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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
“excursion into outdoor-nerd nirvana”
Car and Driver
“avoid the base stereo if possible”
the audio system…sounded muddy
The 2010 Subaru Forester comes rather well equipped with comfort features, and even the base 2.5X gets standard cruise control, full power accessories, air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, a tilt steering column, a trip computer, and a four-speaker stereo with CD player and auxiliary audio jack.
At this price, Cars.com notes, the 2010 Subaru Forester includes plenty of standard gear. On the list are air conditioning, cruise control, a CD player with an MP3 input jack, and remote keyless entry “with Subaru's dated, flimsy keyfob.”
For audio equipment, the Forester antes up a standard CD player. Jalopnik notes it’s one of the rare vehicles to offer “either XM or Sirius” satellite radio, and the “upmarket option pumps 80 watts through six speakers and can accommodate six CDs in-dash.”
Turbo XT models start from $26,495 and can be priced at nearly $30,000, though this performance model is limited to the outdated four-speed automatic. It’s not until you get to the upscale models that you can order the optional navigation system.
MotherProof draws attention to the panoramic power sunroof. "The Forester, which is loaded with large windows, felt even more open and airy when we had the sunroof open," the reviewer says.
If you’re willing to spend, the options list isn't surprising, but it doesn't lack any major items either. Available are a 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, steering-wheel audio controls, and a touchscreen navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2010 Subaru Forester is a little Spartan on the base models, but most commonly desired features are on offer at the top of the range.