2018 Subaru Forester Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $24,710 (with automatic transmission) | Price yours
Above Average: Practicality, safety, visibility, off-road capability
Below Average: Mild-mannered personality, infotainment system that's merely adequate
Consensus: Its go-anywhere attitude is tailor-made for fans of the great outdoors
The Unofficial Compact SUV of Dirt and Snow
Disproportionately popular in colder areas of the country and with the outdoorsy set, Subaru's compact SUV continues to grow increasingly competitive with segment stalwarts like the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. But the calling card of the Subaru Forester remains a superior all-wheel-drive system favored by those who experience traction deficiencies on a seasonal basis.
For 2018, Subaru introduces a new Black Edition trim package and expands the availability of the EyeSight driver assist suite of safety features, which now includes reverse auto braking and high-beam assist.
The Forester matches a low step-in height with credible ground clearance. And its low center of gravity (relative to other compact SUVs) has a payoff in stability, as noted in our 2018 Subaru Forester full review: "Subaru’s 2018 Forester is the rare crossover SUV that’s equally adept on-road and off-road. The AWD system makes the most of the engine's oomph to deliver smooth, even power regardless of road conditions."
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Build and Price
Forester pricing starts just below $24K for the base model and can exceed $38,000 fully loaded. Regardless of outlay, Subaru's historically high resale values ensure you'll get a good chunk of your money back. Build your own 2018 Subaru Forester to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
For many owners, Subaru is a lifestyle. Take a quick peek at the online version of Subaru's Drive magazine to see all the activities bringing these folks together.
KBB.com visitor and Forester owner Rocknar66 had this to say: "Great car, esp. for a family! Great visibility, sits high, zippy engine. Ample room for luggage, music or sports equipment, etc. AWD makes for good handling in rain. Only complaints are: the bluetooth interface is not user friendly, and the light grey upholstery gets dirty quickly." Read more consumer reviews of the latest Subaru Forester.
The Subaru Forester offers a better-than-most AWD system, but most compact SUVs are as capable as most buyers will ever need them to be. Check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide to see all your choices and get up to speed in a hurry.
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