Used 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Subaru Forester
List price range
$6,500 - $17,998

Pros

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • roomy cabin with ample cargo space
  • comfortable ride
  • strong turbocharged engine on XT trims.

Cons

  • Outdated four-speed automatic transmission dulls fuel economy and acceleration
  • unimpressive fit and finish.

Used 2012 Subaru Forester for Sale

Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
104,668 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Touring
List$11,880
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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Loaded with features like a navigation system, leather interior, heated seats, moon roof, and much more. It has passed AutoNation's mechanical inspection, Virginia Safety inspection, and Emissions test. It's ready for YOU to test drive, come on by an check it out at AutoNation Honda Dulles. It has been inspected, detailed, and ready for a new driveway to call home. This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed.*Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.
Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
100,366 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X PZEV
List$10,439
Est.Loan: $195/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
64,704 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
List$12,995
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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VA inspection passed! Drives excellent..2012 SUBARU FORESTER AWD with powerful 2.5L DOHC MPFI 16-valve 4-cyl boxer -inc double engine and driven 64704 miles!You can always call or text at (703) 763-4428 for quick answers to your questions..For appointments only: We are available until 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday . We are open on Sundays 11 AM - 4PM. Please call us prior to your visit...Terms of Sale Overview: We reserve the right to end this listing at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for sale and sales prices are subject to change without notice.Fees and Taxes: All vehicles sold are subject to $495 dealer processing fee. This represents the costs incurred with inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting vehicles. This fee also covers preparation of all documents, as well as all costs incurred with shipping of paperwork. Buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered. Accepted Payment Type: Cash, certified check, bank transfers, EFT or 3rd-party financing.WARRANTY: Please call us about warranty details. Different terms may be applied which is dependent on the millage , year and make of the car. Warranty is applicable when full/advertised price is paid when purchasing the car. FINANCING:If you have a job we can assist with financing (bad or good credit).Interest rates may vary and related to your credit and income.Please note, processing fee, DMV fees and taxes are not included in the price.. Older (more than 10 years old) and certain high maintenance luxury vehicles can not be applied for. Please, contact us prior submitting credit application on any vechicle if you have a question.Millage : Millage on the odometer may be higher than you see on the ads
Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
146,353 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
List$8,683
Est.Loan: $162/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
25,945 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X PZEV
CarMax
25.1 mi away
List$17,998
Est.Loan: $328/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
144,707 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X PZEV
List$6,500
Est.Loan: $122/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
99,462 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
List$11,700
Est.Loan: $219/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
73,133 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
List$15,000
Est.Loan: $273/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
54,945 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
Tate Used Cars
47.3 mi away
List$13,977
