The 2018 Subaru Forester ranges at $23,710 (including a $915 destination charge) for a base 2.5i with a six-speed manual to $37,005 for a CVT-equipped 2.0XT Touring model. The top-of-the-line Touring trim is also available with a non-turbocharged boxer engine and includes a leather-trimmed interior, moonroof, a suite of active safety features, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The WRX-derived turbo engine produces 250 horsepower, but the 170-hp 2.5-liter base engine is a smarter choice for everyday use.
The smart money, though, passes on the Touring and snags the mid-range 2.5i Premium (which is also available with the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four). By forgoing a leather interior and moonroof, you can save nearly $3,700. Included in that savings are two option packages: the Black Edition package with interior, exterior and off-road enhancements, and the All-Weather Package with EyeSight and Blind Spot, which adds one of the most advanced active safety suites on the market alongside some neat off-road enhancements.
Here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
- Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
- Output: 170 hp / 174 lb-ft
- Transmission: Continuously variable transmission
- MPG: 27 city / 42 highway
- Exterior color: Ice Silver Metallic
- Interior color:Gray
- Options: Continuously variable transmission ($500), Black Edition ($1,150, 18-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel paddle-shifters, X-mode, hill descent control, cargo tray, steering responsive headlights, black-accented fog lights and exterior mirrors, auto-on/off headlights, LED headlights, leather-wrapped shift lever handle and steering wheel, welcome lighting, cloth upholstery with simulated leather bolsters) All-Weather Package + EyeSight + Blind Spot ($1,695, heated outside mirrors and front seats, rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, steering responsive fog lights).
- Base Price: $27,110
- As Tested: $29,955