2016 Subaru Forester sti changes, redesign, turbo – The 2015 Forester isn’t exactly an old model being released in the US market only a few years ago and with their latest facelift back in 2014 you can really say that it is one of the newer models out there. However, considering the pace the market is moving right now it would make a lot of sense for Subaru to develop a replacement for their current crossover SUV vehicles. The new Subaru Forester 2016 is going to be based on the 2016 Impreza, meaning it will have a tuned chassis as well as slightly upgraded engines.
2016 Subaru Forester redesign
The 2016 Subaru Forester comes in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring trims. Exterior will also change, but not as much as you would think. Main changes will be: models equipped with EyeSight come equipped with steering responsive fog lights, Crystal White Pearl exterior color added and Body color roof-mounted antenna. The back side will remain mostly the same with the only notable difference being the addition of a new exhaust system for both engines. This will look better as well as it will offer a much nicer sound than before.
|Wheelbase (in./mm)||103.9 / 2.640|
|Length (in./mm)||180.9 / 4.595|
|Width (in./mm)||70.7 / 1.795|
|Height (in./mm)||68.2 / 1.735 (With roof rail)
66.4 / 1.687 (without roof rail)
|Ground clearance (in./mm)||8.7 / 220|
|Cargo volume (cu ft)||34.4 (Rear seatbacks up) / 74.7 (Rear seatbacks down)
With moonroof: 31.5 / 68.5
|Fuel capacity||15.9 gal.|
Interior of this crossover SUV will also evolve in a more premium and more enjoyable car. While the current model isn’t that bad either it lacks the wow factor that some other models offer. Subaru worked extensively on this and the new Subaru Forester 2016 will come with a more beautiful as well as a better overall interior that will use better materials and that it will also offer more comfort than before. It features Subaru Starlink Safety Plus system which includes Enhanced Roadside Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, Maintenance Notifications, Automatic Collision Notification, Diagnostic Alerts and Monthly Vehicle Health Report. With Security Plus option Starlink also adds Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Remote Horn and Lights, Remote Vehicle Locator and Remote Lock/Unlock.
Subaru Forester 2016 specs
Engine wise, the 2016 Subaru Forester will feature same engines as before and, like always, it comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The base model comes with a 2.5-liter flat four which produces 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes paired with 6-speed manual transmission as standard, while CVT automatic transmission will be available only as optional. Fuel economy with manual transmission is rated at 25 mpg combined (22/29 city/hwy) but with CVT gearbox its improved and it is rated at 27 mpg (24/32 city/hwy).
|Engine||2.5i Models||2.0XT Models|
|Configuration||4-cylinder; horizontally opposed (Boxer)||4-cylinder; horizontally opposed (Boxer)|
|Displacement||2.498 cc||1.998 cc|
|Horsepower||170 @ 5.800 rpm||250 @ 5.600 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||174 @ 4.100 rpm||258 @ 2.000-4.800 rpm|
|22/29/25 (6-sp. manual)
As for the most powerful engine in the range, this is likely to remain a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat 4 with 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Standard transmission for all 2.0XT models is CVT (Lineatronic continuously variable transmission) automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Only option is 6-speed or 8-speed manual modes for different driving styles.
2016 Subaru Forester release date and price
Just like before, the new Subaru Forester 2016 price will start just above $23,000 with delivery costs. The top Touring model with CVT transmission cost over $11,000 then base model and its MSRP is $33,795 without $850 of destination and delivery costs.
|Forester 2.5i 6MT||$22.395|
|Forester 2.5i CVT||$23.395|
|Forester 2.5i Premium 6MT||$25.295|
|Forester 2.5i Premium CVT||$25.795|
|Forester 2.5i Limited CVT||$28.795|
|Forester 2.5i Touring CVT||$30.795|
|Forester 2.0XT Premium CVT||$29.195|
|Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT||$33.795|