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 albeit with Subaru's dated, flimsy keyfob.

An automatic transmission costs $1,200 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.

    See also:

    Power switch and volume control
    The dial is used for both power (ON/OFF) and volume control. The radio is turned ON and OFF by pushing the dial, and the volume is controlled by turning the dial. ...

    For CVT models
    This light illuminates when All-Wheel Drive is disengaged and the drive mechanism is switched to Front Wheel Drive for maintenance or similar purposes. This light flashes if the vehicle is driven ...

    Recommended spark plugs
    For the recommended spark plugs, refer to Electrical system. ...