For some odd and unknown reason, I have loved the latest model of the Subaru Forester since the moment I laid my eyes on it.  My love affair with this vehicle troubles me because, despite my loyalty to the Subaru brand, I will be the first to admit no one buys a Subaru vehicle for purely its looks.  The company does not make bad looking vehicles by any means, but they also do not make flashy, head turning models either.  What’s more, the Subaru Forester is probably one of the lesser-noticed vehicles on our local Ft. Myers Subaru dealership lot.  Even among other Subaru models, the Forester isn’t a knockout.

And yet, I keep coming back to the plain jane 2011 Subaru Forester.  The vehicle’s aesthetics are subtle and certainly nothing fancy, but they almost have a retro feel to them, which I think is part of my attraction.  The vehicle looks like the type of vehicle parents of three or four little rascals who wear plaid shirts and blue jeans and spend their Saturday mornings making homemade pancakes would drive – and who doesn’t think that sounds like the ultimate life?

More important than fitting a stereotype perfectly, however, is what the Subaru Forester actually does perfectly, which is everything it needs to do and nothing more.  For example, the base model of the vehicle features a 2.5-liter, four cylinder Boxer engine that offers 170 horsepower, meaning this vehicle is capable but not over the top.  Add to the fact that the Forester is a Subaru, which means it is all-wheel-drive, and the Subaru Forester is the perfect vehicle for any type of weather (just incase you decide to road trip out of sunny Ft. Myers).

Subaru Forester models, however, have one more characteristic that sets them apart from the rest of the compact crossover competition – the base model comes standard as a manual.  While most of the car-buying public will eagerly pay any fee to change the vehicle’s transmission to automatic, for a select few of us, the manual feature makes us even more attracted to this seemingly unattractive vehicle.

My advice to others out there who are as confused as I am is to put your conflicting feelings aside and visit your local Ft. Myers Subaru dealership, O’Brien Subaru, for a test drive.  Once you’ve taken of the Ft. Myers Subaru Forester vehicles for a spin, you’ll fall even harder for the crossover, and although you may still be confused as to why, the 2011 Subaru Forester will be the best car you’ve ever owned.