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Subaru Forester 2018 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: 2.5i Premium
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 when merging or climbing hills, however. 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 option packages. A feisty turbo comes with XT trim but compromises the value equation. The optional (and recommended) EyeSight system includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

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...


  • Relatively good fuel economy
  • Extremely practical package, with a roomy rear seat, simple controls, and spacious cargo area


  • Cabin can get noisy
  • Fairly basic and spartan interior

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a Forester: All wheel drive (AWD)  Unlike most SUVs, which offer either two-, four-, or all-wheel-drive, all Foresters have standard AWD. Which engine? Most Foresters have a non-turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
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)


Comfort / Convenience
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