The Inside

The Forester's dash sits higher against the windshield than you'll find in many SUVs, which gives the cabin a more carlike feel and a lower perceived driving position. Thanks to the large side and rear windows, however, overall visibility remains excellent.

A height-adjustable driver's seat is standard, but the steering wheel in most models only tilts, and its adjustment range is limited. You have to upgrade to the turbocharged model to get a telescoping wheel, which allows drivers of varying sizes to position themselves a safe, comfortable distance from the steering wheel and its airbag. It's an unfortunate omission, seeing as both the CR-V and RAV4 have telescoping wheels across all trims.

Interior quality is good, if occasionally inconsistent. The materials vary: The upper dash panels have an upscale finish, but some of the plastics lining the glove compartment look grainy and cheap. If you like silver plastic, your day has come: The stuff has spread like foreclosures in Tampa. Here it adorns the center controls, dash, steering wheel, gearshift and doors. The steering wheel has a satisfying grip, but I found the blue-and-white gauges a bit tacky. Other controls, from the turn signals to the window switches, show sturdy construction, and overall fit and finish is respectable.

    See also:

    Headlight indicator light
    This indicator light illuminates under the following conditions. ● when the light switch is turned to the УФ or УФ position ● when the light switch is in the УAUTOФ position and the ...

    Pre-heating or pre-cooling the interior of the vehicle
    Models with automatic climate control system: After the system starts the engine, the automatic climate control system will activate the УFULL AUTOФ mode and heat or cool the interior to the predet ...

    Shopping bag hook
    Do not hang items on the shopping bag hook that weigh 6 lbs (3 kg) or more. A shopping bag hook is attached to each side of the cargo area. ...