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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.

All-Wheel-Driving It

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.

Forester Awards

On our most recent such lists, the Forester was recognized as one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 and one of our 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000.

Subaru Community

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.

Consumer Reviews

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.

Other Choices

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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First Look: 2019 Subaru Forester

The 2019 Subaru Forester has a more spacious interior than the outgoing model, and offers new technologies, including some that help alleviate distracted driving. The new Forester is expected to go on sale later this year.


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