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If you’re seeking a fuel-efficient compact SUV that must also be safe, reliable and affordable, the 5-passenger 2016 Subaru Forester compact- crossover SUV makes an excellent choice. Standard AWD and a host of advanced safety features make it a family-friendly compact SUV that can actually be taken off-road.


The 2016 Forester from Subaru isn’t the sleekest or most luxurious crossover SUV in the compact segment. Those looking for more pizazz both inside and out might prefer the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Escape or Nissan Rogue.

What's New For 2016

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.

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Used 2016 Subaru Forester Expert Review

The 2016 Subaru Forester may not be the most racy-looking compact SUV, but its practical nature more than makes up for any visual banality. The Forester’s tall greenhouse offers excellent visibility in all directions, and its roomy rear seat and cargo area are two features sometimes lacking in this class. Unlike the Ford Escape or Hyundai Santa Fe, the Forester offers an advanced collision-avoidance system and adaptive cruise control, as well as the option of a manual transmission with its AWD setup. On the safety front, the Forester takes top honors in all of its crash tests, and ranks near the top of its class in the areas of fuel economy and resale values. Did we mention it starts just over $23,000?

Driving the Used 2016 Subaru Forester

Thanks to a rigid central structure, wide track and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Subaru’s 2016 Forester crossover SUV delivers stellar performance on- and off-road. Subaru has dialed in the right amount of shock stiffness to deliver a comfortable ride with minimal body roll and dive, and the electrically boosted power steering provides positive feedback without feeling over-assisted. Subaru’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) is one of the best in the industry, aiding fuel efficiency and performance. Unfortunately, the CVT also sometimes caused our Forester to lurch from a stop, which can be annoying in stop-and-go traffic. The sportier suspension settings on the 2.0XT turbo model make it feel a bit more WRX-like, adding larger wheels and the WRX’s tri-mode SI-Drive that turns the humble CVT into a virtual 8-speed transmission. With 250 horsepower on tap, the XT can dash to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, not bad for a compact family hauler.

Favorite Features

Subaru’s X-Mode optimizes control of the throttle, AWD, stability and traction control and Hill Descent Control to maximize the Forester’s low-speed on- and off-road potential. Standard on the Limited, Touring and XT trims, the system improves traction on inclines as well as on slippery surfaces.

The available EyeSight system employs stereo-camera technology to enable such advanced features as pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, steering-responsive fog lights and adaptive cruise control into one well-reviewed unit. Missing from the EyeSight menu is blind-spot monitoring, a feature available on many Forester competitors.

Used 2016 Subaru Forester Interior

Subaru’s 2016 Forester SUV has a spacious and inviting cabin that is quieter and more comfortable than ever. Soft-touch surfaces lend a premium feel, and the wide seats offer excellent support plus are positioned high for superior visibility. Large, wide-opening doors ease entry and exit, and legroom in the 60/40 rear bench is good, even for adults. When cargo takes precedence, the seatbacks fold near-flat to stretch stow space from 34.4 to 74.7 cubic feet. The liftgate, which is power-activated on Limited/Touring models, simplifies loading and unloading.

Used 2016 Subaru Forester Exterior

The 2016 Forester compact-crossover SUV displays a tall, robust, SUV-like look combined with Subaru’s usual off-beat styling. All models except the very base 2.5i have roof racks that add functional and visual appeal, and all boast an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance that make the Forester a favored SUV for snowy locales. Turbocharged XT models feature a bolder front fascia treatment and subtle rear roof spoiler, and wrap 225/55 all-season tires around 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, where the 2.5i version is shod with 225/60 rubber on either 17-inch styled-steel or aluminum rims. Ample and well-laid-out windows create good outward visibility.

Used 2016 Subaru Forester Standard Features

Progressing through its model hierarchy richens the Forester’s equipment mix, but even the 2.5i features a full array of power assists, air conditioning, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, 6.2-inch Starlink touch-screen audio, variable wipers, 6-speed manual transmission, a rearview camera and color multifunction display. The 2.5i Premium adds a moonroof, power driver’s seat and enhanced 7.0-inch touch-screen audio. The 2.5i Limited includes the CVT, leather, reclining rear seatbacks, automatic climate control and a power liftgate. Moving up to the Touring trim brings electroluminescent gauges, HID headlights, keyless access and start, harman/kardon premium audio and dual-zone climate control.

Used 2016 Subaru Forester Options

Major options for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models include a CVT automatic transmission in place of the 6-speed manual, while the 2.5i Premium, like Forester models above it, can be had with voice-activated navigation and the EyeSight Driver Assist System (automatic only). Also available on that tier is an All-Weather Package with heated seats and side mirrors (standard with the manual transmission). Those seeking the more powerful turbocharged engine can have it in XT trims of the 2016 Forester, while accessories across the range include a trailer hitch, remote engine starter and heavy-duty roof cargo basket.

