2012 Subaru Forester Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$20,595-$29,895
$19,489-$27,992
20 /CITY / 26 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- Upgraded, optional navigational system
- Height-adjustable passenger seat now standard

Exterior Features
The 2012 Subaru Forester is an all-wheel-drive compact crossover with seating for 5 passengers. The Forester is offered in six trim levels: 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium, and 2.5XT Touring.

Interior Features
Standard features on the Subaru Forester 2.5X models include cloth upholstery, some power accessories, air conditioning, automatic headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, adjustable front seats, and a 4-speaker sound system. The 2.5X Premium trim adds lumbar support, sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, and more. The 2.5X Limited features automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and an upgraded audio system. The 2.5X Touring trim adds bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, rearview camera, and other electronic upgrades. The 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring trims offer similar equipment and add a turbocharged engine. The Forester provides 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 68.3 cubic feet with seats folded down.

Optional Features
A dash-mounted navigation system with touch-screen interface is optional on the Subaru Forester Limited trims. Many of the upgrades on upper trims are available as packages on lower trims. Satellite radio and various exterior embellishments are available as stand-alone options.

Under the Hood
The standard power plant on all Forester 2.5X models is a 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower. The XT trims upgrade to a turbocharged engine rated at 224 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the base trim, with a 4-speed automatic optional. The automatic transmission is the only gearbox offered with the premium turbocharged models. All-wheel drive is standard.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Subaru Forester are:
- Forester with standard engine: 21/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Forester with turbocharged engine: 19/24/21 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Subaru Forester include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and rear-seat side curtain air bags.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Forester received 4 (out of 5) stars for frontal-offset crash protection and 3 stars for side-impact protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Forester received \"Good\" ratings--the Institute's highest--for all crash tests.


What's New for 2012:
- Upgraded, optional navigational system
- Height-adjustable passenger seat now standard

Exterior Features
The 2012 Subaru Forester is an all-wheel-drive compact crossover with seating for 5 passengers. The Forester is offered in six trim levels: 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium, and 2.5XT Touring.

Interior Features
Standard features on the Subaru Forester 2.5X models include cloth upholstery, some power accessories, air conditioning, automatic headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, adjustable front seats, and a 4-speaker sound system. The 2.5X Premium trim adds lumbar support, sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, and more. The 2.5X Limited features automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and an upgraded audio system. The 2.5X Touring trim adds bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, rearview camera, and other electronic upgrades. The 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring trims offer similar equipment and add a turbocharged engine. The Forester provides 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 68.3 cubic feet with seats folded down.

Optional Features
A dash-mounted navigation system with touch-screen interface is optional on the Subaru Forester Limited trims. Many of the upgrades on upper trims are available as packages on lower trims. Satellite radio and various exterior embellishments are available as stand-alone options.

Under the Hood
The standard power plant on all Forester 2.5X models is a 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower. The XT trims upgrade to a turbocharged engine rated at 224 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the base trim, with a 4-speed automatic optional. The automatic transmission is the only gearbox offered with the premium turbocharged models. All-wheel drive is standard.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Subaru Forester are:
- Forester with standard engine: 21/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Forester with turbocharged engine: 19/24/21 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Subaru Forester include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and rear-seat side curtain air bags.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Forester received 4 (out of 5) stars for frontal-offset crash protection and 3 stars for side-impact protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Forester received \"Good\" ratings--the Institute's highest--for all crash tests.


Available Trims for the 2012 Subaru Forester
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2.5X (4dr Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 20595.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 20895.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 21795.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 22095.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 23295.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 23595.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 24295.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 24595.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26595.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26895.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Touring (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 27895.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Touring (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28195.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5XT Premium (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 27095.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
Name 2.5XT Touring (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 29895.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
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INTERIOR
  • Front bucket seats w/active head restraints, height adjusters
  • 6-way manual driver seat
  • 60/40 split fold down rear bench seat -inc: head restraints at all seating positions, armrest
  • Cloth seat trim, upholstery
  • Multi-functional center console -inc: storage w/adjustable armrest lid, dual cup holders
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt steering column
  • Illuminated ignition switch ring
  • Average fuel economy gauge
  • Ambient temp gauge
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side auto-down feature
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Security system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Air filtration system
  • Rear defogger
  • 12V aux pwr outlets -inc: dash, center console, cargo area
  • Overhead console
  • Visors w/dual covered vanity mirrors
  • Dome light w/off-delay feature
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Driver's seatback pocket
  • (2) bottle holders in doors
  • Cargo area tie down hooks, grocery bag hooks
  • 10-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar
  • Reclining rear seatback function
  • Rear seat retractable tray
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Steering wheel mounted Bluetooth controls
  • Telescopic steering column
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Heated front seats
  • Perforated leather seat trim, upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Cargo area tray
  • One-touch folding rear seatbacks
  • ECO fuel economy gauge
  • Dual zone automatic climate control system
  • Aluminum alloy pedal covers
EXTERIOR
  • 16" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P215/65HR16 all-season tires
  • Headlights auto-off w/ignition switch
  • Black foldable pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer
  • Rear window wiper w/washer
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • P225/55HR17 all-season tires
  • Panoramic pwr moonroof
  • Black finish roof rails
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Body color foldable pwr mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Fog lights
  • Body color foldable heated pwr mirrors
  • Silver finish roof rails
  • HID headlights
  • Body color foldable heated pwr mirrors w/integrated turn signals
  • Hood scoop
  • Body color rear roof spoiler w/integrated LED high-mount stop light
MECHANICAL
  • 2.5L DOHC MPFI 16-valve 4-cyl boxer engine -inc: double overhead chain driven camshafts w/auto chain tensioner
  • Direct ignition system
  • Active valve control system (ACVS) variable valve timing
  • Electronic throttle control (ETC)
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • Double wishbone suspension
  • Pwr assisted steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-speed electronic direct-control automatic transmission
  • Twin tailpipes -inc: single outlet w/stainless tips
  • 2.5L DOHC MPFI 16-valve intercooled turbocharged 4-cyl boxer engine
  • Engine cover
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Brake assist
    • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
    • Daytime running lights
    • Advanced frontal airbags (SRS) -inc: front passenger-side occupant detection system
    • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags (SRS)
    • Driver & front passenger pelvis/torso side airbags
    • Front & rear side curtain airbags (SRS) w/roll over 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
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Safety brake pedal system
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (4) speakers, radio broadcast data system (RBDS), 3.5mm aux input jack, roof-mounted antenna
    • Pre-wire for SiriusXM satellite radio
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (4) speakers, radio broadcast data system (RBDS), 3.5mm aux input jack, USB port, iPod control capability, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, roof-mounted antenna
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: 4.3" LCD display screen, HD Radio, (6) speakers, radio broadcast data system (RBDS), 3.5mm aux input jack, USB port, iPod control capability, iTunes tagging capability, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, roof-mounted antenna, rear vision camera

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