2013 Subaru Forester Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What's New for 2013:

  • Standard Bluetooth calling and audio streaming
  • Standard USB port and auxiliary audio input jack
  • Standard stereo controls on the steering wheel
  • Standard All-Weather package for 2.5X Premium model with manual transmission
  • Optional touch-screen audio system and reversing camera for 2.5X Premium

Exterior Features
The 2013 Subaru Forester is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) crossover SUV with 5-passenger seating and a minimum of 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Two models are available: the 2.5X and the turbocharged 2.5XT, with a choice between base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels.

The Forester 2.5X comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, and power exterior mirrors.

Interior Features
The 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and a height-adjustable driver seat. Additionally, this model is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, and a stereo with an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB port.

The standard Forester 2.5X also offers the best cargo capacity. Behind the rear seats, the 2.5X provides 33.5 cubic feet of volume, and with the rear seat folded the Forester can handle 68.3 cubic feet of cargo. The Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels have upgraded stereos and more technology, which cuts into cargo room to the tune of 30.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 63 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.

Optional Features
The Forester 2.5X can be upgraded with an Alloy Wheel package, which includes 16-inch aluminum wheels and a roof rack. An automatic transmission is also available on this model, along with a long list of dealer-installed accessories.

The 2.5X Premium is equipped with bigger 17-inch aluminum wheels, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, and upgraded exterior trim. Inside, the 2.5X Premium provides a 10-way power driver seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a reclining rear seatback. Additional features that come standard on this model include a panoramic power sunroof, roof rails, auto-up driver window operation, and a storage tray that slides out of the rear seat cushion. For 2013, models with a manual transmission also have a standard All-Weather package equipped with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer system. A Plus package includes fog lights and a touch-screen audio system with a reversing camera.

The Forester 2.5XT Premium is basically the same as the 2.5X Premium, but it comes with a more powerful turbocharged engine, standard automatic transmission, functional hood scoop, and a rear roof spoiler.

The Forester 2.5X Limited includes an automatic transmission, perforated leather upholstery, and automatic climate control, along with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, fog lights, stainless steel exhaust tips, and a cargo tray. A Navigation package adds a touch-screen navigation system with HD Radio, text messaging, iTunes tagging capability, and a reversing camera.

The Forester 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring are the top-of-the-line trim levels. They include all of the equipment in the Limited trim plus a reversing camera with the display embedded in the rearview mirror, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, premium sound system, and unique electroluminescent gauges. The Touring trim also has high-intensity discharge headlights, turn signal indicators embedded into the exterior mirrors, silver roof rails, and a one-touch folding rear seatback. A navigation system is optional.

Under the Hood
Foresters wearing a 2.5X badge are equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. A 5-speed manual gearbox with an Incline Start Assist feature is standard on all 2.5X versions, with a 4-speed automatic transmission optional on all except the Limited, where it comes standard.

The Forester 2.5XT is powered by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 224 horsepower and 226 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,800 rpm. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard on this model.

All-wheel drive is standard on every 2013 Forester, featuring a 50/50 front-to-rear power split with the manual transmission. Models with an automatic transmission have an Active Torque Split AWD system that continually varies power distribution between the front and rear wheels.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Subaru Forester are:

  • Forester 2.5X with manual transmission: 21/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Forester 2.5X with automatic transmission: 21/27/23 mpg
  • Forester 2.5XT with automatic transmission: 19/24/21 mpg

Safety
Every 2013 Subaru Forester is equipped with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and whiplash-reducing active front head restraints. Additionally, Subaru engineers the Forester with its Ring-Shaped Safety Reinforcement frame design, which the company claims helps to reduce the amount of crash energy that reaches passengers in a collision.

In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Forester a 4-star (out of 5) overall protection rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet rated the 2013 Forester as this overview is written. However, the Institute gave the structurally identical 2012 model a \"Top Safety Pick\" rating.

What's New for 2013:

  • Standard Bluetooth calling and audio streaming
  • Standard USB port and auxiliary audio input jack
  • Standard stereo controls on the steering wheel
  • Standard All-Weather package for 2.5X Premium model with manual transmission
  • Optional touch-screen audio system and reversing camera for 2.5X Premium

Exterior Features
The 2013 Subaru Forester is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) crossover SUV with 5-passenger seating and a minimum of 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Two models are available: the 2.5X and the turbocharged 2.5XT, with a choice between base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels.

