Sportiest Utility Vehicles

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Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium
Starting MSRP: $29,295
As the cheap thrills special, this Forester 2.0XT has the smallest engine (ties with the Volvo XC60) and the lowest sticker price. What you get is a WRX in sheep’s clothing. The 2.0XT runs a 2.0-liter turbocharged Boxer engine rated at 250 horsepower, a Lineartronic CVT with paddle shifters that simulate eight speeds, and Subaru’s tried-and-proven Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The fun can be found when taking advantage of the Boxer engine’s low center of gravity during hard cornering. This SUV settles in nicely once set into a long sweeper, and all you do is lean on the gas pedal to tickle the edge of adhesion. When accelerating, the simulated gears in the CVT do a good job of keeping the engine in its powerband. Feel like a rock star without rocking the bank account.

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