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Old 05-18-2017, 01:26 PM   #1
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SUBARU OF AMERICA® ANNOUNCES PRICING ON 2018 FORESTER MODELS AND DEBUTS BLACK EDITION PACKAGE

New 2.5i Forester Black Edition Package added to line-up
Active Torque Vectoring now standard on 2.0XT Touring
Touring Models feature EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology as standard
EyeSight®-equipped models gain High Beam Assist and Reverse Auto Braking
Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc., which this month posted its 65th consecutive month of record-breaking sales, today announced pricing on the 2018 Forester models. It is also the introduction of the new 2.5i Black Edition package. New Foresters will arrive into retailers Summer 2017.

The 2018 Forester 2.5i is available in standard, Premium, Limited and Touring trims and is powered by a 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, with optional Lineartronic® CVT. The Forester 2.0XT is available in Premium and Touring trims and powered by a 250-hp 2.0-liter intercooled, turbocharged 4-cylinder BOXER engine. All Forester models come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Subaru has continued advancing the outstanding features of this model line with safety, comfort, durability and drivability as the top priorities. Currently the brand’s best-selling model, the well-equipped 2018 Forester has a starting price of $22,795.

The stylish front bumper cover and hexagonal grille of the Forester are accentuated by Subaru’s signature C-shaped headlight design with black inner bezel, while the rear combination lights also feature a prominent C shape with LED illumination. Combined, these styling and lighting elements provide excellent forward visibility along with a more robust and distinctive look.

The nicely appointed 2018 Forester 2.5i Premium has a starting price of $25,695. In addition to a panoramic power moonroof, Premium trim features include 17-inch alloy wheels, X- Mode with Hill Descent Control on CVT models, automatic HVAC controls, body color rear roof spoiler and a 10-way power driver’s seat. A power rear gate with auto close and height memory is available on Premium Foresters equipped with EyeSight®. An All-Weather Package including heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icer comes standard on Premium trim and above.

A new Forester 2.5i Black Edition package is an upgrade from the 2.5i Premium, with Lineartronic® CVT featuring paddle shifters previously available only on turbo models that control a 6-speed manual mode. The package also comes standard with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control and LED Steering Responsive Headlights. The Black Edition rides on 18-inch black alloy wheels; fog lights with black accent trim; black finish exterior badges and mirrors; and a front grille with blacked-out wing motif and chrome frame. The package is offered on 4 exterior colors: Crystal Black Silica, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal White Pearl and Ice Silver Metallic. The exclusive black cloth upholstery seats with simulated leather bolsters are complimented by a silver metallic and black gloss finish center dash panel. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle are highlighted with silver stitching and the interior door handles have a chrome finish. All-Weather Package, rear cargo tray and Welcome Lighting all come standard with the Black Edition. The 2.5i Forester Black Edition is available exclusively on Premium trim as a $1,150 option package.

Limited trim upgrades to silver metallic with gloss black finish center dash panel trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle. Perforated leather-trimmed upholstery and a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support are also included with this trim level. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard features on the Limited along with Welcome Lighting. EyeSight®-equipped models include High Beam Assist, LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Automatic Low & High Beam Height Adjustment and Reverse Auto Braking. A power rear gate with auto close and height memory is standard on the Limited. The 2018 Forester 2.5i Limited models begin at $29,395.

The top-of-the-line Touring models are distinguished by 18-inch alloy wheels, black with chrome trim side cladding and foldable, body colored exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. Touring trims are available with Black or Saddle Brown interiors. 10-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory (includes power lumbar support), as well as Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and heated steering wheel. Active Torque Vectoring, first introduced on the WRX® and WRX STI®, is now standard all 2.0XT Touring models. Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist headlights are included on Touring models. Forester Touring is priced from $33,090.

