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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Subaru Forester (97-03) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Nice to drive; good value; generous equipment

CONS

Looks like a dreary estate car.

PROS

Nice to drive; good value; generous equipment

CONS

Looks like a dreary estate car.

Subaru Forester rivals

Honda
CR-V
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Toyota
RAV4
3 out of 5 3.0

Launched in the UK a month before the Land Rover Freelander, the Forester was showing the way forward when it came to combining on and off road ability and agility. Although the Forester is more conventionally styled it has as much ground clearance as a Freelander and a proper low-range gearbox on non-turbo models. Certainly worth considering for part time off roaders.

Subaru Forester rivals

Honda
CR-V
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Toyota
RAV4
3 out of 5 3.0