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2017 Forester Touring Saddle Brown leather trimmed interior. Photo by Karl Lindemuth at Van Bortel Subaru
2017 Forester Touring Saddle Brown leather trimmed interior Photo by Karl Lindemuth at Van Bortel Subaru
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2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i base model 17" stamped steel wheel
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i base model 17" stamped steel wheel
2017 Forester 2.5i Premium and Limited 17" 5 spoke alloy wheel. Optional on base 2.5i model.
 
2017 Forester 2.5i Premium and Limited 17" 5 spoke alloy wheel.
Optional on base 2.5i model (with pkg #02, alloy wheels/roof rails).
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring has an  18" brushed silver alloy wheel that is only on this one model for 2017.
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring has an  18" brushed silver alloy wheel that is only on this one model for 2017
redesigned 2017 Subaru Forester XT model 18" machined alloy wheel on XT Touring models
NEW FOR 2017 redesigned 2017 Subaru Forester 18" machined alloy wheel on XT Touring models

2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT turbo engine. Photo by Karl Lindemuth at Van Bortel Subaru
2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT turbo engine. Photo by Karl Lindemuth at Van Bortel Subaru
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and Premium dashboard gauges, red lit
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and Premium dashboard gauges, red lit
2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring dashboard gauges with white arrow pointing at the SI Drive selection, to the right of the CVT position indication
2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring dashboard gauges with white arrow pointing at the SI Drive selection, to the right of the CVT position indication

`see yellow arrows. 2017 Subaru Outback instrument panel showing Eyesight OFF.
see yellow arrows. 2017 Subaru Outback instrument panel showing Eyesight OFF. Eyesight turns off when it can't see, perhaps due to fogged or damaged windshield, heavy snow or rain etc

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2017 Subaru Forester driver's seat power controls
2017 Subaru Forester driver's seat power controls on all except base 2.5i model
2017 Forester 2.5i and Premium brushed silver dash trim. Premium shown
2017 Forester 2.5i and Premium brushed silver dash trim. Premium shown
2017 Forester Limited and Touring gloss black dash trim
2017 Forester Limited and Touring gloss black dash trim
2017 Forester 2.5i base model has manual heat and a/c controls, 4 speed fan
2017 Forester 2.5i base model has manual heat and a/c controls, 4 speed fan

2017 Subaru Forester Premium and Limited single zone automatic climate control with 7 speed fan
2017 Subaru Forester Premium and Limited single zone automatic climate control with 7 speed fan
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 and 2.0XT Touring dual front zone automatic climate control with 7 speed fan
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 Touring and 2.0XT Touring have Dual front zone automatic climate control with 7 spd fan
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i manual transmission shift knob, no heated seat buttons or Xmode
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i base model manual transmission shift knob, no heated seat buttons or Xmode. The Premium model has heated front seats.
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i manual transmission shift knob, no heated seat buttons or Xmode
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i base manual transmission shift knob. no heated seat buttons or Xmode. The Premium model has heats seats
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 Premium manual transmission with heated front seat hi/low buttons
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 Premium manual transmission with heated front seat hi/low buttons

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2017 Forester 2.5i base model CVT, silver shift plate, no heated seats or Xmode
2017 Forester 2.5i base model CVT with D drive and L low modes, vinyl shift knob, silver shift plate, no heated seats or Xmode
2017 Subaru Forester Premium vinyl shift knob with silver shift plate D drive and L low mode, dual mode heated front seats, and XMode
2017 Subaru Forester Premium vinyl shift knob with silver shift plate D drive and L low mode, dual mode heated front seats, and XMode
2017 Subaru Forester Limited leather wrapped shift knob, silver shift plate surround with Drive and L low mode, the heated seats and Xmode
2017 Subaru Forester Limited leather wrapped shift knob, silver shift plate surround with Drive and L low mode, the heated seats and Xmode

2017 Subaru Forester Touring gloss black shift plate surround
2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium and Touring gloss black shift plate surround with D drive and M manual mode
2017 Forester 2.5i base model 6.2" audio screen with rear view backup camera,  manual heat/ac controls with 4 speed fan
2017 Forester 2.5i base model 6.2" audio screen with rear view backup camera,  manual heat/ac controls with 4 speed fan



2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 base model manual transmission, black cloth, silver dash trim, 6.2" audio with matte gray surround
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 base model manual transmission, black cloth, silver dash trim, 6.2" audio with matte gray surround
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 base model black cloth front seats, ice silver car shown
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5 base model black cloth front seats, CVT transmission. ice silver car shown
2017 Subaru Forester Premium platinum gray cloth front driver and passenger seat. Silver dash and shift trim.
2017 Subaru Forester Premium platinum gray cloth front driver and passenger seat. Silver dash and shift trim

2017 Subaru Forester Premium platinum gray interior. Silver dash and shift trim.
 2017 Subaru Forester Premium platinum gray interior. Silver dash and shift trim
2017 Subaru Forester Limited interior, platinum gray leather interior, has gloss back dash trim with silver shift surround
2017 Subaru Forester Limited interior, platinum gray leather interior, has gloss back dash trim with silver shift surround and center console storage trim
2017 Subaru Forester Limited interior, platinum gray leather trimmed interior with gloss back dash trim and silver shift surround
 2017 Subaru Forester Limited interior, platinum gray leather trimmed interior with gloss back dash trim and silver shift surround and front console storage trim. Touring models have gloss black shift trim and leather console trim
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and XT Touring black leather interior, silver stitching, gloss black trim. XT shown with paddle shifter
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and XT Touring black leather interior, silver stitching, gloss black trim. XT shown with paddle shifter
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and XT Touring black leather interior, silver stitching, gloss black trim
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and XT Touring black leather interior, silver stitching, gloss black trim
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and 2.0XT Touring saddle brown perforated leather front seats and leather center console trim, and black shift and dash trim
NEW FOR 2017 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and 2.0XT Touring saddle brown perforated leather front seats and leather center console trim, and black shift and dash trim
2017 Subaru Forester front seats all the way reclined as flat as they will go resting against the rear seat. Saddle brown leather shown.
2017 Subaru Forester front seats all the way reclined as flat as they will go resting against the rear seat. Saddle brown leather shown.
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i vinyl coated steering wheel with audio, bluetooth and cruise control. The 6.2" audio with physical buttons in the background indicates this is a 2.5i base model.
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i base model vinyl coated steering wheel with audio, bluetooth and cruise control. The 6.2" audio with physical buttons in the background indicates this is a 2.5i base model.
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited leather wrapper steering wheel with left audio and bluetooth control, and right cruise controls
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited leather wrapper steering wheel with left audio and bluetooth control, and right cruise controls
2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring gray leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, heated steering wheel button, SI Drive, audio and bluetooth buttons, Lane keep assist, Eyesight cruise control
2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring gray leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters
NEW FOR 2017, heated steering wheel button, SI Drive, audio and bluetooth buttons, Lane keep assist, Eyesight cruise control
Diagrammed 2017 Subaru Forester Touring steering wheel showing audio and bluetooth cell phone controls, SI Drive,  Eyesight cruise control, Lane Keep Assist button, heated steering wheel on/off
Diagrammed 2017 Subaru Forester Touring steering wheel
showing audio and bluetooth cell phone controls, SI Drive,  Eyesight cruise control, Lane Keep Assist button, heated steering wheel on/off
2017 Forester 2.5i base and Premium model driver control with dash light and VDC off. Platinum gray interior with Silver dash trim shown
2017 Forester 2.5i base and Premium model driver control with dash light and VDC off. Platinum gray interior with Silver dash trim shown. Optional fog light switch would be here
diagrammed 2017 Forester driver controls with steering responsive headlights, blind spot, VDC, power rear gate, and dash light controls. limited or Touring with eyesight
diagrammed 2017 Forester driver controls with SRH steering responsive headlights, blind spot, VDC, power rear gate, height and dash light controls. limited or Touring with eyesight
diagrammed 2017 Sepia Bronze Subaru Forester outside front door handle with lock/unlock rub hotspot, door key cylinder
diagrammed 2017 Sepia Bronze Subaru Forester outside front door handle with lock/unlock rub hotspot, door key cylinder

2017 Forester front door courtesy puddle light on the bottom of the door. Driver's door shown.
2017 Forester front door courtesy puddle light on the bottom of the door. Driver's door shown.
2017 Forester has 3 standard chipped, ignition keys- 2 remote lock/unlock, 1 valet key
2017 Forester has 3 standard ignition keys- 2 remote lock/unlock, 1 valet key, all chipped
2017 Subaru Forester 2 keyless access, pushbutton start key fobs
2017 Subaru Forester 2 keyless access, pushbutton start key fobs
2017 Subaru Forester optional two remote engine start long range fobs.
2017 Subaru Forester optional two remote engine start long range fobs. This system is new for 2017 (late model 2016s) and works very well and at a good distance
2017 Subaru Forester optional remote engine start long range fobs lights up and beeps when activated. One fob shown
2017 Subaru Forester optional two remote engine start long range fobs lights up and beeps when activated.
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closeup of the 2017 Subaru Forester optional All Weather rubber floor mats, driver's mat shown. White arrow points at the fuel door opener.
closeup of the 2017 Subaru Forester optional All Weather rubber floor mats, driver's floor mat shown. White arrow points at the fuel door opener
closeup of the optional alloy wheel locks, shown on a 2017 Forester XT wheel
closeup of the optional alloy wheel locks, shown on a 2017 Forester XT wheel. See white arrow
Sepia Bronze 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring with optional body colored side moldings
Sepia Bronze 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring with optional body colored side moldings
closeup of the 2017 Subaru Forester optional body side moldings, body colored, venetian red car shown
closeup of the 2017 Subaru Forester optional body side moldings, body colored, venetian red car shown
2017 Subaru Forester optional splash guards. left front shown on a red XT model.
2017 Subaru Forester optional splash guards. Left front shown on a red XT model.
2017 Subaru Forester optional splash guard. Right front shown on a blue 2.5i Touring model
2017 Subaru Forester optional splash guard. Right front shown on a blue 2.5i Touring model (note the wheel)
2017 Subaru Forester optional roof rack aero crossbars
2017 Subaru Forester optional roof rack aero crossbars
2017 Subaru Forester cargo area with rear bumper cover, cargo tray, rear seatback protector, cargo cover.
2017 Subaru Forester cargo area with rear bumper cover, cargo tray, rear seatback protector, cargo cover. Notice the small round backup sensors in the rear bumper
2017 Subaru Forester optional rear seatback protector
2017 Subaru Forester optional rear seatback protector

2017 Subaru Forester cargo area with rear bumper cover, cargo tray, rear seatback protector, cargo cover
2017 Subaru Forester cargo area with rear bumper cover, cargo tray, rear seatback protector, cargo cover
2017 Subaru Forester optional two remote engine start long range fobs.
2017 Subaru Forester optional two remote engine start long range fobs. This system is new for 2017 (late model 2016s) and works very well and at a good distance
closeup of the 2017 Subaru Forester optional Sport Grill with honeycomb center strip and center logo. Venetian red car shown
closeup of the 2017 Subaru Forester optional
Sport Grill with honeycomb center strip and center logo on a venetian red car
2017 Subaru Forester optional 1.25" trailer hitch. Rear bumper with RAB reverse automatic brake sensors, tailpipe exhaust tip
2017 Subaru Forester optional 1.25" trailer hitch. Rear bumper with RAB reverse automatic brake sensors, tailpipe exhaust tip
2017 Subaru Forester optional dog guard compartment separator, cargo tray, rear seatback protector. No cargo cover with the dog guard
2017 Subaru Forester optional dog guard compartment separator, cargo tray, rear seatback protector. No cargo cover with the dog guard.
Note- to accomodate the side curtain airbags, the dog guard has large openings on both sides that a small dog could easily get through if they wanted to.
2017 Subaru Forester optional front underspoiler
2017 Subaru Forester optional front underspoiler
2017 Subaru Forester with optional door edge guards and body side moldings, all body colored.
2017 Subaru Forester with optional door edge guards and body side moldings, all body colored
2017 Subaru Forester optional cargo nets- by seatback, by gate, and the 2 small side nets
2017 Subaru Forester optional cargo nets- by seatback, by gate, and the 2 small side nets
2017 Subaru Forester optional 100w power outlet
2017 Subaru Forester optional 100w power outlet

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NEWS AND UPDATES AND WHATS NEW ON THE 2018s

10/5/17 new accessory Wheel Arch Moldings are now available. These don't show as factory installed option and I'm not sure how long they've been listed as an accessory, but dealers can install them on 2016, 2017, and 2018 Foresters. Its part # E201SSG000

6/21/17 2018 Forester finance rates announced
2.90% x 24-36-48-60-63-72 months.
There are still a lot of 2017s available so this is a good time to get one plus there's 0%x 48mo and .90%x60mo available through June 30th here in the NW, on approval of credit. New rates for July will be announced after that and given its clearance time, there's no reason to expect the 17 rates to change and one might have even thought the 0% would have already been extended for 60 months for June to help clear the inventory.
In the meantime, 0% and .90% are great rates on the 17s.
And the 18s rates will come down (hopefully soon) as the 17s sell out. 



6/20/1
7 the first 2018 Foresters are arriving.
now is the time to get a 17 with 0% interest, oac


6/12/17 2018 Forester Premium Option Package #16 "Black Edition" is now available to order
Premium with Option Package #16 $1,150 MSRP gets you...
Steering Responsive LED headlights, Paddle shifters, Fog Lights, 18" black alloy wheels, black cloth with leatherette trim (like the Forester 2.0XT Premium), black leather wrapped steering wheels, and black interior and exterior trim etc.
Its called the Black Edition but is available in Black, Dark Gray, Silver, and Crystal White exterior colors.
The big reasons to get this package are the steering responsive LED headlights for much improved night driving, and the Paddle Shifters.
The Paddle Shifters are all new and long overdue on the 2.5 model until now (they are on the XTs of course). They give the driver the ability to use the 4 cylinder engine to its best capacity when power is needed for passing, accelerating on freeways, towing, driving in snow etc etc.
Unfortunately the Black Edition package does not include standard Blind Spot Detection and rear cross traffic alert or eyesight but otherwise this is a nice package and adds something new to the 18s (which are the same as the 17s).
The Forester Premium is a little behind the safety curve. Blind spot detection should really be standard on all Premiums but its not...its only available as part of Premium Option Packages #14 and #15 with Eyesight.

 

5/18/17 2018 orders now available.

Just 2 days ago, on 5/16 Subaru announced 2018 Forester orders would open on 5/22, but viola, today we have prices, options and can order.
Orders place now would have a July ETA

Very few changes for the 18s.
No Android Auto or Apple Carplay is available. Sorry,
Subaru Starlink app now on the 2.5i (base models), and includes new cloud apps such as magellan navigation

Black Edition... The big news is the 2.5i Premium CVT Package #16 Black Edition gets Paddle shifters which is a huge improvement! It gives the driver full transmission control for improved safety and performance getting on the highway, passing on 2 lane roads, towing a small trailer, improved snow driving and downhill control. This is long overdue and is the first Forester 2.5L CVT with paddles shifters. The 2.0XT CVT models have always had paddle shifters.
The Black edition also gets steering responsive LED headlights, fog lights, 18" black alloys, black cloth with leatherette bolsters, black leather steering wheel with silver stitching, gloss black CVT shift knob, black exterior trim (logos, outside mirrors, fog light trim etc), single stainless exhaust tip, cargo tray

Limited models get a standard cargo cover
Touring models get standard Eyesight and Navigation

Prices
Destination increased $40 from $875 to $915 ($1065 to Ak)
Prices increases
2.5i $200
2.5i Premium $200
2.5 Limited $200
2.5 Touring $200 more than the 2017 with optional Eyesight
2.0XT Premium $200
2.0XT Touring $200 more than the 2017 once you add the optional Eyesight to the 2017 model

Colors
no new colors
Sephia Brown (Touring models only) is now available with black leather as well as the saddle brown leather.


5/16/17 2018 Forester order system should be open on 5/22 with ETA in July.

Very few changes expected for the 2018s- there will be no Android Auto or Apple Carplay. Sorry. That will all come on the 2019 Forester due next year


5/2/17 the 2018 Forester will be very similar to the 2017 with no major changes

No Android Auto or Apple Carplay! Sorry. You'll have to wait until the 2019 model next year
Models and prices expected in May

4/17/17 2017 Forester orders close 4/27 11pm, for June delivery

2018 orders will open "mid-April" for July delivery and we'll have some information on the 2018s at that time.
Not all 2017 models will be available to order, it will depend on how many are ordered.
Note- today is 4/17 which is mid-April so we should be more information soon.


 
Important note.... if you have a new Forester Premium, Limited or Touring and a cell phone with Mirrorlink (Samsung Notes and Ss, HTCs, Sony Xperia), it is likely to completely freeze when you plug it into the car's USB.
Mirrorlink is a European app that doesn't really do anything in the US but is included on Outback Premium, Limited and Touring models and there is no way to delete or even disable it on the car.
Its mostly Samsung Notes and S phones, HTC, and Sony Xperias that have Mirrorlink coded in, and can't be turned off or deleted.
Plugging it in results in a black phone screen (Note 4) and if there is a work-around, I don't know about it.


