2012 Forester - Features, Pricing, Colors, Engineering

A quick look at the 2012 Forester Models

Subaru Forester 2.5i Standard Equipment and Specs


  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
  • Subaru Advanced Frontal Air Bag System
  • Front Seat Side-Impact Air Bags
  • Side Curtain Air Bags w/Rollover Sensor
  • Active Front Seat Head Restraints
  • Safety Pedal System
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/Brake Assist
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Ring-Shape Reinforcement Frame Design
  • Anti-Theft Alarm & Immobilizer System
  • Daytime Running Lights Anti-Theft Alarm & Immobilizer
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick




  • Air Conditioning w/Air Filtration System
  • AM/FM w/Single-Disc CD Player & Aux Input
  • Off-Delay Dome Light & Accent Lighting
  • Cruise Control & Tilt Steering Column
  • Power Door Locks & Dual Power Mirrors
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
    Power Windows With Driver's Auto Down
  • Height-Adjustable Front Seats
  • 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seat back
  • Exterior Temperature Gauge
    Multi-function Center Console Box
  • Cargo-Area Tie Down & Grocery Bag Hooks
  • 12V Outlet In Dash, Console & Cargo Area


  • 2.5L Horizontally-Opposed DOHC Engine, 170 hp @ 5,800 RPM, 174 lb-foot @ 4,100 RPM
  • 16.9 gallon fuel tank
  • 10W-20 Subaru Synthetic Oil 
  • 215/65 R16 All-Season Tires
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Optional 4 Speed Automatic Transmission w/Manual Sport Shift Mode.
  • 8.7 inch ground clearance.

    Includes 16" alloy wheels and raised roof rails.

    All 2012 Forester models include height adjustment on front passenger seat.


2012 Model

Key Differences Between 2012 Subaru Forester Models

Forester 2.5X Features (above) PLUS

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Reclining rear seat backs
  • Body colored outside mirrors
  • Chrome Inside door handles
  • Chrome Outside door handles
  • Tilt and Telescoping steering wheel
  • Roof rails, raised (cross bars are optional)
  • Dark Privacy tinted glass with upper windshield band
  • Drivers window now auto up/down, replaces down only
  • 10 way power drivers seat with power lumbar support
  • Rear seat center flip-out tray with 2 cup holders, LED lights
  • Power glass sunroof with sunshade, 28"x31.5" interior (hand measured)
  • Steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth controls, in addition to cruise controls, dark buttons with light lettering for better visual contrast

Stereo includes Bluetooth with hands-free steering wheel controls, wireless audio streaming, AM/FM/CD (single disc) MP3/WMA,, 4 upgraded speakers, pty/cat (program type/category radio station search function), USB, auxiliary jack, 12v outlet, iPod capable, roof antenna, MP3, Fixed position roof antenna.optional Sirius satellite

Option Packages
All Weather Package (option package 02) - Includes dual setting heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper deicers. MSRP list $500

All Weather Pkg and Tom-Tom Navigation (option pkg 33) - MSRP List $1,095

Optional back-up camera, traffic updates. Requires Tom-Tom, Not available with satellite radio.

Forester 2.5X Premium Features PLUS

  • Automatic Sport Shift 4 speed transmission w/ Electronic Direct Control. No manual available
  • Cargo tray
  • Fog Lights
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Tail pipe exhaust bright tips, dual
  • Automatic Single Zone Climate Control with 7 speed fan
  • Driver's seat back map pocket plus passenger side
  • Leather wrapped automatic shift knob
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • New Fixed position roof antenna (wired for satellite).
  • Leather interior- perforated leather seating surfaces with vinyl trim
  • All Weather Package includes heated front seats (2 settings), and One Touch defrosting outside mirrors and front wiper de-icer (heats lower front windshield).

Upgraded Stereo 4.3" LCD display AM/FM HD radio, single disc CD player, MP3/WMA, 6 speakers, cell phone Bluetooth with steering wheel controls, wireless Audio streaming, USB and auxiliary inputs. 12v outlet, iPod capable.

Option Packages
Navigation System (option package 10) - MSRP list price $1,200

Optional back-up camera, and Sirius radio.

Forester 2.5X Limited Features PLUS

  • Roof rails- silver colored
  • ECO fuel economy gauge
  • Dual Zone climate control, 7 speed fan
  • Outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Fixed position roof antenna (wired for satellite)
  • Front brake pad return spring to reduce brake drag
  • One touch folding rear seat backs
  • Stereo 4.3" LCD display includes Back-up camera and Sirius radio (both optional on Limited)
  • Electroluminescent instrument panel, red colored, with engine Coolant temperature gauge so no blue cold engine light like all other models
  • HID low beam headlights, with Automatic HID height adjustment control for heavy cargo loads so they're not aimed high at oncoming drivers

Upgraded Stereo: 4.3" LCD display with back-up camera. AM/FM HD radio, single disc CD player, MP3/WMA, 7 speakers including subwoofer under the driver seat, pty/cat (program type/category radio station search function), cell phone Bluetooth, wireless audio streaming, USB and auxiliary inputs. Includes back-up camera and Sirius satellite radio. iPod capable

Option Packages
Navigation System (option package 19) - MSRP list price $1,000

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2012 Subaru Forester Model Selection and Window Sticker Pricing

Model Name
  PKG 21
  PKG 2
  PKG 33
  PKG 10
  PKG 19

 2.5x PZEV - 5 Speed Manual
 2.5x PZEV - 4 Speed Automatic
 2.5i PZEV Premium - 5 Speed Manual
 2.5i PZEV Premium - 4 Speed Automatic
 2.5i PZEV Limited - 4 Speed Automatic
 2.5i PZEV Touring - 4 Speed Automatic

