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The Forester is a sensible, practical, and affordable vehicle. The base engine is an adequate 2.5-liter four-cylinder; the turbocharged version in the XT delivers effortless acceleration. They deliver 22 and 20 mpg overall, respectively. We tested a version with a manual transmission, an unusual offering in this class. It got 24 mpg overall, but had a rubber shift feel. The Forester has an impressively comfortable ride and it handles well, with responsive, communicative steering. The rear seat is roomy and visibility is excellent. We found the seats in the base model are short on lumbar support. Crash-test results are impressive.

See Reliability page for the latest 2010 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 Forester is among the best of the small SUVs. Its cabin is quiet with very good fit and finish and a roomy backseat. Safety equipment includes standard curtain airbags and stability control. Crash-test results are excellent. Forester also has the...

Highs

  • Fuel economy, ride, handling, rear seat, visibility, controls, access, driving position, crash-test results.

Lows

  • Driver's seat lumbar support.

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 turbo (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)