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Subaru's popular Forester continues to put function in front of form. It stands out from the crowd, resisting the contemporary trend toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending rooflines and curvaceous bodies. Instead, the Forester aces the fundamentals with a space-efficient design, large windows, and big square doors.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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

Subaru's popular Forester continues to put function in front of form. It stands out from the crowd, resisting the contemporary trend toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending rooflines and curvaceous bodies. Instead, the Forester aces the fundamentals with a space-efficient design, large windows, and big square doors. That recipe has resulted in the easiest access and the best view out of almost any vehicle, and one of the roomiest rear seats in the class, with copious head and leg room.

By adapting various fuel-efficient technologies, including using a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the Forester delivers a class-leading 26 mpg overall and 35 mpg on the highway. Performance is decent from that standard 2.5-liter, 170-hp four-cylinder engine; an uplevel 2.0-liter, 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder XT version is available. Unlike most modern small SUVs, a manual transmission can be had, but only with the base engine and basic trim levels.

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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Subaru Forester owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“When it is dark out and no light is reflecting back on the rear view camera (as it would be when the reverse lights are reflecting off a wall or a street light is shining on the rear of the car), the display screen has "snow" making it difficult to see the camera image. The less light that reflects back on the camera, the more "snow" appears”

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Eyesight system stops being operational when there is a storm”

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Camera sensors malfunction when temps drop below freezing”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The forward sensors turn off with no apparent reason. Have had dealership reboot the system and they found no issues. The system did not record most of the instances in which the system disengaged itself”

Albert W., CO (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Camera does not work when weather is too cold, 20's or before car is very warm in winter”

Lydia K., MA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“I complained on a Subaru survey about the dealer not addressing the problem and a few days later I received a call from Subaru. The rep told me that the system is not designed for audio book CDs and that was the cause of my problem. That was crazy. It had to do with the GPS plugged into the cigarette lighter and their software”

Larry T., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hard to see the display and speedomerder”

Sodiri K., MA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen and entire system freezes including steering wheel controls. I have to stop, turn off and restart the car to reset. Initially an occasional issue, now more frequent”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The infotainment system froze while using a GPS plugged into the cigarette lighter and listening to an audio book. Couldn't stop the book of change volume or turn it off. We were driving through Atlanta and needed to hear the GPS. Bluetooth also mysteriously turns off”

Larry T., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes, the screen freezes, all the controls become nonfunctional. If the radio is on it stays on, volume can't be controlled, etc.. Generally, turning the car ignition off and back on resolves, difficult to do if you're on the road. :-) It's been mentioned at servicing more than two times and has not been resolved”

William T., OH (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Please see previous remarks”

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“You CANNOT pair iPhones an use voice control to "play a song, album, or artist" wirelessly. You must connect it with a USB cable according to Suburu corporate offices. That's not what the salesman promised or the dealership service dept knew. Also the radio is terrible. It flicks from HD to non HD (worse than my 1996 Honda's standard radio) 10-12 times per mile right in Silicon Valley! TERRIBLE. Also the clock does not automatically change at daylight savings when you click AUTO. They ga”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“USB interface stopped working”

Eric L., HI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have dealer replace radio head...system stopped working when we plugged in usb”

W C., AK (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“periodic freezing of the GPS map on a road trip. The car must be stopped,turned off and restarted to get the GPS to continue working. Subaru and the GPS manufacturer have not been able to figure out the cause of the problem”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

“Very difficult to use. The whole electronic control panel is a nightmare to use.Need to be far more technologically advanced than I am to use to any degree of its supposed worth. Amen!!”

