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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The CVT takes some getting used to. It shifts more like a standard automatic transmission as compared to Toyota Prius."

Blair C., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I gave never had a vehicle that handles this good. I love the way it handles and the acceleration is great."

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Got the Kardon Harmon system option and the sound is fantastic!"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Forester - fully loaded with three adults, two very fat cats & luggage for all - climbs WNC mountain roads like a mountain goat! Unlike 4 cyn Honda Accord which struggles under same circumstance - Handling is firm and secure."

Alice W., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Drives extremely well; very good acceleration; Eyesight system is a must-have."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent in snow, icy roads, rain. CVT transmission better than any automatic transmission I've used before. Handling is sure and precise. Acelleration is good."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good power, agility, quiet, great sight lines"

Anonymous, KS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration OK. Driving with eyesight on (lane departure) on the highway can be a little bit of a battle. The detection system pushes the steering away from the lane striping and at higher speeds presents a moderate control issue."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The safest most secure car I've ever driven. I am a skier so I drive in bad weather...snow, sleet, rain and the Forester never makes me feel unsafe"

Robin B., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Has good road feel - responsiveness to steering is well controlled. Good acceleration when needed. Comfortable ride - a great car for long driving trips"

Clyde P., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Just got it but acceleration and handling are good"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"it has unexpected good acceleration. being all wheel drive it handles considerably well."

J S., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handling, acceleration, and control. The additional horse power/torque makes it much more enjoyable to drive."

Tim S., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Jerky acceleration when taking off Handling coming down hills a little "white knuckle" Quiet ride"

Wayne S., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Above average acceleration for a 4 cylinder."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is sure and seems effortless. Handling is sharp and controlable."

Stover M., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is smoother than on the 2015."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is very good for a 4 cylinder."

Peter C., HI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I recently teamed with another driver in her 2018 Subaru Forester Premium trim on a road trip from Phoenix to Longview, WA. We toured 4 major national parks in Arizona. The car handled all the roads superbly and got an impressive 32.7 mpg over the entire 2500 mile journey."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable and easy driving. Step on the pedal and go. Slow down on the pedal and it slows down. The driver wheel turns easily."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is my wife’s new car and she is enamored with every feature in the car. She is a walking billboard for her Forester."

Anonymous, DC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I love the acceleration and handling on my Forester! Quick pickup, easy to handle, and the safety features that keep me in my lane, and keep me appropriately distanced from other cars while using cruise control are especially pleasing."

Phyllis S., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are hard and ride is rough. Everything is great except that the roads and streets I use are in bad shape and one can feel every little bump on the road."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Lively acceleration. Great handling. Smooth ride. Not so good -- slight pause when pressing gas pedal. Visibility great."

D L., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I prefer a manual transmission. That’s why I traded up from the 2012 to the 2018. Subaru is discontinuing the manual. The “feel‿ of the new shifter is much better."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great acceleration when I need it because of 250 hp turbo. Test drive of Honda CR-V disappointing by comparison. I bought the 2018 Forester, rather than waiting for the 2019 redesigned model because turbo will no longer be available."

Harry S., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The 2.5L engine has plenty of power, the suspension is good and the handling is great."

Scott S., NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car must be driven with both hands. It is easy to jerk the wheels with one hand. During acceleration the gas pedal feels sticky."

Larry J., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good acceleration and good driving. Low road noise."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This is my first all wheel drive vechile. You absolutely feel secure on the road in all driving conditions."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"so far, the car handles well and drives easily. Safety features enhance driving."

Luella K., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is good handling is good. I don’t like tha CVT Transmission shifting"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration when you need it and solid handling"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"when you need to accelerate fast it has the power to do so. when you need to brake fast it does it without skidding, with great control"

Deborah F., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"has all the acceleration i need for fast merges, uphill. so smooth, handles a dream very responsive and sticks tight to the road. love the blind spot monitoring, lane assistance, backup camera, emergency breaking. I am 64 with a stiff neck and partially deaf so all these electronics are a real help to feeling more secure on the road. Make me love the car MUCH more than any I have ever bought."

Frank M., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is adequate for freeway entry. Higher engine revs when accelerating than my 2014 Forester."

William M., NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The lane change and stopping control system. Its on all the time at my desire but comes active at the wrong time sometimes, such as two lane driving on local roads. During a rain storm it was not operational."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It has all the power I need for urgent acceleration but still has good mileage. there is a wonderful low gear for snowy situations.."

Richard S., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Adaptive cruise control is a great innovation, makes driving much safer. Lane departure sensing not as good as I'd hoped because its ability to identity lane striping is not good."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Safety, acceleration,lane warning,speed control with car length auto adjustment,sunroof"

Dan E., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration OK. Handling great."

Albert S., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good power...but the accelerator is too sensitive and requires too little foot effort. Unwanted rapid acceleration can occur."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is amazing. The vehicle feels like it wants to run full out every time you touch the accelerator - and this is a very good thing!"

Anonymous, LA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It's a good value and it performs well. Most all features operate OK."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"for a 4 cylinder SUV, acceleration is better than expected. For an SUV, handling is also better than expected."

Richard M., ID (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Electric power steering is responsive and cvt keeps power output up in unobtrusive, small (down)shifting increments when negotiating positive grades."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Love the cruise that slows vehicle down and reminds you when over the line."

Pat W., TN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"On our trip to our daughters' college orientation, over 4 hours away we were driving on divided highways for almost all of the trip. The car was loaded with three of us plus two Labrador retrievers. The car handled the hills and mountains we drove through and over, in rain and in the sunlight, and was a pleasure to drive. Driving this car is a pleasure."

Geoffrey H., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Lurching and jerking transmission problems when accelerating in 5 - 25 mph range not solved. Dealer tells me that it is common for CVT transmissions but other cars that I have driven that have CVT do not have that problem. Am taking issue directly to Subaru headquarters for resolution."

Larry T., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The found acceleration and handling to be respectable which says a lot because my regular car is a BMW 530i. The driver visibility is better than others in its class"

James B., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Quick response on acceleration, power at passing speeds"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent acceleration; especially happy with the notifications re lane controls, back up cameras etc."

William W., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The CVT is so smooth and seamless compared to other CVT's I've driven. Acceleration feels peppier than I expected. The handling is excellent with the full time AWD. It is nimble and planted."

Terry C., MB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Four wheel drive has a tendency to plough straight ahead rather than follow the road.............but I assume that's charactoristic of four wheel drive."

Norbert M., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The acceleration and handling are a delight. Slight lag at first accelerating, but then really takes off. Maneuvering is very good."

Patrick B., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Awesome"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We bought this vehicle last week. The full time all wheel drive was the deciding factor in making this purchase."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration with the 2.0l turbo is excellent!"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"part of driving is safety. The insight system provides very valuable info about warnings , lane maintenance, etc"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Really like performance and acceleration, and impressive mpg. Alsothesafety featureswith lane departure, adaptive cruise control, and blind side monitor."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seems a bit sluggish. Great handling. Planted."

