Well, the Touring doesn't have the ground clearance of your Forester but it should be okay on gravel roads. The forester has a ground clearance of 8.7" while the Touring is only 5.9". You might want to consider a 2010 Hyundai Tucson instead.
The Tucson has a ground clearance of 6.7", is available with AWD and gets equal or better fuel economy. Granted it is more expensive than a Touring but it also has more standard features, a better engine and more room. The Touring starts around $16,000 while the Tucson starts around $19,000 ($21,000 for an AWD model).
Two other options to consider, the Kia Soul and the Kia Sportage (Kia is a sister company to Hyundai). The Soul has similar interior room to the Touring with slightly more ground clearance (6.2") and is slightly less expensive than the Touring. The Soul starts around $15,000. The 2011 Kia Sportage is a slightly less expensive version of the Tucson (its corporate twin). 2wd Sportages are estimated to start around $17,000.
Last edited by NovaResource; 07-14-2010 at 11:11 AM.