In recent years the diminutive Subaru station wagon has grown in size and functionality and there are now 5 models of the fully redesigned crossover SUV to choose from. We drove the 2.5X L.L.Bean Edition.
A little taller, a little longer, a little wider; the Forrester makes good use of its recent growth including more rear seat leg room and cargo capacity. Increased functionality is found in such areas as a wider rear hatch and stronger, more practical roof racks.
17-inch, 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with relatively wide, low-profile all season tires ad functionality as well as make a design statement.
While a Turbo engine is available on other Forrester models, those who opt for the L.L.Bean trim get a power train package that includes the 170 horsepower 2.5 Liter SOHC Four that routes its 170 lb-ft of torque through a 4-speed sequential automatic transmission to Subaru's symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive.
The Forrester comes through with ABS disc brakes at all four corners and backs them up with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist.
The EPA rates the Forrester at 20 MPG City/26 Highway.
Those buyers opting for the L.L.Bean Edition enjoy a leather interior that includes heated, power adjustable seats up front and split/folding rear seats with folding arm rest.
The multi-function steering wheel and shift knob are leather wrapped and the metallic-trimmed console is home to the optional high-resolution 7-inch touch-screen display. Also included are CD/MP3 player with 6-speaker sound, Satellite Radio and GPS navigation system.
MSRP for the '09 Subaru Forrester L.L.Bean edition begins at $25,995 with a fully optioned version coming in a just over $34,400.
If you like the great-out-doors and want to arrive there in a significant degree of practicality and style, you may want to first test drive the all new, Subaru Forrester: L.L.Bean Edition.