2016 Subaru Forester Release Date and Info

2016 Subaru Forester Release Date, Review, Colors, Price – The new and updated Subaru Forester for 2016 comes as solid and well-rounded vehicle, unmatched by very few vehicles within its segment. According to rumors, the vehicle should hit U.S dealerships in the coming weeks.

2016 Subaru Forester exterior, side angle, silver color, alloy wheels

The vehicle comes with several highlights including a standard AWD system, great safety scores, a stout turbocharged engine, and a spacious interior. Other novelties include a standard 6.2” screen, and a 7” version for the top models.

2016 Subaru Forester 
2016 Subaru Forester

The new Forester joins a fiercely fought-over segment, but with its new features and technological updates, we should expect the new vehicle to feature anywhere at the helm of the segment. Also, the vehicle comes with plenty of cargo space, a standard AWD system, functional simplicity, and a roomy seating arrangement.

2016 Subaru Forester rear view, silver color, alloy wheels and taillights

Fuel economy and safety are key attributes for vehicles within its small crossover class, and this is where the Forester rarely disappoints. It comes equipped with a forward collision mitigation system, however, it lacks blind-spot monitor. The CVT comes as a big help particularly during highway cruising.

Notable models that are prying its way into this segment are actually quite numerous and the Forester is going to have a lot of things on its hand by trying to tackle models such as 2016 Hyundai Tuscon, 2016 Toyota RAV4, 2017 Honda CR-V, 2016 Ford Escape, 2016 Mazda CX-5 and 2016 Jeep Cherokee models.

Exterior Changes & Interior Colors – 2016 Subaru Forester

The compact 2016 Subaru Forester crossover comes available in six trims ranging from the base 2.5i to the plush 2.0XT Touring.

Some of the standard list of features for the base 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i include cruise control, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, CD player, USB port, HD radio, a rearview camera, full power accessories, 17” steel wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, 6.2” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, and premium audio system.

2016 Subaru Forester  front
2016 Subaru Forester  front

Optional equipment for the 2.5i include roof rails, and 17” wheels. However, the two features are provided as standard equipment for the 2.5i Premium. The 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium comes equipped with an eight-way power driver seat, a larger 7” touchscreen, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, voice commands, heated front seats, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof/moonroof, reclining rear seatbacks. A six-speaker sound system, Starlink Safety Plus, and rear armrests with cupholders.

2016 Subaru Forester interior, leather seats

Moving up the trim ladder is the 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited which comes with a standard All-Weather package that adds an upgraded instrument cluster, hill descent control, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a cargo area tray, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, foglights, leather upholstery, a standard CVT, and an adjustable-height power liftgate.

2016 Subaru Forester  back
2016 Subaru Forester  back

The 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring comes equipped with an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, keyless entry, 18” alloy wheels, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, one-touch folding aft seatbacks, xenon headlights and upgraded leather upholstery.

2016 Subaru Forester  interior
2016 Subaru Forester  interior

Moving to the 2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium gets you 18” alloy wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded instrument cluster, the All-Weather package, and a turbocharged engine.

2016 Subaru Forester trunk

As for the top-of-the-line 2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring, expect the same upgrades as those of the Touring plus a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, Eyesight driver assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

2016 Subaru Forester Date Of Release & Specs

2016 Subaru Forester front view, blue color, headlights and grille

As already stated at the beginning of the review, the new Subaru Forester 2016 is expected to hit dealerships sometime before this fall. As for the price, expect the base 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i PZEV to cost you an MSRP starting from $22,395, while the top-of-the-line 2.0T Touring should go for sale with an MSRP starting 6from $33,795.

Engine Specs – 2016 Subaru Forester

Every Subaru Forester for 2016 comes equipped with a standard AWD system. The 2.5i Touring and 2.5i Limited and 2.0XT models come fitted with an additional driver selectable mode that is meant to mitigate against slippery surfaces. All the three models come equipped with a hill descent control.

A 2.5L 4-cyl engine comes fitted in the base 2.5i which is able to crank out 170 hp and 174 pounds of torque. Standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims is a 6-speed manual transmission system.

The EPA ratings for the 2.5i with a CVT stand at 24/32/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined, which is an impressive result in its segment. Also, the vehicle was able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 9.0 seconds.

2016 Subaru Forester engine

Opting for the 2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT gets you a stronger performance. Available is a 2L turbocharged engine capable of churning out 250 horsepower and 258 pounds of torque. In our performance testing, a 2.0XT offers 23/28/25 mpg in real-world driving.

On the flipside, the vehicle disappoints in terms of the towing capacity which stands at just 1,500lbs.

Some of the standard safety equipment include a rearview camera, traction control, a driver knee airbag, stability control, antilock brakes, and emergency assistance.


Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length: 180.9 in
Width: 70.7 in
Passenger volume: 108 cu. ft.
Cargo volume: 34.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3296 lbs
Top Speed: 133 mph
0-60: 6,3 sec
MPG: 24/32 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Burnished Bronze Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Jasmine Green Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs

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