Darby G., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The safety features - eyesight, backup camera"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The safety system that maintains selected car-length behind car ahead while using cruise control is fantastic."

Pauline S., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"CRISP CLEAN HANDLING, DOING 80 MPH FEELS LIKE I AM SAILING ALONG."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Best handling in snow and ice that I've had"

Bradley L., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"More than adequate for the driving I do."

E C., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The assisted driving feature on the XT is an incredible safety feature that significantly adds to enjoyment of driving."

John G., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very quick, powerful acceleration. Excellent AWD handling."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Worst vehicle I have ever owned. When accelerating from a stop the car jumps and surges and it feels like driving over mini speed bumps. Have had it back to the dealer 2 times and it is going back again in 3 days for the same problem. They don't know what is wrong just keep resetting the computer."

Richard A., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is touchy and takes some time getting used to. Quick pick up though. Handling is very responsive."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The lack of frontal parking assist is just a stupid omission on a car designed for safety and marketed as ideal for senior drivers. The rear sensors and camera are fine, but unlike the Rav4, there is nothing covering the forward view. This is enough of an issue to prevent us from renewing the lease or purchasing a Subaru in the future."

D S., CT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The electronics are much improved on the 2018 (a major factor in moving me to buy the 2018 and trading in the 2014.) The Forrester has always been the best in the snow, the safety systems should make this even better."

F S., BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Better acceleration. Only appreciated the acceleration after driving rentals on vacation."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"acceleration and handing are good"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I had the 2015 Forester Premium and this new car feels bulkier and steering wheel is a little stiff. Possibly still needs a break-in period though."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Sluggish acceleration. Engine seems to misfire/hesitate. Holds road well. Ride is jittery."

Edmund M., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"There is a definite pause using the CVT when you shift into drive from any other gear. In fact you can actually roll backwards on a hill until it fully engages. Subaru says it is normal; but I really don't like this and I consider it dangerous."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very peppy and fun to drive."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great road view, good acceleration and handling in curves, some of the CVT lag in accelerating is gone."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is very responsive. It moves when you need it to snd stops when you need it to. It feels steady on all roads."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is adequate and always have the feeling of being in control."

R A., TN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good road feel and handling. Solid. More than adequate power with standard engine."

Tom M., WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Powerful engine helps when towing my fishing boat."

Ken J., KY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"CVT transmission is amazing, fuel sipping on the highway and yet very good acceleration when needed."

David N., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"excellent drive train, i.e., engine, transmission, all-wheel drive system, good fuel economy given the size of the vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very easy to use speed control. Very responsive"

Anonymous, MT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"smooth on the highway"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We purchased the XT Turbo because we travel to the Rocky Mountains for vacations. The XT handles the mountain passes with ease. Highly recommend the turbo!"

Don S., NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"First time owning or driving vehicle with CVT transmission. Hesitation when starting out. Sometimes uneven acceleration also. Handling is great although we have NOT driven in snow yet. Brakes seem to be softer and more effort to stop quickly. Much different than our previous CIVIC. AWD and CVT we have never had before. Takes some time getting used to."

Anonymous, NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Electronic monitor turning control disconcerting."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The acceleration is jerky, not smooth. It still has good acceleration, but it will take getting us to."

Terry H., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Subaru's Boxer engine is well know and well respected. But the CVT that Subaru put into the Forester returns a poor driving experience. I expect that the CVT will be reliable. While driving, the CVT returns twitchy acceleration and noticeable bands of torque. It noticeably detracts from the driving experience."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is quick and jumpy. Handling is decent but more like a bigger car/small truck."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Sometimes there is a pause before it accelerates especially when just starting out"

Anonymous, BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handles well, but the acceleration has grown a little bouncy or stuttered over the past few months."

Matthew M., HI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It has excellent acceleration. I can confidently pass other vehicles on 2-lane roads."

Kevin C., KS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"For a 4cyclinder the pick up is outstanding and the handling of the SUV is also excellent very firm and stable."

Rick H., MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Has plenty of power for accelerating except when using the air conditioner. The transmission is jerky when going uphill both in cruise control or using gas pedal. Dealer applied a software fix from Subaru but it only reduced the jerking and did not eliminate it."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We wanted a mountain car and this fits the bill: good clearance for dirt/rocky roads, great acceleration up steep mountain highways, surefooted in deep snow and on ice, responsive handling, and it's fun to drive."

Anonymous, OK (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The 4 cylinder turbo is excellent. I drive in Atlanta and this handles great - even in bad weather."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Often great acceleration. Sometimes not so good. Handling is just okay all the time."

Sidney G., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"it is awesome in rainy weather"

Susan M., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Does everything I needed to."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I love the easy handling. Wish it had more pick-up on the mountain, though."

Lou C., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"very peppy from a standing stop and has better than expected highway mileage if cruise control is used, so as to avoid too rapid acceleration"

Anonymous, NS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I have the 2.0 turbocharged 4. Acceleration superb 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds handling sure"

Leslie B., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Car sticks to the road incredible well...live in Pittsburgh and this car handles the hills fantastically"

James C., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Just what I expected. No complaints."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I bought the 'Touring XT' for the power and quality. My Forester is a wonder to drive. It has power, comfort and 'EyeSight' is great for Interstate Highway drives."

Douglas S., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The accelerator is very touchy, but I have gotten used to controlling it. Pickup is more than satisfactory. Handling is excellent."

M R., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Having the turbo boost comes in handy - especially when overtaking. Given its size and weight, the Forester handles acceleration and cornering surprisingly well."

Christopher W., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Accelerates well, and the safety features ( out of lane beep & automatic braking when too close to cars) also the cruise control adjusts automatically to cars when they slow down."

Judy R., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Tends to have more understeering than i am used to. The accelerator is very touchy. You step on the accelerator and the car lurches forward."

Anonymous, HI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Drives smoothly, handles well. I have only had it a month so haven't had too much experience yet, but much more of a pleasure to drive than my 2010 Civic. My prior car was a hybrid and had no acceleration and slowed down with the AC on going up hill. I am not experiencing that with this car but of course gas mileage is half. Since I am not now driving that many miles I felt I no longer needed a hybrid."

Carole U., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Safety features like lane navigation and cruise control anticipation of vehicle ahead"

Denise C., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"new safety features, rear automatic warning and breaking, adaptive cruise control, lane system departure work well"

David P., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It handles curves without the body roll feel. I can accelerate instead of braking."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The vehicle acceleration is adequate, but not noteworthy. Vehicle handling feels very secure in rain and wet conditions. Braking feels firm and under control."

Jerry K., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handling is excellent. Feels more like driving a car than an SUV type vehicle. Feels like I'm in full control at all times. The turbo has excellent and rapid acceleration when needed. Great to drive."

