There are many compact SUVs on the used market – some good, some not so good. So, if you feel overwhelmed by all the choices, consider a Subaru Forester 2012 – a compact SUV with a stellar reputation for safety, strong resale value, reliability, space and throughout the year the trust of guide. Based on the proven Impreza sedan platform, the Forester is able to offer a carlike passage supported surefooted of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru standards (AWD).
Unlike the Impreza, however, 8.7 inches of ground Forester height lets face with snow deep trust and bumpy off-road excursions. Inside, the Forester offers a good big back seat and cargo space, and its profile and vertical side windows of time to create an open and airy feeling that offers great visibility to 360 degrees. 2.5 liter engine based power is average for this class, even if the automatic 4-speed gearbox is a bit ‘dated and does not return the best fuel economy. Fortunately, the Forester offers the possibility of a 5-speed manual, a rarity in this class. You can also opt for a turbocharged engine to improve performance, but only with the automatic.
2012 Subaru Forester is powered by a choice of two 4-cylinder engines. The basic finishes 2.5X get a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter flat-four good for 170 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. When paired with the 5-speed manual, this engine returns fuel economy figures of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. When paired with the 4-speed automatic, the fuel economy figures remain identical to the manual model.
Standard on 2.5XT trim is a good turbo 2.5-liter engine to 224 hp and 226 Nm of torque. The only transmission offered is a 4-speed automatic transmission, which limits the XT fuel economy to a disappointing Hwy mpg 19 mpg city / 24.
The 2.5X base is equipped with a manual 5-speed, symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru and Hill-Start Assist (a braking system that keeps the car from rolling backwards until the clutch pedal is released). Other standard features include power windows, air conditioning, auto-off headlights, a driver’s seat and height-adjustable passenger manual lumbar support for driver’s seat, electric mirrors, central locking, cruise control, a rear defroster with a clean windshield blade -icer a tilt steering wheel and stereo speakers 4 with a single CD player.
The 2.5X Premium adds rear reclining seats, alloy wheels of 17 inches, a stereo system with 4 speakers / USB port and satellite radio capabilities the iPod a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a panoramic glass sunroof, Bluetooth, mirrors body color side, steering wheel controls for audio and Bluetooth, 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and rear privacy glass. Optional on the Premium is the All-Weather Package adds heated front seats, heated door mirrors, front windshield wiper and antifreeze TomTom navigation with a rear backup camera.