The new third-generation 2009 Forester, which is set to arrive in Subaru dealerships in the spring, represents a "major leap" for the manufacturer, the automaker claims.
This updated model shows off a design that more closely resembles an SUV and also contains advancements in safety, comfort and driving dynamics, according to Subaru.
Fully equipped with symmetrical all-wheel drive, the 2009 Forester also has a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase and double-wishbone rear suspension.
"The 2009 Forester once again blends positive SUV attributes including a high seating point and interior versatility with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency," the manufacturer stated.
Subaru said that the 2009 Forester 2.5 X in particular offered "one of the best values" among crossover SUVs.
In addition, for the first time, the updated model features a navigation system – and it also has advanced upgrades for its audio system.
The original Forester was introduced in Japan in 1997.