The Subaru Forester is a major pillar of Subaru’s recent sales success in the U.S. That trend will likely continue for the 2015 model year, with the all-wheel-drive crossover set to start at an affordable $23,045, including destination fees. Subaru relies heavily on mass-market crossovers like the Forester and Outback to drive its growing sales figures, and with just a $225 price bump over last year’s model (pictured), this latest 2015 Subaru Forester should ignite demand even further.
All 2015 Subaru Forester vehicles come with standard all-wheel drive, but now even the base model will come standard with a rear-view camera and multi-function color display. The base 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four, good for 170 hp and 174-lb ft of torque, can be mated either to a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission ($24,045). Premium trim, which now includes a moonroof as standard for 2015, adds $2,400 to the base price for a total of $25,445 for the manual and $25,945 for the CVT.
The Subaru Forester Limited will cost $28,945, while the top-level Touring trim (18-inch wheels, keyless entry and start, chrome trim, and HID headlights) totals $30,945. Common package options will surely be the all-weather package ($500), EyeSight safety system (now $500 cheaper in all packages where it is included), and navigation (available in a range of packages for Forester Touring.)
The higher-output 2015 Subaru Forester XT, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four making 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, starts at $29,345. All Forester XT vehicles come standard with the all-weather package. The XT Touring stands atop the range at $33,945, although don’t expect very many to fork over nearly $34,000 for a Subaru Forester. No doubt the standard 2.5-liter engine, though short on power, will continue to fill a profitable niche as an affordable, spacious, and reliable all-wheel-drive crossover.
Look to see the 2015 Subaru Forester in showrooms later this year.