From the 2008 Detroit auto show, Suburban Dad Patrick Olsen walks you through the 2009 Subaru Forester.
(upbeat instrumental music) Hi. I'm Patrick Olsen. Suburban Dad for cars.com And we're here in the wilds of Detroit. To show you the 2009 Subaru Forester.
Now, the Forester are a little different, than those you have seen before will notice it immediately. No longer is it these sort of flat, straight line station wagon that it used to be, but now it's a rounder, wider, and taller SUV. Now, the one thing that hasn't changed is a scoop on the hood. This is the XT version of the Forester, which means it's a turbo charged version. And I'm guessing that even though it's a bigger car, it probably still has the same pep that they used to have. The interior of the Forester, there's not a lot different than the old one. One of the things I think that Subaru did right, was they kept the controls very simple. The air conditioning, and the climate controls are simple. And they've got a great big Nav screen in the center. There are of course, several controls for volume up and down, and the usual gauges, which remain pretty cool for Forester fans. The two most important thing for any family are seating and cargo. And the Forester has both. And it's an improvement, especially in the second row seating. Now, I've been in the old version before, and my kids complained that the second row seemed a little tight with the front row. This version seems to have more space there. You know, I've got the driver's seat about where I would sit, and I've got decent leg room here, and decent knee room. Now of course, cargo is hugely important. And I think the new Forester maintains the cargo space that the old one had. It would keep my wife happy. There's plenty of space back here for groceries or you know a luggage, if we're going on a trip. And it's got a great dropdown for the second row, you pull one latch, boom, the seat is flat, and you can get bigger things into the back. The Forester new SUV shape, maybe more appealing to buyers who have become familiar with this shape, but others may bemoan the sort of distinctive shelling that it used to have. Still, the extra space I find is helpful, and the cargo space remains pretty big. <v Narrator>For additional information on this car or any other, go to cars.com and our blog, Kicking Tires.