Posted Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:12pm
When the original Subaru Forester launched in 1998, it was somewhat of a square peg in a round hole. Body-on-frame SUVs ruled the day, with few consumers clamoring for a utility vehicle that was essentially a tall station wagon with all-wheel drive.
But the last two decades have shown that the Forester was simply ahead of the curve rather than some oddball idea. Car-based crossovers are now the hottest vehicles in the entire industry, with big, lumbering four-by-fours all but relegated to the annals of automotive history.