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2016 Subaru Forester Overview

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2016 Subaru Forester overview

The all-new 2016 Subaru Forester

The 2016 Subaru Forester is a powerful SUV that offers surprising fuel economy and lots of interior spaced. Blessed with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the Forester is one of the safest models in its class.

The 2016 Forester has already starred in a commercial, which is so endearing that it legitimately might make you cry. You can watch it here.

What's new for the 2016 Subaru Forester

What’s New for the 2016 Subaru Forester?

Despite a redesign for the 2014 model year, the 2016 Subaru Forester introduces some very new features. First, like all 2016 Subaru models, the Forester comes with Subaru’s STARLINK system, which combines hands-free connectivity, entertainment, and safety systems. Drivers can also opt for one of two STARLINK packages with their new Forester. And speaking of safety, Forester models equipped with EyeSight will now also benefit from Steering-Responsive Fog Lights.

For these changes, the Forester receives some mild price increases across the trims. Pricing ranges from $22,395 to $33,795, excluding an $850 destination and delivery charge and also excluding the prices for available packages, ranging from $500 to $2,145.

Subaru offers the 2016 Forester in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium, and 2.0XT Touring. Available packages include the Alloy Wheel Package, All-Weather Package, All-Weather Package + EyeSight, All-Weather Package + EyeSight + Navigation, Navigation System + Audio with Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers, Navigation System + Audio with Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers + EyeSight, and EyeSight + Navigation System.

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2016 Subaru Forester exterior

2016 Subaru Forester Exterior

The base 2016 Subaru Forester sits on standard 17 x 7.0-inch 5-spoke wheels, but moving up the trims can take you to 18 x 7.0-inch aluminum-alloy, dark gray wheels with machined finish. The Forester has a wheelbase of 103.9 inches but is an incredible 180.9 inches long, 70.7 inches wide, and 66.4 inches tall, meaning it still towers (slightly) above the Outback.

Colors include Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl, and Venetian Red Pearl.

2016 Subaru Forester Photos:

Exterior available on the 2.5i:

  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights, Black side mirrors, Raised roof rails, Five-spoke wheels

Exterior available on the 2.5i Premium:

  • Aluminum-alloy wheels, Optional steering-responsive fog lights, Panoramic moonroof

Exterior available on the 2.5i Limited:

  • Fog lights, Rear Spoiler, Windshield wiper de-icer and heated side mirrors, Single chrome exhaust outlet

Exterior available on the 2.5i Touring:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with high luster silver finish, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, Body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Exterior available on the 2.0XT Premium:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with dark grey machined finish, Multi-reflector halogen headlamps, Rear spoiler, Body-color side mirrors, Windshield wiper de-icer and heated side mirrors, Raised roof rails, Sport-design front fascia, Dual chrome exhaust, Panoramic moonroof

Exterior available on the 2.0XT Touring:

  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, Fog lights, Body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals

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2016 Subaru Forester performance

2016 Subaru Forester Performance

The 2.5i trims of the new Subaru Forester are powered by (you guessed it) a 2.5-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine with Active Valve Control. The engine is paired with either a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Subaru’s signature Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive or a fully synchronized six-speed transmission (again, with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive). These models put down 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

Any guesses as to what powers the 2.0XT trims? It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine. With this baby under the hood, the Forester gets 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to the Lineartronic CVT.

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2016 Subaru Forester efficiency

2016 Subaru Forester Efficiency

The 2016 Subaru Forester actually achieves impressive fuel economy for its size and drivetrain. The 2.5i models manage 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for a combined EPA-estimated rating of 27 mpg. Meanwhile, the 2.0XT models yield slightly less attractive fuel economy numbers: 23 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined.

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2016 Subaru Forester Interior Starlink

2016 Subaru Forester Interior

The interior of the 2016 Subaru Forester is incredibly roomy. It offers 41.4 inches of headroom in the front and 39.8 inches in the rear. Legs can be just as comfortable as heads; the Forester offers 43.0 inches of legroom up front and 38.0 inches in the back. The SUV boasts 108.3 feet of passenger volume and 34.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, though the rear seat can be lowered to up that number to 74.7 cubic feet. Features range from heated front seats to a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Interior color options include Gray Cloth, Gray Leather, Black Cloth, Black Cloth + PVC, and Black Leather.

Interior available on the 2.5i:

  • Six-way adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks, Cloth upholstery
  • Color multi-function display, STARLINK™ 6.2-inch Multimedia with HD Radio®

Interior available on the 2.5i Premium:

  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat, Reclining rear seats
  • STARLINK 7.0-inch Multimedia Plus, Optional SiriusXM

Interior available on the 2.5i Limited:

  • Heated front seats, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Power rear gate, Automatic climate control system

Interior available on the 2.5i Touring:

  • One-touch folding rear seatbacks, Electroluminescent instrument lighting
  • Keyless Access and Start, Dual-zone automatic climate control, STARLINK 7.0-inch Multimedia Plus with Harmon Kardon Audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Interior available on the 2.0XT Premium:

  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat, Heated front seats, Reclining rear seats, 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks, Cloth upholstery with sport bolsters
  • Color multi-function display, STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Plus

Interior available on the 2.0XT Touring:

  • One-touch folding rear seatbacks, Electroluminescent instrument lighting, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Keyless Access and Start, Dual-zone automatic climate control, STARLINK 7.0-inch Multimedia Plus with Harmon Kardon Audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

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2016 Subaru Forester safety

2016 Subaru Forester Safety

The Subaru Forester offers a number of standard or optional, active and passive safety features to keep families safe on the road. Among those features are EyeSight, a rear-vision camera, Brake Assist, a plethora of airbags, a rollover sensor, and STARLINK packages. Some models even offer a keyless entry system.

Standard Safety Features

  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Four-wheel antilock brakes with Brake Assist
  • Daytime running lights
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Rear-vision camera
  • Advanced airbag system
  • Antitheft with engine immobilizer

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Cry your eyes out with this 2016 Subaru Forester commercial, called “Making Memories”:

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