Is the Subaru Forester a competent road trip vehicle or is it better relegated to errand-running closer to home?
To answer this very question, I took a top-shelf Touring model on a long-weekend getaway with some close friends. The target was Munising, Michigan, an isolated small town on the Upper Peninsula’s weather-beaten northern shore. Round trip, this moderately long-haul adventure inflated the vehicle’s odometer by more than 1,000 miles, ample opportunity to get a real feel for how this crossover performs on extended drives.
But why visit this frozen tundra in the middle of winter? It certainly wasn’t to get first-hand experience with frostbite or to boost my body’s vitamin D levels. Aside from taking a much-needed break from everyday life, Munising is surrounded by the natural splendor the north. We hiked, explored ice caves, discovered waterfalls and even stole a few far-off glimpses of Pictured Rocks as we stood on the craggy ice of Lake Superior.
Of course, getting there was an adventure all its own. Here are some pros and cons of the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring.
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Historically, my two biggest complaints about Subarus have been their lackluster interiors and unrefined powertrains. Fortunately, the automaker has addressed both these complaints with the all-new fifth-generation Forester. Inside, this utility vehicle’s cabin is rife with attractive materials like low-sheen soft plastic and contrast stitching. The range-topping Touring model evaluated here was also gussied up with rich-looking brown leather, which was splashed across the center console, dashboard, doors and elsewhere for a sharp look.
The Forester has room for five people. Normal-sized adults will fit in the backseat with no issues, the bench being quite comfortable with plenty of legroom and a nicely angled lower cushion for good thigh support.
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