2015 Subaru Forester

The 2015 Subaru Forester has come of age and has completely redefined itself by winning and achieving many accolades and praise for its personality considered by many as utilitarian in this last generation. This car is outstandingly practical in performance though lacking good looks, isn’t that fast and doesn’t have a sporty appearance. Nevertheless, there are a multitude of added features for the small crossover to brag about. Added features include a backup camera, multifunctional display and much more as we will look at below.

2015 Subaru Forester side

2015 Subaru Forester exterior

Considering the exterior of the 2015 Subaru Forester, things have predominantly remained the same. The 2015 body styles have been retained with the 1st one being the more sinister and angular looking one of the 2L turbo and the more rounded aggressive front fascia of the 2.5L. The Subaru designers have obviously retained them maybe due to the fact that they know from customer reviews ‘who buys what’. Subaru customers will be spoilt for choice of the wheels which come in three options to choose from; one measures 17-inch while the other two are 18-inch dark grey wheels.

2015 Subaru Forester rear

2015 Subaru Forester interior

Much as the exterior, the internal features of the 2015 Subaru Forester remain predominantly the same. The major differences are on the centre stack and the 4.3 inch multifunctional screen which is controlled by the steering wheel mounted buttons. With white on black colour theme, the speedometer and tach are clearer to read. On the dashboard is a standard radio head depending on the trim level for your infotainment needs. A six speaker sound system comes incorporated in the voice control navigation or better yet you could have the eight speaker Harmon Kardon system as an option. In case you are short of cargo space then you could fold the 60/40 rear seats down to create an enormous 74.7 extra cubic feet of space. Depending on the trim levels, you could get cloth and leather seats.

2015 Subaru Forester interior

2015 Subaru Forester seats

Engine

When we take a closer look at the 2015 Subaru Forester engine then a lot needs to be said including two horizontally opposed four cylinders. A naturally aspirated standard flat four mill comes as a 2.5L which is capable of choking out 170 HP and 174lb-ft of torque. Transmission is in terms of two options; CVT or the much hype 6 speed manual. The fun 6-speed unfortunately is only available with 2.5i and 2.5i premium trims. For the premium option the engine is a turbocharged 2L flat four capable of making 250HP and 258lb-ft of torque.

2015 Subaru Forester engine

Fuel efficiency

The ratings of the Forester are as follows; for the 2.5L is a rating of 24 miles per gallon on the city, 27 mpg as combined and 32 miles per gallon for the highway. The other 2L turbo gets 23miles per gallon on the city, 25mpg combined and finally 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

2015 Subaru Forester grill

2015 Subaru Forester price

The pricing of the 2015 Subaru Forester starts on a modest then skyrockets to middle class category. Expect a range of $23,045-$33945 depending on the trim level. While choosing a CVT on either the 2.5i or 2.5i premium will cost up to $1000. A lot of options are available which will depend on whether you are willing to spend extra bucks.

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2016 Smart ForTwo

Who needs 2016 Smart ForTwo? Alright let’s get things straight. We live in crowded cities. Big cities. And we need to get from point A to point B faster, safer and if possible with more comfort. We could use bicycles or motorcycles, but what to do on bad weather? A car! Yes, but we need smaller cars. With that kind of size we cannot expect a lot of comfort, nor safety… Well certainly not comfort.

Concept of a new, city-car, grew its roots in 1980’s. Back then there were some incomplete talks related to the company Swatch, but in a form of rumor. That rumor expended and evolved in the form of final product, released by Mercedes Benz in 1998. Since then, the original idea of a small two seats car, has been expended in four seats car, and the speedy roadster. The idea was to develop a well responsive, small car, that can easily move through narrow, crowded streets common for European cities. In this review, we are going to mention some pro’s and con’s for that vehicle.

2016 Smart ForTwo side

2016 Smart ForTwo Exterior

There are is no chance that you never saw a Smart car before. There is that need to bully it on sight. Its small and… well you imagine a girl driving it, not knowing where to turn, how to park and that kind of chauvinist thoughts.

Well a lot of time has passed since the first version of this dwarf. It has proven its functionality, mobility and it has successfully conquered our hearts and it has our respect. It still looks like armored bike on the outside, but it has a small hood now, so it doesn’t look like you are in a box anymore.

Under the hood is a place for a battery and fluids, and it has a slightly better looking grille. But it is made of plastic and everyone knows that plastic changes its color faster than metal when exposed to the sunlight. So you can expect to get more colorful vehicle as the time passes. I expected more from Mercedes.

On the sides of the grille you have two triggers that you need to pool in order to open the hood. Rear is made more broader, so it doesn’t look that weak when approached from the back. When observed from the side, 2016 Smart ForTwo still looks like a toy, but a beautiful and useful one. You can clearly see a safe cell always made in a different color than the rest of the vehicle.

2016 Smart ForTwo front

2016 Smart ForTwo Interior

2016 Smart ForTwo interior is just enough bigger than on the last version. I mean, last time you could smell every little, tiny, detail on the passenger’s body. At least now, in 2016’s version there is some space between two grown up passengers so you can breathe. They only needed to do that last time.

Dashboard has a modern look, made a little cheaper than you would expect from something made in the Mercedes labs.

On the central part of the dashboard you have a display where you can control all the multimedia devices, radio, video player, navigation etc. But that display is not in a base version, so you need to pay for it.

Without it you cannot even listen to the radio. Navigation is out dated and very slow. It got me very confused couple of times.

Cargo space is not big enough, but did you expect more? There are some smaller compartments hidden all around the car. There is one very small compartment just above the driver’s seat, made for sunglasses. Such small details got me. There is also a net behind the seats, probably suitable for magazines, documents and other smaller, tinier stuff.

Overall, interior is innovative, modern looking, but very small and very uncomfortable. Suitable vehicle for a city but not for some long travels.

2016 Smart ForTwo interior

Smart ForTwo Safety Cell

Really big thing considered when buying a new vehicle is safety, and 2016 Smart ForTwo safety cell presumably offers one.

Small environments are claustrophobic for some. And when that environment has wheels, all hell breaks loose. Mercedes Benz engineers thought about that, too. They made a hard steel cage and around that cage, they made a car.

So, in theory, if someone manages to crash this vehicle (that is a big if) nothing would go through the cage. In practice, every plastic part rushes through the cage, but the important thing is that the main impact is only on the cage (which is unbreakable), and nothing from outside the vehicle can have an impact to the passengers.

But, as I said, a lot of things have to go bad, for you, to crash this vehicle. Why? Because it is a small and very slow vehicle. Enough said. Move on.

2016 Smart ForTwo rear

Engine of 2016 Smart ForTwo

2016 Smart ForTwo engine is placed on the rear. It is a small three cylinder engine, with 89 HP made only for the US market and 70 HP version made for the rest of the world. It goes from 0-60 in about 10 seconds and it has a top speed of 96 mph.

Smart has two transmission versions, five speed manual and six speed dual clutch automatic. You can surely feel the difference between the past versions and this one. The lag is not present, it is well responsive and very smooth. The steering has been improved as well. You can actually control the vehicle at the higher speed.

Fully electric versions, with Tesla electric engines are going to be released later. It is still unknown which modifications it is going to have.

As for the fuel consumption is considered you would expect from a 898 liter engine to have a very low fuel consumption, but the vehicle we drove spent 36-38 mpg, Which was unexpected for such a small vehicle with that kind of capacity.

2016 Smart ForTwo engine

2016 Smart ForTwo Release Date and Price

2016 Smart ForTwo release date is somewhere near the end of 2015, and the expected price is going to be 15,000 dollars.