The 2017 Subaru Forester is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of why this tiny Japanese automaker has been able to boast year-after-year growth that would shame industry heavyweights like Toyota, Honda, and Ford. The current generation Forester’s 2014 redesign coincided perfectly with the surging demand for small SUVs that were both affordable and ultra-practical, with the Subaru’s boxy shape smoothed out by a fresh-look exterior design and a range of more efficient drivetrains.
That the Forester’s sales almost doubled – and stayed doubled – in the ensuing years is no surprise to anyone familiar with the brand, which has spent much of the last two decades further refining the crossover sport-utility segment that it helped define in the mid-90s. For 2017, the Subaru Forester carries forward all of the character that has made it a hit, while simultaneously introducing a handful of styling changes and cabin upgrades alongside a meaningful fuel mileage bump.
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