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2013 Subaru Forester 2.5 X SUV

2013 Subaru Forester Review

(0 Stars)  Incredibly versatile.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
Subaru is only making minor changes for 2013. A new value package for the 2.5X Premium model adds a display-type audio system, foglights, and the all-weather package, which includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer. All 2.5X models receive Bluetooth audio streaming and iPod connectivity. Bluetooth and audio buttons now adorn all Forester steering wheels.
Overview
Subaru’s Forester is a bit of an unsung hero in the world of crossovers. Drivers looking for a basic vehicle with lots of safety equipment and space for the required gear of athletes or outdoor enthusiasts will be happy with a Forester. Subaru offers a variety of accessories to customize the Forester for tasks like carrying dogs in the cargo area or attaching skis, bikes, or luggage to the roof rails. Everything inside is durable and easy on the eyes, and the controls for the radio and ventilation system are managed by buttons and knobs instead of the touch-screen interfaces some other utility vehicles rely on. If you like driving, be sure to check out the XT variant and the 224-hp turbocharged engine that comes with it. Every Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, which can be an expensive option on other vehicles. The main problem for the Forester is its archaic four-speed automatic transmission. Subaru seems to be rolling out its much more efficient continuously variable transmission as a replacement for the automatic across its portfolio, but the Forester hasn’t been upgraded yet. That four-speed transmission is part of the reason the Forester manages only 27 mpg on the highway in its most-fuel-efficient form and drops to 24 mpg on the highway if you opt for the turbo engine.

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2013 Forester 2.5X Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L SUBARU BOXER horizontally opposed four-cylinder DOHC Active Valve Control System (AVCS) with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 21 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 23 MPG combined and 389 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 170 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 174 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

'13 Subaru 2.5 X SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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