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The bigger, stronger, more powerful 2009 Forester wins Motor Trend's 2009 Sport/Utility of the Year!

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Subaru Forester Named Motor Trend 2009 Sport/Utility of the Year

-- Winner is hailed as “The SUV for our times” --

CHERRY HILL, N.J., OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the Subaru Forester was named MOTOR TREND’s 2009 Sport/Utility of the Year.
Topping 12 other contenders, the Subaru Forester was, according to MOTOR TREND editor-in- chief, Angus MacKenzie, the judges’ unanimous decision. “The Subaru Forester is the SUV for our times,” said MacKenzie.
“We are proud and honored to receive this award for the Subaru Forester,” said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president, Subaru of America. “The previous Forester had become a byword for practicality and durability and we knew the 2009 Forester had a tough act to follow. So, we made the new Forester bigger, more powerful and more economical than ever—while retaining its legendary reliability and safety, only in a more complete package. The improvements to the new Forester are also being reflected in consumer demand, with sales up 32% over the previous year.”
Priced from ,995 the all-new Subaru Forester represents a ,200 reduction over the entry price of the previous model. It is available with either a 170-hp 2.5-liter boxer engine or a 224-hp turbocharged engine. Blending utility with performance and comfort, the 2009 Forester is built on an all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) that improves ride and interior space, especially rear seat legroom. The 2009 Forester also features increased hip and shoulder room.
Living up to Subaru’s legendary safety record, the Forester offers cutting-edge safety technology, including Subaru’s ring reinforcement safety system, front, seat-mounted side, side-curtain airbags and ABS. Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, which incorporates stability and traction control systems with a roll-over sensor, is also standard equipment.
The Subaru Forester recently received the highest possible ratings in frontal and side impact crash tests by the governments’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to a five-star frontal and side impact crash-test rating, the 2009 Forester received a four-star rollover resistance rating.
To judge contenders for the award, MOTOR TREND’s editorial staff conducted exhaustive off-road, street and track testing, and carefully considered essentials such as driving performance, safety and features. MOTOR TREND’S Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test. Each contender was evaluated against three simple criteria: superiority (engineering, design, utilization of resources); significance (its impact on the market), and value (what buyers get for their money versus the competition).

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2007. In addition, Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero- landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

Source: Subaru of America
 

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While I think it is great that Subaru won, I have always wondered why they give out the truck and suv of the year. It seems that there are so few that are new each year, that the new one for that year seems to win.

I can't think of what else is new for 2009 as far as SUVs go. Hmmmm...I'm having a hard time thinking of what else was new this year for SUVs. I'm sure there are more new ones, but I can't think of any, lol.

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I just drove an N/A one today with a friend, looks exactly like an Impreza on the inside, handles and stops very well, power to weight ratio needs a little help, very quiet and refined ride. I wish you could get turbo/man. trans configuation but they didn't sell very well on the outgoing model.
 

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Its alright i've been looking at the Tribeca. i think it looks a little more luxurious. The forrester just doesnt say SUV to me.
 

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The Forrester is definately a lifted car with AWD. Does make for nice untrucklike ride.
 
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