James B., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Initially I was put off by the Eyesight. Specifically the lane departure alerts. However I accepted the Eyesight option to get another I wanted. and I learned to turn off the lane departure alerts. I find the blindspot warnings and rear-backing warnings ARE helpful. With all the gadgetry on it they could have included Nissan's Gridlock option. THat looks useful."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"For a 4 cyl the Forester has very good exceleration and handles great."

Charles K., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The all wheel drive is a true all wheel drive with power applied to all four wheels rather than opposite corners. Snow and ice are absolutely no problem."

Wallace M., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Eyesight system is fantastic. I really appreciate the adaptive cruise control when we take long trips across the country. The Forester handles very well, and easily makes tight turns, very responsive."

Jeffrey H., WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handles well. Acceleration adequate for me."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Terrific handling and reverse video, good turning radius"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Most small SUVs have evolved more towards automobiles than larger SUVs. They seem more more adapted to commuting to and from work, or heading home from the grocery store on a bad weather day than carrying a fishing rod or shotgun down a gravel road. The steering, handling, suspension, etc. on the Forester remain more like a true SUV than a passenger vehicle. In other words, the Forester seems more at home on a quick hunting or fishing (recreational) trip than other competitive small SUVs."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very good drive Very secure"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I preferred the driving of the old 2007 Forester as it was more natural and peppier while the 2018 seems to have more control than I do because of the Eyesight."

Robert B., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent acceleration. Very good handling"

Lee S., WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration stumbles a bit at first start in morning, runs great thereafter."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"terrific acceleration, easy handling, safety systems are fantastic (e.g., telling when out of lane, when obstructions are in front or advancing on either side ), great car for beltway driving and local traffic (e.g. signal that car in front has moved). Appreciate thoughtful design."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The intelligent cruise control is wonderful in traffic where speed changes are constant, in that I don't have to constantly hit the brake to slow down for traffic. I feel safer and more confident in my safety."

Allan R., CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Driving the XT is a dream. 0 to 60 goes by in a flash, especially when utilizing the two sport modes that Subaru offers. Flipping the "S#" makes the XT fire off like a rocket in a way that never fails to put a smile on my face. Even from a practicality standpoint, the normal "S" sport mode makes the car come to life. Merging on the highway or accelerating to make a safe lane transition is effortless. In terms of handling, I have noticed some body lean when taking sharp turns. I've learned to plant my left foot to stabilize myself in those situations, so my body stays firmly in place. Steering is responsive, and I always feel as though my movement with the wheel accurately translates to my movement on the road."

Patrick B., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We really like the Eyesight Safety Features. I think it has saved us from having an accident that would have been our fault"

James C., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Backing up is very easy because of large back window. Acceleration is a little slow."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It accelerates well; it feels solid; it turns well; it is quiet!"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I live in a very rural area and travel frequently to cities. This car handles well on two lane dirt roads in poor condition or during mud, snow, and ice as well as on interstate highways."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Subaru Forester)

"styling ,interior style, spacious windows,"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I think the acceleration is ok and the HWY MPG is great at 33mpg. most of my driving is around town and averages 22mpg. Textured roads make for a noisy ride, but the drive train makes very little noise. The car is easy to park and has lots of room. The stick shift works well. I like the reverse detent feature. I think the steering is to quick: I let my daughter drive it and when she went to make a right turn, she almost turned into the right curb. It's a little 'twitchy' at hwy speeds."

Ron S., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is slow and sluggish. When braking for a stop the engine will resit the braking at certain speeds"

Robert C., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"A hesitation when acceration is only thing I do not like. Everything else is fantastic, seat comfort, all around view, Driving experience, handling and plenty of room,in back seat"

Roy F., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This is an XT version. It is quick, agile, goes where you want yet always seems effortless without any fuss. I've never come close to pushing the limits. A very balanced and composed vehicle the creates confidence."

Daniel K., NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great handling feels like it sticks to the road! And has a nice firm but forgiving firm ride over bumps."

Gregg P., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Surprisingly good acceleration for a mini-van. Handling is not great, but it is a mini-van after all."

Chuck K., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car is very responsive to all of my demands."

Gayle L., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car has the best steering I've ever seen. This car turns on a dime."

Scott W., IA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good Handling. Bad The steering wheel locks and (3) times I could not start the auto until I pulled hard left on the steering wheel. It took from 10 min to 30 mins to start the auto."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Steering lacks responsiveness on tight corners, especially going down hill at 70 miles per hour. Planning on getting rid of the car because of it."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"safety features are excellent; handles nicely"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Visibility is excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is good and as expected for this price range, engine size, and body style. Turning radius is acceptable and that makes parking not a chore. Handling is good to excellent and that goes for all weather conditions."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handling is very good for its size. Acceleration is no more than OK, sometimes stutters a bit when starting from a full stop. Once it gets going, acceleration is fine."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"GREAT drive...feel very safe in the car"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Eyesight safety and cruise control features are most welcome."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Throttle pedal is sluggish to respond. Software programming does let engine rev down quickly, so shifting gears with manual transmission the engine tends to race when clutch is pressed"

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very smooth acceleration and good feel of the road"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"There is a delay in the switch from Reverse-Drive (and vice versa). The dealer said this was due to the "mechanical" method of changing from reverse to drive. When parallel parking, this delay makes it more difficult to quickly perform the task (a daily necessity for those of us who do not have driveways/garages). We might not have purchased the car due to this issue."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"great engine 2.0x"

Bruce-Erin W., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car is like a swiss army knife {does everything} : It is fast, economical, comfortable, good room for a compact SUV and AWD to boot. My only concern is the driver assists, they work in the summer but I feel they will be useless in the snow covered roads of winter. The automatic braking may even slide me off the road."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The safety features are great, like getting out of lane alarm, etc."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I love the quick and powerful acieration that the turbo engine provides"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I greatly enjoy the cruise control system in my Subaru. Most of my driving is on country highways and freeways. I can set the controls and follow other vehicles at a distance I set and my car will speed up or slow down or stop as the vehicle in front of does."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Engine is a bit loud when accelerating but responsive. Handling is more nimble than I thought it would be."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handles well, but I find the "touchy" and non-linear response of the accelerator at low speed a nuance and occasionally unsafe as "jumps" forward.After gain speed, acceleration is fine."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent acceleration. Great turning radius. Very smooth AWD."

Anonymous, AK (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good visibility / acceleratiom."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Wonderful acceleration and handling."

Frank S., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Base 2.5 l engine hits the right balance between performance/economy. CVT with 6 sets and paddle shift is great on steep and twisty mountain roads."

Rita F., BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Turbo makes it very responsive and fun to drive"

Philips M., VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Turbo provides amazing acceleration, and the words that best describe handling are 'crisp' and 'nimble'; a truly excellent car to drive."

A P., AB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Subaru drives well, although it seems the acceleration is slightly slow."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It balks when accelerating from a dead stop."

