Used 2017 Subaru Forester SUV
Subaru Forester SUV
The 2017 Subaru Forester gets upgrades to fuel economy, comfort and styling, improvements sure to keep it a favorite in the class.
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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.
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For 2017 the Subaru Forester offers up an all-wheel-drive, fuel-efficient, 5-passenger compact SUV with a plethora of available safety equipment. It's also surprisingly good off-road and has an excellent reliability record. This year, it's even a little bit of a looker.
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Despite the visual upgrades, the Forester still offers more practicality than pulchritude. And despite a turbo engine that makes the Forester genuinely quick, those looking for more zip should maybe check out options like the Ford Escape, which trades some practicality for pizazz.
What's New for 2017
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.
The 2017 Subaru Forester is one of an increasingly rare breed that is equally adept on-road and off-road. The all-wheel-drive system, which now includes torque vectoring on turbo models, makes the most of the engine's torque to help deliver smooth and even power delivery regardless of conditions. Regardless of model, that power is delivered through a continuously variable automatic transmission that helps keep fuel economy near the top of the class, but is unfortunately a little sloppy-feeling from a dead stop. But it's a minor hiccup in an otherwise solid drivetrain. The suspension blends comfort and control without sacrificing either, with minimal body roll in corners, but with enough suspension travel to absorb big bumps when taking that less beaten path. The electrically assisted power steering feels precise, and if you want extra power, the XT turbo models are downright quick, getting to 60 mph in about six seconds.
X-MODE WITH HILL DESCENT CONTROL
The X-Mode button on the dash of Limited, Touring and XT models burnishes the Forester's off-road reputation. Press it, and the car will optimize 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.
EYESIGHT DRIVER-ASSIST SYSTEM
Improved this year, the available EyeSight system uses two color cameras to view the world ahead, allowing advanced safety features such as pre-collision braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and more.
With thicker glass, an acoustic windshield, new door seals and additional sound deadening under the floor, the 2017 Subaru Forester promises to be notably quieter than its predecessor. Soft-touch surfaces already helped make the Forester feel upscale, and the newly upgraded interior on the Forester Touring models ups that ante considerably. They add some refinement to an interior design that was already excellent thanks to its generous visibility and sensible design. And we mean sensible: The doors open wide, there's good rear-seat legroom even for adults, and there's a ton of cargo space behind the rear seats.
Subtle refinements to the exterior distinguish the 2017 Forester from its predecessor. The sleeker headlights incorporate Subaru's C-shaped LED motif, and the hexagonal grille is also new. The rear lights also accent the C shape. The headlights receive a functional upgrade, with new adaptive headlights that turn with the steering wheel to give better visibility at night. This all adds to the Forester's already strong attributes. It rides 8.7 inches off the ground, ground clearance that makes it especially good for snowy climates. Turbocharged XT models get a unique front end and a rear roof spoiler, plus 18-inch wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base model Forester 2.5i comes standard with all-wheel drive, as well as features you'd expect in a modern car, such as power windows and door locks, 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. Move up to Premium and you get a panoramic sunroof and alloy wheels, while Limited models also get leather upholstery, automatic climate control and a power liftgate. Touring models get the new interior, plus a heated steering wheel, keyless ignition, an audio upgrade and dual-zone climate control.
Notable Optional Equipment
The CVT is optional on base and Premium models, and from Premium and above you can get the EyeSight driver-assist system, which now includes blind-spot detection and rear cross-path warning. Limited and above can be equipped with the navigation system. Premium models can now be ordered with the power liftgate as well. Touring models come very nicely equipped, with pretty much everything except the navigation system and EyeSight. Then there are the turbocharged XT models, which come in Premium and Touring models. About the only difference is that XT Premium models are available with the navigation system.