Jerry S., NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“very inaccurate, has taken us on round about roads and prolonged trip by 30 minutes or more”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It would not retain the destination address that was entered. I still need a fix for this”

Anonymous, NE (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not work as expected. Needs the SD card where the maps are stored to be reinserted and hangs a few times. We don't use it anymore that reason”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This navigation system is absolutely unusable. Even after instruction from the dealer, we found it to be overly complicated and inaccurate. I would consider buying another brand for this problem alone”

David S., WA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“slow and sometimes inaccurate info”

R S., IL (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Forester bluetooth drops the pairing with my Driod after working a short time. The Droid always stay paired with my husbands Toyota Tacoma. The dealer has reset many times and has decided to remove original system & replace with new Subaru parts. Will see if this fixes it”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor sound from my I-Phone 6 for the people calling me in my car”

Anonymous, QC (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bluetooth no longer works with either of our smart phones”

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Bluetooth connectivity is the worst in the industry. It is very slow to connect to the phone and often "forgets" the phone is there and must be deleted and reinstalled. The voice command is atrocious and unusable as it is painfully slow and always gets the command wrong. We have had the latest patches installed, but no improvement in performance”

Anonymous, AB (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Mentioned a problem with pairing right away, dealer said it was phone - I told them it wasn't because I rent cars every other month for travel and never had problems. Reported it various times for normal scheduled service. Never dealt with”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“really awful quality Bluetooth. We don't use it any more, but rather use our previous free standing bluetooth handsfree device”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Occasionally upon starting the car, the Bluetooth connects and immediately calls me. I answer (the call is coming from me) and it immediately disconnects”

Michael C., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“Bluetooth is totally unreliable. Does not stay connected to my phone, and even when it is connected it often doesn't receive/play text messages. I'd say it works approximately 30% of the time - and that's being generous”

Veronica L., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Intermittent problems: radio fails to shut off with pushing of off/on/volume button, interfaces with smart phone, then doesn't accept switch to radio”

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes I cannot get it to shut off. I have to push the button multiple times. Eventually I get it to shut off but have to be patient and keep trying”

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Satellite (Sirius XM) radio malfunctioned”

Judith S., AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Volume is inconsistent; often increases/decreases without apparent reason. It also "skips", as if I was playing a defective CD, especially right after I change the station. Finally, I have to press the "Off" button twice to get the radio to turn off - which is an annoying pain in the butt”

Veronica L., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“basically,the radio sucks,no separate AM/FM bans you have to put all of your stations in line and you can't bounce back and forth between bans.Is what my dealer told me”

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Forester Limited Unsure)
Speakers

“Speakers are very low when first starting out or when cold. Then after a few minutes, there is a loud pop and the volume jumps significantly to where I had it set before I had turned the car off before”

Lydia K., MA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice control is useless. It is painfully slow and always gets the most basic commands wrong. I don't even bother to try any more. The dealer patches when patches are available, but no improvement. the system appears to be woefully under powered”

Anonymous, AB (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes after driving for quote some time in town, the voice command tells me it is still loading and to try again. Sometimes this goes on for days and then it is ok again”

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Water leak in rubber tube/wiring harness in hinge area of rear lift gate. Water leak damaged tire pressure monitor module in lower trunk area. water also leaked through seat belt opening in headliner over rear seat/trunk cargo area”

Robert B., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Someway water came in thru the back passanger window. The only thing I could figure out is that it was from using the sprayer on the windshield wipers”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)
Squeaks or rattles

“There is a rattle in the headliner in front of the sunroof. The dealer tried to fix it once and made it better but did not fix it. I have tried some different fixes and still have not eliminated it. Just annoying”

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle coming from dash and have not been able to find”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The tail gate squeaks upon the first opening of the day on a cold day”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wife hears intermittent rattles, husband does not. Dealer cannot identify source of noises”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The cowl covering a information display rattle During cold weather right sun visor squawked if you moved it”

Richard Y., MI (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers door hinges developed noise when closing”

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattles and/or squeaks in dash area fixed by dealer”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dash vibrates, sometimes loudly under certain conditions. Noise, especially when it rains from the B pillar on the driver¿s side. Did not expect this in such a highly rated car”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Substantial interior rattles from doors and console. Not expected in a new car. Disappointing in this era. Sounds like a car built in the 1980s”

Kris M., FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The cargo separator, purchased and installed as a dealer option, came loose and rattled. It didn't keep a 60 pound dog contained the back of the Forester”

