2012 Subaru Forester Review

2012 Subaru Forester Review The 2012 Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV is available in 6 trim levels, 2.5XT Touring, 2.5X, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Premium, 2.5XT Premium and 2.5X Touring. Like all Subaru’s, the Forester is outfitted standard with AWD. The 2.5X models receive a 2.5 liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine rated at 170hp/174lb-ft of torque, while the XT trims are equipped with a turbocharged version producing 224hp/226lb-ft. Even base 2.5X models are well equipped with standard features that include full power accessories, A/C, keyless entry and trip computer. Upper trims also offer a full range of luxury and convenience features.

The BuyingAdvice Team Says:

With a spacious interior and diverse lineup of trims, the 2012 Subaru Forester should be a top consideration for drivers who enjoy the great outdoors, and those who need the practicality of a vehicle suitable for day-to-day commuting.

What’s New For 2012:

The 2012 Subaru Forester received a new optional navigational system with added functionality, along with a standard height-adjustable passenger seat.

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What is the Predicted Reliability:

The reliability of 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5XT 4 cylinder has been outstanding and based on the latest survey reliability of new models are expected to be 33% above average. The Forester received an overall high score in its segment of an 87, compared to the lowest scoring small SUV with a 27. High points include having a comfortable ride, easy handling for everyday driving, a spacious cabin with excellent visibility and access, straightforward controls and exceptional crash test results.

Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:

The 2012 Subaru Forester is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012 and in government testing, the NHTSA awarded the Forester an overall safety score of 4 Stars out of a possible 5. The Forester comes outfitted with safety features including traction/stability control, brake assist and antilock brakes, front seat side/front rear side curtain airbags.

Pros and Cons:

+ AWD is standard
+ Spacious and comfortable cabin with excellent cargo space
+ Excellent safety scores

– Outdated 4-speed auto transmission
– Fit & finish is a bit hit or miss

Head-To-Head Competition:

The Subaru Forester starts out slightly higher than the Hyundai Tucson, but is a couple of grand less than the Toyota RAV4; while at the same time offering the more capable SUV in several areas. While AWD is standard on the Forester, both the Hyundai and Toyota are equipped with front wheel drive. The Forester also has the most max towing capabilities at 2400lbs compared to the Tucson’s 2000lbs and the RAV4 back at 1500lbs. The Forester also has the larger gas tank at 16.9 gallons, compared to the Tucson’s 15.3 gallon tank and the RAV4 at 15.9 gallons.

What Others Are Saying:

"With so much space in the seats and the rear cargo area, the Subaru Forester is very family friendly. The kids in the back seats don’t even have to touch, and there’s plenty of space for everybody’s snowshoes or sleeping bags for a weekend on the mountain." – VroomGirls

"The Forester packs a lot of utility into a reasonably sized footprint, which has enabled it to hold its own in the burgeoning small-crossover field." – Automobile Magazine

"Ingress and egress front and rear were excellent without a big climb and without having to duck, indicating that it’s not too big or too small, but just right. The 60/40 rear seats are roomy and generous." – The Auto Channel

Read more about the 2012 Subaru Forester, at the Subaru manufacturer site.


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