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Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

The Forester has truly come into its own in the last two years, receiving plenty of accolades and praise for its utilitarian personality and car-like refinement in this latest generation. Completely revised in 2014 , the Forester gets a few minor updates for 2015 that make it even more a bargain to brag about. While the quirky little crossover isn’t fast, sporty, or particularly good-looking like most of TopSpeed’s covered content, it is outstandingly practical.

A small $225 price hike over the 2014 model covers a multitude of added features. For one, the backup camera now comes standard — a handy feature when the cargo area is chock-full with stuff. The center stack now gets a color multi-function display, replacing the outdated black and white unit. And Subaru’s EyeSight system drops a large $500 off its sticker price, costing $1,295 paired with the All Weather Package on 2.5i Premium models.

Everything else that make the 2014 Forester a success is carried over, including an unchanged pair of engines and transmissions. Base models get the 2.5-liter flat-four mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The combo is good for 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The CVT remains an option, though at an extra $1,000. The more powerful option is the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four making 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. Unfortunately, upgrading to the turbo relegates the transmission choice to the CVT.

Trim levels for the 2.5-liter still include 2.5i, Premium, Limited, and Touring, while the more-upscale 2.0-liter turbo is only adorned with the Premium and Touring trims.

In all, the Forester is an honest crossover that works well. It just takes getting past what looks to be a bland cover to find a multifaceted vehicle well positioned to tackle nearly any task the average American brood can throw at it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Forester.


Alongside the BRZ Premium Sport Package concept, Subaru will also unveil the Forester Sport Concept at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. This vehicle has been specially designed for highway driving and city cruising, and has been customized as an "On-road super SUV".

The new Forester Sport Concept is powered by a Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engine specially developed for tackling pavement. Along with the special engine, this concept comes with distinctive styling. Its aero package includes a specially designed front grille, a new STI front under spoiler, an STI sport muffler, a side under spoiler, an STI flexible tower bar and an STI rear under spoiler.

In order to improve the SUV’s handing capabilities, Subaru installed a new Bilstein suspension and a set of BBS-designed 20-inch aluminum wheels. A set of Brembo brakes and drilled rotors help drag this SUV to a stop. For the interior, the only updates announced for now include new front and rear red-colored leather seats.

Full details will be announced during the car’s official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.


Back in September we announced that the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester was just about finished and that a few leaky valves had allowed some information to be released. We knew that the Forster was going to hit showrooms riding on a revised version of the Impreza’s platform and that this would result in a few extra inches here and there. We also outlined the rumored engines that the new Forester would feature.

Well, no more speculation and links, as Subaru has officially lifted the veil off of some of the Forester’s key details just before its official unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show . Surprisingly – or maybe not to those that know how leaks work – the information we received was actually pretty accurate, save for a few horsepower from the engine.

So, what exactly is Subaru offering us with its all-new part-SUV, part-station-wagon that it has offered up since 1998?

Updated 11/29/2012: The new generation Subaru Forester made its official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to add a new set of high res images. The 2014 Forester will go on sale on the U.S. market next spring in two trims: 2.5i available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring versions and 2.0XT offered in the Premium and Touring versions.

Updated 01/18/2013: Subaru announced today prices for the 2014 Forester that will go on sale in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions. Pricing for the Forester begins at $21,995 for the base model 2.5i and from $27,995 for the Premium versions.

Click past the jump to read all of the details and find out.

Subaru BRZ Concept STI

We all know and mostly love the WRX STI that Subaru pumps out each year. The latest model produces a stout 305 horsepower and 290 pound feet of torque through Subaru’s famed AWD system, all for a relative bargain of $34,000. Unfortunately, the STI nameplate has never extended beyond the WRX lineup.

That may become a thing of the past, as Subaru debuted its Forester TS, which is tuned by STI to pump out 259 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter 4-banger, to its newest market – Russia. What in the world does an STI-tuned Forester in Russia have to do with more STI models in other countries? Well, according to a report by Autocar, this is simply a test market.

