Sponsored: 7 highlights of the 2018 Subaru Forester

    Subaru already has a stellar reputation for its fun and safe cars, and the new Forester continues that tradition while adding features that raise the bar.

    Choosing a vehicle is no easy task, but the 2018 Subaru Forester has made it that much easier with options that will wow you. Subaru already has a stellar reputation for its fun and safe cars, and the new Forester continues that tradition while adding features that raise the bar.

    Here are seven reasons you should consider the 2018 Subaru Forester.

    Low cost

    With prices starting at less than $23,000, the new Forester aims to be affordable. Even the base version offers luxury features such as multimedia options, Bluetooth with USB and iPod control, all-wheel drive and more.

    The cost for this brand new vehicle is only $200 more than the previous year’s version of most models, so “its higher resale value will more than offset the minor price increase,” cars.com points out.

    Cutting edge technology

    The 2018 Forester features the latest Subaru STARLINK Multimedia that the company says “connects you to music, news, navigation, podcasts, weather and more. Wireless pairing and hands-free smartphone operation allow for safe and easy access to your favorite content through Pandora, SiriusXM All Access Radio, Aha, and a host of new and fun STARLINK apps.”

    STARLINK’s safety and security features also ensure your vehicle and you are kept safe, with automatic collision notification, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recovery and the added convenience of remote services.

    Safety features

    Speaking of safety, Subarus are consistently rated some of the safest vehicles to drive and the 2018 Forester is no different. With a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the new Forester has a slew of impressive safety features:

    • Driver airbag
    • Passenger airbag with on/off switch
    • Rear, rear head and rear body airbags
    • Side and side head airbags
    • 4-wheel ABS, disc brakes and drum brakes
    • Brake assist
    • Electronic stability control
    • Auto-on headlights, daytime running lights and auto-leveling headlights
    • Child safety locks
    • Integrated turn signal mirrors
    • Night vision
    • Adjustable pedals
    • Rollover protection system
    • Front and rear tow hooks
    • Traction control
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Blind spot monitor
    • Lane departure warning

    Fun to drive

    A staple feature of all Subarus is the all-wheel drive that allows you to drive safely and comfortably in many road conditions. The 2018 Forester features a high clearance 8.7 inches off the ground that’s handy for bumpy roads and off-road obstacles, while the 250 horsepower Subaru Boxer engine gives you performance when you need it.

    Gas mileage

    The Forester gets a notable 32 miles per gallon on the freeway and 26 in the city, which is above the average miles per gallon rating in the United States. This is particularly impressive because that number is at a record high.

    That fuel economy matters on an individual and a societal level because, as fueleconomy.gov points out, it saves you money, reduces oil dependence costs, cuts carbon emissions associated with climate change and increases energy sustainability.

    Environmentally friendly

    It’s not just fuel economy that helps the environment. Like every Subaru, the Forester is built in a plant that produces no landfill waste.

    “Sure, everyone's doing it nowadays, but Subaru's been building cars in zero landfill plants for a decade, and now teaches other companies how to do it as well,” TreeHugger points out. “Thanks to its long-time sustainability initiatives, and its willingness to teach other companies how to clean up their operations, Subaru of America is a leader in green manufacturing, with 10 years of experience building its cars in zero landfill plants.”


    One of the best features of the new Forester is the amount of space inside, something Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds and Autotrader all give an excellent rating.

    “The 2-row/5-passenger interior design is excellent thanks to its generous visibility and sensible design,” according to Kelley Blue Book. “The doors open wide, there's good rear-seat legroom, and there's a ton of cargo space: over 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and around 70 cubic feet with the seats folded.”

    Buying a Subaru

    Stop by Rairdon's Subaru of Auburn to take the new Forester for a spin and to talk to auto professionals who know about all things Subaru. Rairdon’s staff is friendly, knowledgeable and looking forward to helping you find a vehicle that you love to drive. Learn more and check out the current stock of Foresters here.

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