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."
"This is our third SUBARU,and absolutely the best yet. The Forester is a REAL SUV, not a dressed up poseur to meet the fad. It has practical carrying capacity for camping and outdoor activities, and the interior is smart, taut, high quality and tasteful in Euro-kind of way.
The performance with the 170HP and CVT transmission is smooth, predictable, quiet and peppy, but not a racecar. It turns on a dime with no knuckle lockup, clunks or bumps. Marvelous! City mileage is ok, highway mileage is great.
The car is a veritable demonstration of safety features, and that's a big part of our purchase. The car is a little boxy, because that's how you get useful interior dimensions. It IS an SUV.
If you want to see beautiful engineering, open the hood! You will see a marvel of intelligent organization. No, I'm not a mechanic, but I know good layout and design when I see it.
What would I like to see? 1.Towing capacity of 3,000 pounds. 2. A return to manual buttons for radio. The central screen, like all these systems, is too complicated to use for real people.
If you are truly in need of an SUV for what they do, this is the high quality, safe one."
"I purchased a new 2017 Forester XT Touring after trading in my 2011 Forester Premium and am glad I did. The interior noise level has dropped drastically and now I can hear passengers with ease. Trading up to a turbo has been nothing shy of exhilarating and I now I question why I didn't get a turbo with my the older vehicle.
Eyesight has been great with all its warnings and lane departure automatic steering. Although a little challenging at first, once you understand how and what its doing it is awesome to set cruise control and let it do the braking, speeding up etc. Of course this doesn't mean it would be wise to quit watching the road while driving, but it is a nice feature that makes driving a little more relaxing. RAB or reverse auto braking has come in handy while backing out of parking spots. I feel quite a bit more ease that I will never meet cross-traffic on my bumper.
The Infotainment system is below par with its "clunky" interface and a rather lackluster navigation. Good luck with the Starlink app and interface as its equally as bad and greatly unsupported / updated with additional newer apps.
Interior is fresher than the prior models but still has an overall par look and feel to it. I went with the XT Touring with the Saddle brown "leather" and love the look but the overall comfort is not there. I've owned the vehicle for a few months now and the seats still have not worn in. I really dislike the lack of bolstering on the seats which allows your body to slide too much across the seats. Also at the lowest set point the seats seem to sit too high for my liking. At the price point on these I would come to expect both front seats to be automatic but only the drivers is automatic in mine. Im sure you can pay extra but a lot of other vehicles out there come standard with this and I would expect the same from Subaru.
Steering is a joy as long as you can stay put in your seat. The steering wheel houses all the bells and whistles of audio, cruise control, sport mode and eye sight functions. Heated steering wheel is a perk for our cold Oregon weather."