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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/27/2012

2013 Subaru Forester: What's Changed


Most significant changes: Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming are standard 

Price change: TBA 

On sale: TBA 

Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? No need to wait on 2013; get a 2012

The Subaru Forester hits the 2013 model year with only incremental changes. It’s due for a complete redesign that should debut in the coming year as a 2014 model . Changes to the 2013 version include additional equipment options to the base 2.5x trim.

The 2013 Forester is available in 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring trims.

For the 2013 model year, the base 2.5X gets Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with audio streaming, iPod controls and a USB port, all standard. Steering-wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls are also newly standard equipment.

There aren't many changes for 2013 because for the 2011 model year, the Forester received a mild exterior refresh and a new four-cylinder powertrain. For 2012, all Foresters got a height-adjustable front passenger seat, and some models offered an optional 6.1-inch display and backup camera.

A newly revised Value Package on the 2.5X includes a display-type audio system, fog lights, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield de-icer.

No word yet on pricing or estimated delivery date to dealerships, but we do know that Subaru dealers have started to take orders for the model.'s new-car inventory currently shows more than 10,000 2012 Foresters, so you shouldn't have trouble finding one before the 2013s arrive.

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