2012 Subaru Forester Top Comparisons

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2012 Subaru ForesterReview
GuruFG444 writes:
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Great Features, Super Value. Beat out a Rav 4

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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X PremiumReview
Alfred520 writes:
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Wonderful Car! — This car has been very reliable and fun to drive. I would recommend this car to anyone who needs a comfy car with room for kids and groceries. I love the way that it runs in the winter it kept us safe and warm.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: This car is a true family car.  It is reliable, roomy and fun to drive.

Cons: None really.

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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X PremiumReview
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2012 Forester 2.5 — Have managed to put 15K on it in less than a year. No maintenance issues, but did have to replace the rear brake light lens as it was fogged up. Overall is a great daily driver and people hauler. Use it to travel between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Tiz a Subaru.  Like the AWD.  Could have more power and better MPG.

Cons: Thin skin... first week we owned it, we were parked under an Oak Tree and acorns fell and actually dented the hood and bonnet top.  Ouch.

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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5XReview
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Good Car Overall — Only recently bought it but it has been good so far. Only down negatives are that it needs a better automatic transmission and a few extra inches of space would make a huge difference. Overall satisfied so far. Will add more after having it longer.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: safe and great handling

Cons: 4-speed automatic transmission need improvement

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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium Review
Angiemo2419 says:
Really smooth ride
vs2010 Honda CR-V EX-L FWD
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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Review
kmaskevich says:
For an SUV it didnt feel like one, felt like driving a station wagon, which isnt what Im looking for. The cargo space was decent but doesnt have the straighter lines I prefer.
vs2012 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD
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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited Review
Bryan says:
I own a 2009 Forester XT. This car can get you in trouble. It has a lot of power but I suspect some of that power comes from the lightweight. With that turbo it just gets up and moves. The models I test drove without the turbo are comparable to other crossover SUVs like the Rogue and RAV4 as far as engine power. Nothing impressive to be sure. The downside to the Forester is that it seems a bit fragile to me. Impressive engine power but I have already had to replace the engine once and the transmission fluid looks like metallic paint. However it still runs strong. The only active problem right now is a bad evaporative core sensor that keeps the AC from working when it is hot outside. I love the AWD system. It just seems to work on my model and year. It is on all the time and the handling is superb and it shows.
vs2015 Nissan Rogue SV AWD
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Cargo Capacity Ranked 2015 Nissan Rogue SV AWD better.
"Cargo capacity is similar but I believe the Rogue has a bit more. It feels like more anyway. I dont have the cars to actually measure at the moment and since different years vary a bit I suggest everyone actually request those numbers from the dealer or perhaps Google them. "
Value Ranked 2015 Nissan Rogue SV AWD better.
"Where I live in the pacific northwest Subarus are very popular. This drives the price up which makes the slightly larger and heavier Rogue a cheaper option. I also think the Nissan engines are more robust if a bit lower on power. The boxer engine is a fantastic design for an engine with opposing cylinders causing less wear on the main bearings and thus should make them a bit more efficient as far as power goes. Unfortunatly it seems some years may have oiling issues and many are known to have head gasket issues. Thus you have a powerful engine with lots of potential for problems. And to add insult to injury the boxer design makes working on the engine difficult due to clearance issues. Just changing the spark plugs can be challenging on a Turbo model. Some claim you can change the head gasket without pulling the engine but realistically you are going to need to pull the whole engine out just to replace the head gaskets. This is not cheap and can be done a lot cheaper on almost any other inline 4 cylinder engine. Rumor has it that the newer Subarus may have some CVT problems though those problems dont seem to be as extensive as the Rogue CVT problems. Still very expensive to replace. With the Rogue I know the engine will run practically forever and the transmission will go sometime between 120k and 160k miles. With the Subaru 2.5 turbo engine I dunno when the engine will have problems or how long the transmission will last. I may try another Subaru some day but for now Ill stick with the Rogue and sell it just after 100k miles. "
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2012 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring Review
Pierre says:
vs2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6 AWD with Navi
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Power Ranked 2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6 AWD with Navi better.
"V6 engine"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6 AWD with Navi worse.
"Forester ceiling is higher"

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Reviews From Other Years

2020 Subaru Forester Reviews

Review By Iraj

Great truck . Tons of value and safety features !!! Much better than Nissan Rogue or CR-V or Rav4 Read More

Review By Dodge012

The cars features are great. The only thing I’m missing that I need is a remote start witch I’ll get from the dealership soon. Read More

2019 Subaru Forester Reviews

Review By Guru99JTJT

Todays available technology allows for safer driving even in incremental weather with more and more cars on the road awareness and safety are paramount for all conditions during traveling Read More

Review By Elsa

The car is in excellent condition, and has safety features for a family. I definitely would recommend Subaru Forester Premium AWD to my family and friends, from San Jose, Ca. Read More

2018 Subaru Forester Reviews

Review By Jill_Coffey16

Very nice comfortable seating. Lots of leg room, user friendly operations and knob/button placement. Interior lighting and dashboard are excellent, very nice sound system, Car sits higher than older... Read More

Review By Guru99CJZN

its great all that I want for an SUV and getting prepare for winter... Maybe I can look on a newer model with lesser milage! Read More

2017 Subaru Forester Reviews

Review By Guru2MHW8

It’s my first subaru and I’m already in love with the whole brand! The adaptive cruise control is one amazing feature, the cabin feels cavernous, and I feel glued to the road. Read More

Review By Guru1ZBS2

I love them theyre such great cars and theyre safe as well Read More

2016 Subaru Forester Reviews

Review By Guru7N5XJ

Plenty of leg, head room, nice pick up, smooth ride Read More

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