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Welcome to Tate Certified Used Cars , Maryland's %25231 Chrysler Certified Pre-owned Dealership %2521 This a worry-free vehicle that has passed our certification process. Off-road or on the street, this Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium handles with ease. Enjoy safety and stability with this all-wheel drive vehicle and drive with confidence in any condition. The Forester 2.5X Premium is well maintained and has just 54,945mi. This low amount of miles makes this vehicle incomparable to the competition. More information about the 2012 Subaru Forester%3A 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. Because the Forester has a winning combination of all-wheel drive, a rather light weight and good ground clearance, it's one of the best choices for deep snow or muddy trails. Thanks to the rather boxy body style, its interior is surprisingly roomy and versatile compared to some other rival models that are about the same size on the outside. Interesting features of this model are great vehicle for the Snow Belt, strong performance %282.5XT%29, all-wheel drive for every model, crisp, carlike handling, and Spacious interior Please contact our sales team at 410-863-5406 OR visit WWW.TATEUSEDCARS.COM for any additional information. We look forward to hearing from you and earning your business %2521 TATE is known for the customers we keep , Nobody has what TATE has %2521%2521 %282%29 bottle holders in doors,10-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar,12V aux pwr outlets -inc%3A dash center console cargo area,17' alloy wheels,2.5L DOHC MPFI 16-valve 4-cyl boxer engine -inc%3A double overhead chain driven camshafts w/auto chain tensioner,3-point height-adjustable front seatbelts,3-point rear seatbelts for all three seating positions,4-speed electronic direct-control automatic transmission,4-wheel anti-lock braking system %28ABS%29,4-wheel disc brakes,60/40 split fold down rear bench seat -inc%3A head restraints at all seating positions armrest,AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc%3A %284%29 speakers radio broadcast data system %28RBDS%29 3.5mm aux input jack USB port iPod control capability Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity Bluetooth hands-free connectivity roof-mounted antenna,Active valve control system %28ACVS%29 variable valve timing,Advanced frontal airbags %28SRS%29 -inc%3A front passenger-side occupant detection system,Air filtration system,Ambient temp gauge,Average fuel economy gauge,Black finish roof rails,Body color foldable pwr mirrors,Brake assist,Cargo area tie down hooks grocery bag hooks,Carpeted floor mats,Chrome door handles,Chrome interior door handles,Cloth seat trim upholstery,Cruise control,Daytime running lights,Direct ignition system,Dome light w/off-delay feature,Double wishbone suspension,Driver & front passenger pelvis/torso side airbags,Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags %28SRS%29,Driver's seatback pocket,Electronic throttle control %28ETC%29,Engine immobilizer,Front & rear side curtain airbags %28SRS%29 w/roll over sensor,Front bucket seats w/active head restraints height adjusters,Headlights auto-off w/ignition switch,Illuminated ignition switch ring,Interior accent lighting,LATCH rear child safety seat anchors,Manual air conditioning,Multi-functional center console -inc%3A storage w/adjustable armrest lid dual cup holders,Overhead console,P225/55HR17 all-season tires,Panoramic pwr moonroof,Pwr assisted steering,Pwr door locks,Pwr windows w/driver-side auto-down feature,Rear child safety door locks,Rear defogger,Rear privacy glass,Rear seat retractable tray,Rear window wiper w/washer,Reclining rear seatback function,Remote keyless entry,Safety brake pedal system,Security system,Steering wheel mounted Bluetooth controls,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Symmetrical all-wheel drive,Telescopic steering column,Tilt steering column,Tire pressure monitoring system %28TPMS%29,Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer,Vehicle Dynamics Control %28VDC%29,Visors w/dual covered vanity mirrors
Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
66,116 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
List$12,650
Est.Loan: $236/mo
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$300 Below Market
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After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Just added to our inventory, we have a BEAUTIFUL, 2012 Subaru 2.5i Forester Premium! This Forester is red, sitting on alloy wheels, with like NEW tread on the tires, tinted windows for privacy, and is matched inside with a CLEAN gray cloth interior! Powered by a 2.5L 4 cylinder boxer motor, paired with a SMOOTH automatic transmission, equipped with a GREAT All Wheel Drive system, and is capable of seeing upwards of 27 MPG! LOADED with tons of great features, like the power windows, power locks, power mirrors, power seats, heated seats, cruise control, and that's only just the beginning! Premium surround sound speaker system, with AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 playback capable, blue-tooth capable, and even has a built in auxiliary hook ups! With so many great features, and so many more to see, you DO NOT want to miss out on a deal this fantastic! So hurry and call, or stop by TODAY to schedule your test drive before you miss your chance to own this GORGEOUS, 2012 Subaru 2.5i forester Premium!
Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
51,225 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X PZEV
(3)
Norris Ford
55.4 mi away
List$14,994
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
78,234 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
Reynolds Cadillac
63.8 mi away
List$11,926
Est.Loan: $223/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
35,473 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X
(4)
Thomas Hyundai
82.8 mi away
List$14,595
Est.Loan: $273/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
73,243 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
List$12,813
Est.Loan: $239/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
107,743 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X Premium PZEV
List$11,700
Est.Loan: $219/mo
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NEW TIRES, JUST SERVICED! Dark Gray Metallic exterior and Platinum interior. Very Nice. Bluetooth, CD Player, iPod/MP3 Input, Aluminum Wheels, All Wheel Drive, Panoramic Roof, Non-Smoker vehicle. CLICK ME!NEW TIRES!! JUST SERVICED!!Panoramic Roof, All Wheel Drive, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, CD Player, Aluminum Wheels. MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Privacy Glass, Child Safety Locks, Steering Wheel Controls. Subaru 2.5X Premium with Dark Gray Metallic exterior and Platinum interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 170 HP at 5800 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle.EXPERTS ARE SAYINGApprox. Original Base Sticker Price: $24,300*.BUY FROM AN AWARD WINNING DEALERWe are located at 6631 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Faulkner Volkswagen of Mechanicsburg is your Mechanicsburg Volkswagen dealership serving Harrisburg. We are your Harrisburg area VW dealership for new, used and certified pre-owned Volkswagen cars, as well as Volkswagen financing.Pricing analysis performed on 8/11/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
99,729 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X PZEV
List$10,995
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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This is a 1 OWNER Forester in outstanding condition inside and out. Foresters in this price range and in this condition always sell quickly. Do not miss this one%2521 MORE INFO, 40%2B PICS %40 www.citymotors.net. 6 MONTH 6000 MILE WARRANTY ON MOST UNITS %28excludes exotics, units over 130Kmiles and cars under %25245,000%29%2521 WEBSITE UPDATED DAILY WITH 40%2B PICS, DETAILED INFORMATION,MUST SEE WEBSITE%2521 www.citymotors.net%2521 Text or Call 540.433.7335
Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
115,479 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X PZEV
List$9,995
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Subaru Forester 2012 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
58,229 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Forester
2.5X PZEV
List$14,498
Est.Loan: $271/mo
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Clean, LOW MILES - 58,229! 2.5X trim. EPA 27 MPG Hwy/21 MPG City! iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player, ALLOY WHEEL PKG, All Wheel Drive, Non-Smoker vehicle, This Vehicle has gone through a 120 point service inspection. CLICK NOW!KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: All Wheel Drive, iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player. MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Electronic Stability Control, Bucket Seats.OPTION PACKAGES: ALLOY WHEEL PKG: 16 alloy wheels, black finish roof rails. Subaru 2.5X with Ice Silver Metallic exterior and Black interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 170 HP at 5800 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle, This Vehicle has gone through a 120 point service inspection.EXPERTS CONCLUDE: Thanks to plenty of interior room and available turbocharged power, the 2012 Subaru Forester is a top pick in the highly competitive small-crossover-SUV segment. -Edmunds.com. Great Gas Mileage: 27 MPG Hwy. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $22,100*.VISIT US TODAY: Faulkner Subaru is a family owned and operated dealership with over 80 years of experience in providing our customers with great cars at an excellent price. Pricing analysis performed on 8/15/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to plenty of interior room and available turbocharged power, the 2012 Subaru Forester is a top pick in the highly competitive small-crossover-SUV segment.

