2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited

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Price:
$20,000
Stock # :
10913
VIN # :
JF2SJAHC0GH542710
Mileage:
32,262
Engine:
2.5L 4 Cylinder Engine 2.5 4 Cylinder
Exterior Color:
Black
Body
Sport Utility
Transmission:
CVT
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Forester 2.5i Limited, 4D Sport Utility, 2.5L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V VVT, Lineartronic CVT, AWD, 17 Alloy Wheels, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, All Weather Floor Mats, Luggage Compartment Cover, Power Liftgate, Protection Package #2, Rear Bumper Cover, Rear Seat Back Protector, Security system, Speed control, Splash Guard Kit. Call Egolf Motors in Brevard at 828-884-4151 then x 1. Weve been serving customers in Western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina for over 40 years where you feel like family when you walk through the door. 24/32 City/Highway MPG Awards: * 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ * ALG Residual Value Awards * 2016 KBB.com Best Resale Value Awards * 2016 KBB.com 10 Best All-Wheel Drive Vehicles Under $25,000 * 2016 KBB.com 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 * 2016 KBB.com Brand Image Awards Call Egolf Brevard at 828-884-4151. You make the drive, well make the deal and youll feel like family! Reviews: * Airy interior with plenty of room for adults in both seating rows; impressive fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive crossover; optional turbocharged engine provides spirited acceleration; above-average off-road ability; top safety scores. Source: Edmunds

Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2016 subaru forester

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.5
83 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (66%)
4 Star - (22%)
3 Star - (6%)
2 Star - (4%)
1 Star - (2%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.5
COMFORT
4.4
INTERIOR
4.3
RELIABILITY
4.6
VALUE
4.5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Do you need a crossover that can handle whatever life throws at it? The Subaru Forester delivers with standard all-wheel drive, a roomy interior and plenty of ground clearance for off-road excursions. You can even add a turbocharged engine, or stick with the base engine for better fuel economy. Let's take a look at the Forester's full range of talents.

What's New

The 2016 Subaru Forester receives a new touchscreen-based technology interface, with the base 2.5i trim level providing a standard 6.2-inch screen and the other trims boasting a 7-inch version that includes enhanced features.

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PROS

Airy interior with plenty of room for adults in both seating rows; impressive fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive crossover; optional turbocharged engine provides spirited acceleration; above-average off-road ability; top safety scores.

Introduction

The small crossover SUV category is intensely competitive, and it's one in which the 2016 Subaru Forester holds its own quite well. Along with the sure-footedness of standard all-wheel drive, the Forester delivers plenty of cargo capacity, roomy seating and an available turbocharged engine that's one of the strongest in its class. There's nothing super flashy about this crossover, but Subaru is a believer in offering functional simplicity. That's precisely what you get with the 2016 Forester.

The 2016 Subaru Forester is as comfortable in the desert as it is on the highway, thanks to standard all-wheel drive and generous ground clearance.

Safety and fuel economy are key attributes for the small crossover class, and the Forester delivers here, too. Though blind-spot monitoring is curiously missing from the Forester's features list, it does offer an available forward collision mitigation system plus perfect crash-test scores. As for fuel efficiency, the Forester's continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a big help, especially when cruising on the highway. But even models with the six-speed manual -- a rare treat in this class -- can hold their heads high when it's time to fill up.

If there's one real drawback to the 2016 Subaru Forester, it's that it doesn't do a whole lot beyond the rational to woo you. Shoppers seeking classier interiors or more engaging on-road manners may find the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Mazda CX-5 more to their liking, while the 2016 Hyundai Tucson provides more visual panache. For outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the off-road-tuned Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is worth a hard look. Then there are the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, which remain tough to beat for all-around competence. Comparison shopping is definitely a must in the small crossover SUV category, but overall we're confident that the 2016 Subaru Forester deserves a spot on your list.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2016 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover available in six trim levels. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring all come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. All models are all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the 2.5i includes 17-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a 6.2-inch touchscreen with Subaru's Starlink technology interface, smartphone app integration and a four-speaker sound system with HD radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

The 2016 Forester is available in six different trim levels, with the Limited and Touring being the most-equipped choices.

Optional for the base 2.5i (with the CVT) are 17-inch wheels and roof rails. These items come standard on the 2.5i Premium, which further adds rear privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), a rear armrest with cupholders, reclining rear seatbacks, a larger 7-inch touchscreen, voice commands, Starlink Safety Plus (see Safety section below) and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and dual USB ports. An All-Weather package (heated side mirrors and heated front seats) is standard if the manual transmission is specified, but it's an extra-cost option with the CVT.

The 2.5i Limited comes with the All-Weather package as standard and adds automatic headlights, foglights, an adjustable-height power liftgate, a rear roof spoiler, automatic climate control, an upgraded instrument cluster, leather upholstery, a cargo area tray and a standard CVT with hill descent control.

The 2.5i Touring throws in 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and one-touch folding rear seatbacks.

Moving to the 2.0XT Premium brings all the equipment of the 2.5i Premium plus the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and CVT, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, the All-Weather package, a rear roof spoiler, the upgraded instrument cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The 2.0XT Touring offers the same upgrades as the 2.5i Touring.

Auto-dimming mirrors are optional for all Foresters. Optional on the Premium (except with the manual transmission), Limited and Touring trims is a navigation system and an EyeSight driver assist technology package (see Safety, below) that includes adaptive cruise control.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2016 Subaru Foresters come standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring and all 2.0XT models have an additional driver-selectable mode that optimizes various functions to improve traction on slippery surfaces. These models also include hill descent control.

The 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims, with a CVT optional. The higher trims are CVT-only.

The EPA rates CVT-equipped 2.5i models at 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway), a laudable achievement for an all-wheel-drive crossover. If you get the manual transmission, the numbers drop to 25 combined (22 city/29 highway). In Edmunds testing, a CVT-equipped Forester 2.5i Limited accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, which is about average for a base-engine AWD crossover in this segment.

Stronger performance is available if you choose the 2.0XT. Its standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder churns out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and comes only with the CVT. In Edmunds testing, a Forester 2.0XT Touring accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is exceptionally quick for a crossover in this class with an upgraded engine. The 2.0XT could also impress on the fuel economy front; the EPA estimates 25 mpg combined (23 city/28 highway), though our test vehicle struggled to match these numbers in real-world driving. The other downside is that the 2.0XT can tow just 1,500 pounds -- same as the base Forester.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a rearview camera are standard on all 2016 Subaru Foresters. The Starlink Safety Plus telematics system, which is standard for most Foresters, includes emergency assistance and automatic collision notification. It can be further upgraded to the Starlink Safety Plus and Security Plus system that adds remote services (door unlocking, vehicle location services, stolen vehicle recovery and alarm notification). Lane departure warning, forward collision warning and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking are available via the EyeSight driver-assist technology package.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Forester 2.0XT stopped from 60 mph in 119 feet, a good number for this class. A Forester 2.5i (with the 17-inch wheels) made this same stop in 126 feet, which is a little worse than average.

In government crash tests, the Subaru Forester earned a top five-star rating for overall protection in crash tests, with four stars for total frontal-impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Forester its top score of "Good" in the moderate overlap frontal-offset, small-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and head restraint/seat (whiplash protection) tests. The IIHS also gave the Forester's optional automatic emergency braking system a top score of "Superior."

Interior Design and Special Features

The various textures and accents used throughout the 2016 Subaru Forester's interior deliver enough visual appeal to keep pace with other affordable crossovers, though the overall look follows Subaru's simplicity-is-better design philosophy. We are happy to see Subaru add its latest technology interface (Starlink) to the Forester. Even the base 2.5i comes with a touchscreen with smartphone app integration (including Aha, Pandora, iHeartradio and Sticher), while the larger 7-inch screen gets upgraded graphics and allows you to use intuitive pinch-and-expand finger movements to zoom in or out.

The Forester offers a useful amount of cargo area with the rear seatbacks up, and is a class leader when they are folded flat.

Where the Forester really shines is in its functionality. Elevated stadium-type rear seating enhances thigh support and legroom and affords a better view. This sense of space is reinforced by a huge cargo hold that yields 34.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded. The latter is nearly 4 more cubic feet than the Honda CR-V, which has traditionally been at the head of this class. The caveat is that you'll need to stick to the base model if you want the big numbers, as models with the panoramic sunroof drop to 31.5/68.5 cubic feet due to a lower roof height.

Driving Impressions

The 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i won't set any speed records with its 170 horses, and while the CVT performs well for the breed, it lacks the responsiveness of a good conventional automatic. Still, the base engine's impressive fuel economy should be enough compensation for most buyers, and it's also the only way to go if you want the manual transmission. As for the 2.0XT's turbocharged engine, it's a strong performer, and ideal if you drive a lot on hilly or high-altitude terrain.

Around town and on the highway, the Forester serves up a comfortable and quiet ride. It's really just on curvy roads that its tall height and compliant suspension become liabilities, as it's simply not as capable or nimble as many rivals. You do get an extra dollop of off-road capability with the Forester, though, thanks to generous ground clearance and an available driver-selectable "X Mode" that maximizes traction in the dirt.

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Liftgate
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Defrost
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Telematics
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • All Wheel Drive
  • CVT Transmission
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat

Tires & Wheels

  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • 3.70 Axle Ratio
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • 900# Maximum Payload
  • Air Filtration
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • Black Bodyside Cladding
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Features -inc: Cargo Tray/Organizer
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Driver Foot Rest

 

  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Driver Seat
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Electric Power-Assist Steering
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine: 2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT -inc: Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
  • Express Open/Close Sliding Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Front Cupholder
  • Front Map Lights
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • GVWR: 4,480 lbs
  • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat w/power lumbar support and driver and passenger front seat back pocket
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
  • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Lip Spoiler

 

  • Locking Glove Box
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Systems Monitor
  • Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
  • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: low shift mode, X-mode and hill descent control (HDC)
  • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
  • Valet Function
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Wheels: 17" Alloy