2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i

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2015 Subaru Forester for Sale  - LC0049B  - Astro Auto
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  • Stock#:
    LC0049B
  • VIN#:
    JF2SJABC5FH425230
  • Mileage:
    77,611
  • Engine:
    2.5L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Ice Silver Metallic
  • Body:
    Sport Utility
  • Transmission:
    CVT
  • City MPG:
    24
  • Highway MPG:
    32
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Reviews:
* For those who require all-wheel drive for slick, low-traction environments, the 2015 Subaru Forester is almost the default choice in the compact-SUV segment. It’s also a good choice for those seeking an extra measure of safety, reliability and resale value in their 5-passenger SUV. Source: KBB.com
* Roomy interior; admirable fuel economy; availability of a stout turbocharged engine; standard all-wheel drive; great safety scores and available advanced safety features. Source: Edmunds
* There's power in finding the perfect balance and Forester offers the combination of appealing design, astounding versatility and crash-test proven safety that'll empower you for all the adventures you encounter every day. Settle into the driver's seat, and you'll find yourself in a spacious cabin, filled with amenities designed for the comfort and convenience of everyone aboard. Those in the rear are sure to appreciate the reclining rear seats. Your front passenger will like having a height adjustable seat, and everyone will enjoy the sunshine and fresh air flowing in from the optional oversized panoramic moonroof. Add in available dual-zone automatic climate control, and your only problem may be getting your passengers to leave. Insightful features like the multifunction center console, and the retractable rear tray help keep your stuff neatly under control. While a spacious cargo area (up to 74.7 cubic feet with rear seat lowered)and a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback make loading, hauling and handling cargo easy. The balance and stability of the 2.5-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine and the grip of Subaru Symmetrical AWD help give you the power to avoid danger. That poise is combined with VDC electronic stability control, which can intervene to help you stay in control. Also available is a 2.0-liter DOHC intercooled, turbocharged aluminum-alloy 16-valve 4-cylinder horizontally opposed Subaru Boxer engine. Set your desired temperature and available dual-zone automatic climate control will manage your comfort, while standard iPod control and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity keep you connected and entertained. Add available HD Radio with iTunes tagging and satellite radio for even more fun on the go. Other available features include a TomTom powered navigation system on a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors and heated front seats. Source: The Manufacturer Summary


Awards:
* 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ * 2015 KBB.com 10 Best Used Compact SUVs Under $15,000 * 2015 KBB.com 10 Best All-Wheel Drive Vehicles Under $25,000 * 2015 KBB.com 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 * 2015 KBB.com 5-Year Cost to Own Awards * 2015 KBB.com Brand Image Awards * 2015 KBB.com Best Resale Value Awards

Prestigious "Presidents Award" recipient for outstanding customer service.

Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2015 subaru forester

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4
86 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (36%)
4 Star - (38%)
3 Star - (19%)
2 Star - (5%)
1 Star - (2%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
3.9
COMFORT
4
INTERIOR
3.8
RELIABILITY
4.1
VALUE
3.9

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Competitive fuel economy, a spacious cabin and available turbocharged power make the 2015 Subaru Forester a solid pick for a small crossover SUV.

What's New

The 2015 Subaru Forester receives minor feature changes, including a standard rearview camera on all models and larger 18-inch wheels for the 2.5i Touring trim.

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PROS

Roomy interior; admirable fuel economy; availability of a stout turbocharged engine; standard all-wheel drive; great safety scores and available advanced safety features.

Introduction

A year ago, Subaru redesigned its Forester crossover SUV, adding sharper styling, a roomier and nicer-looking interior and enhanced fuel economy. The 2015 Subaru Forester is essentially unchanged, but that's not an issue as this is still one of the better choices for a small crossover this year.

Part of the Forester's fuel economy secret is its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), replacing the conventional automatic in the previous model. But the standard manual transmission is more efficient, too, boasting six speeds instead of five for improved cruising efficiency. As usual, the Forester also comes in turbocharged XT trim, which offers impressively quick acceleration along with a still respectable EPA fuel economy rating.

The Forester's interior design is nothing special, but it does provide ample room for bikes, tents, canines and other tools of the trade among Subaru's loyal fans. Safety is another draw with the Forester; it boasts near-perfect crash test scores as well as an available low-speed frontal crash mitigation system, which is a feature more commonly found on luxury cars than affordable family crossovers such as this.

