2016 Subaru Forester Review – Old but Gold

The 2016 Subaru Forester remains unchanged for its this current generation refresh and is still every bit as useful as a crossover and as nimble as a Subie. For 2016, Subaru finally addressed its already aging infotainment system with its modern Starlink infotainment system that is lightyears ahead of what it replaced.

2016 Subaru Forester Review - Old but Gold

The 2016 Subaru Forester is Able to Deliver Great Stability

Many qualities are still apparent on the 2016 Subaru Forester. For generations, the Subaru Forester as always stayed true to a tried and tested formula; a boxy cabin can make for a lot of room. On the outside the Forester’s boxy greenhouse resembles that of a large SUV despite it being a compact crossover. Along with the classic body style, the Forester also retains classic styling veering away from swooping headlights and sticking to a more traditional wrap around design along with the taillights. Under the hood of the top end trim is a 2-liter turbocharged boxer engine rated at 250 horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque.

On the inside, the 2016 Forester is given a new suite of tech features such as the EyeSight camera-based safety systems that offer adaptive cruise control, auto braking, and lane-departure warning. The same system also features smart fog lamps that illuminate a side of the road based on turn based steering inputs. Another new feature that had just only become available on the Forester is Subaru’s new Starlink infotainment system that offers a 6.2 or 7.0 inch touch screen, a subscription-based telematics system with collision notification, remote door unlocking, and more. The interior is the same with the simple design and clean looks. Minimal brightwork through contrasting two tone dark gray dashboard and dull silver trim graces the cabin.

Driving the Forester instils a lot of driving confidence because of the low center of gravity, despite the high profile, the crossover stays planted to the ground. With all wheel drive coming as standard on all trims, it adds to the already stable ride and adds to the nimbleness of the car when tackling corners on the road or negotiating obstacles off road.

The famous Subaru all-wheel drive system never fails to impress, especially on the 2016 Subaru Forester, classic looks lead to a roomy cabin offering a lot of space for passengers as well as the versatility to carry more cargo. Two panel sunroof option adds to the airiness of the cabin. However, classic looks might sway some buyers looking for a more aggressively-styled compact crossover. The Starlink infotainment system still lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. A sloppy CVT that comes standard and with no other options to the top trim. When looking for a new Subaru, the 2016 Forester comes in at the right price and has all the right features to fit your needs.


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