Subaru maintain that the 2012 Forrester 2.5x Limited crossover will offer increases in miles per gallon in twin or on the open road, with trade reviews showing figures of 21miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the open road, either with a manual or automatic gearbox.
The Forester's rear suspension has also undergone major design modifications, although Subaru have retained their faith in the independent double wishbone formula, whilst upgrading it to produce significantly improved handling as well as smooth a drive as you could hope for according to reviews. Subaru's Sportshift four-speed computer-controlled feature integrated automatic transmission is standard in the Foresters, while those who prefer manually geared models will be able to enjoy Subaru's ingenious Incline Start Assist feature.
Safety is obviously major issue with Subaru and they have gone to town with the Forester offering no less than six airbags, taking in two in the front, two in the front at the sides as well as two side curtain airbags in the rear. Another important safety feature incorporated into the 2012 model is Subaru's brake assist feature is also standard in all 2012 models. Subaru's brake assist feature was developed in order to detect signs of panic braking and if the event, the brake assist will automatically intervene and brake instantaneously.
The 2012 Forester will be a little longer that its predecessors, 3.5 inches (89 mm) to be exact , making for a combined interior space and cargo room area starting from 31 cubic feet and reaching a ceiling of 69 cubic feet. The ground clearance problem that were a minor bane in the earlier Foresters has been dealt with in the Series Three Forester 2.5X Limited, which now clears the ground by a commendable nine inches.