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2016 Subaru Forester2.5i Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive
Stock No:15163A
Odometer:125,445 km
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Drive Type:All-wheel Drive
Fuel (L/100km):City 9.6Hwy 7.5
I'm happy to report that the Forester is still just as capable as it's always been. While the car is slightly larger, weight was kept in check (it's about 40 pounds heavier), and you still have 8.7 inches of ground clearance, more than all the Forester's direct competition and really pretty good for any modern, production SUV.
- Motor Trend
Installed Features & Equipment
  • 4 Cylinder Engine
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • A/C
  • ABS
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Alarm System/Anti-Theft System
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Bluetooth Handsfree
  • Bucket Seats
  • CD Player
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • CVT Transmission
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Driver Lumbar
  • DRL
  • Dual Zone A/C
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Airbags
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Heated Mirrors
  • HID headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Locking Rear Differential
  • Luggage Rack
  • MP3 Player
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation System
  • Outside temp display
  • Parking Sensors
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
  • Passenger Side Airbags
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Liftgate
  • Power Lumbar
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Sunroof
  • Power Trunk
  • Power Windows
  • Premium Sound System
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Defogger
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Window Wiper
  • Rearview Camera
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Satellite Radio
  • Side Air Bag
  • Sirius Sattelite Ready
  • Split Bench Seat
  • Stability Control
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Steering Wheel Radio Controls
  • Sunroof
  • Tiptronic
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
  • Trip Computer
  • Vanity Mirrors
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Wheel Locks
  • XM Ready
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The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover vehicle that blends many of the best attributes of a sport-utility vehicle with the ride and driving dynamics of a car. It offers the capability of Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, as well as a versatile rear cargo area with liftgate, underfloor storage and up to 74 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

The Forester is available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. All 2.5i variants are equipped with a 170-hp 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine; both "XT" variants get a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, generating 250 horsepower compliments of an intercooled turbocharger. Transmissions include a six-speed manual and a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode. Notable (trim-dependent) features include a sport-tuned suspension, panoramic glass sunroof, power liftgate, 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, HD/satellite radio, USB port and Bluetooth wireless phone/audio streaming capability. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction control systems, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, rear-vision camera and seven airbags. The optional EyeSight system includes driver assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision control and lane departure warning.

The Subaru Forester carries over with minimal changes for 2016.


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.


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.


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 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 Impression

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.


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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Gemini Motors
26 Manitou Drive
Kitchener, Ontario N2C-1L1
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