side, curtain airbags), ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, cruise control. The NHTSA was awarded five stars for frontal crash protection, five stars for side crash testing and four stars for rollover tests. Many observers called the advantages of the third generation Forester comfortable driving performance, a spacious interior and trunk, and standard four-wheel drive. The advantages of the American version were and remain powerful engines. But there are also disadvantages - for example, an outdated 4-band "automatic", besides, this is the only option for a turbocharged model. Owners of used cars complain about the cheap interior, engine noise, high maintenance costs.