The Forester 2.5X comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, and power exterior mirrors.

Interior Features
The 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and a height-adjustable driver seat. Additionally, this model is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, and a stereo with an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB port.

The standard Forester 2.5X also offers the best cargo capacity. Behind the rear seats, the 2.5X provides 33.5 cubic feet of volume, and with the rear seat folded the Forester can handle 68.3 cubic feet of cargo. The Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels have upgraded stereos and more technology, which cuts into cargo room to the tune of 30.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 63 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.

Optional Features
The Forester 2.5X can be upgraded with an Alloy Wheel package, which includes 16-inch aluminum wheels and a roof rack. An automatic transmission is also available on this model, along with a long list of dealer-installed accessories.

The 2.5X Premium is equipped with bigger 17-inch aluminum wheels, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, and upgraded exterior trim. Inside, the 2.5X Premium provides a 10-way power driver seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a reclining rear seatback. Additional features that come standard on this model include a panoramic power sunroof, roof rails, auto-up driver window operation, and a storage tray that slides out of the rear seat cushion. For 2013, models with a manual transmission also have a standard All-Weather package equipped with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer system. A Plus package includes fog lights and a touch-screen audio system with a reversing camera.

The Forester 2.5XT Premium is basically the same as the 2.5X Premium, but it comes with a more powerful turbocharged engine, standard automatic transmission, functional hood scoop, and a rear roof spoiler.

The Forester 2.5X Limited includes an automatic transmission, perforated leather upholstery, and automatic climate control, along with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, fog lights, stainless steel exhaust tips, and a cargo tray. A Navigation package adds a touch-screen navigation system with HD Radio, text messaging, iTunes tagging capability, and a reversing camera.

The Forester 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring are the top-of-the-line trim levels. They include all of the equipment in the Limited trim plus a reversing camera with the display embedded in the rearview mirror, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, premium sound system, and unique electroluminescent gauges. The Touring trim also has high-intensity discharge headlights, turn signal indicators embedded into the exterior mirrors, silver roof rails, and a one-touch folding rear seatback. A navigation system is optional.

Under the Hood
Foresters wearing a 2.5X badge are equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. A 5-speed manual gearbox with an Incline Start Assist feature is standard on all 2.5X versions, with a 4-speed automatic transmission optional on all except the Limited, where it comes standard.

The Forester 2.5XT is powered by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 224 horsepower and 226 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,800 rpm. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard on this model.

All-wheel drive is standard on every 2013 Forester, featuring a 50/50 front-to-rear power split with the manual transmission. Models with an automatic transmission have an Active Torque Split AWD system that continually varies power distribution between the front and rear wheels.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Subaru Forester are:

  • Forester 2.5X with manual transmission: 21/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Forester 2.5X with automatic transmission: 21/27/23 mpg
  • Forester 2.5XT with automatic transmission: 19/24/21 mpg

Safety
Every 2013 Subaru Forester is equipped with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and whiplash-reducing active front head restraints. Additionally, Subaru engineers the Forester with its Ring-Shaped Safety Reinforcement frame design, which the company claims helps to reduce the amount of crash energy that reaches passengers in a collision.

In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Forester a 4-star (out of 5) overall protection rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet rated the 2013 Forester as this overview is written. However, the Institute gave the structurally identical 2012 model a \"Top Safety Pick\" rating.

