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With its 2014 back-to-basics redesign the Forester topped our Ratings. Its positives include large windows and big doors, an excellent driving position, and unusually spacious rear seating. In our tests the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT averaged an impressive 26 mpg. Trade-offs included the ride, which isn't as composed as previously, and the handling, while not particularly agile, is very secure. Engine noise is pronounced at times, too. Controls are very simple but infotainment and connectivity offerings are a bit behind. Mid-trim Foresters do bring a lot of content for the money, however. The optional X-Mode gives it some off-road ability.

See Reliability page for the latest 2014 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

Sticking to the basics, the Subaru Forester embodies the saying "a steady pace wins the race." It has always been a sound and practical vehicle, although its plain, unpretentious demeanor didn't help it stand out to car shoppers in this crowded field...

Highs

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Extremely practical package, with a roomy rear seat, simple controls, and spacious cargo area

Lows

  • Stiff ride
  • Cabin can get a little noisy

Best Version to Get

The sweet spot in the Forester lineup is the 2.5i Premium, one step up from the base 2.5i, with the CVT. We would get the EyeSight safety equipment; owners report being very satisfied with the system, which is statistically proven to reduce accidents.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)