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Following its back-to-basics redesign, the Forester has topped our Ratings. Its positives include large windows, big doors, an excellent driving position, and unusually spacious rear seating. In our tests, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT averaged a near-class-leading 26-mpg overall. Downsides include the somewhat jittery ride and less-than-agile, although ultimately secure, handling. Engine noise is pronounced at times, too.

See Reliability page for the latest 2015 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 crowd...

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 mid-level 2.5i Premium (one step up from the base 2.5i) with the CVT. It adds a power driver's seat and a giant sunroof to the base model. We'd add the desirable EyeSight safety equipment suite. All told, for under $29,000, you can get a Forester Prem...

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
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)