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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Review

All-Weather All-Wheel Drive

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring

In short: An all-wheel drive crossover with character.

This sporty crossover combines the best features of the Subaru lineup — the standard all-wheel drive, the responsive handling, the impressive fuel economy — for a ride that is both fun and affordable. Based on the Impreza platform, the Forester offers car-like cornering and peppy acceleration from its BOXER inline-4, making it perfect for navigating winding country roads or traversing steep mountain terrain. Packing in the skis and snowboards shouldn't be a problem, either, thanks to this Subie's surprisingly spacious cargo area.

Our well-equipped Touring model tester came fitted with an array of premium features like dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and one-touch folding rear seatbacks, making this crossover as comfortable as it is cool. And with the Forester's advanced safety system, which includes a rearview camera, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and intelligent vehicle dynamics control, drivers can feel free to rest easy in their 10-way power adjustable seat and enjoy the ride.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic coverage; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage; 5-year/unlimited mile rust perforation coverage

Base Price: $28,195 / As tested: $29,970

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 2.5-liter, horizontally-opposed SOHC 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic with SPORTSHIFT manual control

Curb weight:
3,460 lbs
Wheelbase: 103 in
Length/Width/Height: 179.5/70.1/66.9 in
Turning circle: 34.4 ft

4-wheel disc brakes; 4-channel, 4-sensor ABS with electronic brake-force distribution
Suspension: 4-wheel independent suspension; stabilizer bar

Traction: VDC electronic stability control; all-wheel, all-speed traction control

0-60 mph: 10 seconds
Top Speed: 112 mph

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; front seat-mounted front side-impact airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; front seat head restraints; rollover sensor

Likes: it's a Subaru

Dislikes: TBD


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