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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#11343 of 18028 C&D has a full road test
Jun 26, 2003 (1:44 pm)
Just got my August issue. They tested an MT.
Notable points: the final drive ratio is 4.44:1, not 4.11:1 like the X/XS.
Ground clearance: 7.5 inches
0-60: 5.3 seconds 97mph
top speed: 129mph (5900rpm)
Well, we at least now know some reasoning behind the lower mpg...
Jun 26, 2003 (1:44 pm)
We used to have a saying in the aviation engineering community: "arguing with an engineer is like mud wrestling with a pig - you soon find out that he enjoys it!" That seems to be going on here. Keep up your informative and well thought out posts, Jack.
Jun 26, 2003 (1:48 pm)
(includes quotes from the August 2003 C&D)
They liked the 5 speed, and mention "at no time during this period (600 mile one day drive) did anyone not smile a little when driving the XT"
"The shifter was as sweet as a peach, the clutch nice and light, and the engine truly heroic. With this kind of power and weight, the little XT ends up as the only real hot rod in the entire small-SUV spectrum""
Jun 26, 2003 (1:55 pm)
Wait a minute. 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds? Are you sure that's not 6.3?
Jun 26, 2003 (1:59 pm)
I did a double take as well. Page 111 clearly states 5.3 seconds. It could be a typo, but the chart on pg. 113 shows 0-70 6.9 seconds, 0-60 5.3 seconds.
Standing 1/4 mile: 13.8 seconds 97mph
Street start 5-60mph: 6.3 seconds
C&D doesn't have the article online yet.
Jun 26, 2003 (2:02 pm)
That is indeed quick!
Jun 26, 2003 (2:19 pm)
GREAT SCOTT! 5.3? You kiddin' me? That beats several WRXs they have tested!
13.8 quarter mile also beats the WRX.
Told ya'll it was fast! I don't think people understood just how fast it was!
Jun 26, 2003 (2:21 pm)
That's really astonishing if it's true. Quarter mile in the 13's! What a sleeper. I wonder if the horsepower figures are understated. Dodge did that with the Neon SRT. Some dynos are showing it has well over the advertised 215 horsepower. Reminds of of the old GMC Typhoon. If this thing really offers that kind of performance I may have to buy two of them! I've been waiting for years for a socially acceptable muscle car. Sign me up.
Jun 26, 2003 (2:22 pm)
You heard it from me first, I bet the dynos will show the Forester is making about 260 hp.