Subaru Company reviews proudly point out that with the FB, fuel economy has been improved significantly thanks to the engine's considerably higher torque and reduced rpms.
Reviews on fuel consumption show that in city driving conditions around 21miles per gallon is the norm with 27 miles per gallon being the average for out of town motoring, with both these figures applicable to either the manual or automatic versions.
Other significant modifications to the 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Premium have been made to the rear suspension. Reviews report that with these modifications Subaru have succeeded in providing an even smoother ride as well as significantly improved road handling than the previous Foresters whilst retaining the well tried and tested independent double wishbone format.
Also having undergone some major changes for the Series Three is the Forester 2.5XT Premium's automatic transmission, now based around a four-speed computer-controlled gearbox from Subaru known as the Sportshift. The Premium's manually geared models also received an update in the shape of the Subaru Incline Start Assist. The Incline Start has been designed to give vehicles an extra push on uphill slopes either off road or on snowy or icy road surfaces.
Safety features, as always, figure prominently with the Subaru Forester 2.5XT Premium Crossover with no less than six airbags (two front, tow front sides, as well as two back seat sides) as standard in addition to an innovative brake assist feature, that will detect and act on signs of emergency braking to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
As far as chassis size, the Series Three Forester Premium has grown a little, 3.5 inches (89 mm) to be exact, making for a combined interior space and cargo room going up from 31 cubic feet and reaching as much as 69 cube. The issue of possible underbody damage has been taken care of by Subaru in the Series Three, with the Forester now coming with a nine inch ground clearance.