Available Trims for the 2013 Subaru Forester
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2.5X (4dr Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 21295.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 21295.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 22495.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 22495.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 24295.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Man PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 24295.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 24795.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Premium (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 24795.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26995.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Limited (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26995.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Touring (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28395.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5X Touring (4dr Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28395.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name 2.5XT Premium (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 27295.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
Name 2.5XT Touring (4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 29995.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 19/24
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth seat trim & upholstery
  • Height-adjustable reclining front bucket seats -inc: adjustable active head restraints
  • 60/40 split fold down rear bench seat -inc: head restraints at all seating positions, armrest
  • Multi-functional center console -inc: illuminated front tray, rear storage box w/adjustable armrest lid, dual cup holders
  • Driver footrest
  • Carpeted floor mats -inc: driver mat retention hook
  • Tilt steering column
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio & Bluetooth controls
  • Illuminated ignition switch ring
  • Average fuel economy gauge
  • Ambient temp gauge -inc: road surface freeze warning
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver-side auto-down, illuminated driver-side switch
  • Pwr door locks -inc: illuminated driver-side switch
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Security system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Air filtration system
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • Rear window defogger w/timer
  • (3) 12V aux pwr outlets -inc: dash, center console, cargo area
  • Front & rear door bottle holders
  • Illuminated overhead console -inc: dual map lights, sunglasses holder
  • Dual covered visor vanity mirrors
  • Dual front & rear overhead outboard assist grips
  • Front door courtesy lights
  • Off-delay dome light
  • Cargo area light w/gate switch
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • Cargo area grocery bag hooks
  • Cargo area tie-down hooks
  • Cargo gate inner handle assist grip
  • 10-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Reclining rear seatback function
  • Rear seat retractable tray -inc: dual cupholders
  • Telescopic steering column
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver-side auto-up/down w/anti-pinch protection, illuminated driver-side switch
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Perforated leather seat trim & upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Driver seatback pocket
  • Removable cargo area tray
  • One-touch folding rear seatbacks
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster w/LCD display
  • ECO fuel economy gauge
  • Dual zone automatic climate control system
  • Aluminum alloy pedal covers -inc: driver footrest pedal cover
EXTERIOR
  • 16" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P215/65HR16 all-season tires
  • T155/70D17 spare tire
  • Black rocker spoiler
  • Multi-reflector headlights -inc: ignition switch auto-off
  • Black manual-folding pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer
  • Rear window wiper w/washer
  • Black exterior door handles
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • P225/55HR17 all-season tires
  • Panoramic pwr moonroof -inc: auto-open/close
  • Black finish roof rails
  • Body color manual-folding heated pwr mirrors
  • Dark tint privacy glass
  • Dark upper windshield sunshade band
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Chrome exterior door handles
  • Fog lights
  • Silver finish roof rails
  • HID auto height-adjusting low beam & multi-reflector high beam headlights -inc: ignition switch auto-off
  • Body color manual-folding heated pwr mirrors w/integrated turn signals
  • Hood scoop
  • Body color rear roof spoiler -inc: integrated LED high-mount stop light
MECHANICAL
  • 2.5L DOHC MPFI 16-valve 4-cyl boxer engine -inc: active valve control system (ACVS) variable valve timing, chain-driven camshafts w/auto chain tensioner
  • Direct ignition system w/knock sensor
  • Electronic throttle control (ETC)
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Incline start assist
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: anti-dive geometry
  • Double wishbone rear suspension -inc: anti-lift geometry
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Pwr assisted steering
  • Ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes -inc: dual-piston front calipers
  • Dual single-outlet exhaust tips
  • Tool kit -inc: lug wrench, 2-way screwdriver
  • 4-speed electronic direct-control automatic transmission
  • Dual single-outlet stainless steel exhaust tips
  • 2.5L DOHC MPFI 16-valve intercooled turbocharged 4-cyl boxer engine -inc: active valve control system (ACVS) variable valve timing, chain-driven camshafts w/auto chain tensioner
  • Engine cover
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic brake-force distribution system (EBD)
    • Brake assist
    • Vehicle dynamics control (VDC)
    • Traction control system (TCS) -inc: off switch
    • Side impact door beams
    • Ring-shape reinforcement frame
    • Daytime running lights
    • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags -inc: dual-stage deployment, passenger-seat occupant detection system
    • Driver & front passenger pelvis/torso side airbags
    • Front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Rollover sensor
    • 3-point height-adjustable front seatbelts
    • 3-point rear seatbelts for all three seating positions
    • Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Rear child safety door locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Collapsible steering column
    • Pillar-to-pillar steering column support beam
    • Safety pedal system
    • Dual-tone horn
    • Rear vision camera
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: radio broadcast data system (RBDS), (4) speakers
    • USB port w/iPod control capability
    • 3.5mm aux input jack
    • Bluetooth audio streaming & hands-free phone connectivity
    • Roof-mounted antenna
    • AM/FM stereo HD Radio w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: 4.3" LCD display screen, radio broadcast data system (RBDS), iTunes tagging capability, (6) speakers
    • AM/FM stereo HD Radio w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: 4.3" LCD display screen, radio broadcast data system (RBDS), iTunes tagging capability, (6) speakers, subwoofer

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