Subaru Forester tyres
Subaru rather put its head above the parapet when it launched the Forester. It said – very publicly – that the car was very much aimed at current, loyal (and presumably rural) customers rather than those after a road-based SUV.
More power to the Japanese firm’s elbow. As it has grown up the Forester may have moved from being a tall estate car with wellies to a proper SUV. However, it remains something made by engineers, not by stylists. It may be expensive to run, lack refinement at high speeds and fail to turn heads. However, it is robust and spacious, with great driver visibility and rugged dependability.
Critically, it is most definitely a Subaru, a car which will give every driver confidence in even the foulest road conditions. For every buyer who spurns the Forester because of its looks, there’ll be a die-hard Subaru fan who’ll love it for everything else that it does deliver.
Many different tyres are available to fit the Forester. The most important factor in choosing between them will be the kind of driving you expect from your car. A Forester which is used for off-road driving will be suited by a tyre like the Grabber range from the General Tire Co. These are designed for fitting for SUVs and are very popular for the Forester. The basic Grabber GT will support occasional off-road use without any drawbacks in an on-road environment. The Grabber range also includes designs to suit more frequent off-road use. Yokohama’s Geolandar tyre offers similar options for Foresters which spend time off the beaten track.
In contrast, many Foresters will spend all of their life on tarmac. In this instance, a more regular tyre will fit the bill. Those using their car for towing, or as a family car, should focus upon the wet grip ratings of different tyre choices. The Forester is designed as a very safe and stable car. The right tyre will support this with optimum grip in wet conditions. Stopping distances are reduced and aquaplaning minimised by tyres with high wet grip levels. Goodyear’s EfficientGrip and various Michelin ranges will tick this box. So, too, will many Yokohama and Bridgestone tyres, and indeed these brands are the most commonly fitted in Subaru’s factories.
Alternatively, those who use their Forester for higher annual mileages will focus upon the different fuel economy ratings of replacement tyres. These cars were never the best for fuel efficiency, a direct result of permanent four-wheel-drive. However, the right tyre choice will enable the best possible mpg while the wrong choice will have an adverse effect on fuel consumption.
Forester drivers should consider the suitability of specialist winter tyres, too. Many motorists chose a Subaru because they live in rural areas. A four-wheel-drive with winter tyres will always be safer in snowy or cold conditions than one without them. If you live where the roads are difficult in winter, these may be a necessity rather than a luxury.