8/27/16 Navigation map updates

2012 and newer models with navigation can get map updates
2016 and 2017 navigation models can get the 3 years of free updates when available
www.SubaruMapUpdates.com


WHAT ABOUT THE 2017 FORESTER...
These are excellent cars but not perfect so here are some initial opinions and impressions... check back for updates when the cars arrive

THE GOOD
Quieter.. with sound insulation windshield and other tweaks, the car is quieter. Its still a brick in the wind but these steps should help.
Upgraded eyesight... finally
Reverse automatic braking should be great, as long as its very very easy to turn off when squeezing into a tight parking space.
Blind Spot Detection and Rear cross traffic alert is available on the Forester for the first time but should be standard on Limited and Touring. After all, these are cars with MSRPs over $30,000.
X-mode on Premium CVT is good but should not be a replacement for Paddle Shifters
Climate control with 7 speed fan on Premium is a good step. That old 4 speed fan (still on 2.5i base model) is way too noisy.
Heated steering wheel is all new for Subaru, but is only available on Touring models with optional Eyesight. It should be standard on Touring models.
Memory driver's seat is long overdue and its finally on the Forester for the first time. Touring model only. Maybe next year on Limiteds too
New Saddle brown leather will be an appreciated change. And it will look great with the new Sepia bronze color (Touring models only)


THE NOT SO GOOD
The gloss black trim requires constant constant constant wiping away of dust and fingerprints!
6.2" audio on the base model is still a budget system.
Navigation is not available on Premium model?
Height adjustable passenger seat
Easier to set power rear gate height controls
Paddle shifters on the CVT model are still missing. Low mode is not a good replacement. X-mode helps but ... where are the paddle shifters?
Front interval wipers still only only 4 setting... ideal would be 6 interval times, even 4 would be ok. but 4 settings is not enough to find just the right speed
Redesigned machined black alloy wheels are trendy, everyone has them. While the previous 17" silver alloys were plain, the new ones are busy looking. 


 
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SNAPSHOT SUMMARY
2018 FORESTER MODEL IN BRIEF
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model
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brief summary of features
2.5i, 6 spd manual transmission JFA
2.5L 4 cylinder, 170hp, all wheel drive, VDC stability, traction control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, AC, remote lock/unlock, immobilizer key,  17" steel wheels, all season tires, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, one touch turn signal, 6.2" touchscreen audio, am/fm single CD stereo, 4 speakers, sound insulation windshield,  auto up/down drivers window
Starlink cloud app, with rear view back-up camera display, cell phone bluetooth and phonebook download, USB, wireless auto streaming, manual height adjustable driver's seat, color multi-function display in upper center console,

No option Packages
2.5i, CVT transmission
JFB
2.5L 4 cylinder, 170hp, all wheel drive, VDC stability, traction control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, AC, remote lock/unlock, immobilizer key,  17" steel wheels, all season tires, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, one touch turn signal, 6.2" touchscreen audio, am/fm single CD stereo, 4 speakers, sound insulation windshield, auto up/down drivers window, redesigned grill and headlights
Starlink cloud app, with rear view back camera display, cell phone bluetooth and phonebook download, USB, wireless auto streaming, manual height adjustable driver's seat, color multi-function display in upper center console,

Option Package #02  black roof rack rails, illuminated driver power window switch, machined finish 17" alloy wheels, passenger front window auto up/down.
2.5i Premium, 6 spd manual transmission JFE
Has All Weather Package (heated front seats etc), roof rails for cross bars, machined finish 17" alloy wheels, 10 way power driver's seat, Power moonroof with sunshade, dark tinted glass (no windshield tint band), reclining rear seats with center armrest with cupholders, automatic singe zone climate control, auto up down driver and passenger window, body colored rear spoiler, illuminated vanity mirrors,  Starlink emergency  connectivity,

7' audio with multi-touch screen, am/fm/hd/cd, dual USBs, 6 speakers, SiriusXM (4 mos free), Siri eyes-free, Starlink cloud apps,
Rear view backup camera display


No Option Package

2.5i Premium, CVT transmission
JFF
Has power glass moonroof with sunshade, roof rails for cross bars, machined finish 17" alloy wheels, 10 way power driver's seat, Power moonroof with sunshade, dark tinted glass (no windshield tint band), reclining rear seats with center armrest with cupholders. automatic single zone climate control, Xmode downhill descent control, auto up down driver and passenger window, body colored rear spoiler, illuminated vanity mirrors,  Starlink emergency connectivity
Note- the All weather package is optional on the Premium with CVT (its standard on the Premium with manual trans)

7' audio with multi-touch screen, am/fm/HD radio, 6 speakers, Siri eyes free, dual USBs, Starlink cloud apps,  SiriusXM (4 mos free).
R
ear view back-up camera

Option Packages
#13  All Weather Package with high/low heated front seats, defrosting outaside mirros, front wiper de-icer,
#14 All Weather Package, Eyesight, Steering responsive fog lights,
Lane Keep Assist, Blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert,
#15 All Weather Pkg, Eyesight
, Steering responsive fog lights, Lane Keep Assist, Blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, Power Rear gate
new for 2018

orders available starting 6/12/17, cars expected in early September
#16 "Black Edition" includes
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All Weather Package (heated seats, mirrors, wiper de-icers)
> CVT transmission paddle shifters. T
his is the first time the Forester 2.5 CVT has been available with Paddle Shifters for full transmission control,
Steering responsive LED low/high headlights, auto dusk-to-dawn headlight setting, fog lights, welcome lighting,
18" black alloys,
black cloth with leatherette bolsters, black leather steering wheel with silver stitching, gloss black CVT shift knob and interior trim pieces, black exterior mirrors, logos, and fog light trim, single stainless exhaust tip
Available in Silver, Black, Dark Gray and White exterior colors
2.5i Limited
JFI
new for 2018 includes cargo luggage area retractable cover, Stows under cargo floor when not needed

standard All Weather Package, perforated leather seating surfaces, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob,
Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Fog lights, Cargo tray, Cargo luggage area cover, upgraded dash display, black gloss dash trim, machined finish 17" alloy wheels,  Welcome lighting

7' audio with multi-touch screen, dual USBs, 6 speakers, Starlink Cloud apps, Starlink emergency connectivity, SiriusXM (4 mos free), Siri eyes free,
rear view backup camera display,


Option Packages 
#22 Navigation, and upgraded Harman Kardon audio,
Pkg #23
Navigation, Harman Kardon amp/speakers, Eyesight, Lane Keep Assist, High beam assist, Reverse automatic braking, steering responsive LED high/low beams with with automatic low beam height adjustment, and High grade instrument gauges with color center LCD display
2.5i Touring
JFJ
Touring adds to Limited- 
new, now standard for 2018 
Navigation, Eyesight,  Lane Keep Assist, High beam assist, Reverse automatic braking

Heated steering wheel, 10 way power driver's seat with 2 position Memory settings, LED high/low beams with automatic low beam height adjustment, Steering responsive headlights, Keyless access/Pushbutton start with pin code access, Navigation, Eyesight,  Lane Keep Assist, High beam assist, Reverse automatic braking, Electroluminescent dash display, turn signals in the outside mirrors, one touch folding rear seats, dual zone front automatic climate control, 18" high silver luster alloys, lower black rocker panel cladding with chrome trim strip. High grade instrument gauges with color center LCD display

7' upgraded Harman/Kardon audio, 8 speakers,  and 440w amp,  multi-touch screen, dual USBs, 8 speakers, SiriusXM (4 mos free), Siri eyes free, Starlink Cloud apps, Starlink emergency connectivity,
rear view backup camera display,


no option packages

2.0XT Premium
JFM
2.0L 250hp turbo engine with SI Drive for driver controllable engine performance and paddle shifter management, sport tuned suspension, 18" alloy wheels, high torque CVT transmission with multi-mode Paddle Shifters with both 6 and 8 gearlike settings depending on the SI drive setting, All Weather Package, upgraded dash display, Leather wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching,  Automatic single zone climate control, auto up down driver and passenger window, body colored rear spoiler, illuminated vanity mirrors, redesigned 18" alloy wheels dual exhaust tip, Welcome lighting

 7' audio with multi-touch screen, dual USBs, 6 speakers, SiriusXM (4 mo free), Siri eyes free,
Starlink Cloud apps, Starlink emergency connectivity, rear view backup camera display,

No Option Packages
2.0XT Touring
JFN
XT Touring adds to XT Premium

new, now standard for 2018 
Navigation, Eyesight,  Lane Keep Assist, High beam assist, Reverse automatic braking

Leather trimmed interior, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Heated steering wheel, 10 way power driver's seat with 2 position Memory settings, LED high/low beams with automatic low beam height adjustment, Steering responsive LED headlights, 18" machined silver and black alloy wheels, High grade instrument gauges with color center LCD display pushbutton start with pin code access, electroluminescent dash display, turn signals in the outside mirrors, one touch folding rear seats, dual zone front automatic climate control, lower black rocker panel cladding with chrome trim strip.

7' upgraded Harman/Kardon audio, 8 speakers, and 440w amp,  multi-touch screen, dual USBs, 8 speakers, SiriusXM (4 mos free), Starlink Cloud apps, Siri eyes free, Starlink emergency connectivity
rear view backup camera display,


No Option Packages

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2018 SUBARU FORESTER DIMENSIONS
same as 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

subject to change, correction
model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Passenger volume
no moonroof 113.1cf
with moonroof 107.8cf
Cargo volume
no moonroof- rear seatbacks up 34.4cf, rear seatbacks folded down 74.7cf
with moonroof- rear seatbacks up 31.5cf, rear seatbacks folded down 68.5cf
Wheelbase
103.9"
Length
180.9"
Width
70.7" with mirrors folded in; 80" with mirrors folded out, 80.5" with turn-signal mirrors folded out
Height
2.5i without roof rails- 66.4"
all other models have roof rails- 68.2"
Track, front/rear
60.9"/61.1"
Ground clearance
8.7"
Coefficient of drag
0.33
Angle of approach
23.0*
Angle of departure
25.0*
Ramp breakover angle
21.0*
Headroom, front/rear
no moonroof 41.4/39.8"
with moonroof 40.0/37.5"
Legroom front/rear
43.0/41.7"
Hip room front/rear
53.9"/53.0"
Shoulder room front/rear
57.0"/56.5"
Cargo area height
no moonroof 34.8"
with moonroof 31.9"
Cargo area lift over height
28.6"
Curb Weight
manual 3296
CVT 3366
manual 3318
CVT 3391
CVT 3419
CVT 3444
3624
CVT 3651
model
2.5i
Premium
Limited
Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
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2018 FORESTER CARGO MEASUREMENTS
same as 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

hand measured, subject to change, corrections. comments welcomed
 

2015 subaru forester cargo dimensions and measurments. hand measured
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CARGO MEASUREMENTS
hand measured and subject to change


A- rear gate width at bottom of gate 40"
B- cargo width by rear gate 51"
C- cargo width by rear gate including side storage bins 50"
D- cargo width between wheel wells 42"
E- left rear seat width 16"
F- right rear seat width 24.75
G- cargo with top of wheel wells 47"
H- rear gate width in middle 43"
I- rear gate width at top 38"
J- 
angle from left rear cargo hook to front of right rear door with passenger seat folded down 80"
K-
angle from left rear cargo hook to front right (passenger side) cargo hook, with seat up 52.25"
L- width of gate opening from lower left to upper right 50.5'
M- cargo floor length to back of rear seats 34"
N- height of rear seat 17.5"
O- cargo door height 35"
P- cargo floor length to center dash console 102"
Q- height center of floor to ceiling 32"
R- cargo floor length to top of rear seat folded down 60" (not to back of front seat, see V)
S- height to bottom of cargo area luggage cover (not shown) 16.75
T- height to from rear of wheel well to the bottom of the window 20.5"
U- length to rear of wheel well 14"
V- cargo floor length to back of front passenger seat moved all the way forward and upright 79"

not seen- inside of gate when closed to back of rear seat when up (and not reclined) - 31"






2015 subaru forester cargo height dimensions and measurements, hand measured
2015 Subaru Forester cargo floor to ceiling height. Hand measured
2015 Subaru Forester cargo height
back of seats folded down to ceiling, with optional seatback protector 29"-30". Hand measured


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2015 forester gate height measurement
2015, 2014 Subaru Forester-  the top of the rear bumper is 25 1/4" high.
T
he manual rear gate on X & Premium opens to 70.5" high. Hand measured
2015 subaru forester passenger seat is fixed at 28" high
the passenger seat is fixed at 28" high. Very tall passengers might find headroom tight, esp on moonroof models. There is no height adjustment on the 2014 passenger seat like there was on the 2013. Hand measured.
2015 subaru forester drivers seat as far forward as it goes
The driver's seat goes 14.5"-24" from the brake pedal. Shown at 14.5" which is really close. Hand measured.

2015, 2014 subaru forester front seat and steering wheel distance from brake pedal
Even the longest legs will be comfortable. The front seat to the brake pedal is 14.5"-24". Shown at 24"
The steering wheel telescopes in/out from 25.25- 26.5", and tilts up/down from 19-21" high. All hand measured.

2015, 2014 forester driver's seat is height adjustable, shown at lowest position
2018 Subaru Forester power driver's seat adjusts from 26.5-28.25" high, shown at lowest position. Hand measured.

2015, 2014 Forester driver's seat adjusts from 2.6.5-28.25" high
2018 Subaru power driver's seat adjusts from 26.5-28.25" high, shown at 28.5". Hand measured.
2015, 2014 subaru cargo tray
2015 Forester cargo area with the cargo tray, optional on X and Premium, standard on Limited and Touring models

2015, 2014 subaru forester subfloor cargo area storage bin
2015 Forester's very practical cargo sub-floor storage, standard on all models. the spare tire is below.
2015 and 2014 forester temporary spare tire is under the cargo area subfloor storage
temporary spare tire is under the cargo sub-floor storage bin
subaru forester cargo area 12v power outlet, cargo hook, Touring model with rear seat fold-down button shown
the standard cargo area 12v power outlet and round cargo hook.
The Touring shown with the rear seat fold button that's only on Touring models.

golf clubs in the back cargo narea of a 2014 subaru forester
golf clubs easily fit in the back of a 2015 Subaru Forester
2015 and 2014 subaru forester 2.5i with golf clubs and hand cart in the cargo area
2015 and 2014 Subaru Forester with a bike in the cargo area
2015 Subaru Forester with a bike in the cargo area


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2018 WARRANTIES

2016, 2015, 2014 subaru forester roadside assistance phone number 800-261-2155

800 261-2155
the roadside assistance phone number is on drivers window, also on 2 wallet cards included with the owners manual.
Good for 36months, 36000 miles

Bumper to bumper: 3 year/36,000 miles. 
Wear Item warranty 3 year/36,000 miles, covers premature wear: brakes, clutch linings, remote batteries, wiper blades (one time replacement) etc.
Roadside assistance 3yr/36000 miles by the Cross Country Motor Club at 800 261-2155, break-down, lock-out, flat repair etc
Powertrain: 5 year/ 60,000 miles
Corrosion, rust perforation: 5 year/100,000 miles
Emission: warranties vary by emission system and state. Minimum 3yr/36,000 with extended major emission component defect warranty 8yr/80,000
Note Warranties do not cover wear or damage due to abuse, lack of maintenance or competitive driving. Exclusions may apply, wear replacement may be one time.

subject to change, correction

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2018 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
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Always....
Always let a cold engine briefly idle as the oil circulates.
Avoid hard acceleration on a cold engine.
Check the oil between changes

2.5 X models Synthetic 0w-20 oil only. CVT uses C-30 CVT fluid (blue)
2.0XT turbo models   Synthetic 5w-30 oil only. CVT uses High Torque CVT fluid (orange)

note: 1st oil and all subsequent oil change
required at or by 6,000 miles or 6 months. 
Note: this is the minimum oil change interval required. Under race or other severe driving, even more frequently.
Under severe driving conditions, check your oil at least every 2nd fuel fill-up and change your engine oil more frequently. If your oil consumption rate is greater than 1 quart every 1,200 miles or 1 liter every 2,000 kilometers, contact your Subaru dealer who may perform a test under controlled conditions (from the owner's manual).

Oil and filter change:  every 6 months or 6,000 miles, under severe  or hard driving change more often
Cabin air filter  replace every 12mos/12,000 miles
Tire rotations: every 6-10,000 miles. Equal tread required at all corners. Tires, wheels FAQ
Timing chain all Foresters have a timing chain - no replacement needed

6,000 miles/6 mos
oil and filter change, rotate tires
12,000 miles/12 mos inspection, tire rotation, replace cabin air filter,
18,000 miles/18 mos oil and filter change,
replace rotate tires
24,000 miles/24 mos  inspection, oil and filter change, rotate tires,
replace cabin air filter
30,000 mile replace engine air filters, brake fluid, and gear fluid as needed,
oil and filter change, rotate tires
36,000 miles/36 mos oil and filter change, rotate tires,
replace cabin air filter
42,000 miles/42 mos  oil and filter change, rotate tires,
replace cabin air filter
48,000 miles/48 mos oil and filter change, rotate tires,
replace cabin air filter
60,000 miles/60 mos repeat 30,000 service, replace spark plugs/wires
90,000 miles/90 mos service with complete fluid, filter change. Inspect all hoses, belts
120,000 miles/120 mos repeat 30,000 service, replace spark plugs
137,500 miles replace Super Coolant Radiator Fluid. The 1st replacement is 11 years, 137,500 miles, or 220,000Km. The 2nd replacement is 6yrs, 75,000 miles

full maintenance schedule

subject to change, correction

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SAFETY 2018 FORESTER

subject to change, correction, updates. Tips and corrections welcomed

Subaru Mobile-It-Ease program helps modify vehicles for special needs drivers. More info here

NEW FOR 2018s



> 2.5 Touring and 2.0XT Touring
new standard on 2018 
(previously optional)
 

Eyesight system is now standard starting on 2018s
High Beam Assist
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)- 4 ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper will help stop your car from backing into an object at very low (parking) speed.

