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Car and Driver: Updated 2017 Subaru Forester Prices Rise $125–$525

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Subaru isn’t charging much more money for the updated version of its popular Forester SUV, but it also didn’t change much. The 2017 Forester, which features mildly revised styling, a few new features, and additional sound deadening, costs between $125 and $525 more than the 2016 model, depending on trim level.

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The base-model Forester, the 2.5i, is now $23,245 with its standard six-speed manual transmission, an increase of $225; as before, opting for the CVT automatic costs $1000 extra. The $26,145 Forester 2.5i Premium also offers a manual as standard, while the CVT version starts at $26,645. The CVT-only 2.5i Limited, at $29,645, and 2.5i Touring, at $31,645, are $425 and $525 more than last year. All of these models are powered by a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder and come standard with all-wheel drive. CVT-equipped 2.5i Foresters also get a slight fuel-economy bump, with EPA city ratings rising 2 mpg to 26 mpg.

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The more powerful turbocharged Forester 2.0XT also returns for 2017, with price increases of $125 for the 2.0XT Premium and $525 for the top-of-the-line 2.0XT Touring. One significant change for the Touring model is the addition of Subaru’s brake-based torque-vectoring system from the WRX when you opt for the EyeSight batch of active-safety features. Both Touring models can be had with an exclusive Sepia Bronze Metallic exterior hue and a Saddle Brown leather interior trim package that’s new for 2017.

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Speaking of EyeSight, the 2017 Forester receives an updated version with new features including lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert to complement the previous adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and forward collision warning. As before, EyeSight is bundled with different packages depending on trim level, and costs between $1595 and $2145. It’s offered on all trim levels except for the 2.5i and the manual 2.5i Premium.

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If these minor changes make the Forester more appealing to you, know that you’ll have to wait until late summer before the revised 2017 models start arriving at dealerships.

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