Julie A., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Bad: CVT slippage at low speeds, <35mph, when the system is cold. It feels as if the engine has a slight miss under mild acceleration, but this well-known phenomenon is attributed to CVT slippage by Subaru. Supposedly, it is harmless, but it certainly detracts from an otherwise excellent driving experience. I did not experience this with Nissan CVT's ten years ago. Toyota is using a hybrid CVT in their Corolla Sport, 1st gear is a conventional automatic gear, probably to avoid this same situation."

Donald C., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Still good acceleration, comfortable and handles well."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great acceleration; handling crisp."

P L., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Overall we're very happy with the acceleration, and the handling is great, especially with the features like lane-keeping assist. Our first year has been a really good experience."

Robert B., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very nimble and fund to drive. Responsiveness is excellent"

Steve H., UT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The CVT transmission is great for MPG but for shifting, it is horrible, takes way too long from R to D or D to R, price one has to pay for better gas mileage."

Steve H., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Turbo Bad is High octane"

Luc B., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Quick acceleration & firm handling."

Stan F., NH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great acceleration. Doesn’t bog down when going up hills, especially in mountain driving. Love the smooth transmission. No down shifting."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Touch gas pedal for acceleration."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Smooth acceleration when passing or at a full stop."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The other day, during a torrential downpour, the Eyesight safety system shut down. I was terrified that I'd touched something and broken it. However, after I'd gone a little farther and the rain slacked off, the system started up. After I called the dealership, the manager explained that the cameras had been overwhelmed by the heavy rain. He told me that he's had his system stop when the early morning sun hits the cameras the wrong way. I had not seen anything in the manual that warns the customer about this scary happening."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The CVT is not as smooth as I would like but it's ok."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration with the turbo is outstanding for this type of vehicle. Handling is not great, but better than expected for the vehicle type. Better side bolsters on the seats would allow the driver more opportunity for enjoying the handling."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I like the power steering feel and the occasional nudges it gives to steering. I have the 2 L turbo and like the acceleration when entering a freeway."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great value"

Michele J., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"To my surprise, I like Subaru's version of a CVT transmission. It emulates a regular automatic with its preset ratios. I like the feeling of an engine rev'ing up through each gear, and the Subaru does that. It is nimble and handles quite well. In terms of acceleration, it is quick off the mark. But I do wish for more top-end power."

B H., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"stalled 3 times in 30 minuets in city traffic going app. 30 mph within the first 3 weeks of ownership. dealer found no cause. would not move from stop once after owning 5 months. service very expensive and occasionally has major service jobs that are mandatory. some costing nearly $500."

William F., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car is very “peppy‿, quick to respond to steering."

R K., MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I have driven several different ones over a long period and this SUV has better acceleration and much better handling than the competition."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Is a bit sluggish when accelerating. But feels very sure footed on wet roads."

Ann W., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"ACCELERATION HARD TO CONTROL AT START UP."

Ronald K., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Peppy, handles well."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I find it irritating that it takes a moment for the transmission to engage when I move the selector - it's not instant."

Nigel T., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handling is great, cornering is perfect. Acceleration could be a little better: initial acceleration has noticeable hesitation."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is quiet, accelerates well. I occasionally get annoyed with the warning systems, especially the 'lane departure'. I live in an area with many curves in the roads, and lanes are not well marked, but the system still warns me."

Jay S., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"window indicator of near by cars"

Susan H., DC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We got caught in a snow/ice storm last winter while on vacation. The Subaru's all wheel drive system was impressive, kicking in whenever we started to lose traction on curves and hills. We were very pleased (and relieved)."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The asymmetrical all wheel drive makes it handle very well, holds the road well, corners very well."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great acceleration and easy handling"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very happy with the turbo power and new transmission."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It's very good."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very smooth handling and ride. We were surprised with the 4 cylinder acceleration vs. our previous 6 cylinder. very good with getting on the road."

Michael K., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It has adequate power on highways and handles well."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It's an SUV, but handling in the 2018 Chevy Equinox was superior. The Forester gets great mileage, but acceleration is weak."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Eyesight technology, eight position drivers seat comfort, visibility, acceleration at critical speeds."

Bill P., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"My only complaint is the pause between shifting into drive and the beginning of acceleration. I am not familiar with this in other cars I have driven with automatic transmission."

Larry O., DC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"great acceleration with a 4 cylinder engine. Handles great with 4 wheel drive."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very good acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Accelerates easily,robust handling for its size and bulk"

David S., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good: clear visions all around, good holding / handling and acceleration; rear view camera, eye-sight features, dual temp control, spacious & well designed cargo compartment. Bad: many knobs and switches are hard to memorise how they function, how to use, manual explanations not easy to follow; center panel storages poorly designed comparing with Honda or other brands; there should be option to hide/unhide screen apps e.g. starlink, pandora. etc; when not using them."

Francis W., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car is so easy to drive. Seems to stick to the road."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Turbocharger provides excellent acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"nice looking car and drives well"

Jan R., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"acceleration is excellent, but steering is too vague and too much hand motion is required to go straight. turning and curves are well handled."

Mark F., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We had heard the 2.5 normally aspirated engine was sluggish and that we would want for more power. We also had heard that the engine noise would be excessive going up hills or with merging with traffic etc. We've been much happier than we had expected to be in these 2 areas. As part of our regular driving routine, we have to navigate a very steep hill and then up an down many other hills on daily basis (not including regular trips to San Francisco and it's famous hills). It handles these with ease and gives a feeling of confidence. We do hear the engine but with this vehicles very quiet interior, it is not annoying at all. With respect to daily driving on freeways, the Forrester accelerates to freeway speeds and confidently moves with even the fastest of traffic. If I was to rate the engine performance on just off the line or passing cars with breakneck speed, this would be less than stellar, but more than adequate. We continue to be pleasantly surprised at how much this has not been an issue. We've already had our car on a trek to Lake Tahoe and it was silky, sure footed, and relaxing to drive."

David P., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is ok but I am used to a turbo 4 cylinder car so it seems a little slower but still good enough. Handling is very good with a very tight turning circle"

Thomas B., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Smooth and fun."

Anonymous, VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car replaced a 2011 Forester which was badly hail damaged. The progress with the transmission is awesome. The old one was truly abhorrent, but this new one is very smooth and responsive in comparison."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration sometime hesitates before taking off."

John L., NV (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The turbo is absolutely worth the money"

Alan S., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"For an all wheel drive car it accelerates and handles very well. Sharp turning does not make a “scrubbing sound‿ as with other all wheel drives. Also gets excellent gas mileage."

David U., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is very responsive and easy to handle."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Easy to handle, tight turning radius,good acceleration when in gear."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Plenty of pep in this car. All wheel drive feels very secure."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Firm ride and does everything well"

Dan N., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I feel very safe driving in snow due to the traction and control of the AWD."

