Subaru’s top selling Forester is getting a small price bump for 2016 and with it comes a bunch of added features, like a backup camera that will now come standard. The biggest update though is that everything but the starting trim level will be offered with Subaru’s new StarLink Safety and Security technology and all models will get the StarLink Audio entertainment system.
The starting price for all this fun? Well, the base 2.5i model starts at $22,395, upping the price by around $200 greenbacks. The Premium starts at $25,295, the Limited at $28,795, and the Touring at $30,795.
The current fourth-generation Forester made its debut just last year, so Subaru didn’t need to tweak it much to keep it fresh. Under the hood, the Forester will continue to offer either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine with 170-horsepower on the 2.5i trims or a step up to the 2.0XT trims with a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder BOXER engine with 250-horsepower. The 2.0XT is the top of the line and is only offered with the Premium and Touring trims with starting prices of $29,195 and $33,795 respectively.
The Premium, Limited, and Touring trims give drivers the choice of two different levels of the StarLink Safety and Security system. The first is called Safety Plus and has a focus of safety features with SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Maintenance Notifications.
The second level of the StarLink is called Starlink Safety Plus and Security Plus. It focuses on security with the addition of Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, and Remote Vehicle locator.
Safety is definitely a focus for the Forester. In 2015 it received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with the EyeSight system that features Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. For 2016, EyeSight will also include Steering-Responsive Fog Lights. All Foresters have the added safety of Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as well.
Some good news for audiophiles, too. All trim levels are getting updated with Subaru’s StarLink Audio entertainment system. It is designed to bring cloud and app connectivity for smartphones. It features a hands-free voice command system that allows drivers to control apps and navigation while staying focused on the road. Drivers can also access apps like Pandora, iHeart, and Stitcher. Other multimedia content for things like food, weather, and news can also be accessed.
The 2016 Forester is expected to arrive in dealerships later this year.