Subaru has always marched to its own drum, embracing boxer engine design, turbochargers and all-wheel drive when competitors stuck to more conventional technology. The Japanese automaker was typically ahead of the crossover curve when it launched the Forester in 1998.
That first Forester looked like a tall wagon with a slightly lifted suspension. Recently redesigned for the 2014 model year, the fourth-generation Forester now has the appearance of a more conventional crossover. But the boxer engine design, (optional) turbocharger and all-wheel drive remain.