The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover vehicle that blends many of the best attributes of a sport-utility vehicle with the ride and driving dynamics of a car. It offers the capability of Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, as well as a versatile rear cargo area with liftgate, underfloor storage and up to 68 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Forester is available in six trim levels: 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring. All trim levels are equipped with a 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine; in "X" variants, the engine is naturally-aspirated and produces 170 horsepower, while both "XT" variants generate 224 horsepower, compliments of an intercooled turbocharger. The 2.5X and 2.5X Premium get a five-speed manual transmission with Incline Start Assist, while all other trims are mated to an electronically controlled four-speed automatic with manual shift mode (available on the 2.5X and 2.5X Premium). Notable (trim-dependent) features include a panoramic glass sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery and HD radio. An optional touch-screen navigation system, including DVD capability and integrated backup camera, is offered on Limited and Touring trims. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction control systems, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, front side-impact airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. For 2013, the Subaru Forester now comes with a USB port and Bluetooth hands-free calling/audio streaming as standard equipment on all models.
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