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2016 Subaru Forester

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2016 2.5i 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $22,395
2016 2.5i Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,295
2016 2.5i Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,795
2016 2.0XT Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,195
2016 2.5i Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,795
2016 2.0XT Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,795

Overview

More than most vehicles, the Forester, like other Subarus, has developed quite a loyal following over the years. Compact crossover fans often favor the Forester not just for its quality and sensible price, but for its endearing, even slightly off-kilter, character. Rather than a wagon aimed at families, the Forester tends to attract outside-the-mainstream individualists, qualifying as more of a lifestyle-focused vehicle than a strictly practical, all-wheel drive people carrier.

What's New for 2016

Not much has changed. Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels now have new Subaru Starlink Safety and Security features, including automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, SOS emergency assistance, and a monthly vehicle health report. All 2016 Foresters get new Starlink audio systems. Models with Subaru’s optional EyeSight driver assist system now include steering-responsive foglamps.

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Choosing Your Subaru Forester

Fully redesigned for 2014, the Forester ranks among the most capable crossovers in its class. As with all Subarus, all-wheel drive is standard. Owners also benefit from a class-leading 73 cubic feet of cargo space.

The standard engine is a flat (horizontally-opposed) four-cylinder, making 170 horsepower and mating with a six-speed manual gearbox; or with an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), which yields substantially better fuel economy. The CVT is mandatory with the more potent 250-horsepower, 2-liter turbocharged engine in 2.0XT models.

Fuel economy for the 2.5-liter engine is estimated at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with manual shift, or 24/32 mpg with automatic. The 2-liter turbo is estimated at 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

Six trim levels are offered, with two engine possibilities:

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2.5i

Starting at $22,395 (plus destination charge), the 2.5i gets the 2.5-liter engine and all basic features, led by a rearview camera, cruise control, power windows and door locks, Starlink media system with 6.2-inch touchscreen, Starlink smartphone integration, driver’s knee airbag, steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, HD radio, and CD player. Also standard are Incline Start Assist, carpeted floor mats, a security system, and 17-inch steel wheels. The CVT adds $1,000.

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2.5i Premium

Adding $2,900 to the MSRP of the base 2.5i, the Premium edition has a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power driver’s seat, reclining rear seats, rear privacy glass, and six-speaker audio. An All-Weather package with heated front seats and mirrors is standard with manual shift, and optional with CVT. The CVT adds $500 to the price.

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2.5i Limited

Sticker-priced at $3,500 above Premium trim, the Limited adds perforated leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate control, upgraded instrumentation, automatic headlights, foglamps, “welcome” lighting, power liftgate, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a cargo area tray.

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2.5i Touring

Only a CVT is offered with the $30,795 Touring edition, which adds an eight-speaker, 440-watt Harman Kardon sound system; high-intensity-discharge headlights; electro-luminescent instruments; keyless access with pushbutton start; power liftgate; dual-zone automatic climate control; and one-touch folding rear seatback.

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2.0XT Premium

In addition to the more powerful 2-liter turbo engine and CVT, the 2.0XT Premium ($29,195) includes a sport-tuned suspension, dual exhaust tips, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded instruments, and rear roof spoiler. Otherwise, equipment is similar to the 2.5i Premium. A manual-shift mode for the CVT is included.

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2.0XT Touring

Priced $4,600 above the 2.0XT Premium, the Touring version is equipped like the 2.5i Touring, but with the smaller turbocharged engine.

Premium trim level and above can have an optional EyeSight driver assist system, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, sway warning, pre-collision braking, and steering-responsive foglamps.

CarsDirect Tip

If there’s a choice between manual shift and the smoothly efficient CVT, we definitely recommend the latter. Your best bet may be the 2.5i Premium trim, which offers plenty of useful features for a reasonable price. For safety’s sake, the available EyeSight system is worth considering.

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Expert Review

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The compact crossover segment continues to burn very hot, though it has cooled a bit with the arrival of newer subcompact models. The 2016 Forester is Subaru’s competitor in this packed field of small people haulers.

Pricing and Equipment

Compact crossovers are some of the hottest vehicles on the market today, so pricing is very competitive. The Forester tosses its hat into the ring at a competitive $22,395. At this price point, we think the base Forester 2.5i is pretty well equipped, with standard features like:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • A color multifunction screen that measure 4.2 inches
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Starlink 6.2-inch multimedia infotainment system with four speakers

More loaded versions of the Forester include the 2.5i Premium ($25,295), 2.5i Limited ($28,795), and 2.5i Touring ($30,795). For a more performance-oriented ride, there are also the 2.0XT Premium ($29,195) and 2.0XT Touring ($33,795).

Performance Pros

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The Forester provides a nice balance between comfort and sportiness, as its suspension is more responsive than most, but not as tight as others. We also felt that its two available engines give buyers great options.

  • Opting for the turbocharged 250-horsepower 2-liter engine makes the Forester surprisingly quick.
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance is plenty for most people.
  • All-wheel drive comes standard.
  • Those who prefer a manual transmission can still have one with the 2.5-liter engine.

Performance Cons

  • While we love the 2-liter engine used in performance-oriented models, the fact that it's only available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is disappointing.
  • We're also unimpressed by a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds -- not that great for a small SUV.

Interior Pros

  • The Forester is surprisingly roomy -- both in front and back.
  • The driver's seat is perfectly positioned for a great view of the road.
  • Plenty of sound deadening keeps the cabin surprisingly quiet.

Interior Cons

  • While comfortable, the front seats don't have enough bolstering to keep you in place during spirited driving, and there isn't a sport seat option to remedy the situation.
  • The legs of larger front-seat riders might rub against the center console's hard plastic.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

In our testing, the 2.0XT model was surprisingly quick with a 0-to-60 mph sprint in the low six seconds. Its capable suspension was a pleasing complement.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The lack of sportier interior options in the 2.0XT is pretty shocking. If you’re going to offer a potent model that performs as well as the Forester 2.0XT does, you should also offer sports seats, a sportier steering wheel, and some other styling bits in an optional package.

The Bottom Line

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The Forester is Subaru’s best-selling model for a reason. Roomy inside, compact outside, and fuel efficient, all 2.5-liter-equipped models tick most the boxes on a crossover shopper's list. The 2.0XT models, meanwhile, show a peppier side of the equation.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 170 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: Lineartronic 6-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
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
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
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
$61
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
Wheels
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Driver / Power Remote Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black W/metal-look Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
4 / 4 Performance / 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
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
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
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
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
Immobilizer
Warranty
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 2016 Subaru Forester for Sale

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2.5i Limited
Color: Silver
Price

$16,998

Mileage

89,794 mi

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Price

$18,499

Mileage

81,286 mi

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