The 2017 Subaru Forester comes in a variety of different trims powered by one of two engines. The base engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder making 170 horsepower. This engine is offered with a choice two transmissions -- a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable unit. The optional, turbocharged engine displaces 2.0L and makes a very healthy 250 horsepower. The turbocharged engine is only available with a continuously variable transmission, though the CVT does have a mode where it imitates a traditional manual, allowing upshifts and downshifts via paddles on the steering column.
2.5i Foresters come in four trims: Base, Premium, Limited and Touring. Base trims are stripped of most luxury items but still feature a tilting and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a sunglass holder, a 4-speaker stereo with MP3 capabilities, a 4.3-inch color multi-function display, and a rear backup camera. Premium models get a body-colored spoiler, panoramic sunroof, roof rails, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, reclining rear seats and a 6-speaker stereo. Limited models come standard with the CVT transmission and with leather seating. Heated front seats, a power liftgate, fog lights, a rear spoiler and heated mirrors are also standard equipment on Limited Foresters. Top-of-the-line Touring models feature everything from the Limited trim plus a navigation system, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a heated steering wheel, push-button start and 18-inch wheels.
Forester 2.0 XT models come in two trims: Premium and Touring. Both get the more powerful 250-horsepower engine, better brakes and more aggressive styling than 2.5i models, highlighted by the front fascia and 18-inch wheels. The Touring and Premium models are otherwise similarly equipped to their 2.5i namesakes. Torque vectoring, first introduced on the high-performance Subaru WRX, is standard on 2.0XT Touring models with EyeSight and provides improved handling in tricky conditions.
Accident avoidance and mitigation is covered by several safety systems. Symmetrical all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, several airbags, traction control and stability control are standard. All Foresters other than the Base model also benefit from EyeSight, a safety suite offered in a few variations. It includes devices like lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic braking.
All-wheel-drive, Practical, Good Mix Of Fuel Efficiency And Performance, Good Ground Clearance, Improved Interior Space
For 2017, the Subaru Forester receives several exterior updates, including a new front bumper, headlights and restyled grille. Taillights are also new and include LED illumination. A body-color spoiler is now standard on the 2.5i Premium.
Inside, saddle brown leather upholstery and trim is a new option, and a redesigned steering wheel across the range features controls for cruise, audio and Bluetooth. A heated steering wheel, keyless access, and push-button start are all standard on Touring models. Sound deadening has been improved, and torque vectoring is now available on models with the 2.0L turbo. Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now incorporates improved, color cameras with a wider and longer field of view for improved responsiveness. The safety suite also now includes lane-keep assist, and on Limited, Touring and Premium models, blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. Finally, the power lift gate is now standard on Premium trim.
The Subaru Forester has always been a great compromise between the practicality of a small hatchback or station wagon and the capabilities of an SUV. The Forester comes standard with all-wheel-drive, unlike most of its competition. Base-model Foresters perform similarly to competitors from Ford and Mazda, while turbocharged versions offer significantly more power, resulting in surprisingly sprightly performance. On-road handling is also a step above what is generally offered in this segment. The Forester starts at just over $22,000.
Engine: 2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT -inc: Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: low shift mode and X-mode
3.70 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 4,480 lbs
Battery w/Run Down Protection
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Steering
15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
Permanent Locking Hubs
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
Wheels: 17" Alloy
Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Express Open/Close Sliding Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Deep Tinted Glass
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Grille w/Chrome Bar
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Roof Rack Rails Only
Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
Radio: Subaru Starlink 7.0" Multimedia Plus System -inc: AM/FM stereo HD radio w/single-disc CD player w/MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, multi touch gesture high resolution display, 7.0" LCD screen, voice activated controls, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free text messaging connectivity, iPod control capability, rear-vision camera, SiriusXM All Access radio (subscription required), SiriusXM Travel Link (subscription required), smartphone integration: AHA, MirrorLink, Pandora and Siri Eyes Free, Starlink cloud applications: calender, Glympse, iHeart Radio, music player, news, Stitcher and weather, dual USB ports, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 6 speakers, body color roof mounted audio, satellite and connected services antenna and Subaru Starlink connected services StarLink enrollment cannot be applicable to Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) or to Commercial fleet accounts at this time.
Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
2 LCD Monitors In The Front
Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat w/power lumbar support and passenger front seat back pocket
4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
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