vehicle overview

To many, Subaru occupies a unique position among other, more conventional automakers. There's a certain buyer that has historically been drawn to the brand: a kind of rugged individual who enjoys the great outdoors, yet needs the sensibility of a car that is well suited to urban settings. In many ways, the 2012 Subaru Forester best represents this niche.

Where most crossover SUVs would likely get stranded on a rutted trail, the Forester seems at home wallowing in the mud and climbing rocky wooded paths. With standard all-wheel drive and plenty of ground clearance, this SUV's gifts are certainly uncommon among crossovers that are relegated to carpool and commuting duties.

Fortunately, though, the Forester's off-road prowess doesn't come at the expense of civility. On the contrary, it provides a roomy cabin, plenty of cargo space and a comfortable ride. There's also a turbocharged version to tame the wilds of the freeway on-ramp. And while other vehicles in this class pursue the city-dwelling driver with sleek styling and numerous creature comforts, the Forester remains on the boxy side with just enough in the way of features to stay competitive.

Given the many strong picks in the small-crossover segment, picking the right model can be difficult. The redesigned Honda CR-V will deliver more refinement, and the Kia Sorento and Toyota RAV4 can be optioned with a powerful V6 engine and a third row of seats. Meanwhile, choices like the Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan will likely appeal to drivers who prefer a bit more engagement and excitement. But overall the 2012 Subaru Forester is competitive and well worth a look.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover SUV available in six trim levels: 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5XT Premium, 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring.

The 2.5X is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, a tilt steering column, a height-adjustable passenger seat, a trip computer and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The 2.5X Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, an eight-way power driver seat with power-adjustable lumbar support, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, Bluetooth (with streaming audio), USB/iPod integration and reclining rear seatbacks.

The 2.5X Limited adds foglights, automatic climate control, the All-Weather package (including heated mirrors, heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icer) and leather upholstery. The 2.5XT Premium is similar to the 2.5X Premium but has a more powerful engine, a hood scoop and a rear roof spoiler. The 2.5X Touring builds on the 2.5X Limited's list of amenities, adding bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a one-touch folding rear seatback, electroluminescent instrumentation, a rearview camera and a subwoofer. The 2.5XT Touring combines the 2.5XT Premium's features with those seen in the 2.5X Touring.

The All-Weather package is optional on the 2.5X Premium, as is a portable TomTom navigation system. Limited and Touring trims are available with a traditional dash-mounted navigation system that includes voice controls, text messaging capability, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system (seven with the Touring's subwoofer) and an auxiliary audio/video input jack. Satellite radio and a variety of exterior trim add-ons are offered as stand-alone options.

performance & mpg

As is the case with all Subarus, the 2012 Forester comes with all-wheel drive as standard. The 2.5X models are powered by a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed (flat) four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The XT trims feature a turbocharged variant that produces 224 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.5X and 2.5X Premium, with a four-speed automatic offered as an option. The automatic is the only transmission available on the 2.5X Limited, 2.5XT Premium, 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring.

With both the manual and automatic transmissions, 2.5X models earn EPA ratings of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined, average figures for this segment. 2.5X models sold in states with more stringent emissions standards earn a squeaky-clean PZEV rating. With the XT's turbocharged engine, fuel economy dips to 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. In Edmunds performance testing, a 2.5XT went from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 6.8 seconds. A 2.5X model with the automatic turned in a rather sluggish 10.1-second acceleration run.

safety

Standard safety features on the 2012 Subaru Forester include antilock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. In Edmunds braking tests, the Forester 2.5X came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, which is a good distance for this segment.

In government crash testing, the Forester earned an overall score of four out of five stars, with four stars for overall front-impact protection and three stars for side crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Forester its top rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

driving

The 2012 Subaru Forester has one of the most comfortable rides in the segment. Its crisp steering and tight turning circle also make it surprisingly maneuverable in close quarters. Both engine choices are highly competitive in terms of power and fuel economy, although an automatic transmission with more gears than the Forester's four would make a big difference.

Not only would fuel economy and acceleration theoretically improve, but more narrowly spaced ratios would make gearshifts smoother and less noticeable as well. Brake feel also leaves much to be desired, as the pedal feels spongy and not at all confidence-inspiring. Still, the 2012 Subaru Forester is an able performer, especially in the 2.5XT trims.

The Forester's upright and boxy shape gives it much better outward visibility than you'll find in its sleeker rivals. Wind noise is detectable, but not any more intrusive than you'll find in the average SUV; the same holds true for road noise. Despite its prowess off-road, the Forester still manages to provide a suitably smooth and comfortable ride over bumpy surfaces.

interior

The 2012 Subaru Forester features a pleasantly styled and highly functional cabin design, though fit and finish is a little hit-or-miss. Controls are mostly straightforward and easy to access. The Forester is one of the most spacious vehicles in the segment, comparing favorably with the RAV4, CR-V and Mitsubishi Outlander, all of which straddle the line between compact and midsize SUVs.

