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2001 Subaru Forester Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 10 reviews
Some restyling to the front and rear ends, including new head and tail lamps and a new chrome grille for the S trim are the most noticeable changes to the 2001 Subaru Forester. The SUV that drives like a car, but has enough cargo space to handle kids, groceries, or home improvement supplies, features full-time AWD and a 2.5-liter boxer H4 engine that hits best-in-class 165-hp with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The unique design and small size of the H4 means it takes up less room, allowing for greater cabin and storage space.
All models come with ABS brakes, dual front airbags, a hill ascent assist, foglights, roof rack, and a trailer hitch. The base L is well equipped with power features and cruise control and gets the 60/40 split-fold rear seats for 2001. With both seats down, the cargo area expands to 64 cubic feet. The high-end S adds heated seats and mirrors, plus new leather trim for the wheel and shifter and new de-iced front and rear wipers. It also comes standard with a limited slip differential for better AWD performance, though the 2001 Forester's low ground clearance prohibits true off-roading. New on the S this year is a Premium Package that adds gold wheel trim and side impact bags, as well as a brand new sunroof that stretches from the front to back seats and is just under three feet wide.
A lot of drivers like the 2001 Forester because it provides what they're looking for in an SUV, but doesn't feel unwieldy or hard to park. It handles more like the Impreza platform on which it's based, and the ride is smooth and quiet. AWD capability is a big hit in northern climates, and the 20/25 mpg isn't bad for an SUV. There are some major complaints, however, including the cramped backseat and the poor location of the flimsy cupholders in front of the air vents. Owners report numerous visits to the mechanic to address a check engine light which always comes on, problems with the transmission, and sensor failures.
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Subaru Forester Questions
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