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Subaru has released pricing on the all-new 2009 Subaru Forester introduced last mont in Detroit and it's a whopping $1,200 less than the price of the outgoing model. This means you can put a brand-new completely redesigned Forester 2.5X with standard all-wheel drive, curtain airbags and stability control in your driveway for $19,995 (plus destination and delivery, of course). At the other end of the spectrum, a 2.5XT Limited model starts at $28,195.

You have to salute Subaru's move. The new Forester is a very competent package in a competitive crossover SUV segment. Anyone shopping this category has good reason to take it for a spin, and the price drop is just icing on the cake. Check out Subaru's press release after the jump for a full breakdown of pricing by trim level.

[Source: Subaru]


  • 2009 Forester Boasts All-New Styling, Chassis and Added Safety Features.
  • Larger Interior Features Improved Comfort, Space and Utility.
  • Forester Features Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) Stability System.
  • Starting Price of $19,995 is $1,200 Lower Than 2008 Model.

Cherry Hill, N.J. February 26, 2008 - Following its world debut at the NAIAS in January, Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing on the all-new Subaru Forester. The 2009 Subaru Forester will arrive in dealer showrooms beginning in April with pricing starting at $19,995, a full $1,200 lower than the outgoing model. For 11 years, the Subaru Forester has been an icon of functionality, dependability and durability," said Tim Colbeck, vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "The 2009 Forester now adds greater interior room, improved comfort and more amenities than before, yet with a starting price that is significantly lower than the outgoing model."

The 2009 Subaru Forester is available in both 2.5 liter naturally aspirated and 2.5 liter turbo models. The naturally aspirated models are available with manual or automatic transmission, while the turbocharged models come with automatic transmission.The naturally aspirated model is available in three trim levels; X, 2.5X Premium Package and 2.5X L.L. Bean (L.L. Bean equipped with automatic transmission only). The 2.5XT turbocharged model is available in standard X trim or as a Forester 2.5XT Limited model.

Model Highlights:

The 2.5X, equipped with manual transmission, will have a starting price of $19,995 (before D&D) - a $1,200 price decrease from the comparable 2008MY.

The 2.5X with Premium Package, equipped with manual transmission, has a starting price of $22,495 and includes; Power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear seat center tray, roof rails, steering wheel audio controls, and reclining rear seat backs.

The 2.5X L.L.Bean Edition with standard automatic transmission starts at $25,995. The L.L.Bean Edition includes: perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, automatic climate control system, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer and 6 speakers, 10-way power driver's seat, fog lights, all-weather package (heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer and heated exterior mirrors), L.L.Bean embroidered floor mats and L.L.Bean embossed cargo tray.

The 2.5XT model starts at $26,195 and features a 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine that produces 224 HP. The 2.5XT comes with unique 17-inch alloy wheels.

An All Weather Package is an available option ($400) on the Premium Package, and is standard on the L.L.Bean & XT Limited. Satellite Navigation is optional ($1,800) on L.L. Bean and XT Limited models.

Destination and Delivery charge is $665 for all 2009MY Forester models.


MODEL / Standard Package / Transmission / Total Suggested Retail Price

2.5X (VDC) MT $19,995
2.5X (VDC) AT $21,195
2.5X Premium Package (VDC) MT $22,495
2.5X Premium Package (VDC) AT $23,495
2.5X L.L.Bean Edition (VDC) AT $25,995
2.5XT (VDC) AT $26,195
2.5XT Limited (VDC) AT $28,195

Partial Zero Emissions (PZEV) Models

2.5X (PZEV) (VDC) MT $20,195
2.5X (PZEV) (VDC) AT $21,395
2.5X (PZEV) Premium Package (VDC) MT $22,695
2.5X (PZEV) Premium Package (VDC) AT $23,695
2.5X L.L.Bean Edition (PZEV) (VDC) AT $26,195

The third-generation 2009 Forester is a total re-design of the award-winning crossover utility vehicle (CUV). The 2009 Forester builds upon its predecessor's reputation as an icon of safety, dependability and versatility. The new-generation 2009 model projects a bolder, more SUV-like design and making a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics.

