If you are in the market for a Subaru Forester, then I’d strongly recommend holding out for the 09 model year and go with the turbo option. Unfortunately it looks like the 09 Forester standard motor actually comes with less horsepower than 08 and can make for some sluggish acceleration, even more so when loaded down with your fat friends.
The Turbo Charged 09 Forester engine is the tried and true 2.5 liter four banger, which will produce 224 horsepower and 226 lb/ft of torque. Expect this setup to deliver 19 miles per gallon, no 30 mpg gas savers need apply. What possibly sets this apart from the competitors like the Honda CRV and Rav 4 is the fact that the 09 Subaru Forester comes all wheel drive standard and nicely equipped at only $20,660.