SUV Styling

Where previous generations looked more like tall wagons than SUVs, this redesign moves the Forester a lot closer to what it purports to be. There are still some windswept lines here and there, so it's not yet in the territory of more upright SUVs like the Saturn Vue or Ford Escape, but for better or worse it will now blend in with the herd much more easily. The creased headlights and stacked bumper looked a bit busy to me, but they're attractive enough. The tail closes things off with a tidy, clean design.

Standard dual exhaust pipes add a sporty touch, as do the 17-inch alloy wheels that come on all but the base trim level. The doors have window frames now, which gives them a much sturdier feel when slammed than last year's frameless doors had.

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    Front seatbelts
    1. Adjust the seat position according to the following procedure. Driver’s seat: Adjust the seatback to the upright position. Move the seat as far from the steering wheel as practical while still mai ...

    Seatbelt warning light and chime
    NOTE If your seatbelt warning device does not operate as described in the following, it may be out of order. Have the device inspected and, if necessary, repaired by the nearest SUBARU dealer. Y ...

    Child safety locks
    Each rear door has a child safety lock that prevents the door from being opened even if the inside door handle is pulled. When the child safety lock lever is in the lock position, the door cannot b ...