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2007 Subaru Forester Review

Perfect balance of upscale luxury and all-weather durability.

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The 2007 Subaru Forester is easily one of the top choices in the compact SUV class. With impeccable crash safety, practicality, utility, all-weather abilities, some real driving fun, and upscale features, drivers find it hard to beat the Forester. A buyer looking for a compact SUV should check out the Forester before making any final decisions.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Forester 2.5 X, Subaru Forester Sports 2.5 X, Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Package, Subaru Forester Sports 2.5 XT, Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited, Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition

What's New

For 2007, the Subaru Forester lineup adds two new trim levels: the Sports 2.5 X and Sports 2.5 XT. All Foresters except the base 2.5 X get an upgraded CD player with MP3, WMA, and CD-RW capability that is Sirius Satellite Radio-ready and has an auxiliary jack for connecting handheld MP3 players. The base 2.5 X now includes electronic brakeforce distribution, while the Forester XT Limited gets standard 17-inch wheels. The front door panels in all Subaru Foresters now have bottle holders, and the base engine meets PZEV standard in California and the Northeastern states. The turbo engine puts out 224 horsepower.


The 2007 Subaru Forester compact SUV offers two engine choices: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged version. Foresters with the base engine have a ""2.5 X"" designation and come in base, Sports, Premium Package, and L.L. Bean trim levels. Models with the turbo engine have a ""2.5 XT"" designation and come in Sports and Limited trim levels.

The base Forester 2.5 X includes 16-inch steel wheels, a roof rack, and a de-icing for the wipers. The 2.5 X Premium Package adds alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, rear disc brakes, and a sunroof. The L.L. Bean includes a self-leveling rear suspension.

The Sports 2.5 XT comes similarly equipped to the Sports 2.5 X except for 17-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential and rear disc brakes. The Forester XT Limited looks similar to the L.L. Bean, save for its 17-inch wheels.


The 2.5 X base offers air-conditioning with cabin air filtration, a four-speaker CD stereo, full power accessories, and keyless entry. The Sports 2.5 X adds automatic climate control and an MP3/WMA-capable stereo with an in-dash CD changer and an auxiliary input jack. The 2.5 X Premium Package throws in a power driver’s seat and front-seat heaters while the L.L. Bean Edition adds leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and sturdier plastic trim in the cargo bay. Standalone options for the 2007 Subaru Forester include various cargo nets, a cargo bin, splash guards, wheel locks, and a rubber rear-bumper cover.

Performance & Handling

All 2.5 X’s use a 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. The XT makes use of a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine that produces 224 horsepower and 226 lb-ft of torque. The choice of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission remains available for all models except the L.L. Bean where the automatic provides the only choice. The 2007 Subaru Forester comes standard with full-time all-wheel drive like all Subaru vehicles. Manual-transmission-equipped Foresters have a Hill Holder clutch feature that keeps them from rolling back down steep inclines.

The Forester offers solid, but not class-leading, handling. The steering feels a bit vague and the Forester experiences a small amount of body roll, but it remains predictable at all speeds and well-suited to daily use.


All 2007 Subaru Foresters feature anti-lock brakes, active front head restraints, and front-seat side airbags (that provide head and torso protection) as standard equipment. All models except the base and 2.5 X Sports have four-wheel disc brakes. In NHTSA testing the Forester earns five out of five stars on all tests except rollover resistance where it receives four out of five stars. In IIHS testing the Forester earns the highest rating of “Good"" on the majority of tests and scored the second-highest rating of “Acceptable"" in a few other tests. The IIHS names the 2007 Forester a “Best Pick"" for the compact SUV class. Obviously, if safety highlights a buyer’s primary concern, the Forester should climb to the top of his list.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru Forester 2.5 X: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Forester Sports 2.5 X: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Package: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Forester Sports 2.5 XT, 2.5 XT Limited: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition: 20/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Class-leading safety scores
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Carlike ride and handling
  • Turbo engine

You Won't Like

  • Road noise during highway driving
  • Lacks legroom

Sum Up

Perfect balance of upscale luxury and all-weather durability.

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