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Eric's Autos: 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

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Choosing which engine/transmission/driveline to get in a new Forester is easy -- because Subaru has done that for you. All six trims come with the same 2.5-liter, 182 horsepower engine, paired with a CVT automatic and all-wheel drive.

The combination rates 26 mpg in city driving and 33 on the highway.

Most small crossovers aren't rated to pull very much, but the Forester can pull more than most ... if you buy the new Wilderness trim.

It carries a 3,000-pound maximum tow rating. This is twice the standard tow rating and twice the maximum-rated capacity of rivals such as the CR-V and Rogue, which both max out at 1,500 pounds.

The Mazda CX-5 is (once again) the Soobie's toughest rival. It comes standard with a 2,000-pound maximum tow rating, which is 500 pounds more than what comes standard with all version of the Forester except the Wilderness.

On The Road


It's more about where you can go off-road.

Also, whether to risk the road when it's underneath half a foot of freshly dumped snow. That's what this Soobie is all about -- especially the new Wilderness iteration, which has enough ground clearance to leave several inches of clearance between that half-foot of snow on the road and the underside of this intrepid little crossover.

It fits just the right shoes for such work, too. Seventeen-inch Geolandar all-terrain tires grab the terrain at all four corners. They do something else, too.

These tall sidewall tires -- 225/60s -- are meant to give and flex with terrain, and because of that, they also ride soft on the road. This gives the Wilderness what would once have been described as a luxury car ride. Today, luxury-sport cars have short-sidewall tires that are very stiff for that reason, and for just that reason ride like the sporty luxury cars they are.


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