The Subaru Forester remains a favorite among Orange County drivers who prefer the ease of handling and fuel-efficiency of a smaller vehicle. As the Forester has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the compact SUV provides exceptional visibility while having the ability to handle various types of terrain. Subaru also offers the Forester in five different trim levels that add amenities and features to each level.


All Forester trim levels have a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that achieves up to 182 horsepower. The vehicle also has an automatic continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive. Add a towing package, and the SUV capably pulls up to 1,500 pounds. The vehicles automatically come with trailer stability technology.

Subaru Forester

The base Forester has LED headlights and 17-inch steel wheels. On the inside, the SUV has a 6.5-inch touchscreen on the infotainment system that integrates with Android and Apple smartphones. The system has a four-speaker stereo, HD and satellite radio. The five-passenger cabin features fabric upholstery and automatic climate control.

Technological safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control with pre-collision braking and throttle management. When sensors detect possible danger, the vehicles slow and the brakes automatically deploy to prevent disaster. Other safety features include lane departure warnings and intervention along with sway control. The standard rear-seat reminding system alerts drivers to check the back seat before exiting the vehicle to protect young children and pets.

Subaru Forester Premium

The exterior of the upgraded trim level includes 17-inch alloy wheels and the X-Mode system that includes hills descent control. Stepping up to the Premium level adds a powered panoramic moonroof, which enhances the view of the outdoors, whether you are driving during the day or night. The steering wheel becomes leather-wrapped, and the driver's seat is power-adjustable. Both front seats are heated for year-round comfort. The rear seats recline. The infotainment system gains Wi-Fi capability to accommodate up to seven mobile devices. New Anaheim owners might also have a hands-free powered liftgate.

Subaru Forester Sport

The Sport level adds a number styling elements that include exterior orange accents and badging. The SUV travels on 18-inch black alloy wheels, and gains LED fog lights for greater visibility. The headlights turn high beams on or off automatically. The SI-Drive engine management system enables Tustin drivers to choose from Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp modes, which alter engine responsiveness as desired.

Owners also gain the convenience of keyless access and push-button engine start. The interior gains two-tone fabric upholstery with contrasting orange stitching, and the steering wheel has paddle shifters. The infotainment system provides the ability to create hands-free text messages via Bluetooth. Rear-seat passengers have access to two USB ports.

Subaru Forester Limited

The Limited exterior boasts machined-finish 18-inch alloy wheels. The cabin has perforated leather-trimmed seats. The automatic climate control system regulates two zones. The touchscreen on the infotainment system enlarges to eight inches. The system also enables voice control. Added safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane changing assistance and rear cross-traffic warnings.

Subaru Forester Touring

The exterior of the top trim level gains side mirrors having a satin chrome finish. The interior has power-adjustable front seats and heated rear seats. The steering wheel is also heated. When needing extra cargo space, the one-touch feature folds the rear seats electronically. The stereo receives an upgrade and includes nine speakers plus navigation ability. Additional safety features include reverse automatic emergency braking and driver distraction mitigation.

At Irvine Subaru in Lake Forest, we have the latest Subaru Forester models on display for consumer's viewing pleasure. Stop by and browse through our selection. Find a Subaru SUV near Laguna Niguel that suits your tastes and ask about taking a test drive.

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