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standard features on the 2.5 X include power windows and door locks, keyless entry
Chock-full of options
Kelley Blue Book
black body accents and silver roof rails, leather trim for the steering wheel and shift knob
TheCarConnection.com team of experts are mildly impressed with the list of 2008 Subaru Forester standard features; options are more noteworthy.
Cars.com reports 2008 Subaru "trim levels include the base 2.5 X, Sports 2.5 X, upscale 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition, Sports 2.5 XT and 2.5 XT Limited," and that "standard [2008 Subaru Forester] features on the 2.5 X include power windows and door locks, keyless entry and a CD audio system." Kelley Blue Book adds that the Subaru 2008 also comes standard with "air conditioning [and] an AM/FM/Weather-band stereo."
Kelley Blue Book declares that this Subaru 2008 model is "chock full of options." Edmunds states "the first of three upgrades is the 2.5X Sports version, which loses the wiper de-icer but adds alloy wheels, black body accents and silver roof rails, leather trim for the steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control and a seven-speaker, MP3-capable stereo with a CD changer and auxiliary input jack...the 2.5 X Premium loses the upgraded speakers but gets back the wiper de-icer. The Premium then adds bigger side mirrors with turn-signal repeaters, rear disc brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, a moonroof, a power driver seat and heated front seats and mirrors."
The top-of-the-line 2008 Subaru 2.5X is the L.L. Bean model, which "comes with leather seats, a leather-and-wood steering wheel and shifter, the upgraded speakers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and sturdier plastic trim in the cargo bay," Edmunds says.
Mother Proof notes that the Subaru 2008 "roof rack crossbars are removed as standard equipment, but are available as options."
Sirius Satellite Radio is available, but more contemporary tech options such as a navigation system or a Bluetooth hands-free system aren't offered.
The 2008 Subaru Forester puts its emphasis on utility features, not on high-tech and entertainment gadgets.