Jay B., VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The “eye‿ system is incedible! Could use more power."

Louis L., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It rides quietly, accelerates quickly & handles well overall. I bought mine, as a friend bought a new Forester 22 months ago."

Joan O., CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is very good in this model. All wheel drive provides excellent control while driving in various weather conditions."

Elizabeth N., NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"tHE DEALER DIDN'T HAVE A VEHICLE WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION, but I bought one anyway (thinking, how could Subaru have a poor manual. The car has dismal acceleration and the six speed forces much more frequent shifts than previous manuals I've owned."

Norman M., IA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Drives well and good acceleration"

Anonymous, BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration & handling are good for this type of vehicle. The "Eyesight" system is excellent particularly the intelligent cruise control and lane holding."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It's responsive and has excellent acceleration when needed. It also handles beautifully in terrible winter weather."

Anonymous, ME (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car feels like a tank! High engine noise. Seems to work very hard while accelerating."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Feels secure on the road. Great turning radius and the speed control with automatic distance control is wonderful"

John B., AR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car has great pick up when you are trying to get in the line of traffic."

Alice B., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is very easy to increase speed , i.e. merging on to highway. Feel very secure with handling needs. The best feature in the Forester is the vision. The seat adjustment for the driver's seat is wonderful plus I have never experienced a blind spot. Have only had my car for 1 month but, so far, I couldn't be happier.."

Eugene M., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The 4-cylinder 2.5i engine has really impressive acceleration. Maybe the continuously variable transmission has something to do with it. I recently rented a 2018 VW Passat on a trip, and it felt sluggish in comparison. My only complaint, if you can call it that, is the sensitivity of the brakes. This isn't really a bad thing, but I thought I would get better at moderating the brake pedal to control this, yet they still seem grabby."

Catherine, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"visibility"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Between more play in the steering than I am used to and the active steering assist of the Star-Link system, I feel the vehicle is trying to drive me as much as I am trying to drive it."

Donald N., WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Accelerates well from stop and handles easily!"

Holly H., AR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"transmission behaves oddly"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It's a bit of a rough ride on bumpy roads, which are everywhere now. Also the CVT transmission can take some getting used to. It accelerates well, but it feels different than a regular automatic."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"There is a definite and persistent hesitation when putting it in to Drive. I haven't contacted Subaru yet as live several hours from a dealer. My fault that I haven't looked up Recalls but also have not recieved a notice."

Anonymous, BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very responsive, lots of power when I accelerate."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car handles beautifully. Acceleration is fine. However, when switching from backing up to driving forward the car lurched when I apply pressure to the gas peddle. I have talked to another Subaru owner and she reports the same orioblem"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I love the variable transmission. smooth and no sensation while changing of gears."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Performance of the 2.0 DIT boxer engine is fantastic. Handling is very solid and it’s an excellent driving experience."

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Fantastic handling especially in winter driving this year"

Anonymous, BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Jack rabbit tarts at intersection. Pause in acceleration"

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Ride is smooth and quiet, very pleased with the performance."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great acceleration for passing. Smooth, easy ride. Good suspension. Not much road noise. Handles well. Gas pedal sensitive...works faster than you think it will."

Anonymous, VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"excellent"

Anonymous, QC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"handles very well, but acceleration from slow speed when merging on freeway is slow"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I recently went on my first trip to the mountains since getting the Forester. It handled beautifully over two high passes and exceeded my expectations in mountain performance."

Becki S., CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Handles well and love the safety features"

Robin B., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Does not have the handling or acceleration of my previous sedan"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The driver's view is excellent and acceleration is adequate. We are seniors and the eyesight braking system, blind spot detection, and lane stray notification are great safety features."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is outstanding, handling is solid and feels controlled."

Lisa L., QC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Relative to my previous car, a 1998 Subaru Forester, my 2018 Forester has better, though not stellar acceleration, given its four cylinder Boxer engine. Starting acceleration is good, but it thins out as speed increases. Because the 2018 model has a higher center of gravity than my old Forester, handling on corners, while still good, is diminished slightly in comparison. Road tracking (the car's tendency to stay centered in the lane at highway speeds without steering wheel correction) is currently a problem for my 2018 model. (It was never a problem with my 1998 Forester, which required very little steering correction at highway speeds on level roads; this made it a pleasure to drive.) The dealer has been negligent in dealing with this problem under warranty."

S G., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"XT model has a noticeable turbo lag from a standing start but great power once turbo winds up. There's no lag in power at highway speeds. Excellent handling on curvy roads. There's a little bit of over-steer at the initiation of a hard corner but it holds a line well once settled. Overall great handling for an AWD sport utility."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The ride is much improver from the 2015 to the 2018 Forrester. Handling is smoother, and the acceleration is improved."

Jim D., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very smooth and responsive acceleration. Lane assist feature is most helpful"

Kevin D., GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL!!! Very Happy Feet! On a round trip from Boston to Wisconsin I went for over 250 miles without touching a pedal! SO old folks friendly!!! Lane minding is ok, but it depends on quality of lane markings which vary widely from state to state. The automation makes acceleration and handling smoother than I do on my own. My mind longs for the old MGB, but my body prefers the Forester."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent acceleration and handling, ease of entry and getting seated, and as I previously stated, the visibility is superior to all the other SUVs I test drove before deciding on the Forester."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Transmission is smooth. Acceleration and handling very responsive."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Transmission is rough, pauses, and then lurches. Doesn’t shift down when it should Dealer says nothing is wrong, but hubby is very unhappy with it."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"handles great, smooth ride, feel very safe, depndable"

Jan T., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"makes quite a bit of noise when it accellerates"

Barbara F., SC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Steering is "nudged" by the "eye-sight" system which can be annoying - especially when changing lanes on a high speed highway. The system restrains one's ability to change lanes quickly when necessary."

John S., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The lane departure system and the adaptive cruise control make handling much safer and better."

Bob M., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Delay in transmission engaging drive from park. Other than that it drives beautifully."

Jen D., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"safety features, active cruise, eyesight system"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It has equipment that stops the "rollback" when stopping on a hill."

Cindi V., NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"CVT transmission is a gutless turd. A bore to drive. Can't lock in a low gear."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The vehicle is very responsive. It has surprising agility and is ideal for city driving and easy parking."

James O., KS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The CVT transmission works extremely poorly in very cold weather (near zero). Other cars I could warm them up for 5 minutes and go. With this car the transmission doesn't shift right unless I warm it up for 20 to 30 minutes, and even then it shifts poorly for the first 30 minutes of driving."

Jeffrey S., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Crisp acceleration but touchy accelerator pedal at times. Handles well even when fully loaded and delivers excellent fuel economy. Controls are within easy reach. Really like how easy it is to get in and out of."

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very responsive acceleration and handling."

J D., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The handling is not as good as my Ford Mustang, but then I would not expect it to be. Performance-wise, it is adequate and I experience no hesitation driving the passes in southern Oregon. However, the CVT hesitates when first engaged from Neutral."

