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2012 Subaru Forester Overview (See Available Styles)

The 2012 Subaru Forester combines utility, the surefootedness of all-wheel drive, and Subaru’s exemplary record for safety into one tidy package.

Looking at the Forester from the outside, it’s hard to tell whether the Subaru is more of a small SUV or a wagon. But the bottom line is with 33.7 cubic feet of rear cargo space, it has about the same cargo volume as small SUV competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, and offers you plenty of flexibility when it comes to having “space for things.” Roof rails also come standard.

Under the hood, the 2012 Forester has two distinct engine options. The base engine is a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, while a more powerful, 224-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder is also available. This being a Subaru, all-wheel drive is standard although the system changes depending on which transmission is equipped. The five-speed manual comes with a simpler system, while opting for the four-speed automatic means you get a Variable Torque Management system, which shifts power between the front and rear axles depending on conditions.

Subaru interiors have always ventured into more functional than comfortable territory and that continues with the Forester. That being said, the center console is absent of much of the clutter/overcrowding that is present in many cars today, and 2012 also gives the Forester a newly updated optional navigation system that features a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. Standard features include 60/40 split-folding rear seats, keyless entry, and air conditioning, while Bluetooth® connectivity, USB/iPod port, leather upholstery, and heated front seats are optional.

When it comes to safety, take assurance in the fact that the Forester was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Standard safety features like antilock brakes, six airbags, active front head restraints, and electronic stability control help to keep you out of accidents and protect you if you are in one. A rear view camera for safe backing is optional.

With the 2012 Subaru Forester, feel safe and secure whether you’re driving in rain, sleet, or snow. Or those sunny days of course.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 - 21 MPG
  • Highway: 24 - 27 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: ****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

41 of 48 (85%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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