Understandably, though, Subaru isn't the only automaker offering a quality crossover at this price. The Ford Escape and 2015 Mazda CX-5 handle better on-road and have nicer interiors, while it's tough to beat the all-around appeal of the nicely packaged Honda CR-V. If it's off-road credentials you're after, the Jeep Cherokee is certainly worth a look. Given the high quality of the competition, we certainly recommend shopping around. But if you're looking for serious space and standard all-wheel-drive traction, the 2015 Forester is an excellent all-around solution.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 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.

Standard equipment on the 2.5i includes 17-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a color multifunction display, a rearview camera and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB connectivity.

The 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels and roof rails (optional on the base 2.5i with CVT), rear privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a rear armrest with cupholders, reclining rear seatbacks and a six-speaker stereo system with HD radio. 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 makes the All-Weather package standard and adds automatic headlights, foglights, an adjustable-height power rear liftgate, a rear roof spoiler, automatic climate control, an upgraded instrument cluster, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a cargo area tray.

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

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, dual exhaust outlets, the All-Weather package, a rear roof spoiler, alloy pedals, an upgraded instrument cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2.0XT Touring offers the same upgrades as the 2.5i Touring.

Optional on the Premium (except with the manual transmission), Limited and Touring trims is a 6.1-inch touchscreen navigation system with voice controls, satellite radio and Aha smartphone app integration. The Limited trim's navigation system includes the Harman Kardon audio setup. All of these trims are also eligible for the Driver Assist Technology package, which integrates adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking functions.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2015 Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.5i Touring, 2.5i Limited 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 2015 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.

More 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, a quick time even 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

Every 2015 Subaru Forester includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a rearview camera. Lane departure warning, frontal collision warning and a frontal collision mitigation system with automatic braking are available via the 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 a top score of "Good" in the moderate overlap frontal-offset, small-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint/seat tests. The IIHS also gave the Forester's optional frontal crash mitigation braking system a top score of "Superior."

Interior Design and Special Features

The various textures and accents dispersed throughout the 2015 Subaru Forester's interior deliver enough visual appeal to keep pace with other affordable crossovers. But make no mistake: The Forester maintains the simplicity of Subaru's design philosophy. Aside from three large climate control dials and steering-wheel-mounted multimedia controls, there's not a lot going on here unless you add the optional navigation system. Unfortunately, that system's touchscreen interface comes up short in terms of both graphics and functionality when compared to today's best.

Where the Forester shines is in its refreshing focus on functionality. Elevated stadium-type rear seating enhances thigh support and affords a better view, while the Forester's rear legroom is only about an inch shy of what you'll find in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. This sense of space is reinforced by a huge cargo hold that yields 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That's 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 number, as models with the panoramic sunroof drop to 68.5 cubic feet due to a lower roof height.

Driving Impressions

The 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i won't set any speed records with its 170 horses, and although the CVT performs well for the breed, it still lacks the responsiveness of a good conventional automatic. Still, this powertrain's impressive fuel economy gives it an edge over most rivals. If you've got the need for speed, the 2.0XT's turbocharged engine delivers some of the quickest acceleration times found in this class.

In normal use, the Forester serves up a comfortable ride with either the 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. Subaru loyalists will be pleased by the noticeable reduction in road and wind noise for this generation. However, while the 2015 Forester's handling is stable and composed, there are no sporting pretensions here. Rather, this crossover trades on its extra dollop of off-road capability, which comes via generous ground clearance and a 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
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • All Wheel Drive
  • CVT Transmission
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
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
  • Cloth Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
Tires & 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
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • 3.70 Axle Ratio
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • 900# Maximum Payload
  • Air Filtration
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • Black Bodyside Cladding
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • FOB Controls -inc: Cargo Access
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable driver seat and passenger front seat back pocket
  • Front Center Armrest
  • 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
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • GVWR: 4,480 lbs
  • 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 Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • 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
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single Disc CD Player -inc: MP3/WMA file capability, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 4 speakers and roof mounted antenna
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Systems Monitor
  • Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
  • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: low shift mode
  • Urethane Gear Shifter Material
  • Valet Function
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
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