This test will gauge the demand of an STI-tuned car, besides the WRX, in a market other than Japan. A Subaru insider was quoted as saying “It’s clear that STI’s abilities and experience could work on other cars in other markets,” and “Confining them to WRX projects doesn’t make sense when the demand is there.” This would lead us to believe that if the Russian Forester TS succeeds, then Subaru would be start expanding its STI lineup in other markets, like the U.S.

All we can hope for it that the Forester TS takes hold in Russia and Subaru decides to expand the STI lineup in the U.S. to the Subaru BRZ . We know that’s beating a dead horse, but this insider info really shows that this is becoming more of a possibility. This also points to the possibility of a turbocharged Forester STI coming to the U.S., which could give Subaru some much needed help fending off the turbocharged 2013 Ford Escape .

Who knows, we may just run into a performance crossover SUV war soon.

Hmm, that’s kind of scary... We guess little Billy and Sara would always make it to soccer practice on time.

Source: Autocar
Posted on by Bryan 10

Subaru has just released the official details on the new 2011 Forester . The Japanese automaker has placed a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder motor in the vehicle’s engine compartment. There will also be a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the performance oriented XT.

While we’re on the XT topic, Subaru has announced that the XT will be available in two trim levels, the Premium and the Touring. The Touring trim, which will replace the Limited at the top of the line, will offer buyers self-adjusting HID headlights, dual-zone climate controls, and a backup camera.

If you can’t afford the top of the line Touring model don’t fret, as Subaru has equipped the basic models with more goodies than every before. The Forester will come standard with Bluetooth and a one-touch up/down driver’s window. Bump it up to the 2.5X Premium and the 2.5XT Premium and you will get a new audio system with six speakers, a USB and AUX jacks, iPod integration, and Satellite radio capability.

Hit the jump for the full list of specifications.

Here’s another cool special edition Subaru Forester that will not be offered on the US market! It’s called the Forester tS and will come with lots of STI components and upgrades that offer an improved driving dynamic. It will be limited to only 300 units and deliveries in Japan will begin in 2011.

The new Forester tS is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer 4-cylinder with 263 HP and 347 NM of torque. The engine will be mated to a new 5-speed automatic transmission. This special edition will hit a top speed of 150 mph.

It will be distinguished by STI suspensions with sport springs and shock absorbers, STi seats, aluminum pedals, steering wheel with paddle shifters, and a big red push-button ignition. The new edition will be offered in only four exterior colors: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, Stylish Silver, and WR Blue Mica.

Why do all of the good cars stay outside of the U.S.? Hey automakers, we would like to drive cool cars too!


If you’re wondering what the next generation Subaru Forester will look like, check out the Forester S-Edition Concept unveiled today at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

The concept is based on the Forester XT, but the 2.5 liter turbocharged engine has been tuned to deliver 258 HP. The concept also gets paddleshift five-speed automatic gearbox, revised sports suspension, variable torque distribution (VTD) All-Wheel drive, exclusive styling accents, STI 17-inch high luster alloy wheels, Alcantara seat trim with S-Edition logos, drilled alloy pedals, and luminescent instruments with a center design unique to the model.

"It points towards an exciting development in our Forester range early next year. Forester is firmly established as Australia’s best selling compact sports utility vehicle, with the most recent addition to the range being the diesel variants that are proving a sales winner for our All-Wheel Drive brand. There’s no denying Forester’s appeal to Australians in both urban and rural environments, so we think this concept will only add to the huge interest," said Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia.

Press release after the jump.


