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2013 Subaru Forester

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2013 2.5X 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $21,295
2013 2.5X Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,295
2013 2.5X Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,995
2013 2.5XT Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,295
2013 2.5X Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,395
2013 2.5XT Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,995


The 2.5X Limited adds automatic transmission, heated front seats, windshield de-icer, heated mirrors, automatic climate control and a touchscreen radio with backup camera. The 2.5X Touring also boasts dual-zone automatic climate control, Xenon headlamps and premium audio system. The 2.5XT Premium is equipped similarly to the 2.5X Premium but adds the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 224 horsepower, also mated to a four-speed automatic. The top Forester trim is the 2.5XT Touring, which aside from the engine is identical to the 2.5X Touring.

The Honda CR-V is very spacious and efficient but only offers optional all-wheel drive and one four-cylinder engine that isn't terribly powerful. The Ford Escape has highly sophisticated optional features and three engines to choose from, but can be expensive and isn't the largest crossover in the segment. The Kia Sportage is attractive and very well-priced but is smaller and has a hard ride, especially on the sporty SX model. And the Volkswagen Tiguan's turbo four-cylinder is more than a match for the Forester's, while it has a nicer interior, but also costs much more.

While the Forester isn't the freshest design up against some brand new and visually exciting competitors, it does have most of the bases covered for crossover shoppers. Its upright design lends good visibility and there are both naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines to choose from. In addition, there's a wide variety of trim levels and packages to suit different budgets. For buyers looking for a competent and comfortable vehicle, especially those attracted to all-wheel drive, the Forester could fit the bill.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 170 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 4-spd SPORTSHIFT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 27 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 170 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 27 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
68.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
179.5 "
Exterior Width
70.1 "
Exterior Height
65.9 "
Front Headroom
41.6 "
Rear Headroom
40.4 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,250 Lbs. / 3,300 Lbs.
Wheel Base
103 "
Turning Radius
17.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black W/body-color Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan / Sirius Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Xm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
4 / 6 / 5
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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