XT Touring
Active Torque Vectoring is now standard starting on 2018 models (was optional on 2017s)
Note: not on 2.5 Touring
Subaru Starlink emergency connected safety and convenience services

Not on 2.5i base model.

On Premium, Limited,
Touring, XT Premium, XT Touring
 

On Premium, Limited, Touring, XT Premium, XT Touring models
Not on 2.5i base models.

SUBARU STARLINK emergency connected Safety and Convenience Services
helps in an accident, if you're locked out, lost, car is stolen, broken down, or with emergency services and mechanical issues and notification.
AT&T provides the cellular connection, Sirius/XM provides the telematics

Note- this emergency system does not work if the car's battery is dead. In the event of a dead battery or an accident where the battery is dislodged, there's no backup battery so have your cellphone handy because Starlink won't work.

there are 2 packages
#1 Safety Plus with SOS emergency accident assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notification, and diagnostic alerts-  1st year free
#2 Safety Plus and Security Plus adds stolen vehicle recovery, alarm notifications, remote lock/unlock, remote horn/lights function, remote vehicle finder

your dealer/salesperson will sign you up at time of vehicle purchase or sign up on mysubaru.com
Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
(was new on 2017 Forester)
Uses two radar sensors in the rear corners to detect a vehicle along side or approaching.

Standard on 2.5 Limited, 2.5 Touring and 2.0XT Touring
Optional on the 2.5 Premium CVT, included with optional Eyesight package

All Wheel Drive Full time all wheel drive
All Wheel Drive with Active Torque Vectoring
standard on XT Touring starting on the 2018 model
Full time all wheel drive,
Active Torque Vectoring on XT Touring. Torque Vectoring modulates inner front wheel when vehicle is turning
fuel cutoff system fuel cutoff system detects an airbag deployment and cuts off to minimize fire danger after an accident. (new on 2013)
brake override system brake override system- when gas and brake pedals are both pressed, the brake overrides and stops the car. To prevent operator error unintended acceleration
(new on 2013)
Turn signals Turn signals in the outside mirrors is standard on all Touring models only (and not on any other models)
One-touch turn signals- briefly tap the turn signal stalk up or down and the turn signals will flash a few times
Rear view camera
standard on all models. the 7" audio screen is a better display that the base 6.2" system
TPMS- tire pressure monitor system
Standard. Must re-sync TPMS monitors whenever tires or wheels are replaced (they're not self registering).
VDC, TCS,
 VDC Electronic Stability Control and TCS full time all wheel, all speed Traction Control System
Seatbelts
5 passenger, all with full shoulder harness and lap belts
Height adjustable shoulder harness anchor points  (except center rear)
Child Seat
LATCH system (lower anchor and tether for children)
Child seat anchors hidden under flap
Driver's knee airbag
helps keep driver from sliding forward into or below the steering column
Front Airbags
 Standard with Dual Stage Deployment. Dual Stage means:
Driver: detects distance of driver from steering wheel
Passenger seat: detects weight and will turn off airbag if passenger is under app 75-80#. This status is displayed by the trip computer
Side Airbags
Standard front side airbags
Side Curtain airbags
Standard Front and Rear side Curtain airbags, and includes Roll-Over sensor to deply curtain airbags if a rollover is detected (was new on the 2015s)
Headrests
5 headrests,
  front headrests now are tilt adjustable, in addition to height adjustable (was new on the 2015 models)
Crumple Zones
Front and rear
5mph Impact Bumpers
Front and rear
Body Structure
Ring-Shaped reinforcement safety structure
dual front, single rear, all tied into a full perimeter protection system
Brakes
4 wheel, 4 channel anti-lock power disc brakes
Electronic parking brake with Hill Holder function
  Front:
ventilated front and rear discs on all models
Rear: 12.4" front discs, 11.8" rear discs

DayTime Running lights (DRL)
DRL are standard with auto-off headlights on all models
Auto-off headlights
Headlights are auto on-off with the ignition. A green dashboard indicator light is on when headlights or fog lights are on.
Childproof rear door locks
Standard
Panic Alarm
 Standard using remote lock/unlock key fob
Freeze alert
the outside temperature Freeze Alert flashes at 36*-37* warning of possible slick road conditions
Event Data Recorder (EDR)
EDR, Event Data Recorder information.
 In the event of an impact, the EDR will freeze data including how various systems were operating, for example if seatbelts were buckled, if the gas or brake pedals were pressed, and vehicle speed. No personal data is stored. To read data, special equipment is required. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer (Subaru), other parties such as law enforcement that have the equipment can read the information if they have access to the vehicle or EDR.  Existing laws generally provide that information in an EDR is confidential and is the property of the owner of the motor vehicle. Information is accessed through the airbag system using a Subaru service computer.

Eyesight and Reverse Automatic Braking all freeze data and information at time of impact or activation

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2018 Forester Eyesight
subject to change, correction.

Subaru Forester eyesight cameras
  Forester with optional Eyesight cameras


Eyesight on 2018 models.
The 2017 Forester Eyesight is finally upgraded to v. 3
  (2016 and 2015 Foresters have v. 2)

Eyesight is now available with all colors including 2017 black (previous Eyesight was not available on black Foresters due to heat issues)

Here are the features

Lane Keep Assist- works over 40 mph. Helps steer the car back into a lane when drifting across lane markers
Steering Responsive Headlights on Limited with Eyesight, standard on all Touring models. Headlights turn slightly with steering direction
Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard on all Limited and Touring models, and is included on the 2.5 Premium with optional Eyesight. it uses 2 rear corner mounted radar units to detect cars alongside and approaching alongside.
High Beam Assist  on Limited and Touring with Eyesight. turns off your headlight high beams when Eyesight sees an oncoming car.
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)- On Limited and Touring with Eyesight. Uses 4 ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper will help stop your car from backing into an object at low (parking) speed.  
LED high and low headlights on Limited with Eyesight. Standard on all Touring models. Auto low beam height adjustment


Steering Responsive Fog Lights (Premium only)
Pre-Collision Braking
Pre-Collision Brake Assist
Pre-Collision Throttle Management
Lane Departure and Lane Sway Warning
Adaptive Cruise Control
Lead Vehicle Start Alert



Steering Responsive Headlights
On Limited model with Eyesight, standard on all Touring models. Work when vehicle at 5mph or faster. The lights turn app 5*.
Premium models with Eyesight get steering responsive Fog Lights

Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
standard on all 2017 Limited and Touring.
Included on Premium with Eyesight- Premium

High Beam Assist
on Limited and Touring with Eyesight
turns off your headlight high beams when Eyesight sees an oncoming car.

Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
On Limited and Touring with Eyesight
4 ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper will help stop your car from backing into an object at low (parking) speed.  

LED high and low headlights
on Limited with Eyesight.
Standard on all Touring models
with auto low beam height adjustment


Steering Responsive Headlights standard on all Tourings, included on the Limited with optional Eyesight. When the headlights are on and the car is going faster than 5mph, the headlights will move slightly (app 5*) when the steering wheel is turned to help illuminate into the turn or the corner.


Note
: Steering Responsive Fog Lights
(Premium model only, requires optional Eyesight) when the headlights are on and the fog lights are off, and the steering wheel is turned the fog light on that side turns on to illuminate into the turn or the corner.

Lane Keep Assist. Lane Keep Assist uses the car's electric power steering to help keep the car in its lane at highway speeds (over 40mph).
Note: this function default is OFF and has a steering wheel switch and has to be turned on to work.


Pre-Collision Braking
can recognize an impending collision, alert the driver and even automatically apply the brakes to help avoid a collision or minimize the impact when a collision is inevitable.
The EyeSight cameras and electronic control units analyze objects on the road ahead, measure the distance to the object and compare the object’s speed to the EyeSight vehicle’s speed. Only once EyeSight has locked onto an object on the road ahead, if the system recognizes a potential collision, will Pre-Collision Braking activate.
There are three stages of operation that may occur in rapid succession:
Initial Warning – The Multi-Function Display in the top center of the instrument panel will show an image of a white vehicle icon representing the vehicle that has been detected and a warning display, and a series of short beeps will sound. These warnings tell the driver to take action. No braking or other vehicle control functions are activated in this first stage
First Braking Application – If there is no driver intervention – such as steering around the obstacle or braking – Pre-Collision Braking will immediately and automatically apply the brakes. (Note that whenever the brakes are applied, the brake lights illuminate.) If this braking is not sufficient, the audible alert and instrument panel displays will continue to issue warnings
Second Braking Application – If there is still no driver intervention, the brakes are immediately and automatically applied harder, and the system will issue a continuous warning sound. The driver can still take action to avoid a collision, but EyeSight is now warning that a collision is imminent 

Pre-Collision Brake Assist. If EyeSight® recognizes an impending collision and the driver is applying the brakes but not with enough force, Pre-Collision Brake Assist automatically applies up to full braking pressure in order to try to shorten braking distances.
Note- this feature does not replace Brake Assist, which is standard on all Subaru models, but rather enhances Brake Assist by adding an extra level of information to determine when to apply full braking. These features are helpful because in emergency braking situations, many drivers simply do not apply full braking pressure.
If a vehicle has been detected, the multi-function display in the top center of the instrument panel will show an image of a white vehicle icon, a warning displays and a series of short beeps will sound. When the driver applies the brakes to avoid hitting the vehicle or object ahead, EyeSight continues to measure the closing distance, vehicle speed and brake application. If EyeSight determines that sufficient braking pressure has not been applied to avoid impact with the vehicle ahead, it will provide full braking pressure. After the vehicle has stopped, a ready light flashes and audible beeping warning occurs. At that point, the driver must apply the brake to remain stopped.
If EyeSight determines that evasive actions have been taken, based on information from a steering angle sensor and other input, Pre-Collision Brake Assist will be cancelled 

Pre-Collision Throttle Management helps prevent drivers from accelerating into a stopped vehicle or other obstacle in front of them. It warns the driver and reduces engine power until he or she applies the brakes to avoid an impact.
EyeSight® analyzes the object ahead, and measures the distance to the object as well as vehicle speed and throttle position. If it determines that the throttle opening will result in an impact, Pre-Collision Throttle Management:
Displays a warning on the instrument panel, sounds a repeated series of short beeps and can significantly restrict the throttle so that vehicle acceleration will be reduced

Lane Departure and Lane Sway Warning
Lane Departure alerts drivers when they unintentionally move out of their travel lane. It takes no corrective vehicle action other than issuing visual and audible warnings. Lane Sway Warning acts in a similar way, detecting unusual back and forth vehicle movement within the lane of travel. That movement can be indicative of a drowsy driver.
 EyeSight® analyzes the lane markings on the road ahead, including the road’s centerline and shoulder markings. If it determines that the driver is deviating from the normal lane of travel, it displays a warning on the instrument panel and issues six short beeps as an alert. This feature relies on EyeSight’s recognition software as well as input from the brakes, steering and throttle sensors, and the turn signals (when turn signals are used, Eyesight assumes you're crossing lanes on purpose etc).
Lane Departure Warning and Lane Sway Warning only operate at speeds over 32 mph.
Lane Departure and Lane Sway do not work when the turn signal is used and for a brief time afterward the steering wheel is turned significantly, the brake pedal is depressed, or the accelerator is fully depressed. Because Lane Departure and Lane Sway Warning rely on EyeSight’s ability to recognize lane markings and road shoulders, this function may not operate when there are no lane markings or they are very worn, the lane markings are a similar color as the road surface, there is very little contrast between the road surface and the shoulder
Lane Departure and Lane Sway Warning should be turned off in situations where EyeSight might become confused by road markings, such as tire tracks on a wet or snow-covered road, repaired road surfaces with significant contrast between the repair and the original pavement, harsh shadows on the road from guard rails, or bright transitions in road surfaces, such as when leaving a tunnel

Adaptive Cruise Control combines the benefits of cruise control with active monitoring of the road ahead by EyeSight, and it issues warnings and activates automatic braking when needed.
Adaptive Cruise Control can regulate vehicle speed in order to keep a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead. It does not replace conventional cruise control, which can still be used when desired.
EyeSight’s cameras and object-recognition software measure the distance to the lead vehicle and the speed difference between vehicles and can slow the EyeSight vehicle to keep a safe gap in travel. If a slower lead vehicle moves out of the lane ahead or exits, the system automatically accelerates back up to its set speed. In other words, it tracks vehicles in your travel lane and automatically maintains a gap between you. It can even bring the EyeSight vehicle to a complete stop if the lead vehicle comes to a stop, such as during a sudden traffic jam.
However, the Forester EyeSight system does not have a “stay stopped” feature as found in Legacy and Outback models. This is because Forester does not have an electronic parking brake. The Forester driver is responsible for keeping the vehicle stopped in this situation. 

Lead Vehicle Start Alert alerts the driver when his or her vehicle remains stopped after a vehicle in front has started to move away.

Forester Eyesight Details
The twin video cameras’ field of view is 25 degrees horizontally from the center of the windshield. Unlike human vision, EyeSight has no peripheral vision
The twin video cameras’ field of vision extends up to 260 feet in front of the vehicle, but objects very close to the vehicle may not be detected
EyeSight works to recognize obstacles within a 19 mph (or less) speed differential. Essentially, EyeSight needs time to recognize an object or potential obstacle. If the speed difference between the EyeSight vehicle and the object is greater than 19 mph, the object will likely not be detected
Sun glare, foul weather, a dirty windshield or even a thin coating of frost or ice will hinder or even cancel EyeSight operation. If you’re having a hard time seeing out of the windshield, so will EyeSight
A cracked windshield, oil film on the glass or reflections may impede the performance of EyeSight
EyeSight may not recognize low-contrast objects, those with regularly spaced patterns or horizontal lines, backlit objects, very small objects (less than 3 feet tall) or complex-shaped vehicles, such as cement mixers or car-carrier trucks
EyeSight becomes operational about 7 seconds after the engine is started
There is a time delay of several seconds between when an object enters the field of view of EyeSight, when the software recognizes it and when an alert or action is initiated
Non-approved vehicle accessories, such as hood protectors, and water-repellent glass coatings should not be used with EyeSight-equipped vehicles, since they may hinder its operation


Notes-
Eyesight uses two forward facing cameras to see the road ahead, and only works when they can 'see'. Don't block the camera's views, put anything reflective on the dash, hang anything from the rear view mirror, or clean the dash so that it's shiny. Replace the windshield wipers as necessary. The Eyesight cameras will turn off if the windshield fogs up of they can't see for any reason.
do not touch or try to clean the EyeSight camera lenses. It is imperative that extra precaution be used when cleaning the inside of the windshield, because over-spray from cleaners may impair or even damage the cameras’ lenses, which is not a warranty issue.



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2018 Forester Major Option Packages

These are the factory installed Model Option Packages that determine the features on the car
The individual options and packages are below.

