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2015 Subaru Forester

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2015 2.5i 4dr All-Wheel Drive
most popular
Price:   -  From $22,195
2015 2.5i Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,595
2015 2.5i Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,095
2015 2.0XT Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,495
2015 2.5i Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,095
2015 2.0XT Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,095


The Forester has gained a loyal following over the years, folks endeared to its slightly off-beat personality and quality for the price. Whereas most compact crossovers are geared toward families, the Forester is more of a lifestyle vehicle that appeals to the individualists among us.

What's New For 2015

A rearview camera is now standard across the board.

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Choosing Your Subaru Forester

Fully redesigned just last year, the Forester remains one of the most competent crossovers of its size. All-wheel drive comes standard, and you get a class-leading 73 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower and can be paired with a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). The manual might be more in keeping with the Forester's hipster character, but the automated CVT delivers a not-insignificant 3 mpg advantage in combined driving for an average 27 mpg. The CVT is mandatory with the available 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which offers 250 horsepower for dramatically improved performance.

The Forester's trim levels correspond to engine size:

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Comes with the 2.5-liter engine and all the basics like cruise control and power windows and locks. You also get Bluetooth phone and audio, a rearview camera, a color display screen and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player. The 2.5i rolls on 17-inch steel wheels.

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2.5i Premium

The four-wheel drive system gets hill descent control and a special driving mode for low-traction situations. Other upgrades include a panoramic sunroof, a power driver seat, roof rails, alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, reclining rear seats, two additional speakers and HD radio. Heated seats and mirrors are standard with the manual transmission and optional on models equipped with the CVT.

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2.5i Limited

Comes with the CVT and all of the Premium features as standard, plus a leather interior, automatic climate control, upgraded instrumentation, automatic headlights, fog lamps, a power liftgate, a rear spoiler, an upgraded instrument cluster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a cargo area tray.

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2.5i Touring

Tops off the 2.5i with an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control and a one-touch folding rear seat.

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2.0XT Premium

Carries the more powerful 2-liter engine and the CVT, along with dual exhaust, alloy pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheels, 18-inch wheels, upgraded instruments and a rear spoiler. Other equipment is shared with the 2.5i Premium.

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2.0XT Touring

Equipped like the 2.5i Touring, except with the 2-liter engine.

The Premium and above are eligible for a navigation system with voice controls, satellite radio and integrated smartphone apps. These trims can also get a Driver Assist Technology package with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and collision-mitigation braking.

CarsDirect Tip

We staunchly recommend the smoothly efficient CVT on any Forester (if it's not already standard). The Premium trim level is the best deal overall, offering lots of useful equipment for a reasonable price -- about $2,400 more than the base model.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 170 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: Lineartronic 6-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 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
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
74.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.9 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
66.4 "
Front Headroom
41.4 "
Rear Headroom
39.8 "
Front Legroom
43.0 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,296 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Driver / Power Remote Passenger
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black W/metal-look 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
4 / 5 / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
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

Used 2015 Subaru Forester for Sale

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