2017 Subaru Forester XT: What You Need to Know

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A Compact SUV That Hauls More Than Just Families

The Subaru Forester XT fits into a small-but-growing category in the American auto market: the speedy crossover.

As crossovers and compact SUVs have become ubiquitous, there has emerged a demand for versions of those vehicles that behave more like sports cars. Nobody expects them to win races, but for the enthusiastic driver whose life circumstances demand a small SUV, these are attractive options.

The Subaru Forester XT fits right into that and does it on a reasonable budget. Just like in the non-XT Foresters, you get one of the highest cargo capacities in the class, an impressive ride height, plenty of legroom front and rear, a panoramic sunroof, and lots of glass for clear vision all the way around the vehicle. Unlike other Foresters, you also get 250 horsepower.

In the Forester, that represents an upgrade of some significance. The non-XT Forester has just 170 horsepower, meaning a jump from that to the XT increases power by 47 percent. That’s enough to transform the Forester from a practical, family-friendly compact SUV into something that might get you a speeding ticket from time to time.

Click through the following slides to look at photos and learn more about the 2017 Subaru Forester XT.