As with all Subaru models, the 2009 Forester comes equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. An all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) and double-wishbone rear suspension improves crash-worthiness and at the same time provides crisper handling, a quieter ride and increased interior space and cargo room. The 2009 Forester once again blends positive SUV attributes including a high seating point and interior versatility with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency.

All Forester models for 2009 feature standard side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard on all models for the first time. With the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3), Subaru optimized all elements of the Forester's chassis to deliver a better balance of ride, handling response, quietness and overall traction performance than offered by competitive vehicles. A comprehensive array of elements contributes to that goal, including the new, high-strength body structure, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, VDC and four-wheel disc ABS brakes with the Brake Assist safety system.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      good move, but seriously how many people get a MT on a CUV?

      There is just no joy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yea, that's great, let's encourage manufacturers to do away with MTs altogether.

        Seriously?!? Get real! Kudos to Subaru for continuing to offer an MT, even if only on the N/A model.
          • 7 Years Ago
          I LOVE a MT, in the right vehicle. A CUV or minivan isnt the right vehicle.

          save them for where they count.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lower your Impreza line pricing, please.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Close to $40k for a car that was $31k five years ago. Cept now it's softer.

        And the WRX is quickly approaching $30k. The base Impreza doesn't even come with alloys.
        • 7 Years Ago
        $16,995 for awd Impreza...
        • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone care for this cause its only automatic transmission? This type of car I think have a rare and hard to find car parts - http://autobiz101.vox.com/ . Since its more SUV-like, gaining attraction to those in the market of its competitors, I don't think I'll be seeing it as the forester as before. luckily, they offer it in the 2.5 as well as a diesel hopefully before 2010.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What happened to the Sports and Sports XT models?
      • 7 Years Ago
      HP # on non-turbo model?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hate hate hate ginormous fog lights that AREN'T THERE.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1 on that. Foglight empty foglight nacelles is so 1990's cheap-ass General Motors!

        What may be worse is that the fog lights on the $36k STi are an option.

        I guess that is so I can mount some giant-arse Rally of Monaco-styled PIAAs causing retinal detachment to all who cross my path after dark.
      • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        agreed - this car would make an excellent daily driver for people like me that have to drive alot for work! even better if it came with diesel
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow a Forester that actually looks like an SUV and not a lifted wagon with a tall greenhouse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru has often had this middle-pricing thing going on, more expensive than direct competitors while not a roaring value compared with the slightly more expensive competition, either. It's a problem on the Impreza (http://goodcarbadcar.blogspot.com/2008/02/subaru-impreza-driven.html) but clearly isn't anymore with the Forester.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The guy that runs that blog is in Canada where the prices are much different. Here in the US the Impreza's starting price of $16,995 is very favorable in comparision to it's competition (namely the Civic and Mazda3).
        • 7 Years Ago
        The base price - something consumers quite clearly care about - has a much larger differential. $15,010 Civics look very attractive to an awful lot more buyers than $16,995 Imprezas. When you're talking $40 on a montly payment for a car that's not as fuel efficient.... for some buyers, it doesn't matter how much they prefer the Impreza.
        • 7 Years Ago
        At $16,995, the Impreza is within a couple of hundred dollars of the Civic LX, Jetta S and the Mazda 3
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any vehicle is a good choice for an MT
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll wait and see what Subaru will charge in Canada. Currently, the 2008 Forester 2.5 X has a MSRP of $27,000 plus $1,500 freight and PDI. They must think the Canadian dollar is still pegged at 63 cents or there are enough suckers that don't care.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wife bought a Legacy yesterday after her Outback was totaled and she walked away. Previous BMW owner. She loves he cars and frankly, the one she had was loaded and a sporty, fun ride. She paid 27 got a check for 21 after 2 years of owning and the dealership negotiated again on the new car for a good deal. Ill tell you, I prefer my H2 but bang for the buck, great company.
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