John R., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It has a very irritating hesitation when you shift the car into drive. It is true of all newer Subarus, including the Outback. I am not sure I would have bought the car if I had known this."

Kathleen F., CT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car is only one week old. So far the outstanding performance of the safety systems is outstanding very complete and impressive in design and function."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"under gentle acceleration the CVT transmission is sometimes sort of jittery between 25-50mph."

Brandon L., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Overall performance for the price"

Anonymous, NB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"acceleration is just adequate Handling is good for a small SUV"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Quick acceleration, handles crisply. Brakes are good. Love the Eyesight system"

Chester W., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seats are firm. Engine noise is heard. 4 cylinder pronounced"

Gerald M., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"For a compact SUV, the Forester has a good mix of comfort, noise, and ride. It is very quiet, even at highway speeds."

John K., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are very comfortable. Road noise is considerably better than my 2015 Forester."

Robert V., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good visibility and ride."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The most comfortable head rests of the 8 or so cars we tried. Gave up on honda completely after only ever owning Hondas."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable and simple to adjust for each driver. Quiet ride. Seat settings for each driver."

Kevin D., GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Rides a lot better than expected. Quiet inside while driving."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The driver's seat is the best of the SUVs I test drove, however it still isn't as good as my 2005 Mazda Mazda 6 V6 Sport seats. The forester could use more substantial side bolsters as well as more slant to the seat and the ability to raise the front of the seat. The lumbar support is good, but could use a bit more support. Leg room is excellent, as is head clearance., The passenger seat again has too shallow a slant to it. Unless it was a very hard emergency braking situation I never had a problem with maps or my purse sliding off the Mazda passenger seat, however I can'y carry anything on the forester passenger seat as it slides off at almost every stop. All that being said I love that at the end of a 14 hour drive I can emerge from my Forester and move without any stiffness! Noise level, or actually lack of it is awesome. It runs so quietly that at times I have to double check that it's still running when stopped. It is also quite quiet at highway speeds. And the ride is very comfortable and smooth."

Karen S., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are comfortable, should have power adjustments for passenger. Road noise, wind noise is too loud. A little less sway when touring would be better."

Alvin S., BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Power driver's seat adjustable so easy to find comfortable position. Contrary to CR's review, the car is very quiet. I don't know if the absence of engine noise is due to turbo engine, which CR did not test. Handles well so that cargo doesn't shift on turns or winding mountain roads -- may be due to suspension on XT model"

Harry S., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The ride is sometimes bumpy, which is disappointingly uncomfortable. The bumpiness is more noticeable on certain roads, so it may be as much a function of poor road construction as the suspension system of the Forester."

Anonymous, DE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Lots of room, comfortable and very compliant ride. A little noisy at speed but I love it."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are comfortable but there is too much road noise and at times the engine sounds loud and harsh. Of course the service staff at the dealer claim that they cannot duplicate the noise or that it is normal."

Bela P., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Driver seat too narrow. Left knee touches door armrest and right thigh touches emergency brake."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car is extremely comfortable and quiet."

Bruce G., MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Dollar for dollar the finest automobile on the road today. Still have a long way to go to create a comfortable from driver and/or passenger seat."

Bruce N., UT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Driver's foot comfort is poor."

Roger C., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We drove the Forester from Allen, Texas to Wichita, Kansas and the seats were very comfortable. Sometimes in other vehicles we have owned, when we got out of the car after traveling for a long time we were stiff from sitting so long, but this did not occur in the Forester. The road noise was not bad and the ride was fairly smooth except where the roads really needed to be repaired."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seat is just uncomfortable, especially for long drives."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The power seat in the Touring Model is much more comfortable than the power seat in the Limited model. This car is much quieter than the 2015 Forester I had and the ride is smoother."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Forester wonderful as it is, is basically a truck in terms of driving experience and cannot compare with a sleek sedan. The seats are very comfortable and the noise level not bad at all. it's utility as SUV is what it's all about."

Janice H., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"After driving a pickup truck for 15 years this feels like a luxury car. Everything adjusts to my exact driving preferences. Only have 800 miles and haven’t taken it on a longer road trip. But that’s why I bought it, so will test it out in a few weeks!"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"In a word, PERFECTION. We took a family trip, Dad, Mom, our college age daughter and our two labrador retrievers plus a crate and luggage and drove to our daughters' college orientation, a 4 hour and 20 minute drive. We have made this trip before in my Jeep Wrangler. In the Forester, the trip was so much more comfortable. The ride was quiet, the car handled perfectly (Divided highway driving mostly) in the rain and sun, and I was amazed how good I felt when we arrived there. I didn't feel like I had just driven over 4 hours. It felt like I was driving less than 30 minutes. We are very happy with this purchase of the Forester, and it fit everything needed for the trip!"

Geoffrey H., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"good ride, quiet and heated seats"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The drivers seat does not go back far enough for me."

Stan C., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Adjustable programmable front seats; quiet ride; solid feel"

Anonymous, BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Vehicle is higher, thus easier to get in and out off. Also provides better visibility around the vehicle."

David S., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seats are comfortable, , adjust easily, great visibility, easy to get in handout"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Love the acceleration and handling, especially relative to my previous vehicle which was slow and ponderous. The comfort of the driver's seat, however, is my biggest complaint about the Forester. The seats are smaller than in my previous vehicle and I find myself wishing the seat cushion was an inch or two longer (or at least adjustable) as I don't like where it hits the backs of my thighs. The seat back is also contoured in such a way that it just does not hit my back quite right."

Andrew K., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are very comfortable and adjustable. Great vision through windows. Car is brand new, so not much driving experience with it."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are very comfortable."

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It has excellent visibility for the driver. The ride is a little stiff."

Kevin C., KS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Forester is a very comfortable and quiet ride. Very relaxing to drive."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"They need to make the ride more softer. The suspension is to firm for highway driving"

Scott W., IA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are more comfortable than 2017. Method of adjustment is good."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE IN THE DRIVER SEAT. POWERS CONTROLS , GIVES ME THE RIGHT POSITION. SMOOTH COMFORTABLE RIDE."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"A bit noisy"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very quiet ride, very smooth, driver seat with adjustable lumbar support is just what I need."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good comfortable ride. Easy to adjust seats to accommodate drivers."

Joanne F., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good : seats are shaped well, good range of adjustment, seating material is of good quality, ride is good for a small sport -ute, Bad: noise is far worse than in my MazdaCx-5 OR MY Mazda CX-9. Ride quality is very good, well planted, road feel is good for this model, basically good for ANY Subaru!!!!"