Subaru has announced a long list of updates for the 2011Forester SUV. The list of improvements starts with a new engine for the 2.5X models. They get a new 2,498 cc engine delivering 170 HP and 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm. This engine delivers 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

The 2.5X Touring models receive new HID headlights (low beam) with automatic height adjustment, a display audio system with backup camera, dual zone automatic climate control, silver finish roof rails, electroluminescent gauges, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Also, depending on the model, Subaru is offering new standard audio system, iPod control capability, USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability, a new TomTom Navigation System for the 2.5X Premium that includes removable 4.3-inch touch-screen portable navigation device, Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite Radio capability, new 17-inch alloy wheel, and new body-color roof spoiler on 2.5XT models.

Updated 09/24/2010: Subaru today announced prices for the 2011 Forester. The 2.5X manual version is priced at $20,495 and the automatic version at $21,695. The 2.5X Premium manual version is priced at $23,195 and the automatic version at $24,195. The 2.5X Limited is only offered in an automatic version and is priced at $26,495. The 2.5X Touring is priced at $27,995; the 2.5XT Premium at $26,995 and the 2.5XT Touring at $29,995.

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Terence 3

Subaru is upgrading their lineup with an all new Legacy for 2010, and while we enjoyed driving the larger sedan, we have to admit that the 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited we recently test drove offered a similar experience to the old four door wagon alternative, and that is certainly not a bad thing. Like all Subarus our Forester came from the factory with symmetrical all wheel drive so it can go anywhere, because it is a Forester the cabin is quite roomy and thanks to the boxy layout there is plenty of storage space for whatever adventure you can dream up.

Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited

Our 2010 Subaru Forester had fun written all over it from the tall stance to the oversized fog lights, moon roof and bold 17 inch rims that looked strong and sturdy enough thanks to their thick spokes to get the Forester anywhere you can imagine. The car’s 2.5 Liter Boxer engine makes 170 HP and thanks to Subaru’s SPORTSHIFT four speed automatic is about as much fun as you can have while getting as much as 26 MPG on the highway in a Low Emissions Vehicle with anything from your band’s equipment to your children’s soccer gear in the trunk.

Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited

Not only was the outside of our Subaru Forester 2.5 Limited energetic, the interior was well adorned with leather wrapped surfaces, a large LCD navigation display that only added to the appeal of the spacious cabin. Our Forester also came standard with a host of safety features like six air bags, ABS, VDC, four wheel disk brakes, a reinforced chassis developed by the WRC championship winning automaker and a whole bunch of five star safety ratings to back it up.

Continued after the jump.

Posted on by Terence 2

We recently received an all new 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited into the Top Speed test fleet. Our Camellia Red Pearl small SUV was completely redesigned back in 2008 and from what we can see, the improvements keep on coming into 2010. Like all Subaru s, the Forester comes from the factory with all wheel drive, the cabin is quite roomy thanks to the boxy design and there is plenty of storage space in the back. The new touch screen navigation unit has Bluetooth built in and the infotainment system is made up of an AM/FM/XM radio with an in dash CD player and auxiliary audio and video inputs thanks to the popular Option package number 10, which for an extra $1,800 over the $25,995 MSRP gives you all those electronic goodies.

Initial thoughts: 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited

The interior of our brand new Subaru is upholstered in grey leather, covering everything from the seats to the steering wheel. The design team has incorporated the same metallic swatches into the dash of the Forester that we liked so much on the Impreza. We like the climate controls; three straight forward knobs control everything as opposed to a host of buttons and LCD displays. Our 2.5X also had power door locks and a one touch driver’s window that add a bit of convenience to the package. However the best part of the Forester’s interior is the ridiculously oversized panoramic sunroof, it is so large that the amount of light allowed inside rivals that of a convertible.

Just like the name suggests, our Forester is powered by a 2.5 Liter flat four engine cranking out 175 HP and still gets 20 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. Our Subaru rode on a set of 17 inch rims that looked extremely strong and sturdy thanks to their thick spokes while the raised body makes the Forester look like it can go anywhere. Thanks to safety features like a host of air bags, ABS, disk brakes, a Subaru designed chassis and a whole bunch of top notch safety ratings is making us look forward to getting behind the wheel.


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