2021 Subaru Forester keeps plodding along

2021 Subaru Forester Sport vs 2021 Mazda CX-5 AWD Carbon Edition: You would think it would be easy.

This week: 2021 Subaru Forester Sport

cost: $32,090 as tested. The cleverly named option package offers 24 fancy audio plus reverse automatic braking and power rear gate with height memory. This added $1,645 to the price and is one of the few options available on the Forester.

Marketers’ Pitch: “Subaru For All You Love.”

conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked that there’s “plenty of cargo space, a comfortable two-row layout, smooth ride” but “no pokey acceleration, base model spartan, not quite as good as the Outback wagon.”

Reality: Forester – A strange little brother Subaru who is a little behind the rest.

What’s new: So you have about 33 grand to drop on the SUV. The Subaru Forester is plodding over here, which it has always been doing. The Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition racing ahead of us adds some zip to the small SUV.

Although the Forester was last redesigned for the 2019 model year, that doesn’t mean 2019 is exactly the same as the 2021 model. The Forester gets some changes like steering-responsive headlights and LED high beam standard on all trims.

A facelift will arrive for the 2022 model year. A Wilderness trim has also been added, but it won’t have the high-performance engine that makes the Outback Wilderness so big.

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up to speed: According to Car and Driver, the 2.5-liter four makes a respectable 182 horsepower and accelerates to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. The acceleration sounds lively but not really, well, lively. And there is no hot-rod engine option available for upgrade.

Shiftless: The CVT doesn’t offer gears of course, but there are some moves that can be shifted in manual mode, either via pedals or gearshift. They’re especially helpful in Sport mode, where the Forester held gears long enough and made me decide I wanted to handle the shifting on my own.

Like all Subarus, the Forester is all-wheel drive.

On th eway: Looks like Subaru is back to make Subaru again. When first introduced, the new versions of the Forester (2019) and Crosstrek (2018) both seemed heavy and cumbersome, while the previous generations were going where indicated.

The 2011 and 2015 Foresters were among my favorite vehicles, and now we’re back to that original experience.

Chester County’s winding country roads remain a great place to get a feel for whether a car will go where I point it. In some places the curves get narrower, and then when an oncoming truck comes there is no place to drift even a little down your street.

So the question becomes, should I be too slow to feel like I can safely continue? The answer in this forester is, thankfully, no.

Sport mode brings things to life, but it’s not essential for a pleasant drive. And the Forester won’t be mistaken for the family Giulia or the Lexus LC500 – or even the CX-5 – but it’s pleasant enough.

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driver seat: The cockpit provides comfortable and supportive accommodations, just like you might expect from a nice car, a relationship, a therapist.

The gauges are standard Subaru, clear and easy to read and follow.

Friends and stuff: The Sturgis Kid 4.0 called the interior “very bare bones,” and he’s right.

The Sport is the mid trim level of the Five, and comes with softex seats, old-style heater switches, and an unflattering black dashboard. Upgrade to Touring trim for some dead cows.

I tested the back seat and found it quite comfortable but small in seat area. However, the spaciousness abounds with room for the head, legs, and feet.

Cargo space is 31.1 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 76.1 cubic feet with the seat folded down.

Play some tunes: The advanced 576-watt, 9-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system with volume and tuning knobs offers easy controls and an easy to follow 8-inch touch screen, too. Tuning in to the sound controls is as easy and holding down the right knob, though once there, the touch screen equalizer can get away from you.

The system provides good playback of about A-.

Keeping hot and cold: Controlling indoor weather is as easy as controlling the stereo and seats. One dial for temperature, one for fan speed and the third for air source. Directing the central vertical vent can be tricky, but the rest is fairly easy.

fuel economy: I averaged about 24 mpg on an array of country roads and some highways, but not that much driving. Feed whatever to the forester.

Where is it made: take it, japan

How it is made: Consumer Reports bets that your credibility will be a four out of five.

next week: Mazda adds some oomph to the CX-5.

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