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2012 Subaru Forester (continued)

Summary

2012 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is a compact SUV with stable and secure handling, unsurpassed all-wheel drive. There's excellent room and convenience inside, so passengers, families and cargo are all happy. Forester XT models use a turbocharged engine with potent power, while the Forester X models use a 2.5-liter DOHC engine that debuted for 2011.

Sam Moses filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from Washington's Columbia River Gorge.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Subaru Forester 2.5X ($20,595), automatic ($21,795); 2.5X Premium ($23,295), automatic ($24,295); 2.5X Limited ($26,595); 2.5X Touring ($27,895); 2.5XT Premium ($27,095); 2.5XT Touring ($29,895)
Engines:170-hp 2.5-liter dohc H4; 224-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged dohc H4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):two-stage frontal airbags, side-impact airbags in front, airbag curtains; active front head restraints; LATCH child safety seat system; tire pressure monitor; Vehicle Dynamics Control with four-wheel traction control and electronic limited slip differential; all-wheel drive; ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
Safety equipment (optional):rearview camera
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium ($23,295)
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, air conditioning with rear vents and an air filtration system, 60/40 reclining rear seat, cruise control, rear window wiper, trailer wiring connector, 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, 10-way power driver's seat, roof rails, power moonroof, steering wheel audio switches, AM/FM 6-speaker sound system with single-disc CD player, auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod, USB port and satellite radio capability
Options as tested (MSRP):4-speed automatic transmission ($1000), TomTom navigation with all-weather package ($1095), PZEV emission certification ($300)
Destination charge:($775)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $26,465
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc horizontally opposed four-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):170 @ 5800
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):174 @ 4100
Transmission:4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:21/27 mpg
Wheelbase:103.0 in.
Length/width/height:179.5/70.1/66.9 in.
Track, f/r:60.2/60.2 in.
Turning circle:34.4 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.0/52.9/43.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.7/52.7/38.0 in.
Cargo volume:63.0 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, L-shaped lower arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, double wishbone
Ground clearance:8.7 in.
Curb weight:3340 lbs.
Tires:225/55R17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:16.9 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 06, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-WANT-AWD - www.subaru.com


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