2016 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy

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Fuel Economy

The powertrains of the 2016 Subaru Forester are unchanged since its makeover two years ago, and hence its EPA ratings remain the same as well. Having put a few thousand miles on a turbocharged Forester XT last year, we can confidently say that its ratings are within reach in real-world conditions.

The base 2016 Forester 2.5i with a 2.5-liter flat-4 and continuously variable transmission (CVT) boasts EPA ratings of 24 mpg city, 32 highway, 27 combined, which falls to 25 mpg combined if you specify the 6-speed manual. Direct injection in 2.0XT models helps them attain an EPA combined rating of 23/28/25 mpg, though shoppers should note that premium fuel is recommended in the Forester XT turbo models.

The 2016 Subaru Forester, at 27 mpg combined, does all right in fuel efficiency, but now several AWD vehicles beat those ratings.

In the mixed driving of our Forester XT six-month road test, we measured just over 24.1 mpg overall—which is well within the EPA's suggested variance of 10 to 20 percent from its combined ratings.

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