2017, 2018 Subaru Forester Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost w/ Holdback
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
Subaru Forester Prices - How Much is a Subaru Forester?
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What's New For 2017
This year's model offers improved steering and better noise insulation than the 2016 model. The front end and grill have been overhauled. Headlights and tail lights have been redesigned as well. Automatic high-beam control and adaptive LED lights are some of the new options. New safety features include lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
Available Styles and Trims
The 2017 Subaru Forester comes in one style and six different trim levels. The Forester is a crossover SUV that seats five passengers. The available trim levels are; 2.5i, Premium, Limited, Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring.
The first four trim levels are powered by a 2.5-liter engine. This engine is paired with a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic-transmission system. Standard features include a 4-speaker sound system, folding rear seats, a driver info display, rear-view camera, smartphone integration and 17" wheels.
The 2.5i Premium adds tow additional speakers to the sound system. It also includes a larger touchscreen, automatic climate control and sunroof. The 2.5i Limited adds an all-weather package, leather upholstery, an upgraded driver display and eight speakers. The Touring provides heated seats and steering wheel, 18" alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry and dual-zone climate controls.
The 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring share the same features as their 2.5i counterparts. The difference here is in the upgraded engine. 2.0XT models come equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Fuel Economy and Performance
The 2.5i base engine puts out 170 hp and 174 lbs-ft of torque. It has an EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The Turbocharged engine has an impressive 250 hp with 258 lbs-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the 2.0XT models is 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
The XT models are fast and can accelerate up to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. The automatic transmission for the 2017 Subaru Forester is not as responsive as you might like, but does an adequate job. Handling is easy-to-control, but there is some body roll when cornering. Braking is good with a better stopping distance than many competitors.
- Roomy interior
- Good off-road performance
- Good fuel economy for an AWD
- Low maximum tow rating
- Automatic transmission isn't as responsive as it should be
How to Calculate The Dealer Cost of a Subaru Forester
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Subaru Forester invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of all the options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Subaru Forester MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.