To the casual observer, the FB 2.5 liter engine will appear pretty similar to its forerunner, although it is that bit more powerful at 2498cc compared to 2457cc in the one and two versions allowing the Subaru Forester 2.5 Crossover SUV a towing capacity of 2400 pounds.
Subaru are convinced that their new engine will provide improve improved fuel consumption levels for both town and highway driving conditions, with 21miles per gallon for city driving clocked and an impressive 27 miles per gallon out of town, either in manual of automatic versions of the Forester.
Other major design modifications are in the Forester's rear suspension, which, while retaining its independent double wishbone formula, has been upgraded to provide an even silkier drive as well as significantly improved handling. Transmission wise, all Foresters with automatic transmission have had Subaru's Sportshift four-speed computer-controlled feature integrated.
Reviewers, who always had something positive to say about the Subaru Forester's interior have a lot to go on with the Series Three, especially its powerful yet simple to operate multimedia system and sunroof which extends to almost the entire length of the vehicle.
Safety equipment on the Forester takes in front airbags, front passenger side airbags as well as side curtain airbags making a total of six. Another important safety feature incorporated into the 2012 model is Subaru's brake assist that has been designed to detect signs of panic braking and automatically intervenes to apply almost instantaneous braking.
Dimension wise the series three Forester gets a short stretch, 3.5 inches (89 mm) to be exact. Combined interior space and cargo room now starts of at 31 cubic feet and can grow to a maximum of 69. The issue of ground clearance has been partially dealt with, with the Forester now clearing just short of nine inches.