The 2012 Subaru Forester is an AWD crossover wagon. The base trim level is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp while the XT trims are powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 224 hp. Transmissions include a 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, or 4-speed automatic with a manual shift mode. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 19 mpg city to 27 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Features include 6-speaker audio system, moonroof, heated front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, dual-zone climate control, HID headlamps, and navigation. Safety is comprised of vehicle dynamic control, traction control, anti-lock braking, tire pressure monitoring system, advanced frontal airbags, side-curtain airbags, rollover sensor, and backup camera. The Forester is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Subaru Forester gets a new optional touch-screen navigation system that offers broadened connectivity and music-interface capabilities, as well as HD Radio. Also, all 2012 Forester models get a height-adjustable driver's seat.
Spacious interior; crisp, carlike handling; strong performance (2.5XT); all-wheel drive for every model; great vehicle for the Snow Belt
The Forester is not especially rakish or overtly stylish, but it packs a lot of all-weather practicality and safety with surprisingly strong performance--especially in 2.5XT form. Forester 2.5XT models are stealth performance models, as they don't look all that much different from the 2.5X models yet are among the quickest crossover models at any price. Because the Forester has a winning combination of all-wheel drive, a rather light weight and good ground clearance, it's one of the best choices for deep snow or muddy trails. Thanks to the rather boxy body style, its interior is surprisingly roomy and versatile compared to some other rival models that are about the same size on the outside.
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