Prices are MSRP. Your actual selling price may be less

subject to change, correction, updating
model (model code)
package code
Option Package
2.5i, manual trans (JFA)
pkg #01
standard pkg
standard features includes 2.5L 4 cylinder, 170hp, all wheel drive, VDC stability, traction control, power windows with auto up/down drivers window,  power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, AC, remote lock/unlock, immobilizer key,  One touch lane change turn signals,  17" steel wheels, rear view back-up camera, color multi-function display in center console, sound insulation windshield, all season tires, tilt/telescoping steering wheel

6.2" audio LCD touch screen with am/fm single CD stereo, 4 speakers, cell phone bluetooth, Starlink cloud apps, Pandora, Aha apps, USB, wireless auto streaming, manual height adjustable driver's seat

rear view backup camera

2.5i, CVT (JFB)
pkg #01
standard pkg

standard features includes 2.5L 4 cylinder, 170hp, all wheel drive, VDC stability, traction control, power windows with auto up/down drivers window, power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, AC, remote lock/unlock, immobilizer key,  17" steel wheels, rear view back camera, color multi-function display in center console, sound insulation windshield, all season tires, manual height adjustable driver's seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel
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6.2" audio LCD touch screen with am/fm single CD stereo, 4 speakers, cell phone bluetooth, Starlink cloud apps, Pandora, Aha apps, USB, wireless auto streaming, manual height adjustable driver's seat
rear view backup camera
pkg #02
optional Alloy Wheel Package
Alloy Wheel Package
machine finished 17" alloy wheels, black roof rack rails, driver and passenger window auto up/down, illuminated drover power window switch

MSRP $600
2.5i Premium, manual trans (JFE)
pkg #11
standard pkg
Has All Weather Package (heated front seats etc), roof rails for cross bars, machined finish 17" alloy wheels, 10 way power driver's seat, Power moonroof with sunshade, dark tinted glass (no windshield tint band), reclining rear seats with center armrest with cupholders, automatic singe zone climate control, auto up down driver and passenger window, body colored rear spoiler, illuminated vanity mirrors,  Starlink emergency  connectivity,

7' audio with multi-touch screen, am/fm/hd/cd, dual USBs, 6 speakers, SiriusXM (4 mos free), Siri eyes-free, Starlink cloud apps,
Rear view backup camera display

No Option Package
2.5i Premium, CVT (JFF)
pkg #12
standard pkg

Has power glass moonroof with sunshade, roof rails for cross bars, machined finish 17" alloy wheels, 10 way power driver's seat, Power moonroof with sunshade, dark tinted glass (no windshield tint band), reclining rear seats with center armrest with cupholders. automatic single zone climate control, auto up down driver and passenger window, body colored rear spoiler, illuminated vanity mirrors,  Starlink emergency connectivity
Note- the All weather package is optional on the Premium with CVT (its standard on the Premium with manual trans)

 
7' audio with multi-touch screen, am/fm/HD radio, 6 speakers, Siri eyes free, dual USBs, Starlink cloud apps,  SiriusXM (4 mos free).
R
ear view back-up camera

pkg #13
adds

optional All Weather Pkg

All Weather Package.
With high/low heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper deicers.
 
MSRP $500 (same as 2016)
pkg #14
adds

optional 

All Weather Pkg, Eyesight

All Weather Package
Eyesight,
Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, steering responsive fog lights

> All Weather Package includes
high/low heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper deicers.
> Blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert- detects vehicles either in or approaching the blind spot, or approaching the side when in reverse (new on 2017 Foresters)
> Eyesight Driver Assist
is an advance collision active warning system, with dual front facing cameras on either side of the the rear view mirror. Functions are Lane Keep Assist, plus steering responsive fog lights, adaptive cruise control, lane sway and departure warning, pre-collision braking with pedestrian/object detection, warning when traffic starts moving at a stop light. Eyesight cars have three windshield washer squirters, with the middle one to clean in front of the cameras.

MSRP $1695

pkg #15
adds

optional

All Weather Pkg, Eyesight,
 
Power rear gate
 
> Power rear gate
> All Weather package includes
high/low heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper deicers.
> Blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert- detects vehicles either in or approaching the blind spot, or approaching the side when in reverse (was new on 2017 Foresters)
> Eyesight Driver Assist System is an advance collision active warning system, with dual front facing cameras on either side of the the rear view mirror. Functions include Lane Keep Assist, plus steering responsive Fog lights, adaptive cruise control, lane sway and departure warning, pre-collision braking with pedestrian/object detection, warning when traffic starts moving at a stop light. Eyesight cars have three windshield washer squirters, with the middle one to clean in front of the cameras.

MSRP $2145

pkg #16
"Black Edition"

new package for 2018 Premium CVT
orders available starting 6/12/17, cars expected in early September
 "Black Edition" includes
>
All Weather Package (heated seats, mirrors, wiper de-icers)
> CVT transmission paddle shifters. T
his is the first time the Forester 2.5 CVT has been available with Paddle Shifters for full transmission control,
Steering responsive LED low/high headlights, auto dusk-to-dawn headlight setting, fog lights, welcome lighting,
18" black alloys,
black cloth with leatherette bolsters, black leather steering wheel with silver stitching, gloss black CVT shift knob and interior trim pieces, black exterior mirrors, logos, and fog light trim, single stainless exhaust tip,

MSRP $1,150

2.5i Limited, CVT (JFI)












 pkg #21

standard pkg
new standard cargo luggage area cover
 

Standard includes All Weather Package (heated seats, mirrors, wiper de-icers), perforated leather seating surfaces, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob,
Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Fog lights, Cargo tray, Cargo luggage area cover, upgraded dash display, black gloss dash trim, machine finished 17" machined alloy wheels, Welcome lighting, Power rear gate

7' audio with multi-touch screen, dual USBs, 6 speakers, Starlink Cloud apps, Starlink emergency connectivity, SiriusXM (4 mos free), Siri eyes free,
rear view backup camera display,



pkg #22
adds

optional Navigation, Harman Kardon audio

Navigation
Harman Kardon (H/K)  subwoofer and speakers
7" high resolution LCD multi-touch touch screen Navigation system. Rear camera displays here. Harman Kardon (HK) audio with 440w equivalent HK subwoofer, 8 HK speakers. Cell phone bluetooth with phonebook download, SMS text  messaging.  AM/FM/HD radio, XM satellite radio (4 mos free All Access), single disc CD, wireless audio streaming, Starlink cloud apps, Pandora, Aha apps. Two USB ports, one 3.5mm jack  Subaru Map Update Program with 3 free years annual map updates, SD card, 3 years free SiriusXM Navtraffic and Travel Link (weather, stock reports, sports, and gas station locator). iTunes tagging.
All phone functions are phone dependent (Android, iPhone)

MSRP $1350 

pkg #23
adds

optional Navigation
Harman Kardon audio,
Eyesight
Navigation
Harman Kardon amp/speakers
Eyesight with Lane Keep Assist,  Adaptive front lights, High beam assist, Reverse automatic braking (RAB), Steering responsive headlights (SRH), LED high/low beams with with automatic low beam height adjustment, and High grade instrument gauges with color center LCD display

> Eyesight Driver Assist System is an advance collision active warning system, with dual front facing cameras on either side of the the rear view mirror. Functions include new for 2017 Lane Keep Assist,  Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB), and Steering responsive headlights, plus adaptive cruise control, lane sway and departure warning, pre-collision braking with pedestrian/object detection,  warning when traffic starts moving at a stop light.  Eyesight cars have three windshield washer squirters, with the middle one to clean in front of the cameras.

> 7" high resolution LCD multi-touch touch screen Navigation system. Rear camera displays here. Harman Kardon (HK) audio with 440w equivalent HK subwoofer, 8 HK speakers. Cell phone bluetooth with phonebook download, SMS messaging.  AM/FM/HD radio, XM satellite radio (4 mos free All Access), single disc CD, wireless audio streaming, Starlink cloud apps, Pandora, Aha apps. Two USB ports, one 3.5mm jack  Subaru Map Update Program with 3 free years annual map updates, SD card, 3 years free SiriusXM Navtraffic and Travel Link (weather, stock reports, sports, and gas station locator). iTunes tagging.  The screen color selection is blue, gray, red, amber...
All phone functions are phone dependent (Android, iPhone)
 
MSRP $2945

2.5i Touring, CVT (JFJ)
pkg #31 black interior
pkg #32 saddle brown

new for 2018 2.5i Touring
Navigation and Eyesight is now standard

Black or Saddle Brown leather trimmed interior

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Heated steering wheel, 10way power drivers seat with 2 memory settings, LED high and low beam headlights with auto low beam aiming, upgraded instrument panel with color LED display, Steering responsive LED  headlights, Welcome Lighting, Keyless access/pushbutton start with pin code access, turn signals in the outside mirrors, one touch folding rear seats, dual zone automatic climate control, chrome lower accent rocker panel strip
>Eyesight Driver Assist System adaptive cruise control, lane sway, lane keep, departure warning, pre-collision braking with pedestrian/object detection,  warning when traffic starts moving at a stop light.

> 7" high resolution LCD  Navigation/GPS system. Harman Kardon (HK) audio with 440w equivalent HK subwoofer, 8 HK speakers. Cell phone bluetooth with phonebook download, SMS messaging.  AM/FM/HD radio, XM satellite radio (4 mos free All Access), single disc CD, wireless audio streaming, Siri eyes free, Starlink cloud apps, Pandora, Aha apps. Two USB ports, one 3.5mm jack  Subaru Map Update Program with 3 free years annual map updates, SD card, 3 years free SiriusXM Navtraffic and Travel Link (weather, stock reports, sports, and gas station locator). iTunes tagging.

Rear camera displays here
no option packages

2.0XT Premium turbo, CVT (JFM)

pkg #11

standard pkg

Standard features include


 2.0L 250hp turbo engine with SI Drive for driver controllable engine performance and paddle shifter management, sport tuned suspension, 18" alloy wheels, high torque CVT transmission with multi-mode Paddle Shifters with both 6 and 8 gearlike settings depending on the SI drive setting,
All Weather package, upgraded dash display, dual exhaust tips

 7' audio with multi-touch screen, dual USBs, 6 speakers, SiriusXM (4 mo free), Siri eyes free,
Starlink Cloud apps, Starlink emergency connectivity, rear view backup camera display,


no option package

2.0XT Touring turbo, CVT (JFN)
standard pkg
#31 black interior
#32 saddle brown


new for 2018 2.0XT Touring
Navigation and Eyesight is now standard

Black or Saddle Brown leather trimmed interior

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Heated steering wheel, 10way power drivers seat with 2 memory settings, LED high and low beam headlights with auto low beam aiming, upgraded instrument panel with color LED display, Steering responsive LED  headlights, Welcome Lighting, Keyless access/pushbutton start with pin code access, turn signals in the outside mirrors, one touch folding rear seats, dual zone automatic climate control, chrome lower accent rocker panel strip
>Eyesight Driver Assist System adaptive cruise control, lane sway, lane keep, departure warning, pre-collision braking with pedestrian/object detection,  warning when traffic starts moving at a stop light.

> 7" high resolution LCD  Navigation/GPS system. Harman Kardon (HK) audio with 440w equivalent HK subwoofer, 8 HK speakers. Cell phone bluetooth with phonebook download, SMS messaging.  AM/FM/HD radio, XM satellite radio (4 mos free All Access), single disc CD, wireless audio streaming, Siri eyes free, Starlink cloud apps, Pandora, Aha apps. Two USB ports, one 3.5mm jack  Subaru Map Update Program with 3 free years annual map updates, SD card, 3 years free SiriusXM Navtraffic and Travel Link (weather, stock reports, sports, and gas station locator). iTunes tagging.
Rear camera displays here

no option package

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2018 Forester MSRP Prices
Note: these are factory MSRP prices.
Your purchase price may vary. Contact your local dealer.

subject to change and correction.
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Notes

5/18/17  2018 model prices announced.
Destination increased $40 to $915. Alaska $1065.
Destination might vary in the independent regions that include the states CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT

2018 Prices
Prices increases
2.5i $200
2.5i Premium $200
2.5 Limited $200
2.5 Touring $200 more than the 2017 with optional Eyesight added to the 2017
2.0XT Premium $200
2.0XT Touring $200 more than the 2017 with optional Eyesight added to the 2017

* Always include destination when discussing price or calculating payments.
* This is a research site and your purchase price may vary due to your dealer's mark-up or discounts, rebates, incentives, and of course any options on the car.
* Prices here do not include any applicable tax or license fees.
* Interest Rates, rebates page

Please read- this unofficial, independent Subaru research site by Joe Spitz is designed to help you learn about Subarus and is not sponsored, authorized, supported or approved by Subaru or any dealer and is not connected to or affiliated with any dealer.  These are MSRP suggested list prices but always contact your local dealer for prices because your final price may vary due to dealer discounts or mark-up, and customer and dealer incentives.
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2018 Option Package reminder
#01 standard
#02- Alloy wheels, X-mode, roof rails, passenger window auto up/down $600
#11 standard
#12 standard
#13 All Weather Package- heated seats, outside mirrors, front wiper deicer $500
#14 All Weather Pkg, Eyesight, Blind spot detection/rear cross traffic alert $1695
#15 All Weather, Eyesight,
Blind spot detection/rear cross traffic alert, Power rear gate $2145
new #16 Black Edition, $1150. Paddle shifter, LEDs, black trim, alloys (available August 2017)
#21 standard
#22 Navigation, Harman Kardon amp and speakers $1350
#23 Navigation, H/K amp and speakers, Eyesight $2945
#31 standard, black interior
#32 standard, saddle brown interior
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subject to change, updating, correction
2018 model with model code
suggested MSRP
your price may vary.
Please contact your
dealer
.
MSRP including option packages
see full description above

MODEL
code
base
MSRP
dest
MSRP
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Pkg #01
incl
Pkg #02
$600
Pkg #11
incl
Pkg #12
incl
Pkg #13
$500
Pkg #14
$1695
Pkg #15
$2145
Pkg #16
$1,150
Pkg #21
incl
Pkg #22
$1350
Pkg #23
$2945
Pkgs #31, #32, incl
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$915 $24,710
. $24,710
$25,310
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$27,610
$28,805
$29,225
$28,260
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$915
$30,310
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2.0XT Premium CVT, paddle shifters
JFM $29,495 $915 $30,410
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MODEL
code base  dest MSRP   .  Pkg #01
 Pkg #02 Pkg #11 Pkg #12
 Pkg #213
Pkg #14
Pkg #315
Pkg #16
Pkg #21
Pkg #22
Pkg #23
Pkgs
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2018 SUBARU FORESTER MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS
scroll down for full features chart and full feature table

subject to change, correction
engine size
2.5L
2.0L turbo
model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
model code
JFA manual, JFB CVT
JFE manual, JFF CVT
JFI, CVT
JFJ, CVT
JFM, CVT
JFN, CVT
engine
engine model FB25
2.5L 2498cc 4 cylinder boxer engine
DOHC- double overhead cam
16 valves with
Active valve control system
Variable Valve Control
Sequential multi-port fuel injection
Cylinder head mounted injectors
Electronic throttle control
Timing chain
Compression 10.0:1
bore/stroke 3.70"x3.54", 94mm/90mm
Spark plug, Iridium Tipped, NGK SILZKR7B11
Igntion timing manual 16* +/-10* at 650 rpm, CVT 16* +/- 10* at 675rpm
Idle speed manual 650+/- 100, CVT 675 +/- 100
Firing order 1-3-2-4
Battery CCA 390a

AC Freon- R1234YF (new starting on the 2017 model, prior years used R134)
engine model FB20
2.0L 1998cc 4 cylinder boxer engine
Turbocharged with intercooler
DOHC- double overhead cam
16 valves
Dual active valve control system
Variable valve timing on intake and exhaust
Gasoline direct fuel injection (GDI)
Electronic throttle control
Timing chain
Compression 10.6:1
Maximum turbo boost 17.1 psi
bore/stroke 3.39"x3.39", 86mm/86mm
SI-Drive
Ignition timing 10* +/- 10* at 700rpm
Spark plug, Platinum/Iridium tipped NGK ILKAR8H6
Idle speed 700 +/- 100
Firing order 1-3-2-4
Battery CCA 390A
AC Freon- R1234YF (new on 17 models, prior years used R134)
Horsepower, torque 170 @5800 rpm, 174@4100 rpm 250@5600 rpm (premium fuel), 258@2000-4800 rpm
Fuel economy- city/highway/combined
15.9 gallon tank
Manual transmission 22/28/25
CVT transmission 26/32/28
regular (87 octane) fuel recommended
CVT 23/27/25
Premium (93 or 91 octane) fuel is recommended for best performance, economy, and engine smoothness but not required. Regular (87 octane) gas is acceptable though there will be slightly less power and economy, and it could increase engine vibration.

Impact sensing fuel cutoff
S
Oil-  low oil indicator light
0w-20 synthetic oil, 5.1 qts when changing oil and filter
5w-30 synthetic oil, 5.4qts when changing oil and filter
oil consumption
from the Forester owners manual
Some engine oil will be consumed while driving. Under the following conditions, oil consumption can be increased and thus require refilling between maintenance intervals:
> When the engine is new and within the break-in period
> When the engine oil is of lower quality
> When the incorrect oil viscosity is used
> When engine braking is employed
> When the engine is operated at high engine speeds
> When the engine is operated under heavy loads
> When towing a trailer
> When the engine idles for long periods of time
> When the vehicle is operated in stop and go and/or heavy traffic situations
> When the vehicle is used under severe thermal conditions
> When the vehicle accelerates and decelerates frequently
Under these or similar conditions, you should check your oil at least every 2nd fuel fill-up and change your engine oil more frequently. If your oil consumption rate is greater than 1 quart every 1,200 miles or 1 liter every 2,000 kilometers, contact your Subaru dealer who may perform a test under controlled conditions.
model reminder
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Transmission
6 speed manual with incline start assist
Optional CVT
6 speed manual with incline start assist
Optional CVT
CVT
high torque CVT
This CVT requires special CVT oil (orange color).
Transmission, CVT with Drive and Low mode
No transmission control, just Drive and Low
S
O: on all models, except
na Pkg #16 Black Edition
S
S
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new for 2018 S- Pkg #16 Black Edition with Paddle Shifters with 6 speed settings (this is the first time Paddle Shifters have been on a 2.5i model)
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S- with 6 or 8 speed settings determined by the Si drive setting chosen by the driver.
With SI-Drive for performance and CVT control to determine whether the CVT acts likes it's 6 or 8 settings (S# setting).
Transmission ratios
manual 2.5i, Premium  1st 3.454, 2nd 1.888, 3rd 1.296, 4th 0.972, 5th 0.780, 6th 0.695. R 3.686, Final 4.444:1
CVT 3.581 - 0.570, R 3.667, Final 3.70:1
CVT with paddle shifters 3.505 - 0.544, R 2.345, final 4.11:1
S# mode has 8 settings: 3.51, 2.42, 1.94, 1.53, 1.20, .90, .80, .66
All wheel drive 2.5i, Premium with manual trans
Continuous AWD with 50/50 front back power split. viscous center differential controls the front/rear power split, with up to 100%  to the non-slipping wheels
All wheel drive-  2.5i, Premium with CVT trans
Active AWD, mostly front wheel drive with some power to the rear wheels under normal driving, electronically controlled front/back power split
All wheel drive- 2.5i Limited & Touring, and XT Premium & Touring:
Active AWD, mostly front wheel drive with some power to the rear wheels under normal driving, electronically controlled front/back power split plus has X-Mode and Hill descent control
X-Mode with Hill Descent Control standard on  2.5i Premium CVT, 2.5i Limited, 2.5 Touring, 2.0XT Premium and XT Touring
 

X-mode h
as to be activated under 12mph, and cuts off over 25mph.
X-mode is a low speed down-hill control system activated by the driver. It's a computerized management system that controls the engine, CVT transmission, AWD system, brakes, and VDC to help maintain control on slippery surfaces or steep hills. Its combined with hill descent, and only works at low speeds.
Hill descent control is activated with X-mode and uses VDC engine throttle management and brakes to help maintain vehicle speed when going downhill at low speed. When activated, the system will maintain the speed it was set at.

