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 Forester is quick and agile in the turbocharged model. But the interior is plain and fairly noisy. The cargo area is square and useful, but backseat leg room is tight.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"great acceleration and handles great - I was on a highway in Wisconsin and it waas covered in black ice, every car around me slid off the highway but the Subaru kept me right in my lane"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"turbo acceleration"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Pretty decent handling and acceleration is okay."

Anonymous, AB (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Very responsive handling. Enough acceleration to pass very safely."

Anonymous, ND (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Handles well in inclement weather, and runs well. Accelerates well for a normally aspirated 4 cylinder--amazingly well....."

Michael M., OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration excellent, pedal touchy. Braking adequate, long pedal travel (mismatch to accelerator). Handling loose, steering easy (more like a small truck)."

Anonymous, BC (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The Drive system is amazing in wet weather"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"This car is underpowered for hills. The Turbo model is much better."

Bradley R., UT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I'm very satisfied. And it does not have the issue my newer car has when backing out of the driveway."

E B., WI (2007 Subaru Forester)

"It drives very well, and easily handles a very rough "road", actually more of a trail into a seasonal property"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Handles well on snow, rain and ice."

Anonymous, AK (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Excessive wind noise around A pillars"

JON E., NC (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is great, handles great, had since 2008, best car I've had"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Subaru Forester)

"great handling and acceleration"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Good acceleration from a stop or on the freeway. It goes easily and confidently in the snow."

STEVE G., MN (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I have the special edition 2.5 engine and for a 4 cylinder car it has great exceleration. I love driving this car!"

CAROLE G., WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"My Forester handles well and does great on the highway and city roads during snowy weather when driving is most treacherous."

KELLEY L., WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Good, it is easy to enter and exit for older, physically limited aduld, comfortable, very reliable which is a relief for older adult. Great carrying capacity even when kayaking and rural, winding roads. Less good, it got noisy around doors and windshield, poor rear seating for even older kids, need to replace all four tires if one is older and damaged ( big, expensive issue),"

NAOMI C., MO (2007 Subaru Forester)

"We live in New Hampshire, We have a couple of steep hills to climb to get home. With Blizzaks on, these cars are mountain goats. At sixty four I don't care to race a kid with his on backward baseball cap from a red light. They handle nicely on exit ramps. No accidents. No unreasonable repairs, Mobil one only."

DAN H., NH (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Never had a problem with this car even in snow and ice."

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Same comment as for the 2000."

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester)

"A bit sluggish accelerating, but handles better than I expected."

KEN M., MB (2007 Subaru Forester)

"All wheel drive good in snow"

Anonymous, WV (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I live in CT so we get snow and ice in the winter. The all-wheel drive makes me feel more secure driving in this weather."

Anonymous, CT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration acceptable in lower gears."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"recently completed a 4700 mile, 18 day trip. Successful in all regards, no problems or issues."

Anonymous, CO (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Very sure-footed on wet or snowy roads."

JOHN H., MD (2007 Subaru Forester)

"the AWD make this a great winter driving car"

DONALD S., ON (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Just in general Subarus are very comftorable and smooth to drive and can be taken off road without a problem! Love my car!"

JASON-BRIDGET D., OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Small and handles well, and goes well in the snow. Primarily for my wife."

MARK W., ME (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Transmission sometimes a bit stiff shifting."

DENNIS G., ME (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration from a complete stop could be better. It can be challenging to enter highway speed traffic from a complete stop."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The steering is crisp & the engine is peppy."

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Feels light and nimble. a pleasure to drive. I wish it got better fuel mileage."

Jody H., PA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"It is the best vehicle I have ever owned, great in winter and on gravel roads"

Peter B., ON (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Have to turn off A/C when needing to accelerate. Handles very well."

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The acceleration is quite good for a 4 cylinder car and the steering is very responsive."

Anonymous, AL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"All Wheel drive on Subarus makes them reassuring to drive"

Dann D., VT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"AWD driving on ice and snow is exceptional."

Fred-Priscilla A., VT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"best vehicle have ever driven on wet roads, ice and snow"

Anonymous, RI (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The Turbo Charger and Manual Transmission really makes the car fun to drive. Really like the way the car drives--super acceleration."

John M., WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Great acceleration and handling on this vehicle. Love the stick shift ."

Anonymous, AB (2007 Subaru Forester)

"acceleration and handling are fair."

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester)

"It's surprisingly good at acceleration and handling given the four wheel drive and it is super in slippery or snowy weather. When I volunteer for the hospital in snowy weather the passengers all appreciate its performance."

Eugene K., MD (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Doesn’t handle well and is slow to respond with loose steering"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"It is a very simple vehicle compared to my current 2017 Forester. It is smaller and still a pleasure to drive. The drivers carpet is worn out. It handles better than the newer Forester. Good rear visibility and I can operate the radio without becoming confused with the confused 2017 ergonomics."

