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 Compare 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i & 2.5i Premium trims

2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i


2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

26 city / 32 hwy*

Fuel Economy

26 city / 32 hwy*
170 hp


170 hp
174 lb-ft


174 lb-ft

Differences Between the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5 & 2.5i Trims

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The Subaru Forester is a highly-rated, extremely safe compact crossover. The TV and online advertisements for this vehicle pound away on safety and reliability, and those ads aren't going overboard. Rather, they are right on the money. Those seeking a safe, well-built, durable compact crossover can't go wrong with the Forester.

The model is offered in six different trim levels. One of the most popular is the 2.5i Limited, a version that builds upon the Black Edition by throwing in a few extra refinements. The bestselling model, however, is the less expensive 2.5i Premium trim. It isn't as well-rounded as the 2.5i Limited, but it's still a good value. Both models are powered by a 2.5L engine that makes 170 horsepower, and both are all-time all-wheel drive, making them a great choice for bad-weather driving.

Special Editions

The 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited trim comes with the Black Edition trim features including the CVT and All Weather packages as standard equipment. Enhancements include 18-inch wheels and an optional black finish on the wheels and grille. There's also an X-Mode enhanced off-road traction upgrade. The 2.5i Premium doesn't have these as standard equipment although the buyer can add on some of them as optional equipment. A partial All Weather package is included on the Premium trim, but this package only adds on heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors, and it's standard only on the manual transmission version. It's a cost-extra if the buyer chooses automatic transmission.

Interior Refinements

The interior upgrades offered on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited are numerous. The instrument panel and driver information display are significantly enhanced. Leather upholstery is also standard as is the rear cargo cover. There's an optional technology package on the Limited for a nominal price increase, and this adds on a Harman Kardon eight-speaker sound system and a full navigation system. A power liftgate is also included on the Limited trim. The 2.5i Premium trim doesn't come with these upgrades although the panoramic sunroof, power driver's seat, and reclining rear seats are standard. These are of course also standard on the Limited trim. Leather upholstery is not an option on the Premium. If choosing the Premium, buyers need to pay close attention to the standard features on both the manual and CVT transmission versions. These differ somewhat, so some homework must be done in order to get the most desired features.

Subaru Forester Exterior

Standard Safety Features

All 2018 Subaru Forester trims come with a full set of airbags including side-curtain bags for the rear seating area. The Starlink Safety Plus telematics system that includes emergency assistance and automatic collision notification is standard on the Premium trim. However, one must choose the All Weather package in order to qualify for the EyeSight safety package. This package adds on adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2.5i Limited's EyeSight package includes all of the features of the Premium's EyeSight package but adds on adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam control and reverse automatic braking.

Both of these trims offer a lot for the money, but the 2.5i Limited trim offers more as standard equipment. To see how these trims differ, take them both for a test drive. Come see us at Proctor Subaru, and call ahead to inquire about current inventory on this exceptional compact crossover from Subaru.

*EPA-estimated fuel economy with optional CVT transmission. Actual mileage may vary