Gregory F., NM (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is an almost constant rattle coming from the vent closest to the windshield. It sometimes goes away after the car has heated up, but not always. I had it looked at by the dealer but they claim that they found nothing loose that would cause it”

Earl K., MN (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front dash seems to be loose enough to rattle.(if I press up on the dash, the rattles stop. I took it in once but the dealer says I need to make a special appointment so they can test drive) There are other hard to identify rattles coming from/around the front passenger seat and the back”

James O., IL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“dash rattle”

John O., NE (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There's an intermittent rattle behind the touch screen. Have brought to dealer a day they say they couldn't hear it. They said they removed radio and couldn't find anything loose or other cause. There is also a very definite, but not very loud, whine that I believe is due to the turbo at exactly 75 miles per hour. Always. Every day. If I had the radio on I'd probably not hear it, but I usually don't, so I usually hear it. Dealer says they can't hear it and don't hear anything wrong with the en”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It was making a weird noise that I could not locate. They had to take the dashboard off to find it”

Nancy K., TX (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Wind noise from door seals and engine noise”

Robert V., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had cracked windshield replaced, now have wind noise from windshield at highway speeds”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Left outside mirror trim fell off”

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Coming off”

Anonymous, SC (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Exterior trim on backseat driver window appears to not be fastened tightly to vehicle. Subaru employee though it ight be build that way for wind resistance. Not sure if it's a problem or not”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

“Wheel well liner cracked when ice and sand caught between snow tire and liner”

Peter C., ON (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cosmetic trim around fog light went missing. I assume it fell off during normal driving”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Easily chipped paint on bumpers and rear quarter panel”

Mark L., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint chips easily”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The car gets many dings and chipped paint. I do not drive this vehicle any differently then I did the 2000 Honda CRV and the CRV had one or two dings and paint chips in 16 years. the Forester has had half a dozen in a year!”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Factory clear paint defect. Dealer re-clear coated the hood”

James U., AZ (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The car body seems to crumple. I was hit by a bicycle rider. I was stationary and he rammed right into me. It was a $1400+ repair. The car just crumpled with the impact. Neither was hurt & he just rode off. I was shocked at the repair cost”

Thomas S., IL (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Gas gauge would not register fuel levels accuarely. For example, following complete fill up, gauge would drop to 3/4 full after only 10-15 miles”

Sara K., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Needed to replace one headlamp”

Anonymous, ME (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The original equipment headlights did not give enough visibility compared to previous cars we owned. We ended up having to add fog lights ($500) and also to replace original headlights with ones that illuminated for a greater distance. Unfortunately the replacement headlights burned out after 6 to 8 months and had to be replaced. We live in northern Wisconsin where car/ deer collisions are common and we need to have better distance visibility than the factory lights give us”

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“The steering column kept locking up and wouldn't let us start the car. I was told that the remote engine starter mechanism was interferring with the steering wheel and causing the problem. We still have issues every once in a while but have figured out that moving the steering wheel up and down several times releases the starter. We just hope that it isn't causing wires to become an issue in the future. We did report the issue to our dealer”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ice in the brake system triggered a full set of warning lights being triggered in the car. The dealership had to remove ice and reset the computer to eliminate the warning lights”

Jerry E., PA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“factory initialization was not completed by dealer before delivery”

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)
Wiper motor or washer

“Wipers do not clear the Windows leaving droplets that obscure vision , especially hazardous at night when headlights from oncoming traffic create tiny points of light across the windshield”

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Forester Premium Unsure)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Last winter was fine. As it warms up the transmission acts up with bad shifting at low speed. I will be taking the car in as soon as the hot weather arrives. Drove little last summer”

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hesitation when shifting into reverse”

Sondra C., TX (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“During -20/30 the transmission does not warm up until 20 minutes of running time. This increases the engine rpms by 800/900 increasing fuel consumption”

Rick M., AB (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When the car is cold and you press on the gas it jumps”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stepped on the gas and nothing happened in in heavy stop and go traffic”