Richard A., NH (2007 Subaru Forester)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seating and leg room are too small for larger people. I understand the 2008 and up have more room."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Not enough room for adults to ride comfortably in rear seats."

Thomas G., WV (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Some road noise but reasonably comfortable ride for its size."

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Leather seats, very durable and very comfortable. Electric seat position."

Anonymous, OH (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are comfortable and I can adjust them to a good driving distance for my height (I'm 5'1"). The road noise, however, could be improved. When on the highway I need to turn up the volume so I can hear the radio and then turn it down again when I've exited."

CAROLE G., WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"A little hard on bumps. And in Maine there are A LOT of bumps. Terrible roads."

DENNIS G., ME (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Ride is relatively rough, road, wind and engine noise are very loud at highway speeds. 5 speed manual gear/speed are not well matched to standard speed limits on secondary roads and highways."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"front seats need to be more comfortable. especially the passenger seat, which can be very uncomfortable for long trips."

LYNN R., CO (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are very uncomfortable. Entry and exit from the front seats is very difficult. Not a good vehicle for anyone with mobility issues."

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Subaru Forester)

"backseat leg room is less than desirable. we have two child seats in the back and we can't have as much leg room as we want in the front. The kids' dirty shoes touch the back of the front seats."

STEVE G., MN (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Air conditioner does not do a good job of getting and keep the vichicle cool"

Anonymous, AR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I have found that the seats in this car are too narrow and too short for comfort. I am a large-size person, and the narrowness of the seats have exacerbated my bursitis and hip pain. Also, the noise on the highway is distracting. Sounds like a wind tunnel."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"My husband is the primary driver of the Forester. He loves the ability to haul things. He loves the 4 wheel drive in snowy areas. The forester is noisier than my Fusion and in fact than my 2003 Subaru Outback. It also does not hug the road as well because it sits up higher. It's a trade off for the SUV."

Anonymous, WV (2007 Subaru Forester)

"This car has always been noisy and is more so with passing years. Great visibility."

DONNAGALE L., FL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Even though the car is 10 years old the inside still looks contemporary and the upholstery is in excellent shape, no tears or rips, no pieces of the interior shell coming off. Also the arrangement of the front dash is great."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"AC doesn't work well in back seats"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Given this car from aging parent that stop driving. Ride is firm but tolerable compared to my 2001 Jetta i bought new. Noise levels are very high both road and wind . Better sound insulation needed."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Lots of road, winf noise"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"More my wife's car but it has been a solid, stable, well handling and mannered car that is easy and fun to drive for short or long distances. Only negative is probably road noise. Also takes big bumps easily but smaller ones more harshly. Sitting up higher is also a bonus."

ROBERT B., ON (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Comfortable inside, but ride is noisy. Lots or road noise."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Noisy from outside air coming in on driver's side."

Anonymous, WV (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Electric seat adjustments. Heated seats, very little engine noise or road noise"

Ray H., VA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Noisy and bumpy ride. Suspension is pretty stiff. Seats are good but front legroom is a little tight."

Anonymous, WI (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Wind and road noise heard from front windows is irritating."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The seats have a bucket shape which can cause pain during long drives. The edge of the seat causes pressure on the back of my right leg. Left leg is ok because it's not doing anything."

Betty M., CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"It is a lumbering , clumsy ride"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The driver seat is comfortable and adjustable to my liking. It's not a quiet ride."

Anonymous, MD (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Very dependable. Seats are ok, not the best but ok. Wind noise and engine noise high in cockpit. My only complaint is the noise in the cockpit."

John M., WA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Noisy"

Anonymous, LA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"excessive road noise"

Timothy H., FL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"An absolutely quiet engibe"

Joseph B., VT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Noise - Lots of wind noise in both forward windows at the point where the window meets the insulation. Ride - Shocks probably warn out, but driving over rough roads doesn't seem to be dampen the bumps very well."

Anonymous, ME (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Virtually no noise"

Joseph B., VT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are mostly comfortable but there is a noise coming perhaps from the front passenger seat that intermittently comes because I think the seat position isn't locked. The seats are comfortable."

Eugene K., MD (2007 Subaru Forester)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"We love the 4-wheel drive."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I only had one major problem. Had to replace the head gasket, which was $2500. I have not had to bring in my car for any other problems after 120,000. Very reliable."

Amy L., OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The car is driven mostly by my wife and it suits her very well. Repair cost when needed are very high at the dealerships so we go to a local mechanic trained in foreign cars and it cost 1/3 than that of the dealer."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Our 2007 Forester has been a rock solid companion for over 10 years and almost 100,000 miles. It's taken everything we've thrown at it from hauling heavy cargo to driving through blizzards and we fully expect to get another 10 years out of it. That's fantastic value in my book."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Reasonable price. Dependable solid vehicle. Handles well and is sure footed in lousy weather, which we have frequently."