George H., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seats are comfortable and you seat perfectly."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good visibility & higher seating"

Stan F., NH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"CR-- RATED THIS CAR VERY HIGH. I LIKE ALL THE SAFTY FEATURES, THE RIDE , STEARING, I BOUGHT THE CAR LOADED, I BOUGHT IT 6 MONTHS AGO. SO FAR I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT IN ALL CATAGORIES. I CHECK (CR) BEFORE I BUY MOST PRODUCTS"

Philip T., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are uncomfortable."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"road noise"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car's extra height allows us to sit more like we were in a living room chair than in a sports car seat"

Larry O., DC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"LIke the comfort in the drivers seat. I like that I can raise the seat higher to acomadate my short stature and don't feel like I am sitting on the floor. I have so much more visability driving. The one problem I find annoying is the air ducts aimed almost at my face. It dries out my contact lenses and I have a had time making it work for me."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Noticeably quieter than the 03 Forester."

Sharron G., KS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seats are extremely comfortable and have multiple adjustments; ride somewhat noisey and stiff."

P L., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable seating, good noise control, firm ride"

Nigel T., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The cloth seats and the lumbar support."

Paul W., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Forester rides hard/stiff and is uncomfortable on long trips. Does not handle bumps well. It is also very noisy on road trips especially interstate highways."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"When we test drove the Forester right after test driving a Honda CRV, we were surprised that the Forester was quieter. We wanted a vehicle that would be comfortable for me (6' 4") on long trips and yet got reasonable gas mileage. We took the Forester on two 2000 mile trips in the past 2 months, and on both trips I had no back discomfort, unlike my experience in sedans. We were please with the quiet and comfortable ride in the Forester."

Julie G., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I read that the 2019 Forester is quieter. While the 2018 is not NOISY, I would like it quieter"

Anonymous, DE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Ride and seat comfort is stiff."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Car seats are very comfortable. The ride is comfortable and smooth. Noise does not bother me."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable seats, both front and back. Quiet ride. Has some engine noise when accelerating from a standing start."

W M., KY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Low noise, comfortable heated seats and a smooth ride."

Judy R., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Best seating position ever, fantastic ride and much quieter than my 2011 Forester."

Lee S., WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Both my wife and I are small, so the Forester's adjustable seats are important for us to be comfortable and get a good view."

Douglas S., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Extremely comfortable seats, front and rear, and a very smooth and quiet ride."

Donald F., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This is my first experience with an SUV. I am thrilled with the space availability, ease of adjusting the seats, and the ease of getting in and out of the vehicle."

Denise M., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"the seats are comfortable . The noise is a little loud. Should make the roof racks an option instead of factory installed."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Many good points... the interior is tasteful and pleasant to look at, the noise level is great, even with the moonroof open (though I recommend the optional device that shades and diverts the airflow!), and the seat adjusts very well. The built in lumbar pillow is great!!! The wheel feels good, and the controls are logical and easy to operate while driving. The placement of controls was well chosen, as everything is easy to see and reach. There are a few issues... Essentially, they need to test their bucket seat designs with drivers of various body types a little more thoroughly! The seats are too narrow for substantially built adults by about 2 inches. As a result, the seatbelt socket jabs me in the side until I fasten my belt (call a redundant safety warning system!!). There isn't quite enough clearance between seat and closed door to reach the seat controls, at least not with MY arm. The headrest is shaped such that it pokes forward too far and won't go all the way down to the top of the seat back (which for me, a female of medium height, would help). Also, a personal note: I often wear my hair in a pony tail, and I can't adjust the head rest so it doesn't push the pony tail uncomfortably against my head, when I am sitting up straight. To get the head rest back far enough, I have to lean the seat back, and then my arms get tired from reaching for the wheel. I'd bet this seat would be perfect for a 6-ft man with short hair, though! Speaking of 6 foot men, my son (who is 6'2") had the problem, sitting in the passenger seat, of his head reaching awfully close to the roof of the car, possibly a safety concern, and the passenger seat does not have up/down controls."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Acceleration is a bit weak, but you have to sacrifice speed/power for fuel economy."

Lee P., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"My 2018 is significantly quieter inside than my previous 2015 Forester. The driver seat is very comfortable but I’ve found the lack of adjustability of the passenger seat is disappointing."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"the seats are very comfortable and the cabin is quiet for small 4 cyl. care"

Gail E., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Comfort. Recently had the opportunity to rent other cars and the Subaru seem to be more comfortable and has better acceleration. Also seems more"solid" and stable compared to the rentals."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The driver's seat back seems to be slightly askew so bothers my back on long days of driving. It seems like there is not much insulation in the roof. On sunny days it's hard to cool the inside well and keep it cool.Tinted windows would definitely be a good addition. LOVE how quiet and smooth the ride is, though."

Patrick B., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"like sitting in your living room"

Joe S., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Shorter driver can easily see over steering wheel. It's been a boon to the shorter driver who was having trouble finding a car with good visibility. Seats are quite comfortable. Forester is quieter than Impreza; very pleasant."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It's a very smooth ride and quiet."

Tom E., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Could be a little larger"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"good visibility, acceleration, handling."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Wind noise"

Anonymous, OK (2018 Subaru Forester)

"While I love this and my previous Forester, thy do tend to be a bit noisy."

Robert O., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car is fine with regard to noise and climate comfort. But both my wife and myself have noticed the front seats are noticeably uncomfortable, especially on longer drives."

David R., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"disabled passenger finds support and comfort when riding"

Luella K., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very roomy, don’t have to bend to get in."

Dennis N., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is a bumpy ride just as the review I read described. But I was still surprise at how bumpy. I have the auto seats and consider them a safety as well as a comfort feature. I love the lumbar."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I love the totally adjustable headrest that doesn't push my head forward. And the multiply adjustable driver's seat. The ride is smooth and not too loud."

Anonymous, ME (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I hate the BLACK! interior ! You need a flashlight in broad daylight to find something inside. And there is not much choice. The seats are very comfortable, lots of room front and back. Best visibility out. Otherwise would have chosen RAV4 (better reliability)."

A M., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I as primary driver am 5 feet tall. Out of at least 12 vehicles tested, only this one was easy for me to see out of in all directions, and it was also easily the most comfortable. It felt custom made for me, easy to get in and out, seat height is perfect. My husband who is 5'10" also finds it very comfortable and easy to use and see out of."

Kenneth C., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The ride is so noisy that if I have the air on, I cannot hear passengers the the back seat. My hearing is perfect. The noise and the fact that there is no airflow to the second row are the main reasons I regret this purchase. I made the choice solely on Consumer Reports rating of this vehicle. It was my first new car."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats and ride are fine, but the road noise is often excessive."