All Forester trim lines feature SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia systems that provide hands-free connectivity and entertainment services. The Forester 2.5i base model features the STARLINK 6.2” Multimedia system with a 6.2-inch single-touch gesture display and the Premium, Limited and Touring trims have a standard STARLINK 7.0” Multimedia Plus system with a high-resolution 7-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth® hands-free SMS text messaging, dual USB ports, and adds SiriusXM® All Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link®. The optional STARLINK 7.0” Multimedia Navigation system features voice-activated controls and comes with three years of complimentary map updates as well as a 3-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic® and SiriusXM Travel Link® along with four months of SiriusXM All Access audio service.

Two SUBARU STARLINK connected services packages are available for 7.0” Multimedia Plus system and 7.0” Multimedia Navigation system and are among the most affordable in the industry. The STARLINK Safety Plus package, which is complimentary for the first year and $99 per year after that, includes SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts. For even greater peace of mind, the STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

2018 FORESTER
Model/Trim Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
2.5i 6MT ‘01 $22,795 $23,710
2.5i CVT ’01, ‘02 $23,795 $24,710
2.5i Premium 6MT 11 $25,695 $26,610
2.5i Premium CVT 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 $26,195 $27,110
2.5i Limited CVT 21, 22, 23 $29,395 $30,310
2.5i Touring CVT 31, 32 $33,090 $34,005
2.0XT Premium CVT 11 $29,495 $30,410
2.0XT Touring CVT 31, 32 $36,090 $37,005


2018 FORESTER OPTION PACKAGES

CODE 01 Standard Model 2.5i
N/A
CODE 02 Alloy Wheel Package- includes 17-in. machine finished alloy wheels, roof rails and front passenger window Auto Up/Down
$600
CODE 11 Standard Model- 2.5i Premium 6MT or 2.0XT Premium CVT
N/A
CODE 12 Standard Model- 2.5i Premium CVT
N/A
CODE 13 All-Weather Package
$500
CODE 14 EyeSight®+ All- Weather Package + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert
$1,695
CODE 15 EyeSight® + All-Weather Package + Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Power Rear Gate
$2,145
CODE 16 Black Edition
$1,150
CODE 21 Standard Model- 2.5i Limited
N/A
CODE 22 Navigation + Harman Kardon® Audio Amplifiers + Speakers
$1,350
CODE 23 EyeSight® + Navigation + Harman Kardon® Amplifiers + Speakers
$2,945
CODE 31 Standard Model- 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring (Black interior)
N/A
CODE 32 Standard Model- 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring (Saddle Brown interior)
N/A

Destination & Delivery is $915 and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT. D&D is $1,065 for dealers in Alaska.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Stupid me didn't think to look for this before posting something in the 2017 thread.


Orders will open in a couple hours.
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:37 PM   #3
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Stupid me didn't think to look for this before posting something in the 2017 thread.


Orders will open in a couple hours.
hey at least they're opening orders close to when they announce pricing..
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Orders will open in a couple hours.
I thought they weren't opening orders until the 22nd?
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I thought they weren't opening orders until the 22nd?

That's what they originally said.
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So when will the Forester get DI?
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So when will the Forester get DI?
This should be the last year on this platform. The 2019 should be on the SGP so I would imagine it would also get a new engine as well. Unless they are waiting to roll out a new DI engine on the Legacy OB first.
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Though it still doesn't have Carplay/AA, the '18s WILL have access to the whole suite of Starlink apps. I'm wondering if that means a firmware update for the others is soon? Hopefully.
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Though it still doesn't have Carplay/AA, the '18s WILL have access to the whole suite of Starlink apps. I'm wondering if that means a firmware update for the others is soon? Hopefully.
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That Black Edition isn't bad for $1,150 extra, if you're at least into the LED steering responsive headlights and 18" wheels. The de-chroming is just icing on the cake.
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Though it still doesn't have Carplay/AA, the '18s WILL have access to the whole suite of Starlink apps. I'm wondering if that means a firmware update for the others is soon? Hopefully.
wtf? Really? No Carplay/AA? Anything in this price range without the ability to connect to a smart phone is outdated. Sad that a 2018 car that costs up to $37,000 before options/delivery/etc. cannot do what a $21k civic can do.