Michael M., OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Great car for the money"

Bradley R., UT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Good value, a luxury car at a mid price value."

Anonymous, OH (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I am completely satisfied with the value this car has maintained. When I bought the 2015 model several people were interested in buying it, but were then disappointed when I told them that my wife and I were keeping it for our second car."

E B., WI (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Beyond having to rebuild the engine at 90000 miles the car is super reliable"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Reasonable value but not exceptional. Have had a few repairs on this vehicles"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Very safe and reliable"

Anonymous, ND (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Good: heated electric mirrors; manual climate control; handling in snow Bad: rust; the need to replace wheel bearings frequently"

D S., NJ (2007 Subaru Forester)

"See that this caar is holding its value. I also have people askingi if I would sell it to them."

Anonymous, VA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"best vehicle I have ever owned for reliability and repairs"

PETER B., ON (2007 Subaru Forester)

"This car will easily last for as long as I continue driving and likely be a car I can give a grandchild. I could have paid $10,000 more and felt I got a good value. It needs little maintance and so far no unexpected repair after 9 years."

NAOMI C., MO (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Starting the first year I owned the vehicle, new, I started having problems. Everyone I speak to seems to love their Forester, but I'm tired of years of problems. Headlights always burning out, already needing a new head gasket (which requires removing the engine), leaky oil pressure sensor, leaky oil pump, mysterious/unexplained disappearance of oil (I get about 500 miles per quart of oil - and there's no dripping, nor smoke), the A/C & environment controls worked intermittently for the first"

DAVID D., CT (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Had an 02 Subaru that was totaled, wanted another Subaru and had a hard time finding a used one I could afford. The Forester I found fit the bill. I've had 4 Subaru's and love them."

GAIL P., NC (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Price back then was fair with amenities. Always has slight hesitation when pulling out into traffic,Heater system very uneven and defrost is terrible Traction very good in snow.."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The all wheel drive system is outstanding, and the sun roof is extra large."

STEPHEN K., CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Low cost of maintenance, versatility and comfort"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I was given this car. My concern is why people believe these cars are so well made. My 15 yr old Jetta with over 100k miles was much more comfortable. It dont make strange sounds from suspenion and possibly bearings."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester)

"simple basic climate control inexpensive to drive"

RICHARD T., MI (2007 Subaru Forester)

"When I purchased this vehicle, it was priced less than other similarly reliable models, e.g., Toyota and Honda. In addition it had these advantages: high reliability, all wheel drive, high safety record. Over the past 10 years of ownership, my out of the ordinary maintenance issues have been minimal."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"bought new thru AAA auto broker. base model came with what we wanted for a lot better price than other cars we considered"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"This vehicle has experienced too many repairs during its first 100,000 miles: a head gasket, had to replace the transmission, and now the differential"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I bought this car that was 3 years older than my Honda Fit for $3K. I got a car that was taken well care of by a person I knew. Very comfortable car, good mechanical condition, FUN to drive. A few cosmetic issues, but this vehicle was top of the line when it was new. It has 183K miles on it, but I was only looking for a car to carry me through 1-2 years until I buy a "new" car. Great deal for $3K."

Anonymous, NY (2007 Subaru Forester)

"This car has performed well for us for almost a decade and we still enjoy it daily. Well worth the money."

ROBERT B., ON (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Excelllent resale value"

B L., NY (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I think I got a good car for the price."

Anonymous, FL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"The car is reliable, problem free, spacious, comfortable and looks good!"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I have 250,000 miles and it is still running well except that it burns a lot of oil"

Susan C., CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"This vehicle has been very reliable; predictable gas mileage and A/C still humming along."

Anonymous, TX (2007 Subaru Forester)

"For a vehicle with all the features the Forester has for the model year, it was a bargain."

Anonymous, AL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"dependable with few repairs required"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Have had few issues with the vehicle over 11 years of driving it."

Nancy L., IL (2007 Subaru Forester)

"Repairs at Subaru dealership very expensive"

Ray H., VA (2007 Subaru Forester)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like a square design so it is easier to judge when parking and judging while on the road.."

Anonymous, MA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"hate the tan interior color which was what was available with the blue exterior I wanted. also, the front passenger seat is not deep enough & does not have enough leg room for my long legs & feet. also, rear seat does not have enough leg room for adults. & cargo area is rather small if you want to carry a tool box & a misc. cargo bag."

Anonymous, OR (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I like the large windows much better than the little windows in the current models, which includes Subaru as well as all of its competitors."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Subaru Forester)

"I wish there had been more color options."

Anonymous, AK (2007 Subaru Forester)

"all round a nice vehicle"

PETER B., ON (2007 Subaru Forester)

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