VDC (vehicle dynamics control) stability control system with Traction Control System (TCS)

Standard on all models
VDC (vehicle dynamics control) is a 
full time, all wheel, all speed electronic stability control with TCS traction control, With an 'off' button
VDC is a electronic stability skid control system that measures and monitors steering wheel input, braking, vehicle angle etc and then applies individual brakes and/or reduces engine power to counteract skids or slides to help keep maintain driver control. Is an integral part of Xmode/hill descent on Limited/Touring models
TCS Traction Control System. TCS senses spinning wheels and applies the brakes to maintain traction.

Brakes
4 wheel disc, Anti lock, 4 channel
Electric Brake Force distribution (EBD)
Brake override system (BOS)
Brake Assist
front- 11.6 vented discs, dual caliper piston
rear- 10.8 solid discs, single caliper piston
4 wheel disc, Anti lock, 4 channel
Electric Brake Force distribution (EBD)
Brake override system (BOS, new on 16)
Brake Assist
front- 12.4 vented discs, dual caliper piston
rear- 10.9 vented discs, single caliper piston
model reminder
2.5
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Wheels
all: inset (48 (1.94), P.C.D 100 (3.94)
17x7" stamped steel wheel with center cap
machined finish alloys on the CVT with Option Pkg #02
17x7" alloy wheel, 5 spoke
machined black finish
new for 2018 pkg #16 Black Edition 18" black finish

17x7" alloy wheel, 5 spoke
machined black finish
 18" alloy, brushed silver
18x7" gray finish alloy wheels
with machined silver accents
Tires
225/60 R17 98H Yokohama Geolander G91 M&S all season
225/55 R18 97H  Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 M&S all season 225/55 R18 97H Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 M&S all season
Steering
Electric power assisted rack and pinion steering
Ratio 14.0:1
Turns, lock to lock 2.8
Turning circle 34.8ft
Suspension 4 wheel independent
front- independent, McPherson type strut, lower L arms, with coil springs and stabilizer bar
rear- independent, double wishbone, with coil springs and stabilizer bar, anti-lift geometry
Suspension- Sport Tuned
na
Sport tuned suspension with 10% stiffer front and 20% stiffer rear springs
Headlights halogen high and low beams S
S with dusk to dawn on/off setting. LEDs are included with eyesight
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LED Headlights (was new on 17s)
LED high beams and LED low beams with automatic load sensing height adjustment.
Steering responsive headlights (5mph or faster, lights turn 5*)
Auto dusk to dawn on/off setting
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S
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Steering responsive headlights: works at 5mph or faster, lights move 5*
High Beam Assist
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S
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Fog Lights
O
S
S
S
O
S
Steering responsive fog lights
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S on Pkg #16 Black Edition
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Trailer Towing
Trailer towing with the Forester class one, 1.25" trailer hitch: up to 1500 pounds maximum, tongue weight 176 lbs.
It comes wired with a 4pin connector (10amp fuse)  for tail or brake lights (max 5.6 amps)
Towing over 1000 pounds, its recommended (and smart) to have electric trailer brakes
on the trailer or boat.

note; the 2.5i CVT models have D drive and L low mode and don't allow the driver to control the transmission (there are no paddle shifters except on the Premium Black Edition) which means it is not a good vehicle to tow anything with.

towing the Forester: manual transmissions can be flat towed with all wheels on the ground behind a motorhome.
All CVT models must be towed with all wheels off the ground.

Model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring

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2018 2.5i STANDARD FEATURES

all information and details subject to change, updating. corrections welcomed
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2018 2.5i models include
scroll down for all other models

model codes:
manual trans JFA
CVT transmission  JFB
 

There are no changes or features on the 2018 2.5i base models

2.5L 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC with timing chain, and direct ignition multi-spray fuel injector,
ACVS active valve control system.
Fuel economy: manual 22/29/24; CVT 24/32/27 
Horsepower 170@5800rpm
Torque, 174lbft @4100 rpm
Oil- 0w-20 synthetic oil, replace every 6mos/6000 miles
Transmission  Manual 6 speed transmission with incline assist is standard on the 2.5i model
Transmission, Optional - CVT automatic with Low Mode. No manual CVT controls are available on any 2.5i
8.7" ground clearance 
All Wheel Drive, full time, all wheel, all speed
VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) electronic stability control with off switch
TCS Traction Control system, full time, with off switch 
Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
Steering- EPAS- electric power assisted steering
15.9 US gallon fuel tank (low fuel warning light at  app 2.5-3.5 gals left)
Double wishbone rear suspension
Single tailpipe, no exhaust tip
Hood strut, single left side strut opens hood (no manual prop)
Engine Coolant, extended life. replace at 11 yrs/137,500 miles

Safety
Whiplash protection front seats.
Impact sensing fuel system cutoff
Airbags: dual stage front airbags
Passenger airbag- automatically on with occupant or weight detection
Airbags- driver's knee
Airbags: front side (seat mounted for correct positioning)
Airbags: front and rear side curtain with Roll Over Sensor (helps pre-deploy them)
Daytime running lights
4 wheel disc Anti-Lock brakes, 4 wheel, 4 channel
BOS, Brake Override system when both brake and gas pedals are pressed, the car stops
Brake Assist (helps in emergency braking)
Brake pad return spring to reduce brake drag
EBD electronic brake force distribution
Safety Pedal system (for foot safety in an accident)
5 headrests- 2 front, 3 rear
Front headrests height and tilt adjustable
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Child seat LATCH system. Tethers are on the back of the rear seats

Headlights- Automatic on-off with ignition key in-out of the lock cylinder
Headlights- Halogen multi reflector low and high beam headlights
Headlight- black inner bezel replaces silver
Plastic headlight lens, chip resistant lexan

Turn Signals - One Touch, Tap N Go, 3 flash function (new on 2016s)


Sound insulation windshield on all 2017 Foresters (no upper tint band)
Power Windows with illuminated switch
Driver window auto/down down function
Auto down feature
Power door locks, illuminated on driver's door
Power outside mirrors, unpainted black, with illuminated control switch
Cruise control with steering wheel controls
Air conditioning and Heating, with 4 fan speeds
Rear view back-up camera
Rear defroster
Variable speed intermittent front wipers
Rear wiper- 2 speed with fixed intermittent, rear wiper blade de-icer
2 sunvisors, with pull out extensions and vanity mirrors, not lit.
Overhead console with sunglass holder, 2 map lights, Bluetooth microphone
4.3" color information display on upper dashboard with fuel economy readings, outside temperature, climate control information, vehicle systems check, maintenance reminders
4 carpeted floor mats



  2.5i standard features, continued

Steering wheel
Vinyl covered
NO Paddle shifters
Tilt and Telescoping vinyl steering wheel
Audio control, Bluetooth handsfree cell controls, Cruise controls

Power Outlets, 3 12v outlets, in dashboard, center console, and rear cargo area. 
No cigarette lighter outlet (and no ashtray)
Cupholders, 6: 2 in center console, 1 bottle holder in each door.
Leather shift boot (manual only)

Interior Lights
Overhead dome light (delayed off)
Rear cargo light
2 overhead front map lights (turn on when car is unlocked with remote key fob or door opened)
Door lights, courtesy lights in the front doors turn on when the door is opened

Cloth interior.
Driver seat height adjustment- manual. The passenger seat is not height adjustable
Passenger front seatback map pocket  
Split folding rear seats
Floor and Cargo area carpeting is dark with all colors
Dash trim - silver dash trim, silver shift surround, and silver center console trim

Keys- 3 Immobilizer anti-theft keys are supplied when new.  2 keys with remote lock/unlock, car finder and panic modes, 1 valet key. Keys are standard outside cut.
Keys- Immobilizer anti-theft system: a chipped and programmed key is required to start the engine. 
Alarm- Immobilizer system includes 3 chipped keys and an ignition disabling alarm with flashing red light on the instrument panel (a shock sensor alarm upgrade impact sensor is optional)
Illuminated ignition key ring so you can find it at night. 
 

Cargo area- under floor storage bin
Cargo area- 4 tie-down hooks on floor
Cargo area- 2 pop-out hooks by gate  (to hold a grocery bag handle etc)
Spare tire, temporary duty, under cargo floor
Floor mats, 4 carpeted floormats


Lower black outside body cladding
Outside mirrors are unpainted black, hinged break-away
Body colored outside door handles

Wheels/Tires
17" stamped steel wheels, with center caps
225/60R17 98H all season tires, Yokohama

Stereo

6.2" high resolution single-touch LCD screen. Rear view backup camera display. AM/FM/HD radio, single CD,
4 speakers. Bluetooth wireless audio streaming. Subaru Starlink cloud app, Pandora, Aha music app (requires android,  apple smartphone). One USB port, one aux plug, three 12v power outlets- in the dash, center console, in the cargo area. Steering wheel with bluetooth, audio, and cruise control buttons. iTunes tagging, Cell phone bluetooth. Downloads up to 1000 phonebook contacts.
Note: all phone, phone book, and app functions are all phone dependent (android, apple)

EDR, Event Data Recorder. On all models
In the event of an impact, the EDR will freeze data including how various systems were operating, for example if seatbelts were buckled, if the gas or brake pedals were pressed, and vehicle speed. No personal data is stored. To read data, special equipment is required. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer (Subaru), other parties such as law enforcement that have the equipment can read the information if they have access to the vehicle or EDR.  Existing laws generally provide that information in an EDR is confidential and is the property of the owner of the motor vehicle. Information is accessed through the airbag system using a Subaru service computer.
 



Option Package
CVT model only
Option Package #02. 17" alloy wheels, roof rack rails (crossbars not included), and driver's window auto up/down

Note: X-mode is not available on the 2.5 base model and is NOT included with Option Package #02. Early information from Subaru was incorrect and a correction was announced on 6/30/16
 
Request a free Subaru 'Badge of Ownership'  Here's my webpage with photos of the badges and links.
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2018 Premium, Limited and Touring
standard features
scroll down for 2.5 Touring and XT models

subject to change and updating. comments, corrections welcomed

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2018 2.5i PREMIUM
adds  over the  2.5i model  -
everything the 2.5i has, plus...

model codes
manual trans JFE,  
CVT trans HFF
 

Notes:
> Navigation is not available on the 2018 (or 2017) Premium

> Manual transmission (JFE) includes the All Weather Package (awp) with heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper de-icers.
> All weather package is included in all the CVT Option Packages #13
, 14, 15, 16 rol.


new on 2018 2.5i Premium models
Option Package #16 Black Edition, available starting August 2017. This is the first time the Forester CVT has been available with Paddle Shifters
 
Standard 2018 Premium features

> Sound insulation windshield

> Body colored outside mirrors
> Chrome Inside door handles

> Passenger front seatback map pocket
> Rear seat center armrest with 2 cupholders
> Roof rails, raised (cross bars are optional)
> Front console with sliding adjustable armrest
> Rear seats recline back slightly as well as fold flat
> Turn Signals - One Touch, Tap N Go, 3 flash function
> 10 way power drivers seat with power lumbar support
> Power glass sliding sunroof with sunshade (does not tilt).
> Body colored rear spoiler (new on 17s, previously there was no spoiler)
> 17x7" machined finish black and silver alloy wheels (was new on 17s)
> Dash trim - silver dash trim, silver shift surround, and silver center console trim
> Climate control, single front zone climate control with 7 speed fan (was new on 17s)
> Drivers and Passenger power window automatic up/down  (was new on 17s)
> Illuminated sun visor  vanity mirrors for both driver/passenger (was new on 17)
> Illuminated- drivers door power lock button and window switches are all back lit (except window lockout button)
> Dark Privacy tinted glass. Note- there is no tinted upper windshield band but that can be added aftermarket
>
X-mode with Hill Descent Control - activated by the driver, this is a computerized management of the engine, CVT transmission, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, and the All Wheel Drive system to help with slippery road or downhill control. (was new on 17 Premium, and is not on the manual transmission model).
> Starlink Connected Vehicle Services with emergency roadside and collision contact services. 1st year is included free, and your dealer salesperson will activate it
> Manual transmission model All Weather Package (awp) with heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper de-icers. Standard on manual model but optional on CVT


Stereo (was new on 2016 model)
7" high resolution LCD touch screen, multi-touch capable. Nice, large rear view backup camera display. AM/FM/HD radio, single CD, Wireless audio streaming, Sirius/XM satellite radio with 4 mo free All Access.  6 speakers. 2 adjustable music equalizers plus pre-set pop, rock jazz settings etc. Handsfree SMS text messaging. Subaru Starlink cloud app, Pandora, Aha music app (requires android,  apple smartphone)  plus Starlink Connected Services. Siri Eyes-Free (req iphone), Sirius/XM  gas station, sports, weather, and stock reports (by subscription). Two USB ports, one aux input, three 12v power outlets- one dash, one center console, one cargo area. Steering wheel with cell phone bluetooth, audio, cruise and voice control buttons. AM/FM/HD radio cache (up 20 minutes).  iTunes tagging. Downloads up to 2500 phone contacts.
Note: all phone, text, phone book, and app functions are all phone dependent (android, apple)

Option Packages on Premium CVT model only.
There are no Option Packages available on the manual model

#12 standard features on the CVT
#13 All Weather Package- heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper deicers.  Note- the all weather pkg is standard on the manual transmission model
#14 All Weather Package, Eyesight, and Blind Spot Detection with rear cross traffic alert
#15 All Weather Package, Eyesight, Blind Spot Detection with rear cross traffic alert, and Power rear gate

new for 2018 #16 Black Edition, available starting August 2017. CVT transmission Paddle shifters, Steering responsive LED headlights, Auto dusk-to-dawn headlight setting, fog lights, 18" black alloys, cargo cover, welcome lighting, black cloth with simulated leather leatherette bolsters, black leather steering wheel with silver stitching, gloss black CVT shift knob, black interior and exterior trim (logos, outside mirrors, fog light trim etc), single stainless exhaust tip, cargo tray. Available in Silver, Black, Dark Gray, and White exterior colors

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2018 2.5i LIMITED
adds over the 2.5i Premium  - everything the Premium has plus...

model code
CVT transmission JFI


new on 2018 Limited
Cargo luggage area cover is now standard on Limited and Touring

Standard on 2018 Limited
> Cargo tray
> Cargo cover (new on 18s)

> Rear spoiler, body colored
> Chrome lower window trim
> Auto dusk-to-dawn headlight setting
> Stainless single tail pipe exhaust tip
> Leather wrapped automatic shift knob
> Fog Lights, on/off on the turn signal stalk
> Illuminated visor vanity mirrors (new on 17s)
> Sound insulation windshield (new on all 17s)
> Turn Signals, One Touch Tap N Go 3 flash function
> Driver's seat back map pocket plus passenger side
> Sound insulation windshield, on all 2017 Foresters
> Automatic Single Zone Climate Control with 7 speed fan
> Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (new on 17s)
> Leather wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching (new on 17s)
> Leather interior- perforated leather seating surfaces with vinyl trim
> Welcome lighting- leaves lights on as you approach or depart the vehicle
> Drivers and Passenger power window automatic up/down (replaces drivers up/down only)
> 17x7" machined finish black and silver alloy wheels, same on Premium (was new on 17s) 
> Dash trim- silver shift surround and center console trim, with gloss black dash trim (new on 17s)
> Illuminated sun visor  vanity mirrors for both driver/passenger. Also on Premium (was new on 17s)
> X-mode with Hill Descent Control - activated by the driver, this is a computerized management of the engine, CVT transmission, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, and the All Wheel Drive system to help with slippery road or downhill control.
> All Weather Package includes heated front seats (2 settings), and One Touch defrosting outside mirrors and front wiper de-icer (heats lower front windshield).