Used 2016 Subaru Forester Engine

The 2016 Forester offers two 4-cylinder “boxer” engines. The majority of models use a naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) 2.5-liter that makes 170 horsepower and can be backed by a 6-speed manual transmission or the Lineartronic CVT automatic. Forester 2.0XT SUVs offer more power thanks to a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter engine. Though smaller, the turbocharged 4-cylinder develops 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The sole transmission for the turbocharged engine is a High-Torque Lineartronic CVT with multi-mode SI-Drive that can emulate six or eight virtual gear ratios. Towing capacity for both models is limited to a rather light 1,500 pounds. Models with the 2.5-liter engine can run on regular, 87-octane gasoline, while turbocharged Foresters require 91 octane (with 93 octane recommended).

2.5-liter boxer-4
170 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 mpg (manual), 24/32 mpg (automatic)

2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-4
250 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg

How Much Does the Used 2016 Subaru Forester Cost?

The 2016 Subaru Forester has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at just over $23,245 for a base 2.5i model with manual transmission. An automatic transmission lifts that base price to $24,245. A top-line 2.5i model arrives at roughly $31,645, while the turbocharged 2.0XT model begins around $30,045. A top-line 2.0XT Touring model with navigation and the EyeSight system tops out around $36,500. The Subaru Forester is comparable to compact-SUV rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Equinox. Less expensive alternatives include the Nissan Rogue Select and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Starting at just over $25,000 with AWD, the Mazda CX-5 is also a value player. Check our Fair Purchase Price to see what folks in your area are paying for the Forester. Resale value is a strong point for Subarus, and the Forester is predicted to hold its value better than most rivals.

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Used 2016 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews


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2016 Subaru Forester

"Great Vehicle. No Complaints"

Passanger seat in not electric. May have changed
This is a quality vehicle. Rock Solid. Turn radius Great. Handing on slippery roads rates a 10 none better. I have a house in the smokey mountains , Great for switch back turns. Not like an American Car. sad to say. This was my first Sabaru for the last 3 years. Looking foward to getting another. I beleive the new 2019 have 7 air bags. Just well built. Most sold car in Colorado. Handles any condition road better than any other very safe.
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2017 Subaru Forester

"Fast and practical. No issues at all yet."

Faster than 90% of the cars out there
Wish the XT came with a manual transmission
Terrific car, great in Minnesota blizzards, hauls a canoe on the roof no problem, tons of power. The XT has a de-tuned WRX engine and can go like a scalded cat; but I typically get around 28 mpg mixed city/highway driving when I'm not hooning it. I have had no repairs for the first 2 years of ownership except a windshield, and that's the fault of the rock that flew off the snowplow's tires, not the Subie.
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2017 Subaru Forester

"The WRX you can bring your family in!"

Fun, Safe, practical, and did I mention FUN?
Boxer engine is not quiet. CVT but has paddles
The Forester XT Touring is, without a doubt, the best car I've ever owned. Fun, practical, plenty of space, but not large. This is truly a driver's car: the acceleration (once you turn on Sport Mode) is breathtaking, along with the steady feel of the low center of gravity from the Boxer Turbo. Pity they don't make it anymore - great resale, too: I got offered 30k for my 2 year old, 40k-mile Fozzy just last week. You can have it when you pry it from my cold, dead, fingers.
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2015 Subaru Forester

"Kbb is full of"

Pencil rust under listens plate on back door
Kbb has no idea, this cat is worth 10,000 more than they said. Equivalent sells for 18,k. Will never trust kbb again
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2014 Subaru Forester

"Very pleased"

Great size for my needs. Easy to manage.
Lacks Blind Spot technology..
Very pleased with car, however I would like to have some features that come on the newer cars, like blind spot alert.
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2016 Subaru Forester Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Telematics / Communication Systems
  • Internet Access
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Smartphone Interface
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 24 mpg
  • EPA Class - Small Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 32 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 27 mpg


  • Horsepower - 170 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5800 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.54 inches
  • Torque - 174 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4100 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Automatic Headlights
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Roof Rails
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/60HR17
  • Wheel Type - Steel with Covers
  • Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors
  • Fog Lights
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 36000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 3 years


  • Axle Ratio - 3.70
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - F&R Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - AWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.70 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.0
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Emissions Rating - PZEV
  • CID - 152 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Transmission Sub-Type - CVT
  • Manual Mode - Lineartronic
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3366 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 113.1 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 15.9 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 41.4 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 39.8 inches
  • Height - 66.4 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 43.0 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 38.0 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 8.7 inches
  • Overall Length - 180.9 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 57.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 56.5 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 1500 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 74.7 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 34.8 feet
  • Wheel Base - 103.9 inches
  • Width without mirrors - 70.7 inches
  • Cargo behind last seat - 34.4 cubic feet
  • Cargo with seat down - 74.7 cubic feet
  • Hip Room: Front - 53.9 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 53.0 inches
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2016 Subaru Forester Safety

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2016 Subaru Forester Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear View Camera


2016 Subaru Forester Rankings

170 HP
MPG Combined
25 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.3 Rating
2016 Subaru Forester
170 HP

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