Recommended as a top rated car, the new or used Subaru Forester comes with the legendary Subaru performance, safety, styling and features. It is considered as one of the best value-for-money vehicles among its peers.
Why does the Subaru excel?
As a leader in its class, the latest Subaru scores high in comparison. Its clever use of space, large windows, and doors speak of easy access combined with a great driving experience, besides the pleasing view from the windows and plenty of leg space and roomy rear seats. The 2014 model is the first small SUV to pass the new crash test mandated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Buying a SUV – what to expect
SUVs are reliable cars that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and features. One of the best things about them is the space. Fuel economy is a close second. SUVs handle roads very well, are roomy and offer all-wheel drive, besides being less expensive. They have wide appeal with their ability to carry cargo and towing capacity with some models offering even three rows of seats which means they can accommodate seven or even eight people. On slippery roads, you are in good hands with a SUV with the extra traction and easy off-road terrain driving.
Before deciding on a SUV, some of the things to consider are:
- Your driving needs and style
- The climate you live in
- Road conditions where you live
- The power that will suit you
- The kind of cargo you expect to carry
- The number of people who will travel with you in the car
It makes sense to go by the abilities of the car rather than its size since even a small SUV is quite spacious. Depending on the class of vehicle, the mileage can differ, so pay attention to its fuel economy ratings.
Deciding on the type of SUV you need, ranging from the small to midsized to large, will help you zero in on the right model. In SUVs, the choice of powertrain covers small four cylinder engines in the smaller vehicles to powerful V8 engines in the bigger models. If you have your sights on a minivan, consider a three row SUV. It is always advisable to test-drive the car to ensure it is the most comfortable vehicle for you.
New or used
This purely depends on your budget and needs. Talk to reputed used Subaru dealers in your area. With their reputation for performance the Subaru brand is a good starting point. While new is great in terms of the latest improvements, a three year old used SUV can be beneficial, especially when backed with outstanding service.