Power rear gate open/close, with height memory.

Starlink cloud apps and Starlink Connected Vehicle Services with emergency roadside and collision services, and available remote vehicle services. 1st year is included free and your dealer salesperson will activate it

Stereo  7" high resolution LCD touch screen, multi-touch capable. Nice, clear rear view backup camera display. AM/FM/HD radio, single CD, Wireless audio streaming, Sirius/XM satellite radio with 4 mo free All Access.  6 speakers. 2 adjustable music equalizers plus pre-set pop, rock jazz settings etc. Handsfree text messaging. Subaru Starlink cloud app, Pandora, Aha music app (requires android,  apple smartphone) plus new for 2016 Starlink Connected Services. Siri Eyes-Free (req iphone). Sirius/XM  gas station, sports, weather, and stock reports (by subscription). Two USB ports, one aux input, three 12v power outlets- one dash, one center console, one cargo area. Steering wheel with cell phone bluetooth, audio, cruise and voice control buttons. AM/FM/HD radio cache (up 20 minutes).  iTunes tagging. Downloads up to 2500 phone contacts.

Note: all phone, text, phone book, and app functions are all phone dependent (android, apple)

 Option Packages
#21 standard features
#22 Navigation, Haman Kardon upgraded audio
#23
Navigation, Harman Kardon upgraded audio, Eyesight Driver Assist system with Reverse Automatic Braking, Steering Responsive LED Headlights, High Beam Assist, LED high and Low headlights with automatic low beam aiming, upgraded electroluminescent instrument cluster with center color LCD info display
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2018 2.5i TOURING STANDARD FEATURES
scroll down for 2.0XT models

subject to change, updates. comments, corrections welcomed. 


2018 2.5 Touring model codes
code is based on interior color
HFJ pkg #31 black leather,
HFJ pkg #32 saddle brown leather (was new on 17)

new on the 2018 2.5i and 2.0XT Touring
Eyesight
High bean headlight assist (HBA)
Reverse Auto Brake with beeper (RAB)
Navigation, voice activated
are all now standard on the 2.5i and 2.0XT Touring (previously optional)


2018 2.5i Touring adds over 2.5i Limited
> Leather trimmed interior, perforated
> Heated steering wheel
> Gloss black CVT shift plate
> One touch folding rear seat backs
> Keyless Access & Pushbutton Start
> Dual Zone front climate control, 7 speed fan
> Sound insulation windshield (new on all 17s)
> 2 position power memory drivers seat (new on 17s)
> Sound insulation windshield, on all 2017 Foresters
> Chrome lower rocker panel strip in the black body cladding
> Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (new on 17s)
> 18" machined finish black and silver alloy wheels (new design for 17)
> LED high and low headlights, automatic low beam aiming (new on 17s
> Steering Responsive LED headlights (headlights aim with steering wheel)
> Gloss black CVT shift plate with illuminated shift positions when headlights are on
> Upgraded electroluminescent instrument cluster with center color LCD info display
> Leather wrapped steering wheel with new for 2017 silver stitching (on Limited, Touring)
> Illuminated sun visor  vanity mirrors for both driver/passenger (new on 17s, on Premium, Limited, Touring)
> Dash trim now with gloss black dash trim and shift surround, and leather center console trim (new for 17s)
> Turn signals integrated in the outside mirrors (2.5 and 2.0XT Tourings are the only model with turn signal mirrors)
> LED high and LED low headlights, with automatic low beam aiming so they're not aimed high at oncoming drivers (new on 17s)
> Drivers and Passenger power window automatic up/down (new for 2017 on Premium, Limited, Touring. replaces drivers up/down only)
> Pin Code Access added to the Keyless Access & Pushbutton Start system. Lock/unlock the car but tapping the rear lock button on the rear gate in a driver selected series of 5 digits (new on 16s)
> X-mode with Hill Descent Control - activated by the driver, this is a computerized management of the engine, CVT transmission, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, and the All Wheel Drive system to help with slippery road or downhill control.

 

Starlink cloud app and Starlink Connected Vehicle Services with emergency roadside and collision services, and available remote vehicle services. 1st year is included free and your dealer salesperson will activate it

 Stereo
Upgraded Harman/Kardon (h/k) premium audio with Navigation/GPS
7" high resolution LCD  touch screen, multi-touch capable. Nice big rear view backup camera display.  Harman/Kardon 440w equivalent amplifier, 8 h/k speakers, with base, mid-range, treble sound adjustments, AM/FM, HD radio, single CD, Sirius/XM satellite radio (4 mo free All Access), Wireless audio streaming. SMS Text messaging.
Navigation with 3 years free maps updates, SiriusXM navtraffic
Subaru Starlink cloud app, Pandora, Aha apps, plus Starlink connected services. 
Siri Eyes-Free (req iphone). Sirius/XM gas station, sports, weather, and stock reports (by subscription). Two USB ports, one aux input, three 12v power outlets- one dash, one center console, one cargo area. Steering wheel with cell phone bluetooth, audio, cruise and voice control buttons. AM/FM/HD radio caching (up 20 minutes).  iTunes tagging. Downloads up to 2500 phone contacts. 
Note: all phone, text, phone book, and app functions are all phone dependent (android, apple)

Option Package
none


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2018 2.0XT turbo standard features

subject to change, updates. comments, corrections welcomed

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2018 2.0XT Premium turbo
adds over 2.5i Premium (not Limited)

model code JFM

new on all 2017 XT Premium


new r (replaces non illuminated)
new  (replaces drivers up/down only) 
new

Standard on the 2017 2.0XT Premium

2.0L, boxer 4 cylinder turbo intercooled DOHC engine.
250hp @5600rpm, 258 torque @2000-4800 rpm.
Gasoline direct injection. Dual Active Valve Control System,
Premium gas (93 or 91 octane) recommended but not required.
Si drive with 3 driver selectable performance modes- Intelligent (I) for better economy, Sport (S), and Sport Sharp (S#) for most responsive driving. The SI drive setting determines if CVT shifts with either 6 or 8 manual modes
High torque CVT transmission with Paddle Shifters for driver shiftable 6 gear like settings in Si Drive I (intelligent) or S (sport) model, and 8 gear like settings in S# (Sport Sharp) mode.
X-mode with Hill Descent Control - activated by the driver, this is a computerized management of the engine, CVT transmission, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, and the All Wheel Drive system to help with slippery road or downhill control.

Engine cover
18" alloy wheels
Sport tuned suspension
Dual Tail pipe exhaust tips
Liquid filled engine mounts
Upgraded instrument panel
Leather wrapped shift knob
Auto dusk to dawn headlights
Black inner headlight surround
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Sound insulation windshield (new on all 17s)
Rear spoiler, body colored, with brake light
Turn Signals - One Touch, Tap N Go, 3 flash function
Drivers and Passenger power window automatic up/down
Illuminated sun visor vanity mirrors for both driver/passenger
Black cloth with leatherette trim and bolsters, silver stitching
Climate control, single front zone climate control with 7 speed fan (new on 17s)
Gloss black CVT shift plate with illuminated shift positions when headlights are on
Dash trim - gloss black shift surround, and silver dash trim and silver center console trim
All Weather Package with high/low heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper de-icers

Starlink Connected Vehicle Services with emergency roadside and collision services, and available remote vehicle services. 1st year is included free and your dealer salesperson will activate it

Stereo
(same as on the 2.5 Premium. New on 2016 model.)
7" high resolution LCD touch screen, multi-touch capable.
Nice, large rear view backup camera display. AM/FM/HD radio, single CD, Wireless audio streaming, Sirius/XM satellite radio with 4 mo free All Access.  6 speakers. 2 adjustable music equalizers plus pre-set pop, rock jazz settings etc. Handsfree SMS text messaging. Subaru Starlink cloud app, Pandora, Aha apps plus Starlink connected services.
Siri Eyes-Free (req iphone).  Sirius/XM  gas station, sports, weather, and stock reports (by subscription). Two USB ports, one aux input, three 12v power outlets- one dash, one center console, one cargo area. Steering wheel with cell phone bluetooth, audio, cruise and voice control buttons. AM/FM/HD radio caching (up 20 minutes).  iTunes tagging. Downloads up to 2500 phone contacts.
Note: all phone, text, phone book, and app functions are all phone dependent (android, apple)

Option Packages
none

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2018 2.0XT Touring  turbo
adds over XT Premium

2018 2.0XT Touring model codes
code is based on interior color
JFN pkg #31 black leather,
JFN pkg #32 saddle brown leather (was new on 17)

new on the 2018 2.5i and 2.0XT Touring
Eyesight
High beam assist (HBA)
Reverse Auto Brake with beeper (RAB)
Navigation, voice activated
are all now standard on the 2.5i and 2.0XT Touring (previously optional)

2.0XT Touring adds over 2.0XT Premium
Heated steering wheel
Leather interior, perforated
One touch folding rear seat backs

Sound insulation windshield, new on all 17s
Dual Zone front climate control, 7 speed fan
Eyesight (standard on 18s, previously optional)
Sound insulation windshield, on all 2017 Foresters
2 position power memory drivers seat (new on 2017s)
Turn Signals - One Touch, Tap N Go, 3 flash function
Driver's seatback map pocket in addition to passenger

Outside mirrors, body colored, with integrated turn signals
Fog lights with chrome trim ring, on/off on turn signal stalk
Chrome rocker panel strip in the lower black body cladding
Keyless Access & Pushbutton Start with Pin Code Access
High beam assist (HBA) (standard on 18s, previously optional)

Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (new on 17s)
Steering Responsive LED Headlights (headlights aim with steering)
LED high and low headlights, automatic low beam aiming (new on 17s)
Reverse Auto Brake with beeper (RAB) (standard on 18s, previously optional)
Glossy black CVT shift plate with illuminated shift positions with headlights on
Turn signals in the outside mirrors (Touring is the only model with turn signal mirrors)
 Electroluminescent instrument panel, red colored, with engine Coolant temperature gauge
Active Torque Vectoring, on 2.0XT Touring with Eyesight only (new on 2017 and only on 2.0XT Touring).
Dash trim now with gloss black dash trim and shift surround, and leather center console trim (new for 17s)
Pin Code Access added to the Keyless Access & Pushbutton Start system. Lock/unlock the car by tapping the rear lock button on the rear gate in a driver selected series of 5 digits
X-mode with Hill Descent Control - activated by the driver, this is a computerized management of the engine, CVT transmission, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, and the All Wheel Drive system to help with slippery road or downhill control.
Power rear gate open/close, with height memory. NOTE- the power gate system is fussy, especially the memory height settings. Instructions require 4 pages in the owner's manual (yikes!). Hopefully in the future, there will be a knob with low, medium, and high gate height settings, and a simple open/close button.

Starlink Connected Vehicle Services with emergency roadside and collision services, and available remote vehicle services. 1st year is included free and your dealer salesperson will activate it.

 Stereo
Upgraded Harman/Kardon (h/k) premium audio and Navigation/GPS.  7" high resolution LCD  touch screen, multi-touch capable. Nice big rear view backup camera display. 
Navigation, voice activated. 3 years free map updates, siriusXM navtraffic
Harman/Kardon 440w equivalent amplifier, 8 h/k speakers, with base, mid-range, treble sound adjustments, AM/FM, HD radio, single CD, Sirius/XM satellite radio (4 mo free All Access), Wireless audio streaming. SMS Text messaging.
Subaru Starlink cloud app, Pandora, Aha apps, plus Starlink connected services.
Siri Eyes-Free (req iphone).  Sirius/XM gas station, sports, weather, and stock reports (by subscription). Two USB ports, one aux input, three 12v power outlets- one dash, one center console, one cargo area. Steering wheel with cell phone bluetooth, audio, cruise and voice control buttons. AM/FM/HD radio caching (up 20 minutes).  iTunes tagging. Downloads up to 2500 phone contacts. 
Note: all phone, text, phone book, and app functions are all phone dependent (android, apple)

Option Package
none

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2018 SUBARU FORESTER STANDARD FEATURES
subject to change, correction

feature
2.5i
2.5i Premium
Premium CVT Pkg #16 "Black Edition" 2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
model code
JFA manual, JFB CVT
JFE manual, JFF CVT,
JFF, Option Pkg #16
JFI
JFJ
JFM
JFN
Cloth interior
S
S
black cloth with leatherette bolsters
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--
black cloth with leatherette bolsters --
Leather trimmed interior, perforated --
--
leather shift knob, steering wheel,
S
black or platinum gray
S, available black or saddle brown
--
S, available black or saddle brown
All Wheel Drive with VDC stability and Traction Control
S
S
S
S
S
S
S, plus active torque vectoring
X-mode with Hill Descent Control
--
S on CVT
na on manual trans
S
S
S
S
S
Manual transmission, 6 speed
S
S
--
--
--
--
--
CVT transmission 'gear' selection
D and L
Drive and Low modes
D and L
Drive and Low modes 
D drive and M manual modes with Paddle Shifters, full selection
D and L
Drive and Low modes
D and L
Drive and Low modes
Paddle shifters
6 and 8 speed, with Si Drive
CVT transmission shift plate silver shift plate
silver shift plate
gloss black
silver shift plate silver shift plate gloss black
gloss black
Si Drive - driver controllable engine & power management, CVT with 6 or 8 speed settings,
Si Drive has
3 settings- I (intelligent), S (sport), S# (sport sharp)

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--
--
S
S
All Weather Package (awp) with heated front seats, defrosting outside mirrors, front wiper deicers
--
S with manual
0- with CVT
S
S
S
S
S
Eyesight Driver Assist - 2 forward facing cameras: active cruise control, lane sway, lane departure, pre-collision braking etc etc.
steering responsive fog lights
Lane Keep Assist (was new2 on n17s)
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O, CVT required, 
Pkg #14, #15
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--
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--
Eyesight Driver Assist - 2 forward facing cameras: active cruise control, lane sway, lane departure, pre-collision braking
(was new on 17s) Lane Keep Assist, Steering Responsive LED Headlights, High Beam Assist,  Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
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--
--
O, Pkg #23. also includes LED high/low headlights with auto,  new on 18s S
(previously options)
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new on 18s S
(previously optional)
Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert
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included on CVT with Eyesight Pkg #14, #15
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S
S
--
S
Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
--
--
--
incl with optional Eyesight, pkg #23
 new on 18s S
(previously options)
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 new on 18s S
(previously options)
model reminder
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Premium
Prm Black Edition Limited
2.5 Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Driver seat- manual height adjustable
S
--
--
--
--
--
--
Driver seat- 10 way power, with lumbar support
--
S
S
S
S
2 memory settings
S
S
d 2 Memory settings
Driver seat- 2 position memory, 10 way power, lumbar support. The keyless access fob can be tied to memory setting #1 or 2 --
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--
--
S
--
S
Passenger seat- manual front/back and recline adjustment.
No height adjustment, no power adjustment, no lumbar support.
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Rear seats- fold down 60/40 split
S
S
S
S
S- one touch fold down from the cargo area
S
S one touch fold down from the cargo area
Rear seats- recline back, with fold down armrest with 2 cupholders
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S
S
S
S
S
S
Power windows
S
driver's window switch is lit

All 4 power window switches and central door un/lock button on the driver's door are backlit
The window lock-out button is not lit. The 2.5i base model buttons are not lit.

