Forester Is Wheels Megatest Winner

Fri, 11/07/2014

For the second time in a month, Subaru’s Forester has beaten nine competitors to win a major comparison test, this time in the August edition of Wheels magazine.
Rating 8 out of 10, Forester 2.5i-L out ranks the Renault Koleos, Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai ix35, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail and Ford Kuga.
Wheels says: “At the beginning of this exhaustive test, no one guessed that Subaru’s Forester would be standing on the podium, let alone in the gold medal position. But here lies a textbook example of how to do things well, some things exceedingly well, and almost nothing badly.”
It concludes: “And then there’s Forester’s price. At $35,990, the 2.5i-L is one of the least expensive SUVs here, yet it still scores a reversing camera, dual-zone climate, 17-inch alloys, privacy glass, and handy little sunvisor extenders. Admittedly, the works-burger 2.5i-S is another $8k, but given that includes collision-mitigation tech and more toys than a spoilt child’s play pen, Forester maintains its value-for-money appeal right to the top. And that’s exactly where it finishes.”
The same Forester variant also rated first among 10 compact Sports Utility Vehicles in a mega-comparison test published in the July edition of 4x4 Australia magazine.
For the latest full 24-page comparison, see August Wheels, out now.