 2.5XT Premium - 4 Speed Automatic
 2.5XT Limited - 4 Speed Automatic

2012 Subaru Forester Package Options Explained

  DESCRIPTION (See feature table for complete details)
 Standard Model
 All-Weather Package - Heated seats, wipers and side mirrors
 Alloy Wheel Package - Includes 16" alloy wheels and roof rails
 All-Weather Package PLUS TomTom Navigation - AM/FM single CD/DVD, 4 speakers, hands-free Bluetooth (no steering wheel controls), USB and auxiliary plug, 4.3" Tom Tom removable and portable navigation system, USB, 3.5mm aux jack. Not available with satellite radio.
 Navigation system (all new system for 2012), 6.1" touch screen, voice activated, GPS Navigation, rear view back-up camera, AM/FM HD radio, single CD, 6 upgraded speakers, USB, 3.5mm auxiliary jack, hands-free cell phone Bluetooth, wireless audio streaming, SMS text messaging capable, iTunes tagging, XM satellite and XM NavTraffic (by subscription)
  Navigation system (all new system for 2012), 6.1" touch screen, voice activated, GPS Navigation, rear view back-up camera, AM/FM HD radio, single CD, 7 upgraded speakers including under seat subwoofer/amp, USB, 3.5mm auxiliary jack, hands-free cell phone Bluetooth, wireless audio streaming, SMS text messaging capable, iTunes tagging, XM satellite and XM NavTraffic (by subscription).

  • Prices shown are MSRP prices (including transportation) and do not reflect any dealer or manufacturer discounts, rebates or other incentives (if available). Optional accessories extra. Applicable tax, tag, title and fees extra.
  • Option Package 21 for the base model 2.5x Forester is the primary configuration for New England
  • Option Package 02 for the Premium Model 2.5x Forester is the primary configuration for New England because of the All-Weather Package (heated seats, wipers, and mirrors). Might be hard to find in Florida!
  • All of the 2.5x models are PZEV Models

2012 Forester Colors*

Exterior Colors with Black Interior:

Obsidian Black Pearl

Ice Silver Metallic (New)

Marine Blue Pearl

Interior Color:

Black Cloth

Black Leather (Limited Only)

Exterior Colors with Platinum Interior:

Camellia Red Pearl

Dark Gray Metallic

Sky Blue Metallic

Satin White Pearl

Sage Green Metallic
Interior Color:

Platinum Cloth

Platinum Leather (Limited only.)

Color swatches are a proximity of actual colors.)

Tons of space.

Easy entry and exit with wider door openings.

Better visibility than any vehicle in its class.


Purchased a Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited Edition 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
"After many comparisons, the Forester sold me on build quality, performance, gas mileage and amenities. This is the perfect fit! I tow a small boat, venture off road a bit and have to deal with the winters of New England. The seats are oh so comfy! I feel as if the vehicle were built around me. I'm 6' 200 lbs and there's no bumping of the elbows, loads of open air above and tons of cargo room for the family. Handling is nimble and easy, the quiet cabin is a pure joy. The other impressive feature is the view, no blind spots, easy to back a trailer, the front view is panoramic! Absolutely love the suspension, not too hard or soft, easy to park, cruises with ease. Gas mileage is right on!"

68 cu ft of cargo space. The Forester includes an array of hooks,trays, and compartments.

Enough space for all your stuff.

Even your precious cargo.

For those who hold safety in the highest regard.

  • 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • NHTSA 5 Stars for frontal and side impact crash tests.
  • Active and passive safety systems.

Purchased a Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg,VDC (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
"This is my first Subaru and based on what I've seen so far it won't be my last. We had some pretty specific requirements for our next vehicle: A vehicle in which the whole family could fit including the dog. AWD (especially after this winter) Sunroof Manual. Not ugly. We looked at the Outback, RAV4 and CR- V and the Subaru beat the CR-V for real world driving. CR-V concerned me with part time AWD. RAV4 and Outback are more expensive with same options. The RAV4 actually has a 4x2 option? I also liked Subaru's dedication to safety. Side curtain air bags, active head restraints, roll over sensors and VDC all standard. There are a lot of extras in this SUV."

You've got 4 wheels. Use them. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive delivers:

  • Greater TRACTION
  • More CONTROL
  • Outstanding SAFETY
  • Enhanced PERFORMANCE

Better Traction = Better Handling

Subaru has the most fuel efficient All-Wheel-Drive vehicles on the road today.

Purchased a Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg,VDC (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
"Pleasantly surprised on the fuel efficiency. So far I've averaged more than 26 mpg on every tank of gas and that is for mixed highway & city driving. (I'm still waiting for a hybrid or clean diesel from Subaru however). I was looking to purchase the new Outback Wagon, but decided on the new Forester because my husband actually fits comfortably (he's 6'4") and I liked the visibility. Overall I'm excited about the new car & happy with my purchase! I would recommend the Forester to a friend!"

Why so low?
Notice how the pistons in a Subaru Boxer Engine move horizontally (like boxers punching) vs. up and down in most other engines.This unique design gives you the advantage of a lower center of gravity, better visibility over the hood andgreater performance and safety.
The sky is the limit.
"I love my Subaru Forester. I haven't been this happy about purchasing a vehicle in a long time. I truly love the new design of the Forester and the panoramic moon roof is the best. I get the best gas mileage with this car, and I feel very safe in this car. I am sure that I will keep this car around for a very long time. I feel good about my purchase."

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*Testimonials are owner comments from Edmunds.com