Subaru Reveals Forester 2.5i Black Edition, Releases 2018 Forester Pricing
Special Edition Adds Paddle Shifters, Special Features, Black Accents
Subaru revealed pricing for the 2018 Forester lineup, as well as a new model, the 2.5i Black Edition.
The Forester 2.5i Black Edition’s name comes from its black-accented exterior features. Special 18-inch alloy wheels, black-accented foglights, black-finished exterior badges, a dechromed front grille, and black mirror caps set the special edition apart from the Forester 2.5i Premium upon which it is based. Inside, it features black cloth seat upholstery with simulated leather bolsters, while special trim panels on the dashboard are decked out in silver metallic and gloss black finishes. Silver stitching appears on the leather steering wheel and shift knob, and a rare dash of chrome makes an appearance on the door handles.
That trim level also donates a standard panoramic sunroof, automatic climate controls, and more, to which the Black Edition adds Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT, augmented with paddle shifters (a feature previously only available on the turbocharged Forester). The Black also gets X-Mode all-wheel drive, hill descent control, adaptive LED headlights, a rear cargo tray, and welcome lighting. Finally, it comes bundled with the Forester’s All-Weather Package, which includes heated front seats and side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.
The Black Edition package, available only on the 2.5i Premium with the CVT, costs $1,150, which seems to be a great deal considering that the All-Weather Package costs $500 on its own. Combined with the added content, it is a good value over ordering those options á la carte.
Aside from the new-for-2018 Black Edition, prices for the Forester are up incrementally compared to 2017. The Forester 2.5i, 2.5i Limited, and 2.5i Premium each see their base prices rise $200 ($22,795, $25,695, and $29,395, respectively), while the 2.5i Touring gets a more significant bump of $1,795 to $33,090. Subaru justifies that price increase with some added standard features.
The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT is also just a bit more expensive for 2018. The $29,495 Premium demands $200 more than it did for 2017, and the top-spec Touring costs $1,795 more, at $36,090. Subaru says the 2.0XT Touring now comes standard with Active Torque Vectoring, a feature that made its debut on the Subaru WRX. This should give the athletic family crossover nippy handling and even more secure traction in inclement weather.
Even fully loaded, the Forester’s pricing is in line with its competitors, so don’t expect it to lose its status as Subaru’s bestselling nameplate any time soon.