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2012 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

Price Range: $20,595 - $29,895 | 19 MPG City - 24 MPG Highway

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2012 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

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.

What's new for 2012?

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.

Model Strengths

  • Spacious interior
  • crisp, carlike handling
  • strong performance (2.5XT)
  • all-wheel drive for every model
  • great vehicle for the Snow Belt

Model Review

The Forester can be found in six different trims for 2012: base, Premium, Limited and Touring. But there's quite a difference between 2.5X and 2.5XT; 2.5X models come with a 170-horsepower, 2.5L horizontally opposed (?flat,' or ?boxer') 4-cylinder engine, while XT models---only offered in Limited or Touring guise--include a 224-horsepower turbocharged version.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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2012 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

4dr Man 2.5X

Engine

Engine Type 2.5L Gas Flat 4
Horsepower 170 @ 5800 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 174 @ 4100 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 16.9 gal
Fuel Economy 21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 456.3 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels AWD

Wheels

Rims 16 x 6.5 in.
Tires P215/65HR16

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 41.6 in. / 43.1 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 40.4 in. / 38.0 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 103.0 in.
Curb Weight 3250 lb.
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2012 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

4dr Man 2.5X

Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Optional

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Optional
Auxiliary Power Outlet Optional
Front Floor Mats Optional
Parking assist Optional
Roof Rack Optional
Trailer Hitch Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Wheel Locks Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Optional