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2.5X Key Features & Specs

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$20,595 - $21,795
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Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.5L DOHC MPFI 16-valve 4-cyl boxer engine -inc: double overhead chain driven camshafts w/auto chain tensioner
  • Direct ignition system
  • Active valve control system (ACVS) variable valve timing
  • Electronic throttle control (ETC)
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • 4-speed electronic direct-control automatic transmission
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • Double wishbone suspension
  • Pwr assisted steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes

Exterior Features

  • 16" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P215/65HR16 all-season tires
  • Headlights auto-off w/ignition switch
  • Black foldable pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer
  • Rear window wiper w/washer

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (4) speakers, radio broadcast data system (RBDS), 3.5mm aux input jack, roof-mounted antenna
  • Pre-wire for SiriusXM satellite radio

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats w/active head restraints, height adjusters
  • 6-way manual driver seat
  • 60/40 split fold down rear bench seat -inc: head restraints at all seating positions, armrest
  • Cloth seat trim, upholstery
  • Multi-functional center console -inc: storage w/adjustable armrest lid, dual cup holders
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt steering column
  • Illuminated ignition switch ring
  • Average fuel economy gauge
  • Ambient temp gauge
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side auto-down feature
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Security system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Air filtration system
  • Rear defogger
  • 12V aux pwr outlets -inc: dash, center console, cargo area
  • Overhead console
  • Visors w/dual covered vanity mirrors
  • Dome light w/off-delay feature
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Driver's seatback pocket
  • (2) bottle holders in doors
  • Cargo area tie down hooks, grocery bag hooks

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Advanced frontal airbags (SRS) -inc: front passenger-side occupant detection system
  • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags (SRS)
  • Driver & front passenger pelvis/torso side airbags
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags (SRS) w/roll over sensor
  • 3-point height-adjustable front seatbelts
  • 3-point rear seatbelts for all three seating positions
  • LATCH rear child safety seat anchors
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Safety brake pedal system

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2012 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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Travel partner and family guardian.

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

This car has lasted us for over 100,000 miles of adventures. Between North Carolina and Florida, Tennessee and Virginia. It's been extremely reliable and has been a fantastic car for our family of three and two dogs. It's great in the snow and sand, off roading or highway trips. Comfortable on long journeys and just about big enough to pack up a whole household and move a couple of states away. We use it for hauling everything from ovens to lumber to hundreds of pounds of sand for our sons sandbox. This subie is definitely part of the family, and brings a whole new meaning to subie life. We had our first date taking this car in for an oil change, and brought our son home from the hospital in it. Moved our lives thousands of miles and back, and then back again for new ventures. I absolutely love our Subaru.

- Lauren N

My Subaru Forester is Very Reliable

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

I bought the car new and was my first SUV. I was encouraged to purchase by a friend that had an Outback. My Forrester has over 70,000 miles now and I have not had any problems. I maintain it as I am supposed to but other than standard maintenance such as tires and brakes I had not had any problems. I have never owned a car for more than 60,000 miles and plan to keep this car for another 20,000 and when it comes time for my next new car it will be a Forester

- Barry S

Fabulous maintenance rare performances of my Subarus

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

My Subaru Forester has provided superb service for more than seven years. The only repair required was an air conditioning leak. I consider this a superb performance record for the 82300 miles driven. The first Subaru I bought in 1988. It lasted for 206,000 miles without the engine or the air conditioning system ever having been worked on. Hopefully my current Subaru will provide similar service.

- George V

The Subaru is an awesome ride and it is perfect for families.

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

The Subaru is a great ride. I can really get the kids in the car and everything else including, strollers, bikes, groceries. It is a really great buy for someone that needs the space but doesn't want to get a mom van. I think that it is really great on gas. The thing that I love most about it is that I look very nice when driving around and it really has all the space that I need.

- Amelia J

My Subaru gets me where I need to go in any kind of weather!!

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

I love my Subaru forester. It is a basic model. I like that it's all wheel drive. It gets me to work in all kinds of weather. It is roomy and very comfortable. It is very reliable and drives smoothly. The back seats fold down in case you have a large item that you need to load in. The only issue I have had is that mine burns quite a bit of oil so I check it weekly.

- Donna S

Best turn radius I've experienced in a vehicle

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

I love the visibility from the driver's seat and the turn radius. The engine allows me to accelerate quickly when needed. It is a great height for loading and unloading groceries, children, and all of their belongings. The only issue that I've had is a fan that went out and prevented the air conditioner from blowing cold air when in idle.

- Kelly K

4 cylinder turbo engine. 4 wheels drive.spacious

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

My 2012 Subaru Forester is fantastic. Drives through snow with ease. Turbo installed in the vehicle. Takes $40 to fill the tank and last for at least 5 days. Only issue maybe from an airbag recall. Air cooling system is fast and effective. The traction and of the vehicle is powerful and the style of the car itself is simple.

- Justin R

My Subaru, it's pretty neat.

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

We have no problems with the car mechanically, it's been awesome. For a 4 cylinder it has some decent pick up and go. It's not very comfortable. I will never buy a car with cloth seats ever again. It has a sunroof which can be fun, but we don't use it that most often. It is fun to drive. I love it to pieces.

- Mindy H

I feel safe while driving my vehicle in all types of weather.

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

My car is extremely reliable. Over the past 7 years the I have experienced trouble with the engine do to a recall on a part. Other than that, I have experienced no other problems. The seats are comfortable and the interior is spacious. I live in and commute in the city and I receive 26 mpg on average.

- Kelsey D

2012 Subaru forester with heated seats and sunroof.

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

It handles well. It does well in rain and snow. I like the size but wish it was a bit bigger. It is 4 door with hatch in back. Large area in back with seats that fold down. I like the heated seats and love the sunroof. It does have decent pick up when going in traffic. Brakes well.

- Megan R

2012 Subaru Forester Basics

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

It performs well and I find it very comfortable. Because it is old, I don't know if it reliable but any issues I've had with it were easy and quick to fix. The features of the car and simple and average. It doesn't have any fancy features but has all the basics and are easy to use.

- Michelle H

The super extraordinary Subaru forester

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

This has been a fantastic little car. It has a great ride with unbelievable gas mileage and the four wheel drive system keeps me going in snow, rain, or mud. It handles very well given its weight. The interior is very open and spacious. All in all I love it

- Eleanor B

Decent car for first time driver

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

a few issues from deterioration but sturdy, have a rattle from the exhaust pipe but easily fixed. Comfortable and spacious, pretty average sized good for first time drivers. Decent gas mileage but nothing to flaunt about, you won't drop $70 to fill up you tank

- Alex L

Subaru Forester is a reliable all year vehicle with plenty of room

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

I've had nothing but a good experience with my 2012 Subaru Forester. It always starts and runs good. The all wheel drive works great all year round. Plenty of room inside. I've put the back seats down and had enough room to haul 8 pallets in the back.

- Dallas C

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