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Subaru Announces Pricing on All-New 2009 Forester

February 29, 2008

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Following its world debut at the NAIAS in January, Subaru of America, Inc. announced pricing on the all-new Subaru Forester.  The 2009 Subaru Forester will arrive in dealer showrooms beginning in April with pricing starting at $19,995, a full $1,200 lower than the outgoing model.

“For 11 years, the Subaru Forester has been an icon of functionality, dependability and durability,” said Tim Colbeck, vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc.  “The 2009 Forester now adds greater interior room, improved comfort and more amenities than before, yet with a starting price that is significantly lower than the outgoing model.”

The 2009 Subaru Forester is available in both 2.5 liter naturally aspirated and 2.5 liter turbo models. The naturally aspirated models are available with manual or automatic transmission, while the turbocharged models come with automatic transmission.

The naturally aspirated model is available in three trim levels; X, 2.5X Premium Package and 2.5X L.L. Bean (L.L. Bean equipped with automatic transmission only). The 2.5XT turbocharged model is available in standard X trim or as a Forester 2.5XT Limited model.

Model Highlights:

The 2.5X, equipped with manual transmission, will have a starting price of $19,995 (before D&D) - a $1,200 price decrease from the comparable 2008MY.

The 2.5X with Premium Package, equipped with manual transmission, has a starting price of $22,495 and includes; Power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear seat center tray, roof rails, steering wheel audio controls, and reclining rear seat backs.

The 2.5X L.L.Bean Edition with standard automatic transmission starts at $25,995. The L.L.Bean Edition includes: perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, automatic climate control system, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer and 6 speakers, 10-way power driver’s seat, fog lights, all-weather package (heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer and heated exterior mirrors), L.L.Bean embroidered floor mats and L.L.Bean embossed cargo tray.

The 2.5XT model starts at $26,195 and features a 2.5L, turbocharged engine that produces 224 HP. The 2.5XT comes with unique 17-inch alloy wheels.

An All Weather Package is an available option ($400) on the Premium Package, and is standard on the L.L.Bean & XT Limited.  Satellite Navigation is optional ($1,800) on L.L. Bean and XT Limited models.

Destination and Delivery charge is $665 for all 2009-MY Forester models.


The third-generation 2009 Forester is a total re-design of the award-winning crossover utility vehicle (CUV). The 2009 Forester builds upon its predecessor’s reputation as an icon of safety, dependability and versatility. The new-generation 2009 model projects a bolder, more SUV-like design and making a major leap in safety technology, comfort, refinement and driving dynamics.

As with all Subaru models, the 2009 Forester comes equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

An all-new platform featuring a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase (now 103.0 inches) and double-wishbone rear suspension improves crash-worthiness and at the same time provides crisper handling, a quieter ride and increased interior space and cargo room. The 2009 Forester once again blends positive SUV attributes including a high seating point and interior versatility with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency.

All Forester models for 2009 feature standard side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard on all models for the first time. With the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3), Subaru optimized all elements of the Forester’s chassis to deliver a better balance of ride, handling response, quietness and overall traction performance than offered by competitive vehicles. A comprehensive array of elements contributes to that goal, including the new, high-strength body structure, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, VDC and four-wheel disc ABS brakes with the Brake Assist safety system.

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