Can the Subaru Forester Replace Your SUV?

You might believe that you need an SUV to transport people or travel off-road, but that isn't always the case. 

Vans like the Mitsubishi Delica are also capable of doing all that. 

Wagons like the Subaru Forester are a great choice if you don't want to cope with the eccentricities of a JDM car. 

Due in part to the fact that it comes standard with all-wheel drive and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, it is one of Subaru's best-selling automobiles. 

Can an SUV truly be replaced with a Subaru Forester, though? The Straight Pipes, a YouTube crew, set out to investigate.  

The Subaru Forester’s daily-driving feature

The most recent Forester is more of a wagon-shaped crossover than the first Forester, which was clearly a waggon. 

And although though Subaru no longer sells a Forester STI, the current model still has a lot going for it. 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Subaru's EyeSight suite of cutting-edge driver assistance systems are all standard on every Subaru Forester. 

Every Forester has the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a CVT. 

The EPA rates it at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the interstate; during Car & Driver's highway testing, 32 mpg was recorded.  

The entry-level Subaru Forester costs $24,495. The top-of-the-line Touring, which begins at $34,595, was nonetheless driven by The Straight Pipes. 

This has heated front and back seats, a panoramic sunroof, 4G LTE WiFi, and an 8" touchscreen with GPS. The interior is leather.