"The flat-four 'boxer' engine design used in all Subarus has a distinctive sound that isn't to everyone's taste. Among the improvements, the sound from the engine is less intrusive now. The CVT has faux shifts to simulate the gear changes that occur in a conventional automatic. We found them noticeable but not objectionable. The CVT does lead the engine to rev out of sync with the act of stepping on the gas pedal when quick acceleration is called for -- a common trait with this type of transmission. Every Forester comes with all-wheel drive.
"Ride and handling have improved, based on our experience with this Touring model. The Forester is better at absorbing road imperfections, in fact better than virtually any of its direct competitors. It also benefits from less body roll through turns, and the steering feels quicker."
-- Jeff S. Bartlett, Consumer Reports