The Forester offers the best value for money in its crossover category, with its nearest rivals the GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox, Mitsubishi Outlander and the Ford Escape more expensive and containing less in the way of features.
The Forester's AWD drive remains top of its class in the crossover category, coping equally well with ice and snow wintry as well as challenging uphill climbs.
The Premium Crossover Premium earns accolades for its high levels of finish with HID headlights, a panoramic sunroof, leather seats and a super powerful stereo system as standard.
Reviews generally agree that if Subaru have missed out on something with the Series Three, it is that the automatic new four speed gear box is two gear options short. This is a drawback that is felt in many ways, with the most outstanding being that felt in terms of fuel economy, particularly in the city.
Driver reviews show that the Forester can be difficult to handle even in the most minor crosswinds.
The Forester RB3 engine is fairly noisy, and can be obtrusive on certain surfaces.