For 2016, the base
Subaru Forester 2.5i receives a new 6.2-inch Starlink touch-screen audio unit with single-touch gesture display and satellite radio. Premium, Limited and Touring trims get a larger 7-inch touch screen with multiple-gesture display and the Safety and Security package. EyeSight-equipped models gain steering-responsive fog lights.
A rearview camera now comes on base 2015 Forester models, making it standard across the board. Turbocharged XT models now include the All-Weather Package, and 2.5i Premium models equipped with a manual transmission receive a standard moonroof. Navigation becomes optional instead of standard in higher trims.
Redesigned from the ground up, the 2014 Forester raises its practical and personable character to an even higher level, gaining a new sense of style, more space, additional refinement, better performance and improved fuel economy.
For 2013, the
Subaru Forester 2.5X receives a new radio with built-in Bluetooth and streaming capabilities, as well as iPod control and a USB port. Steering-wheel audio controls are standard on the base trim, while Premium models get a new Value Package that includes an upgraded radio display, fog lights and the Cold Weather Package.
The Forester's wide range of trim levels includes two turbo models. All include a new height-adjustable front passenger seat for 2012. A new option on the higher trims is a touch-screen navigation system that's bundled with a USB, iPod and Bluetooth features, satellite radio and traffic, and a text-message feature.
A revised model range now includes Standard, Premium, Limited and Touring trims for the 2.5X, and Premium and Touring trims for the turbocharged 2.5XT. An all-new 2.5-liter engine produces more low-end torque and better mileage in the base trims, while Bluetooth is now standard on all but the base models. New radios include an available removable TomTom navigation unit and a rear backup camera (standard on Touring trims.)
A simplified model range now includes Standard, Premium and Limited for the 2.5X, and Premium and Limited for the turbocharged 2.5XT. All models receive a new instrument cluster while the Limited trim's optional navigation now features Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
Subaru Forester sees substantial changes for 2009. Built on an all-new platform and now sporting double-wishbone rear suspension, the Forester not only handles better, it also has more rear legroom and a quieter ride.
Forester Sport models receive a revised front end, while turbo models equipped with the optional automatic transmission receive the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
2016 Subaru Forester may not be the most racy-looking
compact SUV, but its practical nature more than makes up for any visual banality. The Forester’s tall greenhouse offers excellent visibility in all directions, and its roomy rear seat and cargo area are two features sometimes lacking in this class. Unlike the
Ford Escape or
Hyundai Santa Fe, the Forester offers an advanced collision-avoidance system and adaptive cruise control, as well as the option of a manual transmission with its AWD setup. On the safety front, the Forester takes top honors in all of its crash tests, and ranks near the top of its class in the areas of fuel economy and resale values. Did we mention it starts just over $23,000?
Cons: "Rear cargo area light poorly located and weak."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"What's not to like about the newly designed Forester (2014)? Hardly anything: the shorter wheelbase creates a bit of a bumpy, firm ride. The CVT transmission revs up loudly when you push the pedal down to accelerate onto the freeway. That's it! But things to like far outweigh those. A true 31.3 mpg driving over thousands of miles in the mountains and on interstates at 70 mph. An interior that is huge and comfortable for all---even the backseat passengers. Tinted side windows that block lots of sun. A huge sunroof. Electric driver seat that moves forward-back, up-down, tilt forward-back, and the lumbar adjustable seat back that tilts too. An oil filter on top of the engine that's easy to change. Beautiful metallic paint. A price negotiable to under $25000 for the premium level trim. No repairs as of yet after almost 60 K miles. All-wheel-drive that handles Colorado's deep snows with 8 inches clearance. A fairly decent information monitor with lots of different data screens. (The newer ones are even better (2015 and 2016). Subaru has things all figured out with these cars. It's our second after the 1998 Forester's engine finally died at 273,000 miles."
"The 17 XT Touring offers a smoother ride, quieter interior (tires are main noise), upscale trim and finish, and new safety features such as blind spot detection. Seats better bolstered but bottom cushion rather hard. HK sound system unfortunately offers fewer EQ options. Build quality's improved over '14's. Turbo often gushes white smoke on acceleration (water in exhaust) but makes car responsive for passing or mountain driving. Car _will_ run on regular gas but looses 15% power/MPG. No problems on delivery (and no rattles, a first for Subie's I've owned) but cannot rate reliability as vehicle's too new."
"We initially owned a 2014 Forester. In December 2015 an 8-point Buck weighing over 200 lbs decided to jump in from of our vehicle causing us to hit it at 55 mph. We had no chance to respond, but thank God the car deployed all its airbags and stopped perfectly. Even though the car was totaled the wife only had bruises from the seat belt and I had a small abrasion from the knee air bag. With this type of accident and feeling safe lead to us purchasing a new 2016 Forester which we're still very pleased with it performance."