Power driver window
auto down and auto up
auto up/down
auto up/down auto up/down auto up/down auto up/down auto up/down
Power Passenger window
O
auto up/down CVT pkg #02
S- auto up/down S- auto up/down S- auto up/down S- auto up/down S- auto up/down S- auto up/down
Power door locks
The main power un/lock button on the drivers door is backlit, except on base 2.5i model. Touring models have a lock button on the rear gate.
S
S
S
S
S
S

S
Power outside mirrors, manual fold-in
illuminated control switch
black
body colored
black
body colored body colored body colored body colored
Power, outside mirrors, manual fold-in, heated (part of the all weather pkg)
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S on manual
O CVT pkgs 13, 14, 15, 16
S
--
--
S
--
Power outside mirrors, heated, manual fold-in with integrated turn signals
--
--
--
--
S
--
S
Power outside dimming mirrors: Auto dimming function plus nighttime LED Approach Light:
see optional packages below
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
Turn signals- One touch tap  for 3 flashes S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Cruise control
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Cruise control- Eyesight active cruise control with driver assist system --
O, pkg #14 or #15
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O, pkg #23
 new on 18s S
(previously optional)
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new on 18s S
(previously optional)
model reminder
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2.5i Premium
Premium Black Edition
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Interior Trim
silver dash trim
silver shift surround
silver center console trim
silver dash trim
silver shift surround
silver center console trim
gloss black dash trim
gloss black dash trim
silver shift surround
silver center console trim
gloss black dash trim
gloss black shift surround
leather center console trim
silver dash trim
gloss black shift surround
leather center console trim
gloss black dash trim
gloss black shift surround
leather center console trim
Lightly tinted glass, no windshield tint band
S
--
--
--
--
--
--
Dark tinted privacy glass, no upper windshield tint band
--
S
S
S
S
S
S
Wipers, front - 4 variable intermittent speeds, plus low and high
S
S
s
S
S
S
S
Wiper, rear,  2 speeds including intermittent
S
S
s
S
S
S
S
Rear defroster
S
S
s
S
S
S
S
Front seatback map pockets
passenger side
passenger side
passenger
passenger and driver side
passenger and driver side
passenger side
passenger and driver side
Welcome and Departure lighting- lights can be set to stay on slight longer when you unlock or lock the car with the key fob
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--
S
S
S
S
S
Headlights- halogen, auto on/off with ignition key removal
S
S
--
--
--
--
--
Headlights-  halogen, auto on/off with ignition key removal, and Dusk-to-Dawn auto setting
--
--
--
S
--
S
S
Steering Responsive LED Headlights
automatic low beam height adjustment.
--
--
S
O, req Eyesight pkg #2 S
--
S
LED headlights with automatic low beam height adjustment.
Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH),
High Beam assist (HBA, switches high to low beams when a car approaches)
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--
--
O included with Eyesight pkg #23
S
--
S
model reminder
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2.5i Premium
Prm Black Edition 2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Fog lights
O
on/off by driver's knee
O
on/off by driver's knee
S
gloss black trim
S
on/off on turn-signal stalk
S
on/off on turn-signal stalk
O
on/off by driver's knee
S chrome trim ring
on/off on turn-signal stalk
Fog lights- steering responsive fog lights. left or right fog light comes on when the car turns
--
O requires Eyesight
--
Not available
Limited has optional Steering Responsive LED headlights included with Eyesight
Not available
Touring has has Steering Responsive LED headlights
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Not available Touring has standard LED Steering Responsive headlights
2 Map lights, dome light, cargo area light
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Keys- Keyless remote entry with immobilizer system and ignition disabling alarm
S
S
S
S
--
S
--
Keys- Proximity key: keyless access with pushbutton start, immobilizer system ignition disabling alarm.
Includes Pin Code Access
(new on 16s)
--
--
--
--
S
--
S
Air conditioning- manual controls, 4 speed fan
S
--
--
--
--
S
--
Air conditioning, automatic climate control, 7 speed fan
--
S
single zone climate control
S
single zone climate control
S
single zone climate control
S
Dual zone climate control
new for 2017 S
single zone climate control
S
Dual zone climate control
Cabin air filter
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Center console, with 2 cupholders, storage, power outlet, USB, aux jack, armrest
silver CVT shift plate
S
S
S
S
S
gloss black CVT illuminated shift plate
S
S
gloss back CVT illuminated shift plate
Center armrest (front console)
fixed position
manual: fixed position
CVT: slides forward
S
slides forward
slides forward slides forward slides forward
Rear seat fold down armrest with 2 cupholders
--
S
S
S
S
S
S
Cupholders- 2 in center console, 1 bottle holder in each door
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Sunvisors, 2, with pull-out extension, and mirrors
S
not illuminated
S
illuminated
S
illuminated
S
illuminated
S
illuminated
S
illuminated
S
illuminated
model reminder
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2.5i Premium
Prm Black Edition, Pkg #16
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
12v power outlets
3- one in center stack under heat controls, one in center console, one in rear in cargo area. They only operate when car is on accessory or running
Steering wheel- tilt and telescoping, with audio, handsfree bluetooth, and cruise control buttons
S, vinyl wrapped
S, vinyl wrapped
S, leather wrapped, silver stitching S, leather wrapped, silver stitching
S, leather wrapped, silver stitching
S, leather wrapped, silver stitching
S, leather wrapped, silver stitching
Center info display
Color LCD display with fuel economy readings, outside temperature, clock, climate control info, vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder, anniversary reminders, 
Limited and Touring models it include X-mode and hill descent info.
Instrument panel, electrolumescent
--
--
--
--
S
--
S
Rear view back-up camera
displays in audio system LCD screen
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Roof rack- fixed position crossbars
O
--
--
--
--
--
--
Roof rack roof rails- adjustable crossbars are optional, 150lb capacity
roof rails are optional on the CVT model (not manual), with Pkg #02
S
S
S
S
S
S
Moonroof, power, large panoramic size, with sunshade
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S
S
S
S
S
S
Lower window and side rear glass trim strip
black
black
S
chrome
chrome
chrome
chrome
Rear spoiler, body colored
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S
S
S
S
S
S
Carpeted floor mats
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Rear cargo luggage cover
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
Rear cargo tray
O
O
S
S
S
O
S
Rear bumper cover
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
Cargo hooks. 4, 1 in each corner, 2 bag hooks, 3 LATCH tether hooks on the rear backs
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Power rear gate
with automatic close and height memory. 
note- the memory height control instructions require 4 pages in the owner's manual.
Hopefully next year, there will be a simple knob with low, medium and high height settings.

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O
incl w/ Eyesight pkg #15
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S
S
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S
Tailpipe
single
single
single with stainless tip
single with stainless tip
dual with stainless tips
Wheels
inset 48 (1.89), PCD 100 (3.94)
17" stamped steel wheel
O- 17" silver alloy, CVT only
17"  machined black alloy 18" black alloy
17"  machined black alloy 18" silver alloy 18" alloy, machined black
Tires
P225/60R17 98H Yokohama Geolander
all season
P225/55R18 97H
all season
P225/60R17 98H Yokohama Geolander
all season
P225/55R18 97H Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 M&S all season
model reminder
2.5i
Premium
Prm Black Edition Limited
Touring
XT Premium
XT Touring
Starlink cloud apps- includes weather, music, news, Stitcher, Glympse,  cloud apps. Pandora, Aha music apps. Requires android, iPhone (iPhones req USB cable)
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Starlink Connected Vehicle Services with emergency and collision notification services, vehicle locator, lock/unlock services.
By subscription. 1st year free.

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S
S
S
S
S
S
Bluetooth- wireless handsfree cell phone with steering wheel controls, phonebook download
plus Bluetooth wireless auto streaming
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
Audio system, 6.2" display
2.5i
6.2" high resolution single-touch LCD screen. Rear view backup camera display. AM/FM/HD radio, single CD, 4 speakers. Bluetooth wireless audio streaming. Subaru Starlink app. One USB port, one aux plug, three 12v power outlets- in the dash, center console, in the cargo area. Steering wheel with bluetooth, audio, and cruise control buttons. iTunes tagging, Cell phone bluetooth. Downloads up to 1000 phonebook contacts. Phone functions are phone dependent (Android, Apple).
Audio System 7" display
2.5i Premium
2.0XT Premium
7" high resolution LCD touch screen, multi-touch capable. Nice, large rear view backup camera display. AM/FM/HD radio, single CD, Wireless audio streaming, Sirius/XM satellite radio with 4 mo free All Access.  6 speakers. 2 adjustable music equalizers plus pre-set pop, rock jazz settings etc. Handsfree text messaging. Subaru Starlink app plus new for 2016 Starlink connected services. Siri Eyes-Free (iphone req),  Sirius/XM Travel Link with gas station, sports, weather, and stock reports (4 months free). Two USB ports, one aux input, three 12v power outlets- one dash, one center console, one cargo area. Steering wheel with cell phone bluetooth, audio, cruise and voice control buttons. AM/FM/HD radio cache (up 20 minutes).  iTunes tagging. Downloads up to 2500 phone contacts. Phone functions are phone dependent (android, apple). The screen color selection is blue, gray, red, amber...

Note:
if you have a new Forester Premium, Limited or Touring and a cell phone with Mirrorlink (Samsung Notes and Ss, HTCs, Sony Xperia), it is likely to completely freeze when you plug it into the car's USB. Mirrorlink is a European app that doesn't really do anything in the US but is included on Forester Premium, Limited and Touring models and there is no way to delete or even disable it on the car. Subaru knows about this but hasn't done anything to fix it.
Audio system 7" display with 8 Harman Kardon speakers and amp
2.5i Limited
Upgraded Harman/Kardon (h/k) premium audio.  7" high resolution LCD  touch screen, multi-touch capable. Nice big rear view backup camera display.  Harman/Kardon 440w equivalent amplifier, 8 h/k speakers, with base, mid-range, treble sound adjustments, AM/FM, HD radio, single CD, Sirius/XM satellite radio (4 mo free All Access), Wireless audio streaming. TSiri Eyes-Free (iphone req), ext messaging. Subaru Starlink app plus new for 2016 Starlink connected services. Sirius/XM Travel Link gas station, sports, weather, and stock reports ( 4 mos free). Two USB ports, one aux input, three 12v power outlets- one dash, one center console, one cargo area. Steering wheel with cell phone bluetooth, audio, cruise and voice control buttons. AM/FM/HD radio cache (up 20 minutes).  iTunes tagging. Downloads up to 2500 phone contacts.  Phone functions are phone dependent (android, apple). The screen color selection is blue, gray, red, amber...

Note:
if you have a new Forester Premium, Limited or Touring and a cell phone with Mirrorlink (Samsung Notes and Ss, HTCs, Sony Xperia), it is likely to completely freeze when you plug it into the car's USB. Mirrorlink is a European app that doesn't really do anything in the US but is included on Forester Premium, Limited and Touring models and there is no way to delete or even disable it on the car. Subaru knows about this but hasn't done anything to fix it.

7" Navigation/GPS
with 8 Harman Kardon speakers and amp

new for 2018  standard on
2.5i Touring Option Packages #33, #34
2.0XT Touring Option Packages #33, #34

optional on
2.5i Limited Option Packages #22, #23
7" high resolution LCD multi-touch touch screen Navigation/GPS system. Rear camera displays here.
Harman Kardon (HK) audio with HK 440w equivalent subwoofer, 8 HK speakers. Cell phone bluetooth with phonebook download, SMS messaging.  AM/FM/HD radio, XM satellite radio (4 mos free All Access), single disc CD, wireless audio streaming,
Siri Eyes-Free (iphone req), Starlink cloud apps, Pandora, Aha app. Two USB ports, one 3.5mm jack  Subaru Map Update Program with 3 free years annual map updates, SD card, 3 years free SiriusXM Navtraffic and Travel Link (weather, stock reports, sports, and gas station locator).  iTunes tagging.  The screen color selection is blue, gray, red, amber...

Navigation map updates
2018, 2017, 2016 navigation models can get 3 years of free updates, when available, at www.SubaruMapUpdates.com

Note: if you have a new Forester Premium, Limited or Touring and a cell phone with Mirrorlink (Samsung Notes and Ss, HTCs, Sony Xperia), it is likely to completely freeze when you plug it into the car's USB. Mirrorlink is a European app that doesn't really do anything in the US but is included on Forester Premium, Limited and Touring models and there is no way to delete or even disable it on the car. Subaru knows about this but hasn't done anything to fix it.
model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
Prm Black Edition 2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
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 What is HD radio
HD Radio is free, there are no fees. Its a digital radio broadcast signal with 'sub channels' of the main radio station you are listening to.

The ‘HD’ in ‘HD Radio’ is part of iBiquity Digital’s brand name for its digital AM and FM radio technology.
HD is not an acronym for either hybrid digital or high definition, it is simply the name for this technology.

The channels are not particularly strong, so you might lose the signal in garages or in mountains or downtown between buildings.
The service includes iTunes Tagging which lets you capture information about a song on the radio and store it on your Apple device by pushing the "Tag" button on the HD Radio receiver. When your device is connected to iTunes, a list of tagged songs will appear which can be purchased.

HD radio website, check stations etc

SUBARU STARLINK

THERE ARE TWO STARLINK SYSTEMS
> Starlink cloud based apps has weather, news, music, Stitcher, Pandora, Aha
is standard on all models
> Starlink Connected Vehicle Emergency Services is standard on Premium, Limited, Touring, XT Premium, XT Touring


Starlink cloud based app is a free Subaru app for Android and iPhone.
Its part of the audio system on all 2016 models.
Download the Subaru Starlink app to your Android or iPhone

all cloud apps are free, with no charges
It uses the phone's data plan.
> Weather reports- locations are user selected and changed on the smart phone (starlink > weather > config) with up to six cities selected.
> News- user selected from a international list that includes CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, Yahoo news, Le Monde, El Mundo etc
> Calendar- syncs with Google calendar,
> iHeart radio,
> Music streaming

> Stitcher
news radio- podcasts, articles, science, technology, sports, culture, music etc. Log in at stitcher.com with your facebook or google account or create an email account, and then choose your programs.
> Glympse- temporary location sharing. Use the Glympse app on the Starlink audio screen to send your location as a text or email using your phone.

> Pandora an online radio station with ads, or paid without ads. Go to Pandora.com to create your account. For Android and iPhone. iPhone requires a USB.
> Aha is a cloud app for Android and Apples. Download the Aha to your device. You can access content in personalized, on-demand stations and send it to the audio system. Android is wireless bluetooth, iOS uses a USB.

Subaru Starlink app opened on an android phone
Subaru Starlink app opened on an Android phone


> Subaru Starlink Connected Services -
2 programs- Safety Plus,  and Safety Plus with Security Plus

Forester 2.5 Premium, Limited, Touring, 2.0XT Premium, 2.0XT Touring
note: not on Forester base 2.5i model

1 year Safety Plus included with new vehicle purchase


Helps with notification in an emergency accident/collision, if you're locked out, lost, car is stolen, broken down, with emergency services, and with mechanical issues and notification.
There are 3 SiriusXM staffed call centers in the U.S.
AT&T provides the cellular service for emergency (red SOS button) and user requested roadside assistance (blue button) services via an integrated 4G phone connection. The phone has a lithium backup battery so it has power in the event of an accident. The red and blue buttons are in the overhead console. The car does need to be in an area with AT&T cell coverage for the connection to work (check coverage at http://att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html).

Sirius/XM provides the telematics

Android and Apple phones use the Starlink app for infotainment, and then either the MySubaru app or online at MySubaru.com for connected vehicle services and account information.
So if you have an iphone or android, download both the Subaru Starlink and MySubaru apps


Dealer salesperson will sign you up at time of vehicle purchase for your free year of Safety Plus,  or sign up later on mysubaru.com or by calling 855-753-2495


SUBARU STARLINK
Connected  Safety and Convenience Services


Forester 2.5 Premium, Limited, Touring, 2.0XT Premium, 2.0XT Touring
note: not on 2.5i base Forester
Your salesperson will activate the free year of Safety Plus or other term at time of new vehicle purchase.

access via a Starlink and MySubaru apps on android or iphone, or MySubaru.com


Package #1
Starlink Safety Plus

Package #2
Starlink Safety Plus and Security Plus
Emergency Assistance
Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service
Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Security Alarm Notifications
Automatic Collision Notification
Remote lock/Unlock
Monthly Vehicle Health Report
Remote Horn/Lights signaling
Diagnostic Alerts
Remote Vehicle Locator

Introductory Pricing
available at time of purchase and for 180 days after

your salesperson will activate your free year of Safety Plus

Starlink Safety Plus

Starlink Safety Plus and Security Plus

1 year FREE salesperson will activate
1 year $49
2 years $99
2 years $149
3 years $149 3 years $249


2016 Subaru Forester Starlink Connected Services Overhead Call Buttons for emergency roadside assistance and vehicle monitoring program on Forester Premium, Limited, and Touring
the 2016 Subaru Forester Starlink Connected Services Overhead Call Buttons to use the emergency roadside assistance on Forester Premium, Limited, and Touring. 


Note- this emergency system does not work if the car's battery is dead. In the event of a dead battery or an accident where the battery is dislodged, there's no backup battery so have your cellphone handy because Starlink won't work.
 
Your salesperson will activate the free year of safety Plus at time of new car purchase.
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Using the 2016 Subaru Forester's Starlink Connected Services Overhead Call Buttons for emergency roadside assistance and vehicle monitoring. Forester Premium, Limited, and Touring models. Telematics Call In Progress screen shown.
Using the 2016 Subaru Forester's Starlink Connected Services Overhead Call Buttons for emergency roadside assistance and vehicle monitoring. Forester Premium, Limited, and Touring. Shown here with Telematics call in progress.
Your salesperson will activate the free year of safety Plus at time of new car purchase.


