The Subaru Forester's reputation wasn't formed on good looks, but on its solid reliability, practical nature and rugged utility. Sound nerdy? Maybe, but that tall greenhouse offers excellent visibility in all directions, and its roomy rear seat and cargo area are two features sometimes lacking in this class. However, the 2017 Subaru Forester has gone to finishing school. Sporting a new nose with LED-accented headlights, an upgraded and quieter interior, and luxurious interior trim packages, the 2017 Forester is shedding the pocket protector for a dash of style. Yet upgrades to the EyeSight driver-assist system, torque vectoring for the turbo model, and improved fuel economy are practical updates that will keep the Forester competitive against the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and many others.
Turbocharged Forester models get a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system for better traction, while Forester models with the 2.5-liter engine and CVT get better fuel economy. The EyeSight driver-assist system gets more accurate color cameras, plus blind-spot monitoring is now available, and the interior is both more refined and quieter on the highway.
For 2016, the base
Subaru Forester 2.5i receives a new 6.2-inch Starlink touch-screen audio unit with single-touch gesture display and satellite radio. Premium, Limited and Touring trims get a larger 7-inch touch screen with multiple-gesture display and the Safety and Security package. EyeSight-equipped models gain steering-responsive fog lights.
A rearview camera now comes on base 2015 Forester models, making it standard across the board. Turbocharged XT models now include the All-Weather Package, and 2.5i Premium models equipped with a manual transmission receive a standard moonroof. Navigation becomes optional instead of standard in higher trims.
Redesigned from the ground up, the 2014 Forester raises its practical and personable character to an even higher level, gaining a new sense of style, more space, additional refinement, better performance and improved fuel economy.
For 2013, the
Subaru Forester 2.5X receives a new radio with built-in Bluetooth and streaming capabilities, as well as iPod control and a USB port. Steering-wheel audio controls are standard on the base trim, while Premium models get a new Value Package that includes an upgraded radio display, fog lights and the Cold Weather Package.
The Forester's wide range of trim levels includes two turbo models. All include a new height-adjustable front passenger seat for 2012. A new option on the higher trims is a touch-screen navigation system that's bundled with a USB, iPod and Bluetooth features, satellite radio and traffic, and a text-message feature.
A revised model range now includes Standard, Premium, Limited and Touring trims for the 2.5X, and Premium and Touring trims for the turbocharged 2.5XT. An all-new 2.5-liter engine produces more low-end torque and better mileage in the base trims, while Bluetooth is now standard on all but the base models. New radios include an available removable TomTom navigation unit and a rear backup camera (standard on Touring trims.)
A simplified model range now includes Standard, Premium and Limited for the 2.5X, and Premium and Limited for the turbocharged 2.5XT. All models receive a new instrument cluster while the Limited trim's optional navigation now features Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
Subaru Forester sees substantial changes for 2009. Built on an all-new platform and now sporting double-wishbone rear suspension, the Forester not only handles better, it also has more rear legroom and a quieter ride.
Forester Sport models receive a revised front end, while turbo models equipped with the optional automatic transmission receive the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.
"first you have to know this is a true SUV, not a car. It rides a little more like an SUV than a sedan. If you want a smoother ride, get an Outback!
The Forester has great ground clearance. This is especially helpful with the snow and ice in Minnesota.
This is reliable, nimble, and fun to drive. The standard 2.5L Boxer engine provides good power for average driving. The CVT transmission takes a little getting used to. You get used to it not shifting. Turning radius it fantastic, as good as my small Honda. With the short wheelbase the ride can get a little choppy at time, but not harsh.
Visibility is absolutely fabulous! You can see well in all directions. The backup camera is a big plus. The instrumentation is well placed. I like the trip computer with the real time fuel usage, miles remaining, and other useful information.
The interior is decent. The seats are comfortable with nice adjustments. The heated seats are also a big plus, especially with our sub-zero mornings. Some of the plastic interior could be improved.
Safety is a priority with a plethora of airbags.
It you're looking for a small SUV this should be on your short list."
"We had a 2010 Forester Premium. Bought it in June, put only 4000 miles on it, and then on Thanksgiving night a woman broadsided it going 30-35 mph (police estimate), hitting squarely in the driver's door. It was incredible that no one was seriously hurt. Passenger sister-in-law had three cracked ribs from the safety bag. My wife, the driver, was bruised on her lower leg but nothing more. The window curtain airbags were the life savers. I was so impressed by its protection. We are still looking for another car. Guess what I am looking for.....Forester."
"the 1st one I was ran off the road by a cell phone fanatic that did not stop, This car saved my life I truly believe that the one and a half inch in dia.bars that run through all 4 doors like a late model stock car saved my LIFE I walked away w/ only a pc. of glass in my arm the size ofless than .2 carrat diamond the car was a complete total Iam convinced the saftey features is why I,am still here.SO I didn't hesitate in ordering the same 2.0 turbo touring model the best car ive owened in 40+years of driving"