Equipment & Pricing

Given that all-wheel drive is standard, the Forester packs impressive value. Subaru shaved some $1,200 off the sticker price for 2009, so the 2.5X now starts at $19,995 without the destination charge, including a temperature/gas mileage display, A/C, cruise control, a CD player with an MP3 auxiliary jack, power accessories and remote keyless entry Ч albeit with Subaru's dated, flimsy keyfob.

An automatic transmission costs $1,200 Ч a bit much, considering the Escape's automatic costs $1,000 and the last Forester's automatic was $800. The Premium Package adds alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof and more for $2,500. An automatic comes standard on the 2.5X L.L.Bean ($25,995), which includes heated leather seats, automatic climate control and a power driver's seat. Turbo models start at $26,195 and top out close to $30,000. A navigation system is optional with either drivetrain.

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    California Perchlorate Advisory
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    LOCK
    The key can only be inserted or removed in this position. The ignition switch will lock the steering wheel when you remove the key. If turning the key is difficult, turn the steering wheel slightly t ...

    Seek in PTY (Program type) group
    Type A and B audio Type C audio In the PTY selection mode, when the desired PTY group has been selected, pressing the УSEEKФ button УФ or УФ seeks within that PTY group. Pressing УФ seeks up. Press ...