This is truly telling: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-...1420691731381/

Subaru is behind. This will hurt sales. Period. They better come out with a software upgrade yesterday.
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wtf? Really? No Carplay/AA? Anything in this price range without the ability to connect to a smart phone is outdated. Sad that a 2018 car that costs up to $37,000 before options/delivery/etc. cannot do what a $21k civic can do.

This is truly telling: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-...1420691731381/

Subaru is behind. This will hurt sales. Period. They better come out with a software upgrade yesterday.

Not likely. Though it doesn't have them, the full Starlink will be a fine stop-gap for a year. Probably less than a year.

I've already talked with a few(a few now. Not all) Impreza customers that think Carplay/AA are "just OK". Most do like it. And a couple that have Starlink in their car(THAT'S what makes me mad is that the lower trims don't even have Subaru's own app), prefer the Magellan NAV over their phone's NAV. Even having to pay for it.
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wtf? Really? No Carplay/AA? Anything in this price range without the ability to connect to a smart phone is outdated. Sad that a 2018 car that costs up to $37,000 before options/delivery/etc. cannot do what a $21k civic can do.

This is truly telling: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-...1420691731381/

Subaru is behind. This will hurt sales. Period. They better come out with a software upgrade yesterday.
Someone should tell Jeep and Nissan that they are done for since they only offer one model each with Carplay and Nissan doesn't even have an AA model
There isn't a single Toyota with Apple Carplay or Android Auto


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wtf? Really? No Carplay/AA? Anything in this price range without the ability to connect to a smart phone is outdated. Sad that a 2018 car that costs up to $37,000 before options/delivery/etc. cannot do what a $21k civic can do.

This is truly telling: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-...1420691731381/

Subaru is behind. This will hurt sales. Period. They better come out with a software upgrade yesterday.
They are not as behind as you think. The civic is more in line with the impreza, with has standard carplay on all trims. The 2019 forester will be brand new and on the all new platform. No need to swap an all new head unit into a one year car with the brand new car on the way
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Someone should tell Jeep and Nissan that they are done for since they only offer one model each with Carplay and Nissan doesn't even have an AA model
There isn't a single Toyota with Apple Carplay or Android Auto


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Well, your use of smilies certainly showed me!

Toyota joined SmartDeviceLink Consortium which is attempting to compete with AA/Carplay, so of course they're not going to offer AA/Carplay. Nissan's interface is similar to Starlink, except navigation can actually integrate with your smart phone, allowing you to search on your phone but navigate via the built-in system... Far superior to basic starlink.

The fact that the Impreza can come with AA/Carplay, but their second most expensive vehicle, the FXT, doesn't get it... That's just a miss.

I appreciate the issue with coming out with a new head unit for just one year but IMO, this is something that should have been made available at the last refresh.

Average consumers are addicted to their phones, and also don't really care about the differences between the Forester and the CRV. Test drive both. Oh, one has Carplay and lets me do xyz and use an interface that I'm already familiar with? Sure, I'll take it.

You guys can continue to defend Subaru all day long, but it's a pathetic miss and will guaranteed affect some sales. Maybe not many, but some. It will also affect people's perceptions of the brand after they buy it and find out that their buddies 20k civic has conveniences that their 30k+ SUV doesn't...

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I am certainly not defending subaru, cause I thought the same thing when A.C. and AA were not on the 2018 wrx and STI. Loss of sales to the civic si. But at least the outback gets the new head unit. With the exception of the 2018 outback and legacy, as the other models transition to the new platform, they are getting the AC and AA. Besides, the JDM forester comes out in Japan this year. We will see the updates to the forester before we get them for our market. It is unknown why subaru likes to play catch up, but when you are a small company fighting in a crowded space, especially when it comes to how they can price their packages and still have competitive pricing, it is hard. How much do you think putting the new head unit in the wrx and STI would have risen the price of the car.
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How much do you think putting the new head unit in the wrx and STI would have risen the price of the car.
Peanuts. Aftermarket units are around the $500 mark. No way Subaru is paying even close to that. The differential between a Starlink unit and one that has AA/CP would be peanuts, imo.