This crossover's split-folding rear seat with optional reclining seatbacks deserves special mention here. The term "throne" appropriately describes this seat, as the cushion is so high that rear passengers will feel as though they're looking down on those in front. All but the longest of leg will actually be able to rest their hamstrings flush against the cushion -- a rarity in motorized conveyances without wings or bathrooms. The middle rear seat, however, is compromised by its dual purpose as an armrest and cupholder, making it more of a hard, segmented bench.

The cargo area is generous, boasting 33.5 cubic feet of space with the 60/40-split rear seatback raised and 68.3 cubes with it folded. The Forester's boxy shape also makes it well suited to hauling large bulky objects.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Subaru Forester.

A lot of car for the money
methuselah38, 4/22/2012
As the title says, considering the cost of the vehicle, I'm very pleased. My mileage is always above 31MPG (rural driving & warm weather). I'm surprised by this - but happy of course. Despite what the EPA says, I'm convinced that a gentle driver gets much better mileage with a manual transmission. The car handles like a sports car which is amazing considering its high ground clearance. The ride is quite firm but not uncomfortable. The high sitting position gives the driver wonderful 360 degree visibility. Negligible blind areas. Some road and wind noise which I don't find bothersome.
A Fine SUV Choice
mr_ruez, 4/9/2012
When it comes to finding a small AWD wagon with a sunroof and manual transmission, there are only two choices. One is the Jeep Patriot, but that car had some quality control issues that I'm not sure were overcome, plus it looks like a toaster on wheels. The Forester fits the bill - not too fancy, not too plain, just right! There is plenty of room for full sized people. The black fabric on the seats and doors has subtle copper colored accents that add a nice look. You get easy entry and exit due to the large doors and seat height. Once behind the wheel it drives sporty with very few blind spots, and the huge sunroof brings in the great outdoors!
“Oil leak both cams and chang (sic) cover”
Jean Young, 3/14/2015
“Oil leak both cams and chang (sic) cover” noted by the Subaru technician on Wednesday. My 2012 Subaru Forester has been using huge and excessive amounts of oil since its purchase. First, I was told that it was part of the “break - in period. Under no circumstances should a new car or even one with just over 65,000 miles like mine that has been babied and maintained only by the dealer present such major engine issues. This is my second Subaru and it will be my last. The first one, a 2003 Forester, though far from perfect, had over 150,000 miles before needing a new head gasket after exhibiting irregular oil use. This one has clocked with irregular oil usage since its purchase.
My 6th Subaru
subiedriver6, 5/21/2012
This is my 6th Subaru and my 4th Forester. The last one was a 2009 that I put 84K trouble free miles on. The Forester isn't necessarily the best car out there, but it is one of the best to fit all of the necessary categories of AWD, mpg, cost, space, style, and reliability. I have recommended Subaru to my family and friends, and no one has been disappointed. I would like them to update the automatic transmission, but Subaru engines seem to operate better at higher rpm's. The 2012 seats also seem more comfortable than previous years. The maintenance program of 7500 mile oil changes does make a difference in cost of keeping it on the road and trouble free.
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Features & Specs

MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall3 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger2 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat4 / 5
    Back Seat2 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2012 Subaru Forester Overview

The Used 2012 Subaru Forester is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5X Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5X Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5XT Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A), 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5X Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5X Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5XT Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A), 2.5X Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5X PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), and 2.5X Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Subaru Forester?

Save up to $300 on one of 24 Used 2012 Subaru Forester for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $6,500 as of08/17/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from3.7 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Subaru Forester trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium PZEV is priced between $7,500 and$15,000 with odometer readings between 54945 and146353 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X PZEV is priced between $6,500 and$17,998 with odometer readings between 25945 and144707 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X is priced between $14,595 and$14,595 with odometer readings between 35473 and35473 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited PZEV is priced between $16,495 and$16,495 with odometer readings between 36971 and36971 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring is priced between $11,880 and$11,880 with odometer readings between 104668 and104668 miles.

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Which used 2012 Subaru Foresters are available in my area?

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