Anonymous, SK (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After hard breaking, various warning lights came on. After pulling to the side and restarting the engine, the transmission would not un-lock. Turned out to be a bad break switch”

Tom D., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Computer generated faults at highway speed requiring emergency stop. Dealer cleared faults and car has performed normally since then”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“MIL light illuminates due to a fuel starvation problem while turning”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine control module defective”

James A., MD (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

“MIL light illuminated after a banking left turn following a stop. Engine has a loud pinging when accelerating after a freeway cloverleaf entrance. Dealer had a 2 week wait time so I paid a foreign car specialist to address the problem”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intermittent problem due to the turbo. When the problem occurs it lasts the whole ride. Unfortunately did not occur when we took it to the dealer twice. Engine computer software update did not fix the issue. Problem was attributed to both me and my wife driving the same car. Definitely should be advertised if the ride quality suffers as I expect that to be a typical use case”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

“Oil pan cracked open. Dealer gave no reason for failure”

Mary G., NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“The auto climate control make the blower work erratically it did not mat¿ the speed on the blower”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It was only working at 1 speed”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“August, 2016, during a hot-weather 350 mile high-speed trip, the drain valve for condensate from the AC system plugged. Water pooled on the floor of the front passenger seat. A friend who also drives a Subaru reported the same problem under the same circumstances. My mechanic was able to unplug w/o a problem. Says this sometimes happens”

Thomas N., DC (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“O rings failed in some part of the refrigerant system. Was under warranty and fixed”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“caused car to have very weak cooling effect”

H H., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be repaired under warranty. There was a leaking hose”

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Push on the gas pedal and nothing happens. In short, the vehicle doesn't move. The dealer has no knowledge of this problem”

Earl M., KS (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When I make turns the car hesitates like I have my foot off the gas pedal for a few seconds. This happens in about 25% of the turns”

Michael M., CA (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Continuing on my prior comments. Maybe or may not be the fuel pump”

Earl M., KS (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Same issue described above”

Craig M., WA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“Car was delivered with misaligned doors”

Louis H., NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Car was delivered with misaligned hood & squeaky tailgate”

Louis H., NY (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tailgate would hit against rear bumper cover enough to scratch both the bumper cover and bottom edge of the tailgate”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The tailgate failed to open. It required new parts for the dealer to repair”

David S., WA (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“It would not start. Battery replaced under warrenty”

Anonymous, MT (2016 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car kept not starting. They have replaced the battery twice and we are anticipating it happening again because they couldn't find any issues with the car or the battery. They suggested that Seattle was a cold winter BUT it wasn't that cold; we rarely drive the Subaru (but run it weekly), we have owned or leased several Subarus both in our family and I have almost always had a Subaru and have several on my siblings and parents since 25 years ago, all of the East Coast mainly in NY and farther Nor”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Forester Unsure Unsure)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Complete engine failure at 17,000 miles. Subaru replaced the entire engine with a new one”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine oil consumption recall. Engine block replaced, heads rebuild. Oil consumption continued. Second engine currently being installed”

Anonymous, UT (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Heard a growling noise. Took it to the dealer. They replaced the transmission under warranty”

John M., NC (2016 Subaru Forester XT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“3 weeks owing car and 900 miles on odometer. Brand new car. Transmission dies. They should have given me a new car. They merely replaced the transmission”

Diane N., NY (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“The electronic throttle pedal sensors quit working sporadically, creative a very dangerous situation when pulling out into traffic. The throttle quits working and the car simply coasts. The dealership and corporate have provided no help, since this is an intermittent problem”

Craig M., WA (2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“This thing eats up tires. Just after purchase I put on General Altimax RT43 all season tires based on your review of it being good in the snow and it has a government traction rating of A. Tread life s/b 65,000 or better. At 31,000 miles ALL the tires are worn evenly all the way down to the point that they are not legal to drive. Tires were rotated regularly”

William T., CO (2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“rear one side premature wear (covered under warranty”

Lyn C., MN (2016 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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