Under the Hood
Two engines are available for prospective Forester buyers, both of which are 4-cylinder “boxer” engines. Most Foresters come with a non-turbo 2.5-liter that makes 170 horsepower, backed by either 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. This smaller engine develops 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, routing it to all four wheels through a High-Torque Lineartronic CVT with multi-mode SI-Drive that can emulate six or eight virtual gear ratios. Neither model is particularly well-suited for towing, rated at only 1,500 pounds. The standard 2.5-liter engine can run on regular, 87-octane gasoline, while turbocharged Foresters require at least 91 octane, with 93 octane preferred.
170 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 mpg (manual), 26/32 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: 23/27 mpg
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on a 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i with the manual transmission is just under $23,500 including the $875 destination fee. The CVT automatic adds $1,000. The top-level Touring model with the non-turbo engine rings in at just over $30,000, not including any options. Want the turbo? A 2.0XT Premium -- the least expensive version -- starts at about $30,200, while the Touring version is about $35,200. Options add up, but not tremendously, and even a fully loaded 2.0XT Touring will stay less than $37,000. That all compares nicely with the rest of the class, including the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Equinox. Less expensive alternatives include the Mazda CX-5, no slouch itself. Check our Fair Purchase Price to see what folks in your area paid for the Forester. Resale value for the Forester is predicted to be better than most rivals.
Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews
December 02, 2018
Exciting car to drive and easy to own.
My 3rd Subaru, great cars. While my Forester XT is a bit smaller than the prior two Outback's I've owned, it has been so far a...
November 20, 2018
Checked out a Subaru at after a friend suggesestio
Was looking at the Hyundai Sante Fe Sport for months but a friend said her daughter had just purchased a Subaru Forester. Loved it...
April 21, 2018
Exceeds my expectations
Prior car was a Durango, owned for 12 years and used to pull my 7,500 lb boat. Sold boat and downsized to a Forester. Looked around a...
April 06, 2018
A great car - but
Mileage is awesome. Handling is great. Seat comfort as good as you can get. Interior space - roomy. The CVT transmission is flawless. ...
February 27, 2018
Terrific, safe reliable buy
I have owned this car for 9 months. Obviously, I wont know if this was truly a terrific buy for another 10 years, but as of right now I...
January 09, 2018
A wise SUV purchase or lease. XTmodel
This is a great car. Subaru is famous for not having the best exterior design as Germans, but let me tell you, We (wife and me) leased...
November 30, 2017
Excelent value and utility for the money
Love the car, but needs more storage space, my 2007 Subaru Forester had double the storage. Also, the seat on the basic model could use...
November 24, 2017
Our 6th Subaru and the best!
We bought the redesigned 2017 Subaru Forester Premium with Eyesight technology and all the self-dimming mirror options. Our other 5...
October 30, 2017
Great overall value
Great visibility and comfort. Fuel economy has been in the 28.5 - 30 mpg range. Access and interior comfort is much better than the...
October 16, 2017
Safest compact SUV
The Forester is primarily my wifes car. I drive it about once a week. When we both ride in it, she drives, and I observe her reasons...
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2017 Subaru Forester Specs
Keyless Entry and Pushbutton Start
Unlock and start the car without ever touching the key. You'll never go back to the old way.
Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel
Good for chilled bones or aching backs.
USB and Bluetooth Phone Connectivity
Connect your device for hands-free calling, music listening and more.
Dynamic maps and turn-by-turn directions make it easier to find your way in the world.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Set your speed and the Forester slows down when it approaches slower traffic, and speeds up again when the road is clear. It even works in stop-and-go situations..
Lane Keep Assist
Driving straight down the highway requires small but continuous steering corrections. Lane keep assist does some of the work for you.
Blind Spot Monitor with Cross-Traffic
Change lanes and back out of parking spaces more confidently with the help of visual and audible alerts.
Collision Mitigation Braking
If it senses an impending collision, the Forester can automatically apply its brakes to avoid or reduce the severity of impact.
Standard All-Wheel Drive
Forester is the only compact SUV with standard all-wheel drive.
Starlink Safety and Security
Subaru's telematics systems offers a range of functionalities from automatic collision notification to remote vehicle unlocking via smartphone app.