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Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

About Subaru Forester

The 2018 Subaru Forester is one of over a dozen compact-crossover SUVs vying for your attention, but it's the only one with standard all-wheel drive. That trait has long made Subarus the favored vehicles of cold-weather states, while the Forester's ample ground clearance and ability to venture off-pavement have made it popular with the adventure-minded. Those abilities set it apart from rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but they're not the only compelling reasons for the Forester. It can be outfitted with a robust suite of safety and driving aids, a turbocharged engine and, on lower models, it's among the last of its kind to offer a manual transmission. With its remarkable resale value, the Forester further stands out from the pack.

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LATEST MODEL
2018 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2018?
2018 Subaru Forester

The Forester Black Edition trim package arrives for 2018, bringing darkened aesthetics and paddle shifters, while models with the EyeSight driver-assist package get reverse auto braking and high-beam assist. Touring models receive the EyeSight Driver Assist as standard, with the turbo 2.0XT Touring models also gaining torque vectoring as standard.

  • Expert Rating: 8.9
  • Consumers Rating: 8.1
  • MPG 22|28
2017 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2017?
2017 Subaru Forester

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.

2016 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2016?
2016 Subaru Forester

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.

2015 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2015?
2015 Subaru Forester

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.

2014 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2014?
2014 Subaru Forester

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.

2013 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2013?
2013 Subaru Forester

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.

2012 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2012?
2012 Subaru Forester

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.

2011 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2011?
2011 Subaru Forester

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.)

2010 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2010?
2010 Subaru Forester

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.

2009 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2009?
2009 Subaru Forester

The 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.

2008 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2008?
2008 Subaru Forester

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.

2007 Subaru Forester
What's new for 2007?
2007 Subaru Forester

No major changes for 2007.

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Consumer Reviews

Best set of wheels that I know of

By on Saturday, April 1, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great looking, Reliable, Fun to drive"

Cons: "No back-up sensors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Am currently leasing this one...2017 Premium. This is now my fourth Forester. I truly appreciate the small things...IE: The lumbar support is great along with the adjustable height on the seat bottom. The privacy glass is just right. IF you are in need of something more than the basic machine, upgrade to the Premium. I did. This is a great family car and has plenty of room for the groceries and the like. Also a great first car for a young driver."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2017 XT Touring with everything

By on Sunday, May 21, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Turbo in S# is a blast. Turns great and not huge"

Cons: "I would like the nav/radio display to be on top."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife has a 2015 Legacy with the 3.6r and Eyesight. I love the pickup and Eyesight makes driving on the highway a lot easier. I bought the Forester with the turbo and Eyesight to get about the same horsepower and features. It sits higher, its easier to get into and out of and the cargo area is fairly huge (new lawnmower fit easily). The 2017 is quiet and rides very well (though not quite as good as the Legacy). I drove in some extremely heavy rain a week ago - admittedly too fast for conditions and the Subby just breezed through 6 inches of standing water and kept me straight. Really felt confident with it. The Touring has some great features and Im still learning the best way to use some of them. My commute includes some small hills and I really like being able to downshift the CVT using the paddles to slow rather than braking. My last car was a nice Mazda 6 with a manual 6 speed and thats what Im used to. For me, this car is almost perfect, I had the Mazda for 8 years and it was still going strong so I was a little worried that I would be disappointed - Im not. It isnt the best looking SUV Ive ever seen, but that really wasnt one of my main criteria. If you buy a Forester that has Eyesight available, you should think about it. Adaptive cruise and lane assist are great. The cruise lets you set the speed and when youre behind that guy that passed you and wants to go 1 MPH slower you can just let the car pace them and relax. Note it also will slow you to your set speed when going down hill using the CVT until it needs the brakes. So far, I havent found anything to dislike."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Super-Roo!!

By on Friday, May 12, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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