2006 Subaru Forester Overview


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2.5 X
Avg. Price: $7,758
2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition
Avg. Price: $9,115
2.5 X Premium Package
Avg. Price: $8,472
2.5 XT Limited
Avg. Price: $10,726

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4.85 stars

Based on 16 reviews

Best Car I Have Owned Yet. by Catie
 — This car has saved my life more than once. The AWD and intuitive braking system makes it a walk in the park to drive, especially here in Oregon, where water can freeze over night, even in the summer... Read More
My Dream Car - How I Miss It! by Omly
 — It's like they say, better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. That is literally how I fell about this car. When I was driving it the slogan "Love, it's what makes a Subaru a Subar... Read More
Go Buy It! by Becca
 — I wish I got the 6 cylinder. I like a fast take off, but this is good, but I feel like I might hirt it if I take off to fast before waitng for it to get into gear. The wind noise thru the windows is l... Read More

2006 Subaru Forester Overview

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2006 Subaru Forester

In an effort to draw in more of a male audience to accompany its wide popularity among female drivers, the 2006 Subaru Forester ups the horsepower, stiffens the suspension, and makes improvements to the manual transmission.  This small SUV is a big seller because it combines SUV versatility and ride height with the easy feel of a car.
The 2006 Forester is all-wheel drive and comes in four trims.  The previous 2.5S has been dropped and replaced with a 2.5X Premium.  The base 2.5X, 2.5X, and 2.5X L.L. Bean edition all use a 2.5-liter, SOHC flat-4 engine that gets 8 more horsepower to hit 173-hp.  The turbocharged 2.5XT Limited also gets a boost of 20 horsepower to hit a more respectable 230-hp in a DOHC version of he flat-4.  Improvements to the intake manifold and exhausts on the XT Limited enhance overall performance.  The standard 5-speed manual transmission has been altered to give more short-throw shifting.  A 4-speed automatic is also available on all trims but the L.L. Bean.
Design changes to the front end, grille, and exterior lights were also done in the 2006 Forester.  Bumpers are now body-colored, and turn signals are incorporated into the side mirrors.  Because of the redesigned exhaust, ground clearance has increased by half an inch.  
Owners of the 2006 Forester praise the turbo power and performance, though there is some turbo lag.  The all-wheel drive continues to earn praise in snowy climates, even though the Forester is technically not an off-roader.  Good gas mileage for an SUV, lots of headroom, and wide visibility are other plusses.  The non-turbo lack of power is disappointing, along with an annoyingly revving engine.  Legroom can be cramped in the back row.


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