2017 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester may not have made Business Insider’s Car of the Year finalists list, but it’s still at the top of mine.

After some spirited discussion, my colleagues dubbed the Acura NSX the Car of the Year. Business Insider considered 15 cars total, from the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB to the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace.

Even though the 2017 Subaru Forester didn’t make the cut, it’s still one of the best cars you could buy. So here I am, giving it some of the glory it deserves.

I have a lot of experience with the Subaru brand, as my first and only car is the 1998 Subaru Forester.

The Forester is arguably Subaru’s most important car. The crossover was Subaru’s best-selling vehicle in the US last year and still holds that title in 2016 so far. 

As always with the Forester, the Subaru’s main perk is that it’s a practical and sturdy ride with all-wheel drive. But the 2017 model comes with some semi-autonomous features that take it to the next level. These kinds of steady improvements are important considering how competitive the crossover segment is, with players like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.

Here’s what it’s like to drive Subaru’s latest Forester:

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Behold, the 2017 Subaru Forester. The car arrived on a relatively rainy weekend, but I had the chance to take it on a longer trip to Fort Lee Historic Park in New Jersey once the sun came out.

At a time when most cars are getting bigger, Subaru still has a loyal following with its small crossover.

Subaru’s Forester made its US debut in 1998 with the model pictured here. It was one of the first compact crossover SUVs to hit the market at the time. It’s actually pretty remarkable how little the size of of the compact SUV has changed, though it’s lost its original boxy shape.

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