The Subaru Forester has made a name for itself in the compact crossover segement as a capable and comfortable vehicle that's just the right size for a lot of consumers. Bearing the traditional Subaru trait of standard all-wheel drive also helped it gain traction among adventurous buyers and those living in snowy climates. But buyers in any climate will like the ease of entry, spacious interior and driving experience that ranges between competent with the standard four-cylinder to brisk with the turbocharged engine. What's more, the Forester is available in lots of different trims and packages that are likely to suit a wide variety of consumers. The Forester also has a history of dependability among Subaru's loyal owners. Anyone looking for a capable crossover will find a lot to like in the Forester.
The base Forester is the 2.5X. Standard is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 horsepower going through all four wheels with a five-speed manual as standard. A four-speed automatic is optional. Power windows, locks and mirrors are also standard, along with Bluetooth, cruise control and a four-speaker audio system with AUX and USB inputs. The 2.5X is relatively rare on dealer lots, though. More buyers opt for the better-equipped 2.5X Premium, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, power driver's seat, telescopic adjustment to the tilt steering wheel, a panoramic moonroof and privacy glass.Read more »
The base Forester includes most of the features buyers in the compact crossover segment consider essential. It starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and all-wheel drive. A five-speed manual is standard, but a four-speed automatic is optional. Also included are power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard, as is a panoramic moonroof, air conditioning, split-folding rear seat, tilt steering wheel, trip computer and alarm. A Value Package adds 16-inch alloy wheels and roof rails, but the limited options list keeps the 2.5X as the low-price leader of the Forester line. These models are fairly rare at dealerships, though, so most buyers would be better served by stepping up to one of the higher trims, which offer a lot more desirable features, too.
The 2.5X Limited boasts some luxurious features for compact crossover buyers looking for even more comfort. The Limited gets a standard automatic transmission, fog lights, leather upholstery with leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, removable cargo tray, automatic climate control, the All-Weather Package with heated front seats, heated mirrors and a de-icer an the touchscreen HD radio with six speakers, subwoofer and iPod integration. The optional Navigation Package adds a larger touchscreen with satellite radio, Sirius traffic and weather and text message capability. A backup camera is optional.
The 2.5X Premium adds more features to the relatively spartan 2.5X and makes it the best value in the Forester line. Standard on the Premium are 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, body-color exterior trim, a 10-way power driver's seat, reclining rear seatbacks, rear cup holders and telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel. The All-Weather Package includes heated front seats, heated outside mirrors and a windshield de-icer. The All-Weather Plus Package adds a touchscreen HD radio with six speakers and iPod control on top that. The Navigation Package, available only with the automatic transmission, adds a detachable TomTom navigation unit. A backup camera is also available on models with automatic transmission and navigation.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Subaru Forester$24,290 | 9,942 mi
2012 Subaru Forester$22,990 | 14,697 mi
2011 Subaru Forester$15,000 | 56,032 mi
2011 Subaru Forester$17,863 | 67,279 mi
2011 Subaru Forester$18,599 | 38,315 mi
2011 Subaru Forester$19,473 | 25,816 mi
2011 Subaru Forester$24,744 | 29,219 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$9,999 | 136,413 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$16,970 | 41,082 mi
2010 SUBARU FORESTER$16,989 | 90,058 mi
2010 SUBARU FORESTER$17,469 | 76,933 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$17,500 | 55,711 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$17,992 | 43,382 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$17,995 | 43,038 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$18,495 | 26,078 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$18,500 | 45,505 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$19,849 | 30,690 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$19,977 | 45,374 mi
2010 Subaru Forester$20,290 | 37,918 mi
2009 Subaru Forester$16,992 | 50,830 mi
2009 Subaru Forester$16,995 | 64,552 mi
2009 Subaru Forester$17,918 | 62,726 mi
2008 Subaru Forester$15,000 | 78,721 mi
2006 Subaru Forester$8,500 | 132,092 mi
2005 Subaru Forester$8,500 | 115,182 mi
2005 Subaru Forester$10,499 | 92,811 mi
2004 Subaru Forester$5,995 | 118,786 mi
2004 Subaru Forester$8,490 | 126,156 mi
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