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Controls are mostly straightforward and easy to access.Edmunds »
USB and iPod connections were in the center console and using the Bluetooth connection was a snap.Boston Globe »
you won’t feel as though you couldn’t afford the uplevel 2.5X Premium package, which adds such features as 17-inch tires and alloy wheels, a "panoramic" power sunroof, roof rails, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controlsCar and Driver »
huge and delightful “panoramic” sunroofNew York Times »
FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Controls are mostly straightforward and easy to access.
USB and iPod connections were in the center console and using the Bluetooth connection was a snap.
you won’t feel as though you couldn’t afford the uplevel 2.5X Premium package, which adds such features as 17-inch tires and alloy wheels, a "panoramic" power sunroof, roof rails, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Car and Driver
huge and delightful “panoramic” sunroof
New York Times
The 2012 Subaru Forester has a remarkably low base price of around $21,000 with delivery for the entry 2.5X model, and that trim level includes a tilt-adjustable steering column, power windows and locks, cruise control, automatic headlights, and keyless entry as standard features.
The 2.5X comes in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring models, and is the only trim level that offers a five-speed manual transmission option (except in the 2.5X Limited). The turbocharged 2.5XT comes only in Premium and Touring models.
All but the 2.5X base model come with a six-speaker audio system that includes integrated Bluetooth for hands-free control and audio streaming, compatibility with Sirius Satellite Radio, iPod controls, and both an audio-in jack and a a USB port.
The Premium trim level adds 17-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof, among other features, and the Limited bundles in upgrades for all six speakers, HD Radio, and a backup camera with a 4.3-inch display in the dash.
Touring models can be identified from their High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and chromed roof rails, along with dual-zone climate control, a single-touch folding seatback for the rear seat, and instruments with electroluminescent displays. Note that the 2.5XT Touring model starts at around $30,000 with delivery and can climb a few thousand dollars above that if fully outfitted.
Bowing to the realities of the fast-changing in-car navigation market, Subaru offers a TomTom portable navigation system that can be removed from the car; it costs just $595, if ordered together with the All-Weather Package. A more traditional touch-screen navigation system, with a larger 7-inch display, can be ordered for the more traditional price of $1,800.
The 2012 Subaru Forester offers a wide range of trim levels, from basic and utilitarian to almost luxurious, and we applaud its offer of both a less costly TomTom GPS unit and a traditional navigation system.