2016 Subaru Forester

 
2016 Subaru Forester
 
2016 Subaru Forester
 

2016 Subaru Forester

MSRP 
$23,245
Invoice 
$22,029
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5 L Regular Unleaded H-4, 170 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

Select options for 2016 Subaru Forester

Est Target Price With Options

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Specifications for 2016 Subaru Forester

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Emergency S.O.S
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.2" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo HD radio w/single-disc CD player w/MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, single touch gesture high resolution display, 6.2" LCD screen, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, iTunes tagging capability, rear-vision camera, smartphone integration: AHA and Pandora, Starlink cloud applications: calender, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, music player, news and weather, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 4 speakers and roof mounted audio antenna
  • Exterior Features
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
    • Wheels: 17" Steel w/Center Cap
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable driver seat and passenger front seat back pocket
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Power Door Locks
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT -inc: Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual -inc: incline start assist
    • 4.44 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,480 lbs
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 900# Maximum Payload
    • 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 and Brake Assist

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 71.9
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 37.1
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 45.9
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 42.2
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 34.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 74.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 34.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 34.4
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.5 L/152
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 170 @ 5800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 174 @ 4100
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.9
    • Length, Overall (in) - 180.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.9
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.1
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.7
    • Liftover Height (in) - 28.6
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 108.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.5
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru Forester
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/60HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/60HR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 225
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.45
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.89
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.30
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.97
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.70
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.64
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.44
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.2 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3296
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Subaru Forester Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Burnished Bronze Metallic Crystal Black Silica Crystal White Pearl Dark Gray Metallic Ice Silver Metallic Ice Silver Metallic Jasmine Green Metallic Quartz Blue Pearl Venetian Red Pearl
  • Burnished Bronze Metallic
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Jasmine Green Metallic
  • Quartz Blue Pearl
  • Venetian Red Pearl

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Introduction

The Subaru Forester is a well-known compact crossover utility vehicle with all-wheel drive. It is Subaru’s bestselling model. The Forester looks and feels more like a wagon than an SUV; in fact, the Forester pretty much invented the crossover. It adds practicality and versatility to its rugged all-weather capability. It can carry five people and their bags, if not all their back-country gear. There’s a roof rack for that. It will even tow a small trailer.

Competitors include the Mazda MX-5, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4; but, ironically, its main competition might be the Subaru Impreza XV Crosstrek.

The base Forester 2.5i is powered by a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter H4 (horizontally opposed cylinders, also called a boxer engine). The faster Forester 2.0XT is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer, turbocharged direct-injection, making 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Forester 2.5i is one of the few compact crossovers that you can get with a 6-speed manual transmission, but most opt for the CVT. Forester 2.0XT only comes with a CVT.

For 2016, Forester gets few changes: some additions to security and infotainment, enhancements to the system Subaru calls Starlink. This generation of the Forester was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Forester is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. In the NHTSA crash tests it got five stars in every category but frontal impact, where it got four. Its EPA fuel mileage of 24/32/27 mpg City/Highway/Combined is at the top of the compact crossover class.

Lineup

Forester 2.5i comes standard with manual transmission ($22,395). Standard equipment includes rearview camera, 6.2-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and audio streaming. Only the Premium, Limited, and Touring models get the Starlink security and infotainment upgrades, including the 7.0-inch screen.

Walkaround

The Forester’s grille is high, not aggressive, and its headlamps sweep and taper. The hood is aggressively creased, but the sides are softer, with modest fender flares and taillights taken from Impreza. The lines are simple, a design that takes into consideration easy access, cabin space, and visibility.

The Forester 2.5i is better looking than the 2XT, with all its vents, lights, grilles, and accents. Still an aggressive air dam but no longer a hood scoop.

Interior

Interior room in the Forester is remarkable for a compact crossover. A driver’s long legs might extend over the seat cushion, but rear passengers have plenty of legroom. The rear seats fold flat with a one-touch mechanism. It’s quiet inside, thanks to added insulation behind the door panels and instrument panel.

The refreshingly simple instrument panel is shared with the Outback and Legacy sedan. It’s forward and low, opening the cabin a bit.

The trim is mostly matte and soft-touch surfaces. The information screen, larger in 2016, is located at the top of a center stack with simple climate and audio controls. At the driver’s elbow there’s an armrest, cupholders and storage bins.

Driving Impressions

Subaru Forester handles with more sport than its competitors, namely the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4. The steering is nicely weighted, and the boxy body doesn’t roll much. The ride is comfortable and not abrupt over large bumps. The Forester doesn’t have the athletic ride or steering of the Ford Escape, or the driving pleasure of the Mazda CX-5, but it’s fun and highly capable on the highway, in snow, on gravel roads.

The acceleration in the 2.5i isn’t quick, but it’s adequate. Its zero-to-sixty time of 9.3 inches isn’t impressive, but because its peak torque of 174 pound-feet is available from 2000 to 4000 rpm, you’ve got power when you need it.

If you want quick acceleration (from 258-pound-feet of torque) spend another 11 grand for the 2.0XT and pump in premium gas. It will accelerate from zero to 60 in just 6.2 seconds. It offers quickness in other areas, such as turning and stopping, the XT offers a sport suspension on 18-inch alloy wheels with grippy tires, and bigger brakes with ventilated rotors.

Subaru’s SI-Drive system offers three modes, Intelligent, Sport, Sport Sharp, that change the throttle response and transmission shift points (the base Forester 2.5i doesn’t get this feature).

The CVT will be fine for most people. It’s livable and unobtrusive, the least annoying CVT we know of. And when you ask a lot of it, for example in the 2.0XT using Sport Sharp mode, its simulated eight-speed relieves any boredom, with snappy shifts using the paddle shifters. In Intelligent or Sport, there are only six simulated gears.

We like the 6-speed manual. The clutch pedal is smooth and we enjoyed shifting manually.

The Forester is fine with going off road, with almost 9 inches of ground clearance, a tidy turning circle of 34.8 feet, and steep approach and departure angles. Its all-wheel-drive system is front-to-rear, but there’s a function called X-Mode that moves power left-to-right at low speeds, putting the Forester on the same field as Jeep and Land Rover. In a demonstration, we watched a Forester climb up and over a steep and slick ramp. Subaru has a lot of experience with all-wheel drive and suspension design and is very good at both.

Summary

The base Forester 2.5i is a whale of a value at less than $23,000. You get proven all-wheel drive, ruggedness, balanced handling, safety, 27 mpg, non-distracting instrument panel, room for five, and tons of cargo space. If you want the extras, there are three upgraded models. If you want the Mr. Hyde speed-demon version, there’s the 2.0XT turbo.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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