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.
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.