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Subaru Forester

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A station wagon/small SUV produced by Subaru beginning in model year 1998.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
A Luxury Car Book 2000 (by Jack Gillis) Best Bet in the Mid-size Sport Utility category.
2005 Consumer Reports Top Pick for the small SUV category

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Subaru Forester page on 18 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle) manufactured since 1997 by Subaru. Available in Japan from 1997, the Forester shares its platform with the Impreza. It has been awarded Motor Trend's 2009 and 2014 SUV of the Year and The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2014.

First generation (SF, 1997–2002)

The Forester was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 1995 as the Streega concept, and made available for sale February 1997 in Japan, and to the US market in 1997 for MY1998. The Forester was one of the first emerging crossover SUVs. It was built in the style of a car, but had a taller stance, higher h-point seating, and an all-wheel drive drivetrain. Subaru advertising employed the slogan "SUV tough, Car Easy". It used the Impreza platform but with the larger 2.5-liter DOHC EJ25D four-cylinder boxer engine from the Subaru Outback, making 123 kW (165 hp; 167 PS) at 5,600 rpm and 220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm.

In Japan, the Forester replaced the Subaru Impreza Gravel Express, known in the US as the Subaru Outback Sport. However, the Outback Sport remained in production for the U.S. market. The Forester appeared after the introduction of the Nissan Rasheen in Japan with a similar appearance, and the Forester's Japanese competitors include the Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi RVR, and the Suzuki Grand Vitara. Due to the Forester's low center of gravity, it meets the United States federal safety standards for passenger vehicles, and does not require a "risk of rollover" warning label on the driver's visor. Size and price-wise, it fits between the shared Impreza platform, and the larger Legacy.

The automatic transmissions used on AWD equipped vehicles will normally send 60% of the engine's torque to the front wheels and 40% to the rear wheels, using a computer-controlled, continuously variable, multi-plate transfer clutch. When the transmission detects a speed difference between the front and rear axle sets, the transmission progressively sends power to the rear wheels. Under slip conditions it can achieve an equal split in front and rear axle speeds.

When accelerating or driving uphill, the vehicle's weight shifts rearward, reducing front wheel traction, causing the transmission to automatically send torque to the rear wheels to compensate. When braking or driving downhill, the vehicle's weight shifts towards the front, reducing rear wheel traction. The transmission again compensates by sending torque to the front wheels for better steering control and braking performance. If the automatic is placed in reverse or first gear, the transmission divides the torque 50/50 to both front and rear wheels. The manual transmission cars are set up with a near 50/50 torque split as a base setting, and it varies from there. Essentially, the manual cars are set up with more bias towards the rear than the automatic cars.


Multimedia

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
29 July 2013NHTSA NCAP #08313: Frontal Impact Testing
2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
TRC of Ohio for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NCAP Page
- 4:47
22 October 20142014 Subaru Forester Review
Matt Hubbard for Speedmonkey

Article Page
- 108.6MB - 4:55


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Subaru Forester Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
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2009 Subaru Forester 2009
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
On the field at a Schaumburg Flyers Game
July 26, 2008
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Subaru Forester 2.5XT STi 2.5XT STi
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Lake Zurich Cruise Night: August 7, 2012
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Subaru Forester 2.5XT STi 2.5XT STi
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Lake Zurich Cruise Night: August 7, 2012
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Subaru Forester 2.5XT STi 2.5XT STi
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Lake Zurich Cruise Night: August 7, 2012
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Subaru Forester 2.5XT STi 2.5XT STi
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Lake Zurich Cruise Night: August 7, 2012
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Subaru Forester 2.5XT STi 2.5XT STi
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Lake Zurich Cruise Night: August 7, 2012
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Centegra Public Safety Subaru Forester Centegra Public Safety
Photo ©2014 Bill Crittenden
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Subaru Forester S, 4-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.9MB - 99 pages
18 April 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201U: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2003 Subaru Forester 2.5x 4-Door MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.8MB - 173 pages
19 June 2003Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208 for Occupant Crash Protection: Sled Test
2003 Subaru Forester
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.6MB - 192 pages
21 August 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2003 Forester Wagon
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.6MB - 78 pages
21 August 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
Subaru 2003 Forester Wagon
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 823KB - 73 pages
January 2008On-Site Rollover Investigation
Vehicle - 2007 Subaru Forester
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 458KB - 11 pages
24 April 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection (Indicant)
2009 Subaru Forester
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.2MB - 138 pages
5 May 2008Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2008 Subaru Forester Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 17.1MB - 322 pages
January 2009On-Site Rollover Investigation
Vehicle - 2007 Subaru Forester X
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 968KB - 10 pages
11 June 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X / 9FA
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.6MB - 169 pages
20 July 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2009 Subaru Forrester
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.4MB - 84 pages
23 August 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims
2011 Subaru Forester MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.9MB - 42 pages
10 November 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems
2011 Subaru Forester
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.3MB - 67 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 August 2006Expanded Subaru Forester Line Up, TheJoe Thompson
12 July 2007Subaru Forester Saved Driver's LifeAnthony Fontanelle
25 December 2007Subaru Releases First Photos of 2009 ForesterAnthony Fontanelle
10 January 2008Subaru To Debut Next-Gen ForesterAnthony Fontanelle
15 January 2008Nonconformist CUV Turns Unbending Traditionalist?Anthony Fontanelle
26 February 2008All New Subaru Forester With New PriceAnthony Fontanelle
22 September 20092009 Subaru Forester Road Review - More Room, Lower PriceJames Flammang, autoMedia.com
9 October 2009autoMedia.com2009 Subaru Forester - Fully Capable Crossover SUVJames Flammang
28 September 2013Subaru Forester - The First Impressions Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
2 October 2013Subaru Forester 2.0L Diesel XC - Final Review Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
11 October 2013Subaru Forester Wins American SUV Award Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
2 January 2014Used Subaru Forester Transmission Now for Sale Inside Imports Inventory at Transmissions Company WebsiteGotTransmissions.com
23 October 20142014 Subaru Forester & WRX STI Video Reviews Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
25 November 2014Announcing the new exclusive STI-developed 2015 Subaru Forester tS Denis Flierl
7 July 2015Do you want a new Forester with a 6-speed manual? Get your passport updated Denis Flierl
9 July 2015Why these 2 cheap Subarus are car thieves top choice Denis Flierl
6 August 2015Why special edition 2016 Subaru Forester will make off-road recreation more fun Denis Flierl


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