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Hitting the sweet spot among small SUVs, the Forester delivers a spacious interior, impressive safety equipment and crashworthiness, and outstanding visibility in a right-sized, affordable package. Fuel economy is excellent at 26 mpg overall, especially given the standard AWD. The ride is supple and handling is very secure. Engine noise is pronounced at times. Controls are straightforward and easy to use. The infotainment and connectivity systems have finally been updated with an intuitive touch screen. Mid-trim Foresters bring a lot of content for the money, but it's easy to crest $30,000 with options packages. A feisty turbo comes with XT trim but compromises the value equation. The optional (and recommended) EyeSight system includes lane-departure warning and front-collision warning.

See Reliability page for the latest 2016 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

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 ace...

Highs

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

Lows

  • Ride isn't as cushy as previous Foresters
  • Cabin can get 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)