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2018 SUBARU FORESTER ACCESSORY OPTION PACKAGES
Major Option Packages are above
scroll down for individual options

A available, -- not available, S standard

Prices are factory installed MSRP suggested list price. Your price might be less. Always contact your local dealer.
Sometimes options are not available due to vendor or supply issues.
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2018 Model and Option Package reminder
> 2.5i
#01 standard
#02- Alloy wheels, X-mode, roof rails, passenger window auto up/down $600

> 2.5i Premium
#11 standard
#12 standard
#13 All Weather Package- heated seats, outside mirrors, front wiper deicer $500
#14 All Weather Pkg, Eyesight, Blind spot detection/rear cross traffic alert $1695
#15 All Weather, Eyesight,
Blind spot detection/rear cross traffic alert, Power rear gate $2145
new for 2018 #16 Black Edition- paddle shifters, fog lights, black 18" alloys, steering responsive LED headlights, black interior/exterior trim, black cloth/leatherette bolsters, cargo tray $1150
> 2.5i Limited
#21 standard
#22 Navigation, Harman Kardon amp and speakers $1350
#23 Navigation, H/K amp and speakers, Eyesight $2945

> 2.0XT Premium
#16 standard

> 2.5i Touring
> 2.0XT Touring

#31 standard, black interior
#32 standard, saddle brown interior
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subject to change, updating. Comments, corrections welcomed

ACCESSORY PACKAGES
model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
model code
JFA manual
JFB (CVT)
JFE manual
JFF (CVT)
JFI
JFJ
JFM
JFN
Popular Package #2 (FD4) $801
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and Homelink garage door opener.
Exterior d
imming side view mirrors with approach LED lighting and Blind spot detection. Rear bumper cover
Rear seatback cargo net
this package r
equires Blind spot detection
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A- JFF #14, #15
A- Pkgs #21, #22, 23
A- Pkgs #31, #2
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A- Pkgs #31, #32
Popular Package #2A (FD8). $757  
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and Homelink garage door opener
Exterior d
imming side view mirrors with approach LED lighting
R
ear bumper cover
Rear seatback cargo net

this package not available with Blind spot detection
A- all models
A- JFE pkg #11
A- JFF pkg 12, 13, 16
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A- all models --
Protection Package #1 (FZ6). $614
luggage area cargo cover for Manual rear gate
rear seatback protector
splash guards
rear bumper cover
rubber all weather floor mats $610

this package not available with power rear gate
A- all models A
na- JFF pkg #15,
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A- all models --
Protection Package #2 (FZ7).  $614
luggage area cargo cover for Power rear gate
rear seatback protector
splash guards
rear bumper cover
rubber all weather floor mats

this package requires power rear gate. not available with manual rear gate
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A pkg #15
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Protection Package #3 (FE3). $704
Aero roof rack cross bars
Rear seatback protector
Splash guards
Rear bumper cover
All weather rubber mats (4)
Cargo tray
A- JFB pkg #02
JFE- A
JFF- all, except na pkg 16 Black Edition
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A
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model reminder
JFA #01,
JFB #01, #02
Premium
JFE #11, JFF
#12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Limited JFI
#21, #22, #23
2.5 Touring JFJ
#31, 32
XT Premium
JFM #11
XT Touring JFN
#31, 32
Dimming Mirrors Package (FD9)$474
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass
E
xterior dimming outside mirrors with approach LED lighting $464
this package not available with Blind spot detection
A- all models
A- JFE
A- JFF pkg #12, 13, 16
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A- all models
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Dimming Mirrors Package (FD5)$518
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass
E
xterior dimming outside mirrors with approach LED lighting, and Blind spot detection
this package r
equires Blind spot detection
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A- JFF #14, #15
A- all
A- all --
A- all
Dimming Mirrors Package (FE2)$594
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and Homelink garage door opener.
E
xterior dimming outside mirrors with approach LED lighting
this package
not available with Blind spot detection or Eyesight
A-all models
A- JFE
A- JFF pkg 12, 13, 16
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A-all models
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Dimming Mirrors Package with Blind Spot Detection (FD6).  $638
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and Homelink garage door opener
Exterior dimming outside mirrors
with approach LED lighting and blind spot detection
this package r
equires Blind spot detection and Eyesight
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A- JFF #14, #15
A- all
A- all
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A- all
Kicker Audio Upgrade Package (FD2)
upgraded speakers (4)
tweeters (2)
$455 -$100 pkg discount= $355
Note- not available with harman kardon audio
A
A
A pkg #21
na pkgs #22, #23
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A
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model reminder
2.5i JFA, JFB
Premium JFE, JFF
2.5i Limited JFI
2.5i Touring JFJ
XT Premium JFM
2.0XT Touring JFN

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2017 SUBARU FORESTER INDIVIDUAL ACCESSORY  OPTIONS
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR INDIVIDUAL OPTIONS
Prices are factory installed MSRP suggested list price.  Your price might be less. Always contact your local dealer

 A available, -- not available, S standard

2018 Model and Option Package reminder
> 2.5i
#01 standard
#02- Alloy wheels, X-mode, roof rails, passenger window auto up/down $600

> 2.5i Premium
#11 standard
#12 standard
#13 All Weather Package- heated seats, outside mirrors, front wiper deicer $500
#14 All Weather Pkg, Eyesight, Blind spot detection/rear cross traffic alert $1695
#15 All Weather, Eyesight,
Blind spot detection/rear cross traffic alert, Power rear gate $2145
new for 2018 #16 Black Edition- paddle shifters, fog lights, black 18" alloys, steering responsive LED headlights, black interior/exterior trim, black cloth/leatherette bolsters, cargo tray $1150
> 2.5i Limited
#21 standard
#22 Navigation, Harman Kardon amp and speakers $1350
#23 Navigation, H/K amp and speakers, Eyesight $2945

> 2.0XT Premium
#16 standard

> 2.5i Touring
> 2.0XT Touring

#31 standard, black interior
#32 standard, saddle brown interior

subject to change, updating. corrections welcomed

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INTERIOR ACCESSORIES AND OPTIONS                                       INTERIOR ACCESSORIES AND OPTIONS

model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
model code
JFA manual
JFB CVT
JFE manual
JFF CVT
JFI
JFJ
JFM
JFN
Rubber all weather floor mats, (BGA) $81 A
A
A
A
A
A
Rear cargo tray (MGD) $79
A
A, S Pkg #16
S
S
A
S
Rear luggage area cargo cover (OGA manual gate, or OGB w/ power gate), $172
Note- not available at the same time with the compartment separator/dog guard
A, manual gate
A,
manual or power gate
A, power gate
A, power gate
A, manual gate
A, power gate
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass (OH1) $245
Note- also available in mirror package above with the dimming outside mirrors
A
A
A
A
A
A
Auto dimming rear view mirror with compass, Homelink garage door opener (OH2)  $365
Note- also available in the mirror package above with the dimming outside mirrors

A
A
A
A
A
A
Cargo net, rear (by gate) (MGC) $68
A
A
A
A
A
A
Cargo net, by rear seat back (MGA) $65
A
A
A
A
A
A
Cargo net sides, both sides (MGB) $73
A
A
A
A
A
A
Rear seatback protector (04Q) $93
A
A
A
A
A
A
Remote Engine Start, CVT only.  (RGF) $455
The engine shuts off when a door is opened.
This is for models that use a standard ignition key. The remote start is a 2nd, small fob. It has excellent signal strength and works up to 400 ft depending on obstructions.
A
A
A
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A
--
Remote Engine Start with keyless access/pushbutton start models, (OFC) $489
The engine shuts off when a door is opened.
Uses the 2nd, small, remote start fob and has excellent signal strength and works up to 400 ft depending on obstructions.
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A
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A
model reminder
2.5i base
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Front door sill plates (JGA) $53
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Compartment separator, dog guard  MGG $373
Note- not for use at the same time as the cargo luggage cover

A
A
A
A
A
A
Interior illumination kit, small ambient LED light in the left and right footwells.
 (NEC) Red or (NEB) Blue $204

A
A
A
A
A
A
Leather shift knob, manual transmission only, (JCB) $132
available starting June, 2017
A
A
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Leather shift knob, CVT only, (JCB) $130
A
A
S
S
S
S
STI Leather shift knob, CVT only, (0A1) $195
A
A
A
A
A
A
Sunshade (KGC) $76
A
A
A
A
A
A
stereo- tweeters (2) (DCF)  $150
A
A
A
na with navigation
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(has hk speakers)
A
--
(has hk speakers)
stereo- upgraded speakers, 4, by Kicker. (DGA) $305 A
A
A- pkg #21 only
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(has hk speakers)
A
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(has hk speakers)
model reminder
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
.

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EXTERIOR OPTIONS

A available, -- not available, S standard

prices are factory installed MSRP suggested list price.
Your price might be less. Always contact your local dealer

subject to change, updating. corrections welcomed
model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
model code
JFA manual
JFB CVT
JFE manual
JFF CVT
JFI
JFJ
JFM
JFN
new accessory Wheel Arch Moldings. Dealer installed only (I don't see factory or port installation is available). Call your local dealer. Part #E201SSG000
note: not for use with door edge guards
A
A
A
A
A
A
Door edge guards, body colored metal door edge guards $155
A
A
A
A
A
A
Rear bumper cover (PGE) $98
A
A
A
A
A
A
Body side moldings, body colored, $267
A
A
A
A
A
A
Splash guards, black, set of 4 (QGM) $170
A
A
A
A
A
A
Tailpipe exhaust tip (QGN) $55
A, single tip
A, single tip
S- pkg 16 black ed
S, single tip
S, single tip
S, dual tips
S, dual tips
Fog light kit  $382
#0GN black interior, 0FN gray interior, QB4 XT Premium models
A
A
S- Pkg #15, 16
S
S
A
S- chrome trim ring
Sport grill  (PGF) $505
A
A
A
A
A
A
Trailer hitch 1.25" receiver size
2.5L models (QGO) $619
2.0XT (OGZ) $633
Notes:
1.25" hitch, 4 pin wire connector, 10am fuse. Includes insert. Ball not included.
1500lb towing capacity. Trailer brakes recommended over 1000 lbs (not included).
Hitch not available with the rear bumper underguard.

A
A
A
A
A
A
Roof rack- fixed position cross bars (UGB) $399
A
na with CVT pkg #02
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Roof rack- aero cross bars (UGA) $181
A
requires CVT pkg #02
A
A
A
A
A
Wheel locks (4), $81
A
A
A
A
A
A
Moonroof air deflector.  requires moonroof. Dealer installed only,
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A
A
A
A
A
discontinued, not available factory on 2018 models but many are available from the parts dept. See the partial list of accessories below
Metal pedals, CVT (COC)  brake, gas discontinued
Metal pedals- manual trans (COD) clutch, brake, gas. discontinued
110v, 100w power outlet (NGA)  discontinued
Security system upgrade, shock sensor, (RGC)
STI black Duracon shift knob, manual transmission only (J8B)
STI Leather/aluminum shift knob, manual transmission only, (J8A)
Front bumper underguard (0FI)
Rear bumper underguard (PGB)
Security Alarm upgrade
Front hood protector
Moonroof air deflector
Corner bumper moldings






model
2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring

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2018 SUBARU FORESTER COLOR CHIPS
its hard to get accurate colors so its best to see it in person


Information subject to change and updating
Corrections, tips, comments welcomed

ice silver metallic
Ice Silver
 subaru color jasmine green metallic
Jasmine Green
Subaru color Sepia Bronze Metallic
Sepia Bronze Metallic
venetian red pearl
Venetian Red Pearl
Subaru Forester Crystal white color
Crystal White Pearl
crystal black silica
Crystal Black Silica
dark gray metallic
Dark Gray Metallic
quartz blue pearl
Quartz Blue Pearl
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2018 FORESTER SEAT MATERIAL
same as 2017

closeup of the 2018 and 2017 Subaru Forester platinum gray cloth interior
closeup of the 2017 and 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i and Premium platinum gray cloth interior
closeup of the 2018 and 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i and 2.5i Premium black cloth interior, silver stitching
closeup of the 2017 and 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i and 2.5i Premium black cloth interior, silver stitching
2018 and 2017 Subaru Forester gray leather (a pewter gray)
closeup of the 2017 and 2018 Subaru Forester gray leather (a pewter gray), silver stitching
closeup of the 2018 and 2017 Subaru Forester perforated black leather interior, silver stitching
closeup of the 2017 and 2018 Subaru Forester black perforated leather interior, silver stitching

closeup of the 2018 and 2017 Subaru Forester saddle brown leather interior
closeup of the 2018 and 2017 Subaru Forester saddle brown perforated leather interior

closeup of the 2018 and 2017 Forester 2.0XT Premium black cloth with sport bolsters
closeup of the 2018 and 2017 Forester 2.0XT Premium black cloth with leatherette sport bolsters

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2018 SUBARU FORESTER COLORS
same as 2017
Information subject to change and updating
Corrections, tips, comments welcomed

COLOR
(color code) (part department code)

2.5i
2.5i Premium
2.5 Premium
Black Edition
2.5i Limited
2.5i Touring
2.0XT Premium
2.0XT Touring
Ice Silver Metallic- (ISM) (G1U)
black cloth
black cloth
black cloth, leatherette bolsters
black leather
black leather
black cloth, leatherette bolsters black leather
Ice Silver Metallic (IS1) (G1U)
gray cloth gray cloth --
gray leather
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black cloth, leatherette bolsters --
Sepia Bronze Metallic (SBM) (M4Y)
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--
--
--
saddle brown leather
or black leather
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saddle brown leather
or black leather
Crystal Black Silica (CBS) (D4S)
black cloth black cloth black cloth, leatherette bolsters black leather
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black cloth, leatherette bolsters black leather
Crystal Black Silica (CB2) (D4S) --
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--
--
saddle brown leather
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saddle brown leather
Venetian Red (VRP) (H2Q)
gray cloth
gray cloth --
gray leather
black leather
black cloth,
leatherette
bolsters
black leather
Jasmine Green (JGM (H5Q)
gray cloth gray cloth --
gray leather
black leather
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Dark Gray Metallic (DGM) (61K)
gray cloth gray cloth black cloth, leatherette bolsters gray leather
black leather black cloth,
Leatherette
bolsters
black leather
Dark Gray Metallic (DG2) (61K) --
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--
--
saddle brown leather --
saddle brown leather
Crystal White Pearl (WHC) (K1X)
gray cloth gray cloth black cloth, leatherette bolsters gray leather
black leather
black cloth,
leatherette
bolsters
black leather
Crystal White Pearl (W1C) (K1X) --
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--
--
saddle brown leather --
saddle brown leather
Quartz Blue Pearl (QBP) (J8U)
gray cloth gray cloth --
gray leather
black leather
black cloth, leatherette bolsters
black leather
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2018 ACCESSORIES AND PARTS
this is a partial list. contact your local deal for all the accessories


DOES NOT INCLUDE INSTALLATION. PART MSRP LIST PRICES ONLY.
Contact your local dealer for part numbers and to check and confirm prices. Have your car's VIN handy, it will be needed

contact your local dealer parts or service dept for their part and/or installation prices.
subject to change, correction

car cover, $139.95, car cover bag,  $14.95 Thule ski and snowboard carrier, for aero crossbars,  $199.95
Power outlet, 120v, 100w $339.95
Thule paddleboard carrier $279.95
engine block heater,  $149.95
Thule bike carrier, roof mounted, one bike $199.95
battery warmer,  $39,99
Thule bike carrier, hitch mounted $369.95 fits a 1.25" trailer hitch
bumper corner moldings, 2 pcs $39.95; 4 pcs $74.95
Thule bike carrier, fork mounted $179.95, wheel holder $49.95
rear bumper protector (drapes over rear bumper, na with cargo tray),  $69.95
Thule heavy duty roof cargo basket  $369.95
side window deflectors, $99.95
Thule kayak carrier  $219.95
tail pipe tip, single, $39.95
Thule roof cargo box  $469.95
ash tray  $19.95, requires holder sleeve  $12.95, cigarette lighter $39.95 Thule roof cargo box extended length $529.95
Hood protector (na with Eyesight) $99.95
cargo organizer  $69.95
Moonroof air deflector $99.95
Duracon black shift knob (manual trans only) $79.96
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How to order a Subaru


Subarus are popular cars,
sometimes the car you want isn't on the lot, and some models can very very difficult to get.
That's pretty common with Subaru.
Hopefully there's more than one color or model you'll be happy with.
 
But... when there's no car, the choices are:
waiting and hoping the right car shows up one day,
compromising on what you want,

your dealer finds and can get a car from another local dealer
(but they're hard to get everyplace)

or .... you factory order what you want!


Its all easy.
Here's how it works

You and the salesperson work through the model, option package, color, and accessories, and agree on a price for the car.
Placing the order is easy - dealers have access to Subaru's quick online form. Its just a few fast, simple, pages.
The order form needs the details on the car, and the buyer's name, address, phone and email.
Yes, Subaru expects the dealer to collect a deposit when the order is placed.

When a car is ordered
Orders are allocated in the beginning of the month and take around 2 full months, but it depends on the model and it can be shorter or longer.
When an order is placed, the dealer will get a VON- vehicle order number- unless there's a car already in the system that can be adapted to fit the order and then there might be a VIN.
ETA- estimated time of arrival-, the usual fresh order ETA will probably be a generic "last week of (month)" which will generally be the end of the 2nd full month after the order is placed.
The ETA will change as time passes, and eventually there will be a VIN and an exact ETA date, though that date is subject to, and frequently does, change.

Please be sure this is the right car and you're willing to wait. Cancelled orders can affect a dealer's supply.
Your dealer or salesperson should check the ETA from time to time and notify you of any changes.
The dealer wants you to get the car as soon as possible but doesn't control the ETA.

The car arrives with protective plastic on the upper surfaces. The dealer service dept will need to do a PDI (pre-delivery inspection), and then the car will be cleaned for the agreed pick-up time.

Note that Interest rates and lease programs are what is current when the car is picked up and contracts signed, when its actually purchased, not when the car is ordered. Subaru announces interest rates and lease programs monthly. And trade values can change over the order time. The trade will be checked when the purchase is completed. Subaru's GTP - guaranteed trade program - is good for late model Subaru trade-ins. Its on www.Subaru.com > for owners. Have your VIN handy.

And you'll get the car you want!

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this is an unofficial website by Joe Spitz, who is responsible for all content, and who has been selling Subarus in the greater Puget Sound Washington State area since 1996.
comments, corrections welcomed
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