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Subaru Forester 2008 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The Forester is a sensible, practical, and affordable vehicle. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and the turbocharged engine in the Sports XT delivers considerably quicker acceleration. It has a very comfortable ride and handles well, with responsive but light steering. Electronic stability control is only available on the Sports XT automatic. Braking is very good, and the optional automatic is responsive. Standard all-wheel drive helps in slippery conditions. The front seats are firm and well shaped, but the rear is cramped. A larger, redesigned model goes on sale this spring with standard electronic stability control.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 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,...


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


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


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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 turbo (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp)