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2018 Subaru Forester Specs, Images Gallery

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Like most crossovers, the 2018 Subaru Forester offers good fuel economy and spacious cabin. But it’s also adventurous, with all-wheel drive, a powerful optional turbocharged engine and high ground clearance for off-road activities.

The 2018 Subaru Forester is a five-seat small crossover SUV that offers a bit more off-road capability. Its sold in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring.

The 2018 Subaru Forester is offered two different engines and comes standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT models feature a driver-selectable mode that optimizes various functions to improve traction on slippery surfaces. These models also include hill descent control.

The 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i is powered with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trim come standard with a six-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The higher trims are CVT-only.

In track testing, the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited hit 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, which is about average for a base-engine AWD crossover in this segment. EPA fuel economy is impressive at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway) for CVT-models. The manual transmission rated at 24 combined (22 city/28 highway).

The 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0XT gets turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Its comes only with the CVT. In track testing, the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is exceptionally quick for a crossover in this class. Fuel economy is also impressive at EPA estimates 25 mpg combined (23 city/27 highway).

The other downside is that the 2018 Subaru Forester can tow just 1,500 pounds.

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