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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    Checking the fluid level
    WARNING Be careful not to burn yourself because the fluid may be hot. CAUTION ● When power steering fluid is being added, use only clean fluid, and be careful not to allow any dirt into t ...

    Wiper and washer
    WARNING In freezing weather, do not use the windshield washer until the windshield is sufficiently warmed by the defroster. Otherwise the washer fluid can freeze on the windshield, blocking your v ...

    Power folding mirror switch (if equipped)
    Power folding mirror switch (if equipped) The power folding mirror switch operates only when the ignition switch is in the УONФ or УAccФ position. To fold the outside mirrors, push the power ...