The 2016 Subaru Forester has changed little from the previous two years, with the latest model year seeing only the addition of Subaru's well-received infotainment platform across the range to provide hands-free connectivity and various safety and entertainment services. A rearview camera was made standard on all Foresters last year, and options such as navigation, a moonroof, and Subaru's well-known All-Weather Package are available across a wider range of models than before.
Prices range from $23,245 (including destination) for a base Forester 2.5i with 6-speed manual gearbox to $34,645 for the top-of-the-line Forester 2.0XT Touring model, which comes only with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). All Foresters for 2016 come standard with a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, steering-wheel controls for the audio system, and a 6.2-inch Starlink multimedia touchscreen for the rearview camera and various trip computer and temperature functions.
Above the base 2.5i model, there are three trim levels: Premium, Limited, and the high-end Touring line. The Premium model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10-way adjustable power driver's seat, reclining rear seatback, panoramic power moonroof, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment. Manual-transmission 2.5i Premium cars get the All-Weather Package—including heated front seats and side mirrors, plus a windshield-wiper deicer—as standard, while it's optional on models with the CVT.
Limited and Touring models make the CVT standard, and include automatic climate control, perforated leather trim on the seats, leather wrappings on the shift knob and steering wheel, the All-Weather Package, fog lights, and a power liftgate, which can be operated manually with low effort or be configured to open short of a low garage ceiling. (Some of those can be added as options on Premium models as well.)
Only the Touring model, however, includes a 440-watt premium audio system, keyless ignition, an excellent one-touch folding rear seat back, and other additional features.