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AWD Test: 2017 Subaru Forester Diagonal and OffRoad / THE Most Complete review! / Part 6/8



2017 Subaru Forester / Diagonal and OffRoad / 6th part of our Most Complete review EVER!

Here is the 6th part of our famous “Most complete review EVER” of the 2017 Subaru Forester! THERE IS MORE TO COME! Feel free to share us what you want us to show you!

2017 Subaru Forester Playlist:

1st Part: Exterior Walkaround:

2nd part Interior Walkaround:

3rd part: Engine and Road handling

4h part: Compare Cars

5th part: The good and the bad!

6th part: Diagonal and OffRoad test

7th part: 0-60mph / 0-100kmh

8th part: Rolling Shots

Important note: we added difficulty to the test for the Forester. Instead of having constant throttle we tried to stop in the hill, then accelerate and see how it handle it. Also we switch on and off X-mode sometimes! This system employs a multi-plate transfer clutch that maintains a 60/40 front/rear torque split and uses a range of sensors to automatically adjust this split on-the-fly as conditions warrant, creating more predictable handling.

With the push of a button, X-Mode controls the engine output, transmission, AWD torque split and braking system to help tackle the trickiest of conditions and bring even more rugged capability into sharp focus.

For 2017, the Subaru Forester receives additional noise insulation and quicker steering response. EyeSight safety system adds lane departure intervention and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert,automatic high-beam headlight control, adaptive LED headlights and reverse automatic braking.

Do you like the styling revisions that include new headlights and taillights? The freshened front end and grille are more good looking than the previous version!

The interior, a lot of plastic but we like that X-mode button or the new fabrics! Radio could be improved but sometimes sober is better!

We were surprised how smooth that suspension was on grass, bumps and pothole road! Although the 2.5 is not that powerful, it’s economic!

There is a lot of competition out there! Among the best the Toyota Rav4, Honda CRV, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage (Hyundai Tucson)!

Spécification 2017 Subaru Forester:
– Engine: 2.5-litre, 16-valve, Sequential multi-port fuel injection, DOHC, 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed (Boxer) or 2.0-litre, 16-valve, Sequential multi-port fuel injection, DOHC, 4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled, horizontally opposed (Boxer)
– Power: 170hp @ 5800 rpm / 174b-ft @ 4100 rpm / 250hp @ 5600 rpm / 258b-ft @ 2000-4800 rpm
– Transmission: 6-speed manual standard for 2.5i
Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) optional or standard for 2.5i and standard for all 2.0XT models; features 6-speed and 8-speed manual modes on 2.0XT.
– AWD: M/T Continuous All-Wheel Drive with viscous-coupling locking center differential / A/T Active All-Wheel Drive with electronically managed continuously variable
hydraulic transfer clutch; X-Mode enhanced control system on all models
– Wheels : 17″x7″ alloy wheels with 225/60 R17 98H M+S all-season tire
– Brakes: Front 11.6-in. ventilated discs dual-piston
calipers / Rear 10.8-in. solid discs, single-piston
calipers
– Towing Capacity: Available 2,268kg (5,000 lbs)
– Payload capacity : 1500lbs / 1000lbs
– Fuel Economy(l/100km): 9.2L ( City ) / 7.4L ( Highway)

Competition:
– Ford Escape
– Honda CRV
– Hyundai Tucson
– Kia Sportage
– Mazda CX-5
– Toyota Rav4

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  1. They do the same three test like 20 times, it doesnt really show anything other then the way it shifts power, Take on an actual beginer trail or something crawl over a small rock. My 2013 has been out on sand, Rock Gravel and snow. This is not any kind of Review at all.

  2. Horrible testing, there's always at least 3 wheels on the ground or they are going down a hill. my car in 2wd mode can get up these hills easy. traction control or lsd or lockers, all can do this without 4×4 lol people need to learn the awd systems

  3. Contrary to popular opinion I do not think this is a good job. The front/back lock is quick but side to side (traction control/LSD (or lack thereof) is not very good. You notice with some vehicles you test like the American ones (even the Ford Escape) or the BMWs and Mercedes the transition is almost instantaneous. But with these poorer systems you have to wait for them to slip for far too long. I know you don't take these kinds of cars offroad, but I live in Nova Scotia and right now my driveway is covered with ice and every other week we get a foot of snow and partial rain on top of it, my side-road is always late to get plowed and the vehicles that do this test seamlessly without interruption are the only ones that would be able to make it out of my driveway and down the road. It's far easier to keep going than to start in snow and ice, the time it took this Forester's locks to engage you would have come to a stop.

  4. A lot of people like to think the awd found in the automatic transmission today is somehow different than it was in the 90s, but the truth is the mechanicals and how it works are essentially the same. The only things that have changed are the electronics controlling the system.

  5. is it okay for cvt use on this kind of car which is if the user want to use it as an off-road car? I know it for fuel efficiency but it is good?

  6. AWD is pointless and overrated unless you plan to go off-road or you're in construction and drive through dirt paths like in the 2nd test…. In the 1st test, when in a real scenario would you need to drive across a ramp like that… if you want to get on that ramp, you drive out to the main road, and come back in. You don't cut across… I mean you might as well do a test where it shows how AWD can help your SUV drive over traffic islands, or how AWD can help you get over curbs so you can drive on the sidewalk easier. These are all hypothetical scenarios that can and should be avoided. AWD is just a big marketing scam that isn't really needed in daily driving, but marketing has made it a big deal when the average driver makes no use of its benefits. As for performance, unless you're making turns like a racer or trying to blast off at every traffic light, which majority of people don't (because it's reckless and dangerous), there is no benefit. Majority of drivers don't go fast enough to exceed the traction capabilities of a FWD or RWD in daily driving. Hence another reason why AWD is pointless. Now if you told me you take your car out to a race track every weekend, that's a different story. But you'll be doing that with a STI, not a Forester (or any SUV for that matter).

  7. I believe Mitsubishis are the best kept Secret in the auto industry come down to Courtesy Mitsubishi South Attleboro Massachusetts for test drive today ask for Tony Machado

  8. Surprised it passed the tests. Not because of the AWD–it's amazing. But the Yokohama Geolander tires the Forester comes with are absolute garbage and it should be criminal to put those tires on a new car.

  9. The X-Mode is a hill descent control system. It is designed to slow down the descent using engine and brakes. If you're using it to go up a hill, you will break it very quickly. Don't do that.

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