2010 Subaru Forester

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$20,295-$30,295
$19,214-$28,208
19 CITY / 26 HWY
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Overview

The Subaru Forester-a compact SUV with seating for up to 5 passengers-was all-new for the 2009 model year, meaning for 2010 it sees only minor charges. The Forester shares much of its mechanicals with the Subaru Impreza, and like all Subaru models, the Forester is fitted with a standard full-time all-wheel-drive system.
  • Minor changes for 2010 following a redesign for 2009
  • The 2.5X model is now available in Standard, Premium or Limited trim levels
  • The 2.5XT model is now available in Premium and Limited trim levels only
  • New instrument cluster
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity added to navigation system on Limited models

The Subaru Forester is an all-wheel-drive compact crossover vehicle. It effectively serves as the wagon version of the Subaru Impreza, and is built on a combination of the U.S. and Japanese Impreza platforms. Aside from some tweakings of the trim packages, the 2010 Subaru Forester is a carryover from the previous year.

The base-level 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X trim features 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, automatic headlights, some power accessories, and a 4-speaker sound system. The Forester Premium and Limited trims add various enhancements, while the Forester 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Limited trims include a more powerful engine. The most fully loaded trim, the Forester 2.5XT Limited, features 17-inch alloy wheels, power driver's seat, sunroof, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, reclining rear seatbacks, heated front seats, upgraded sound system, and other comfort and convenience features. A navigation system with touch-screen interface is optional with the Limited trims. The 2010 Subaru Forester provides 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 68.3 cubic feet with those seats folded down, according to the maker.

The standard power plant in all 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X trims is a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine with 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission (the automatic transmission is standard with the Limited trim), which produces 170 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The Forester 2.5XT trims feature the same engine, turbocharged to produce 224 horsepower and 226 lb.-ft. of torque; that engine delivers 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway with its standard 4-speed automatic transmission.

Standard safety features on the 2010 Subaru Forester include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front side air bags, and front and rear side curtain air bags. In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) both gave the 2010 Subaru Forester the highest possible ratings in front- and side-impact tests.

Starting MSRP for the 2010 Subaru Forester was $20,295.

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  • Name 2.5X (4dr Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 20295.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 20595.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21495.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21795.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 22795.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23095.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23795.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24095.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25995.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26295.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5XT Premium (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26495.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
  • Name 2.5XT Limited (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28495.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man w/All-Weather Pkg) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23195.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man w/All-Weather Pkg PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23495.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto w/All-Weather Pkg) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24195.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto w/All-Weather Pkg PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24495.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto w/Navigation System) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27795.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto w/Navigation System PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28095.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5XT Limited (4dr Auto w/Navigation System) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30295.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
  • Name 2.5X (4dr Man w/Special Edition Pkg) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 20695.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X (4dr Man w/Special Edition Pkg PZEV) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 20995.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
  • Name 2.5X (4dr Auto w/Special Edition Pkg) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21895.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X (4dr Auto w/Special Edition Pkg PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22195.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto w/Nav Sys & Convenience Pkg) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28295.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
  • Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto w/Nav Sys & Convenience PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28595.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 20/26
INTERIOR
  • Front bucket seats w/active head restraints, driver seat height adjuster
  • 60/40 split fold down rear bench seat w/head restraints on all seating positions, armrest
  • Aurora black or platinum cloth seat trim
  • Multi-functional center console box -inc: adjustable armrest, auxiliary pwr outlet, dual cup holders
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: ambient temp gauge
  • Average fuel economy gauge
  • Pwr windows-inc: driver-side auto-down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Security system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Air conditioning
  • Air filtration system
  • Rear defogger
  • Overhead console
  • Visors w/dual covered vanity mirrors
  • Dome light w/off-delay feature
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • (2) bottle holders in doors
  • Cargo area inc: grocery bag hooks and tie-downs, auxiliary pwr outlet
  • 10-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar
  • Reclining rear seat back function
  • Rear seat retractable tray
  • Steering wheel mounted audio switches
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Heated front seats
  • Black or platinum perforated leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Leather-wrapped shifter w/silver trim insert
  • Driver's seatback pocket
  • Cargo floor mat
  • Black dune or platinum dune cloth seat trim
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Aluminum alloy pedal covers
  • All-weather Package -inc: heated body-color mirrors, heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer
EXTERIOR
  • 16" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P215/65HR16 all-season tires
  • Headlights auto-off w/ignition switch
  • Silver metallic finish trim panels
  • Pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper w/washer
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • P225/55HR17 all-season tires
  • Panoramic pwr moonroof
  • Roof rails
  • Dark tint privacy glass
  • Body color pwr mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Fog lights
  • Body color heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/de-icer
  • 17" turbo type alloy wheels
  • Hood scoop
  • Body color rear roof spoiler w/integrated LED high-mount stop lamp
  • Special Edition Pkg -inc: 16" alloy wheels & roof rails
MECHANICAL
  • 2.5L SOHC SMPI 16-valve 4-cyl boxer engine
  • I-Active valve lift system
  • Electronic throttle control (ETC)
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • Double wishbone suspension
  • Pwr assisted steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Twin tailpipes-inc: single outlet with chrome tips
  • 2.5L DOHC SMPI 16-valve intercooled turbo 4-cyl boxer engine
  • Active valve control system
  • Engine cover
  • Liquid filled engine mounts
PACKAGE
  • Convenience Pkg -inc: cargo area cover, telescopic steering column, 1-touch folding rear seats, high-intensity discharge headlights (HID)
SAFETY
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Daytime running lights
  • Advanced frontal air bags (SRS)
  • Side curtain air bags w/roll over sensor
  • Driver & front passenger side-impact air bags (SRS)
  • Passenger Airbag Cutoff Switch/Sensor
  • 3-point height-adjustable front seatbelts
  • 3-point rear seatbelts for all three seating positions
  • LATCH rear child safety seat anchors
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Safety brake pedal system
ENTERTAINMENT
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (4) speakers, MP3/WMA capability
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA capability
  • GPS touch-screen navigation system -inc: AM/FM stereo w/single disc CD player, (6) speakers, MP3/WMA capability, Bluetooth hands-free calling, aux audio & video input jack
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