Do you want a new Forester with a 6-speed manual? Get your passport updated
The 2016 Subaru Forester is making its dealer launch now and it still comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. This is an option that U.S. buyers won’t get. Subaru did away with the manual gearbox when they brought out the new generation Forester in 2014. Subaru Canada still offers the manual option on two models. U.S. consumers can only look and not touch.
The 2016 Subaru Forester is available with the choice of two Subaru Boxer engines; a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder or a 2.0-liter direct-injection twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder on the Forester XT.
The new Forester offers the choice of a 6-speed manual or Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) in Canada. Each version works differently with specific versions of Subaru’s symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system geared toward that application.
On models equipped with the CVT, X-Mode with Hill Descent Control brings added capability with the push of a button, offering extra control for slippery off-road situations. This system can also tackle the steepest of inclines with confidence and control for any driver in the family. The 6-speed manual gearbox does not come with the X-Mode feature.
What’s new for 2016
For 2016, Forester gains an updated interior with upgraded finishes and new steering wheel controls. The small SUV also gets a new infotainment system that improves connectivity with intuitive audio and navigation. Forester 2.5i and Forester 2.0XT gain a new audio system with 6.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen offering a larger rear-view camera display.
The new compact SUV also gets new one-touch turn signals, sun visor extensions and updated steering wheel controls. Outside, there’s a new exterior shark fin antenna integrated into the body contours making it easier to access the roof.
The 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 6-speed manual starts at $25,995 Canadian. The 2.5i Touring Package 6-speed manual starts at $29,995. The Touring Package with optional technology package adds steering-responsive fog lights for greater visibility as well as a revised proximity key fob. U.S. buyers can’t get the 6-speed manual option on the 2016 Subaru Forester SUV. They can go across the border and order one in Canada.