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Explore the great outdoors in the 2013 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is unique in the mid-size SUV marketplace, where looks and comfort are so often prized above off-road capability. But the 2013 Forester is something of a notable exception in that its standard all-wheel-drive system is well suited for rambling through mud or sand, and with two more inches of ground clearance than your average mid-size crossover SUV, it can handle rougher terrains as well. Outdoorsy, sporty and roomy, the Forester is an ideal choice for active people. It has a huge cabin (a mammoth 68.3 cubic feet of space with the 60/40-split rear seatback folded) and roof rails that can accommodate gear like bikes, skis or whatever sports equipment you want to take on your day out. The handling is athletic and the four-speed transmission is a cinch to drive, although it’s not quite as economical and responsive as some of its competitors.

2013 Subaru Forester side view

2013 Subaru Forester side view

2013 Subaru Forester

2013 Subaru Forester

Not quite punching with the big players in terms of drivetrain or performance, the Forester has one key advantage in that it’s specifically designed for drivers who want to explore the countryside. Neither the most efficient, technologically equipped or luxurious in its class, the Subaru Forester provides strong all-wheel-drive capability for off-road driving, a roomy cabin with enough space for passengers and cargo and a comfortable ride – meaning you can venture into the great outdoors in comfort and peace of mind.

2013 Subaru Forester front view

2013 Subaru Forester front view

2013 Subaru Forester rear view

2013 Subaru Forester rear view

The interior is pleasantly styled and low-tech; the cabin is highly functional with straightforward controls – again highlighting the Forester’s practical appeal. The split-folding rear seat has optional reclining seatbacks, and for those who frequently carry large cargo, the SUV’s boxy shape makes it easier to haul awkwardly shaped objects.

2013 Subaru Forester interior

2013 Subaru Forester interior

2013 Subaru Forester cabin

2013 Subaru Forester cabin

The Forester is available in a variety of trim levels and the Premium and Touring models have turbocharged engines. Every 2013 Subaru Forester comes with all-wheel drive and the standard trims have 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engines that produce 170 horsepower. Reviewers report a zero-to-60 mph acceleration of 10.1 seconds, and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg (combined).

2013 Subaru Forester engine

2013 Subaru Forester engine

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