There could have been a lag in manufacturing of an AA/CP ready unit, and I appreciate that, but I think the wheels should have been moving already. They should have planned to roll out AA/CP across all models at the same time, not just when creating a new version from the ground up.

The fact that it wasn't added to the 2018 wrx/sti refresh is inexcusable.

The fact that someone can go out and buy a 2018 FXT for over 37K (or an STI for over $40K) and can't get a convenience feature that's available in the previous model year base Impreza (that costs half the price), is a miss. They effed up.

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Peanuts. Aftermarket units are around the $500 mark. No way Subaru is paying even close to that. The differential between a Starlink unit and one that has AA/CP would be peanuts, imo.

There could have been a lag in manufacturing of an AA/CP ready unit, and I appreciate that, but I think the wheels should have been moving already. They should have planned to roll out AA/CP across all models at the same time, not just when creating a new version from the ground up.

The fact that it wasn't added to the 2018 wrx/sti refresh is inexcusable.

The fact that someone can go out and buy a 2018 FXT for over 37K (or an STI for over $40K) and can't get a convenience feature that's available in the previous model year base Impreza (that costs half the price), is a miss. They effed up.
well they say subaru is a funny company when it comes to there product packaging, and yes, in a world where the new golf GTI and R, the civic si and type r, and of course the new focus rs have AA/A.C., keeping it out of the 2018 wrx and STI with no power upgrade and subtle body changes was a big mistake. But the 2018 sales will determine if that mistake was significant enough to derail the growth in sales
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Subaru has always been quirky when it comes to packaging.

A good example is in the press release, there are paddle shifters on the Black Edition. Subaru finally offers paddle shifters for the 2.5i Foresters but only in black, white, gray or silver colors. And judging by the table in the press release Eyesight is not even offered for the Black Edition.

Meanwhile the more expensive 2.5i Limited and Touring models are still stuck with the Low mode CVT. So quirky.
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wtf? Really? No Carplay/AA? Anything in this price range without the ability to connect to a smart phone is outdated. Sad that a 2018 car that costs up to $37,000 before options/delivery/etc. cannot do what a $21k civic can do.

This is truly telling: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-...1420691731381/

Subaru is behind. This will hurt sales. Period. They better come out with a software upgrade yesterday.
It's pretty clear the new Impreza-style HU with CarPlay will make it into the cars when they switch to SGP, just like DI. It's no surprise mid-to-late cycle refreshes don't have it.

And I have CarPlay in the Impreza and Starlink in my STI. The way CarPlay is now, I prefer starlink. The nav via CarPlay is pretty behind in features that the starlink nav has. The Spotify app is buggy too. Make calls, send and receive texts... Starlink can do it too since it also uses Siri to do it like CarPlay does. I really don't see a benefit to having CarPlay from a feature standpoint... besides free map upgrades, but purchasing maps every two or three years isn't going to bankrupt me so it's negligible.
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Peanuts. Aftermarket units are around the $500 mark. No way Subaru is paying even close to that. The differential between a Starlink unit and one that has AA/CP would be peanuts, imo.

There could have been a lag in manufacturing of an AA/CP ready unit, and I appreciate that, but I think the wheels should have been moving already. They should have planned to roll out AA/CP across all models at the same time, not just when creating a new version from the ground up.

The fact that it wasn't added to the 2018 wrx/sti refresh is inexcusable.

