2018 Subaru Forester Greater Chicago - Countryside

 

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Adventuring's a Blast in the 2018 Subaru Forester

Heading out from the Chicago area can bring with it the gamut of diverse Illinois terrain as well as its inclement weather off Lake Michigan. Luckily, in 2018 Subaru Forester, you'll find a compact sport utility ready for both the road and going off the beaten path.

From the Subaru SUV base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims, through step-up 2.5i Limited and distance-going 2.5i Touring, all the way to the performance-minded 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring, Subaru Forester shows itself well-appointed. A comfortable interior, host of convenience amenities, advanced safety tech, and infotainment perks come together to make your drive-time memorable.


A Capable Performer for Your Trek

2018 Forester offers two engine options to power you across the landscape: a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine putting out an energetic 170 horsepower with the go-getter eagerness of 174 pound-feet of torque, or a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER variant shelling out 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet to command the road and trail. Plus, you can avail yourself of a competitive fuel economy to help take you there. 2018 Forester offers up to an estimated 27-32 mpg cruising the city and 23-26 highway mpg depending upon trim.

You'll likewise find Subaru's mid-level SUV a hands-on control thrill over uneven ground, its seamless gear changes thanks to a fully synchronized six-speed manual transmission with Incline Start Assist in 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims. Take a ride in a Forester 2.5i Limited or higher if you plan to opt for ease of use, drive smoothness, and efficiency: a Lineartronic® CVT with Adaptive Control presents here, but it's still packing six- and eight-speed manual modes in the jump to a Forester 2.0XT model. That means a sporty ride when you're up for it. 2018 Forester even offers 1,500-pound towing capacity so you can take a trailerful in tow.

 

Safety Held to the Towering Subaru Standard

The off-grid can be a perilous place. Luckily, 2018 Subaru Forester has you covered. The SUV prominently boasts Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, delivering a balanced structure for ride steadiness matched only by help from Vehicle Dynamics Control standard as well as, in 2.5i Limited and later, an X-MODE® for low-traction wheel spin reduction and Hill Descent Control. 2018 Forester 2.0XT Touring standardizes Active Torque Vectoring, giving you the peace of mind of precision control while steering and during cornering and turn-in.

Plus, you can avail yourself of optional EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology in trims higher than Forester's base, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control for safe distancing, pre-collision braking for an added layer of protection, and lane departure and keep-assist features to help you remain on track. In upper trims, you'll find the visibility enhancement for reverses and parking afforded by Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, as well as Reverse Automatic Braking to help avoid hitting obstacles.

Subaru's connected emergency services suite, STARLINK Safety and Security, appears in 2018 Forester 2.5i Premium and higher, and that means you can count on help when you need it. Not only does the tech feature auto collision notification and SOS Emergency and Enhanced Roadside Assistance support, but it also builds in features for Stolen Vehicle Recovery as well as diagnostic, security, and remote services functionality.

An Interior Designed with the Trip in Mind

Inside 2018 Subaru Forester, you'll find a burgeoning cavern in which to sprawl, the sport utility offering 103.3 to 108.3 cubic feet of passenger volume depending upon trim. Accommodating cloth seating gives way to that leather-appointed in upper trims, and sport bolsters present in Forester 2.0XT Premium for extra padding while overcoming Mother Nature's impediments. Plus, you can count on up to 74.7 cubic feet of cargo space for road swag with Forester's rear 60/40-split folding seatbacks lowered, and that means as much room for the equipment to enliven the trip as for a camping buddy to take along for the hike.

Likewise, infotainment options abound, from a STARLINK™ 6.2-inch Multimedia system in the 2018 Forester base to keep you in control and connected to civilization, to a STARLINK™ 7-inch Multimedia Plus variant in mid-level trims, to upper-Touring -trim STARLINK™ 7-inch Multimedia tech with built-in navigation. What's more, getting there and back again's a breeze with the latter's GPS system being voice activated.

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