Summary, Prices, Specs

By January 25, 2012

Summary

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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):$26465
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc horizontally opposed four-cylinder
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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 weigth: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 (MSPR) effective as of January 25, 2012.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