The 2012 Subaru Forester video review talks about price, safety, fuel economy, features and interior space. We also compare it to other compact crossover SUVs.
The Subaru Forester is loved by those slightly off-center, outdoorsy-types. Why? Standard all-wheel drive, a roomy cabin, an available turbocharged engine, and the off-road capability to get into adventurous situations.
Pricing starts just a bit over $20,000, but can jump as high as $35,000 for a fully-loaded turbocharged model. Our test car, a 2.5X Touring with optional touchscreen navigation, came in at $29,970.
The interior has a nice look to it, although fit and finish aren't as good as Honda's CR-V. We like the soft door armrests, and the dual-zone climate control is easy to decipher. Not so much the all-encompassing touchscreen for the navigation and audio -- the small icons are a major pain.
There's decent headroom in the comfortable rear seat and we really like the one-touch folding seatback. Other standard features on this Touring model include HID headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a handy rearview camera and Bluetooth for your phone.
This Subaru earned an overall score of four out of five stars in government crash testing, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick.
The standard engine is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder. Its 170 horsepower is competitive, but the outdated four-speed automatic hurts acceleration and fuel economy, which is rated at 21 city/27 highway and 23 mpg combined.
The XT Turbo model starts at $27,000 and has a zippy 224 hp. It's quick. In our own testing it hit 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Fuel economy dips to 19 city/24 highway and 21 mpg combined.
The Forester has one of the most comfortable rides in the segment, with a cabin that's reasonably devoid of wind and road noise. And even though it may not look as rugged as it used to, it's completely capable off-road, with plenty of suspension travel and ground clearance.
Because of that, the Forester continues to appeal to those adventurous, off-the-beaten-path folks. In fact, it's literally just an upgraded transmission away from being a top pick.