NEW FOR 2012:

– New height-adjustable front passenger seat
– Touring Package adds silver-finish roof rails, mirrors with integrated turn signals, and roofline spoiler
– Limited models add Pioneer AVIC navigation radio with detachable face security, Bluetooth streaming audio, 350-watt speaker system, and mirrors with integrated turn signals
– Exterior colours: Ice Silver Metallic and Sage Green Metallic added; Paprika Red Pearl and Spark Silver Metallic discontinued

For 2012, changes to the Subaru Forester are in trim. Passenger seats on all models now have height adjustment, and the Touring and Limited models add new features.

The Forester is offered with two engines. A 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine is used in the 2.5X, and a turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the 2.5XT. The 2.5X is available with a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic, depending on the trim line, while the 2.5XT uses the four-speed automatic only. All models feature Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

Features on the 2.5X include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, heated mirrors, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, heated cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and splash guards.

The 2.5X Convenience adds 16-inch alloy wheels, ten-way power driver’s seat and Bluetooth connectivity.

The 2.5X Convenience PZEV adds PZEV emissions equipment, badge and PZEV floor mats.

The 2.5X Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, chrome door handles, stainless steel exhaust tips, fog lights, silver-finish roofs rails, spoiler, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, windshield wiper de-icer, reclining rear seats, cargo area tray, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, advanced CD/MP3 stereo, media hub for iPod/USB audio integration with Bluetooth streaming audio, Sirius satellite radio, and driver’s auto up/down window.

The 2.5X Limited adds automatic climate control, xenon headlamps, stainless steel rear step pad, leather upholstery, Pioneer AVIC in-dash touch-screen navigation CD/DVD/WMA/MP3 stereo with detachable face and Bluetooth streaming audio, steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth buttons, and 350-watt speaker system.

The 2.5XT Limited adds raised-profile roof rails, privacy glass and aluminum alloy sport pedals.

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