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Subaru Forester 2012 4-door SUV
With perhaps the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, the Forester handles well in everyday driving. The spacious cabin has straightforward controls and a great view out. Its base 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is neither exciting nor very fuel-efficient at 22 mpg overall. For more punch there is the turbocharged version in the XT, but it sacrifices about 2 mpg and requires premium fuel. The four-speed automatic transmission is dated by today's standards. We found that the front seats in the base model lack lumbar support; the optional leather seats are better. IIHS crash tests are impressive, and reliability with the standard engine has been outstanding.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 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

This iteration of the Forester remained one of the best small SUVs out there. With perhaps the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, it also handles well. The cabin is spacious, well designed and offers great outward visibility. A new non-turbo eng...


  • Ride, handling, driving position, visibility, controls, access, rear seat, fuel economy.


  • Noise, unrefined transmission.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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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)