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2012 Subaru Forester
2012 Subaru Forester
Available Price Range $10,102-$21,146 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 21-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Subaru Forester

Our Take

The Subaru Forester, a successful small SUV/wagon, competes against other car-based compact SUVs including the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. It seats five people and has standard all-wheel drive.New for 2012For 2012, all Foresters have a standard height-adjustable front passenger seat. A new navig... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Inconsistent dashboard materials
  • Turbo requires premium fuel
  • Slow-to-react automatic
  • No telescoping steering wheel in non-turbo models
  • Sizable backseat floor hump

Notable Features

  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic
  • New navigation system available
  • New standard height-adjustable front passenger seat


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in April 2011 about the 2011 Subaru Forester. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. It's never been the sharpest-looking crossover, inside or out, but the Subaru Forester strikes the sort of balance between driving fu... Read full review for the 2012 Subaru Forester

Consumer Reviews


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by NewSoob from Connecticut on April 19, 2012

This is my first Subaru, and I am sold on the brand. The vehicle rides smooth, and handles bad weather like a champ. We had a few inches of snow here in CT this winter(Which isn't much!), and while ev... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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