The sales person had no knowledge of the vehicle nor the characteristics of the vehicle model. Driving Impressions The 2012 Subaru Forester has one of the most comfortable rides in the segment. You may not recognize how much space there is inside a 2012 Subaru Forester until you climb inside. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. The middle rear seat, however, is compromised by its dual purpose as an armrest and cupholder, making it more of a hard, segmented bench. The front grill was damaged.
The backseat folds flat, and the Forester has a lower cargo floor than some of the other vehicles in this class, lending a roomier feel and easier loading. With fewer than 25,000 miles on the odometer, this 4 door sport utility vehicle prioritizes comfort, safety and convenience. If you haven't been inside a Forester before, there's likely far more space than you would have anticipated. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. While the Subaru Forester did well in safety ratings when it was launched in 2009, revised and much tougher Federal crash tests have taken a toll on its ratings.
There's a certain buyer that has historically been drawn to the brand: a kind of rugged individual who enjoys the great outdoors, yet needs the sensibility of a car that is well suited to urban settings. New for 2012 For 2012, all Foresters have a standard height-adjustable front passenger seat. In some respects, the Forester is the present-day Volvo 240 wagon—unabashedly utilitarian, with its squared-off corners and tall glass, yet a bit more sophisticated. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. Most selections need to be made through the center touch screen, which is problematic while driving since it is small and hard to read. The Forester has a mixed reputation for safety. The Forester hasn't changed all that much since 2009, when it received a complete redesign and gained a somewhat larger body, with slightly more rounded cues compared to its much-loved, more overtly boxy predecessor.
TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. Still, the 2012 Subaru Forester is an able performer, especially in the 2. The used car portion of the super center almost seemed like an afterthought considering everything else going-on there. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557135643615 ; listingsSearchManager.
Now it is going through approximately 8 qrts of oil between changes. The dealership, nor ProMax assume any responsibility for the accuracy of the values, sale price, rebate s , interest rates, terms, monthly payment, equipment, mileage, or for any errors or omissions of the dealership, or ProMax Please verify all information for accuracy prior to purchase. I'm now checking the engine every few trips to make sure it doesn't run out of oil. Across the Forester lineup, handling remains its strength; it's by far the best-balanced, most dynamically proficient crossover, and the rather low seating position and low center of mass helps instill a stable feel on twisty roads and tight corners. The 2012 Forester did rate four stars overall, and four stars on front crash performance as well.
Acceleration is good with the five-speed manual transmission--available only in the 2. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. On the contrary, it provides a roomy cabin, plenty of cargo space and a comfortable ride. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. The interior materials and trim plastic, especially those used on the large flat surfaces of the dashboard, aren't up to the best in class. I gave signals that i was not necessarily buying that day so they only showed me preliminary numbers then let me leave.
Subaru prioritized practicality, efficiency, and style by including: a tachometer, turn signal indicator mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, an overhead console, rear wipers, and 1-touch window functionality. The flat four gives it a low center of gravity, and it's simply the best-balanced and most rewarding crossover in its class. A new navigation radio is also optional. It seats five people and has standard all-wheel drive. If reliability is your priority, please look elsewhere.
It drives only through the four-speed automatic, so while acceleration is good once the turbo spools up, the same problem of widely spaced ratios handicaps the Forester's overall progress, meaning it's not as enjoyable as it might be with a more modern automatic. InstalledOptionsFilter selectedInstalledOptionIdList, installedOptionIdToLabelMap, possiblyDroppedOptionsMap ; installedOptionsFilter. The automatic comes with Variable Torque Management, which Subaru says shifts power to the front and rear axles by monitoring throttle position, battery voltage, generator rpm, wheel speed, brake status, lateral g-force and automatic transmission fluid temperature. But other crossovers now have more pleasing and stylish interiors. On the plus side, climate controls were straightforward and we appreciated the fuel economy display in the center console. And while other vehicles in this class pursue the city-dwelling driver with sleek styling and numerous creature comforts, the Forester remains on the boxy side with just enough in the way of features to stay competitive. The 2012 Subaru Forester is a tall, boxy crossover wagon, carrying a rugged-looking, utility-like body over somewhat sturdier passenger-car underpinnings.
In many ways, the 2012 Subaru Forester best represents this niche. In government crash testing, the Forester earned an overall score of four out of five stars, with four stars for overall front-impact protection and three stars for side crash protection. The Forester is a little plain inside, but its rugged fabrics and easy-wipe surfaces will be a good fit for the understated, outdoorsy crowd. With the base five-speed manual transmission, performance is quick enough, but the wide ratios of the four-speed automatic remain one of the Forester's most significant drawbacks. Not only would fuel economy and acceleration theoretically improve, but more narrowly spaced ratios would make gearshifts smoother and less noticeable as well. Even after configuring the system, voice commands were near impossible to use. Loading and unloading through the tailgate is easy that low cargo floor again , and the rear seat folds flat.
Once you start up the engine the whole dashboard flickers. Like most Subarus, the handling is the secret strength of the 2012 Forester. It was hard to figure-out where they were selling the used vehicles even though it was in the center of everything because the used-car building isnt large or well marked. For drivers who enjoy the natural environment, a power moon roof allows an infusion of fresh air. One weakness may be the front seat shape, with some of our reviewers finding them flat and unsupportive, especially for taller drivers. Last year the Forester got an all-new base engine that produces the same max power as the unit it replaced—though it's a little more responsive, and should have lower maintenance. See salesperson for additional information.