The fact that someone can go out and buy a 2018 FXT for over 37K (or an STI for over $40K) and can't get a convenience feature that's available in the previous model year base Impreza (that costs half the price), is a miss. They effed up.
There has to be some sort of reason we obviously don't see. AHA was Subaru's first app and was to be INTRODUCED on the BRZ, yet it was the last to actually get it. Even the pre-pro BRZ had it, yet.......

I have the same frustrations; but, you seem to think it's a huge thing to Subaru customers. It's not as huge as you think. To customers of other makes? Sure. I guess. And, again, speaking from little man Subaru dealership, I rarely get people complaining about not having CarPlay/AA. It's a nice perk for those getting the Impreza; but, the customers coming back to me I'm asking how they like it and it's usually a "meh" type response. Heck, I've had several tell me "I don't use those things". My eyebrows usually raise at that. It's just not an overall Subaru customer thing. It will be nice when they all have it. That's about it.
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There has to be some sort of reason we obviously don't see. AHA was Subaru's first app and was to be INTRODUCED on the BRZ, yet it was the last to actually get it. Even the pre-pro BRZ had it, yet.......

I have the same frustrations; but, you seem to think it's a huge thing to Subaru customers. It's not as huge as you think. To customers of other makes? Sure. I guess. And, again, speaking from little man Subaru dealership, I rarely get people complaining about not having CarPlay/AA. It's a nice perk for those getting the Impreza; but, the customers coming back to me I'm asking how they like it and it's usually a "meh" type response. Heck, I've had several tell me "I don't use those things". My eyebrows usually raise at that. It's just not an overall Subaru customer thing. It will be nice when they all have it. That's about it.
Being a resident and outspoken Subaru believer... you speak for me.

I don't use those things, and they are not on the list of the reasons I choose Subarus.

I choose Subarus for their fundamental mechanical architecture, their reliability, and their enduring value... not their radios. As you said, radios? Meh.

These reasons have worked for me for over twenty five years. I expect the same going forward.
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Well, your use of smilies certainly showed me!

Toyota joined SmartDeviceLink Consortium which is attempting to compete with AA/Carplay, so of course they're not going to offer AA/Carplay. Nissan's interface is similar to Starlink, except navigation can actually integrate with your smart phone, allowing you to search on your phone but navigate via the built-in system... Far superior to basic starlink.

The fact that the Impreza can come with AA/Carplay, but their second most expensive vehicle, the FXT, doesn't get it... That's just a miss.

I appreciate the issue with coming out with a new head unit for just one year but IMO, this is something that should have been made available at the last refresh.

Average consumers are addicted to their phones, and also don't really care about the differences between the Forester and the CRV. Test drive both. Oh, one has Carplay and lets me do xyz and use an interface that I'm already familiar with? Sure, I'll take it.

You guys can continue to defend Subaru all day long, but it's a pathetic miss and will guaranteed affect some sales. Maybe not many, but some. It will also affect people's perceptions of the brand after they buy it and find out that their buddies 20k civic has conveniences that their 30k+ SUV doesn't...
Wait, so you give Toyota and Nissan a pass because they have alternative systems like starlink, but Subaru is circling the drain because it more than likely is a year behind adding it to the Forester? Give me a break
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:54 PM   #24
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Adding CarPlay to the 2019 model gives them yet another marketing promotion. Simple as that
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Old 05-21-2017, 08:52 AM   #25
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I just want GOOD audio output. Time alignment is a huge plus, in addition a multi band EQ.
The HK system in our '14 FXT has both those and sounds really good. Good enough.
I'm so glad Subaru has at least started to get that part right because the audio power/quality was historically atrocious compared to the competition.

I could give a crap about NAV, CarPlay and other such fancy doodads. Just make my tunes sound good off of my huge USB drive.

In comparison, my '15 Xterra P4X Rockford Fosgate system has gobs more punch/power, especially low end/sub, but lacks both time alignment and multiband EQ, so it actually sounds quite inferior to the FXT.
Sounds like @$$holes, pretty much.
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