2010 Subaru Forester review

In its first full redesign since the 2003 model year, the Subaru Forester has moved closer to the mainstream than some fans might have hoped it would. The old model's boxy charm has been toned down, and what's left is a compact SUV whose driving dynamics are on par with some of the nimbler players in this segment. A few Forester diehards may cry foul, but I suspect the changes will widen the car's appeal to the market in general. The SUV remains as practical as ever, but now boasts enough refinement to merit serious consideration from anyone shopping the latest Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.

Trim levels include the 2.5X and 2.5X L.L.Bean, along with turbocharged 2.5XT and 2.5XT Limited versions; click here to see a side-by-side comparison with the 2008 model. Subaru's full-time all-wheel-drive system is standard. I drove a number of configurations both on- and off-road at a press event in Southern California.

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Maintenance schedule
The scheduled maintenance items required to be serviced at regular intervals are shown in the Warranty and Maintenance Booklet. For details about your maintenance schedule, read the separate War ...

Power folding mirror switch (if equipped)
Power folding mirror switch (if equipped) The power folding mirror switch operates only when the ignition switch is in the ON or Acc position. To fold the outside mirrors, push the power ...

To increase the speed (by accelerator pedal)
1. Depress the accelerator pedal to accelerate the vehicle to the desired speed. 2. Press the RES/SET switch to the SET side once. Now the desired speed is set and the vehicle will keep running ...