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Subaru Forester 2006 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
Subaru freshened the car-based Forester, one of our top rated small SUVs, for 2006. Exterior styling has been revised, and the engines gained some additional power. The base 2.5-liter engine makes 173 hp, and the turbocharged engine in the 2.5XT Limited produces 230 hp. It has a very comfortable ride and handles well, with responsive but light steering. Braking is very good, and the optional automatic transmission shifts responsively. Standard all-wheel drive helps in slippery road conditions and moderate off-road driving. The front seats are firm and well shaped, but the rear is cramped. The square cargo space is very usable.

See Reliability page for the latest 2006 Subaru Forester recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.

Road Test

The Subaru Forester is a solid choice in the segment. It rides very comfortably, handles responsively, and it has decent fuel economy and adequate acceleration. The interior is well-put-together, but looks basic. The cargo area is square and useful,...

Highs

  • Ride, access, controls, visibility, crash-test results, fuel economy.

Lows

  • Rear-seat room, no ESC on most trims.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (230 hp)