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.
Subaru has plans of ‘boosting’ the Subaru WRX Impreza’s power output for their 2009 model year. A new buyer can expect stock gains of up to 41 horsepower over the 08 WRX model, which will place the horsepower at around 265. This kind of power numbers will make the WRX just under it’s STi brethren.
As usual, all wheel drive is standard on the 09 Subaru WRX. In addition, the same 2.5 liter boxer engine will also be used, making this one sexy four door. The additional power is just one of the changes coming in 2009 to the WRX, there will also be a number of cosmetic differences as well. The one I’m looking most too is the addition of Gun Metal Gray rims, as seen in the picture below.