Anonymous, NV (2018 Subaru Forester)

"very good"

Anonymous, QC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"the drivers seat is very comfortable, like the adjustments i can make with the seat for comfort. Rides smooth however there is road noise while driving"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"My XT's seats are supportive and designed to comfortably fit a man that is 5'6''. The lumbar support is also a fantastic addition that adds to the support my back feels. The seats are so nice that I've even driven all the way across Pennsylvania before without stopping, and even then I still feel comfortable. Noise is so-so. Going fast on the highway definitely brings on the wind noise in a noticeable way. But that at least reminds me of the speed that I'm traveling. On the noise note, the XT's acceleration noise are actually considerably quieter than some luxury model cars I've tested. I tested a Q3 while car shopping, and actually found that its engine would transition from quiet to a load roar when merging on a high way. It came off as unsophisticated, and underpowered. My XT never sounds like it is straining itself like that; the engine noise is always pleasant. Ride is above-average in my experience, for a car of this type. It soaks up small pot-holes and road imperfections with ease. Not quite to a luxury-level, but noticeably better than the old 2006 Outback that I grew up driving."

Patrick B., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are comfortable and supportive. The noise level is fairly low for a non-luxury SUV and that goes for both highway and around town. Certainly the noise level is much lower than I anticipated based on the price and the body style, so a pleasant surprise."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Rough ride. Took forever to find a comfortable seat position."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are not comfortable. If I drive for more than 1 1/2 or 2 hours, my butt and legs hurt."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Getting into and out of the car is very easy for this old person as opposed to low cars like a sedan."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Ease of entrance. Don't have to stoop. Excellent visibility."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Comfortable, Adjustable seats"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We owned a 2010 Forester and more that our 2018 is much more comfortable"

Gary L., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Comfortable seats, lots of legroom"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car overall is comfortable. I find that the seat is a little too firm and when driving any distance I need an air cushion."

John R., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Turbo Fast and precise acceleration"

Luc B., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Visibility and Eyesight crash avoidance system."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Actually, it's safety"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I am 5' 3" tall. When I move the seat forward the armrest does not move forward making driving awkward. I reach my right elbow back to use the armrest. Not good design."

Naomi E., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"ride is good, meaning quiet and soaks up the road."

Mark F., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Quietness in relation to other makes.."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats could be more comfortable."

Anonymous, VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable even for longer rides"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Ride is a little stiff but feels good. Cabin and driving position feel quite roomy."

David B., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The heating and defrost is insufficent for areas with cold weather / snow / ice."

Michele J., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great visibility, driver's seat positioning excellent, seat is a little too short for me (6.0 ft tall). Noise is acceptable, and I like the ride. Not stiff in the suspension, but handles well overall."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Comfortable seating. Good back support. Great driving position. Moderate noise. Smooth ride and transmission. Nice big doors for easy access getting in and out."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Vehicle sits high, good visibility"

E C., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Front and back seats are comfortable for long trips. Low noise allows front seat passenger can carry on a conversation with driver, but there is more noise in the back seat. Ride is very comfortable on freeways and in cities."

Terry L., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The ride is not great on long trips."

Dale C., AB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"the noise from outside and wind goes through on windy day"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Road noise is a little high, but not intolerable. Seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room. However, seating is almost too high in the front for tall passengers, at least either the optional sunroof."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I’m a district manager and drive over 4K miles a month. This has been the most comfortable vechile that I have had in any of my sales roles."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great ride and comfort and good mileage.Noise level is great."

Joyce V., IA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats and driving position are great. Entering and exiting the vehicle are extremely easy."

Lois C., NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent variety of seat adjustments to ensure safety and comfort. Love the heated seat."

Constance M., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Bumpy ride. No lumbar support. Overall, not very comfortable"

Karen P., NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seats are hard"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable. Low noise and ride is smooth."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Visibility, seat comfort and ease of getting in and out are good"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable on trips. Easy to talk with passengers. No back stiffness after a long ride. Fairly smooth over rough roads, handles very rough roads/washboard roads with ease."

James B., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I'm a senior with severe arthritis. My Forester is easy to get in and out without pain, and the seat adjustments are great. I've used A/C for months and am really pleased with my MPG. I love this car!"

Judy E., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It's comfy for a long car ride. And as a runner, the leather wipes down well after a long run. There is significantly less noise than in my toyota. Rides well! The Eyesight can freak me out a little when a car pulls out in front of me, but I'm glad to know it works."

Holly H., AR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Rides and handles nicely for a small SUV. Quiet cabin. Seats are comfortable for me."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Easy to enter and exit. Roomy, comfortable rear seats. Solid, smooth ride. Pretty good noise level."

D L., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats comfortable, but ride noisy."

Ronald K., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very easy to get in and out of Forester. 1 of our family members is and adult with disabilities and he can easily get in and out of the back seat. He can also put the seat-belt on easily. I have health issues myself that can make getting in and out of a car challenging. The Subaru is EASY to get in and out of. We were at a place in our life where we wanted a smooth, quiet, and competent ride. We are blown away how much our Forrester is quiet, easy to hold conversations with other passengers, and along with a very good suspension that soaks up much of the uneven and poorly maintained roads in many parts of the bay area. I don't know if serine is the right word, but it comes close. Its a very relaxed drive (without being mushy)"

David P., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are not comfortable. Like sitting on a bar stool. Very disappointed"

Lisa R., NL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable and easy to adjust seats"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats can get a little uncomfortable after a couple of hours"

George J., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Drivers adjustable seat very comfortable. Plenty of leg room."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The 2018 Forester is very smooth and quiet. After 14 years of driving a 2001, the 2018 is like driving a cloud. The seats are comfortable, and I particularly appreciate the adjustable lumbar support in the driver's seat and the reclining rear seats. There's a ton of knee, shoulder, and head space, front and back, though the panoramic moonroof apparatus intrudes a bid on the back-seat headroom. The cloth seats get a little scratchy on long trips, so I sort of wish we had gone with the Limited trim. Also, I put a leather cover on the steering wheel because the plastic felt cheap in my hands. It's hard to enjoy driving a car when the one part you must constantly touch feels cheap."

James C., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable ride,not much noise at all"

David S., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seats are a little hard ... wish there was more softness to them"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I find the seats very uncomfortable for long drives but my wife finds them ok. I am 6'2" tall and 250 lbs so the seats don't fit me as well as they do my wife."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The driver's side headrest is driving me nuts. I am short (under 5 feet) and sway-backed. I need to sit UPRIGHT with the most lumbar support when I drive. The headrest pushes my head forward like a turtle--whatever height I adjust it to. If I put it all the way down, it shoves my head forward. If I put it all the way up, it hits the ceiling and is just too low for my head to go under it. I've temporarily solved the problem by removing the headrest and putting in one from the back seat--but its legs are much shorter than the front seat one, and it doesn't lock into position (all the way down). I think this is a safety problem. The second issue is the lack of a place for my purse. My old 1996 Honda Odyssey had enough space between the front seats to put my largish purse so that I could reach my license, or lip gloss or money for tolls, etc., when I needed to. Now I have to belt a box into the shotgun seat, and put my purse in it. However, when I drive with someone, I must either put the purse under that person's feet (to have the purse nearish) or put it on the back seat floor. Neither of these solutions works for me. I HATE not having room between the seats for my purse--and so does every woman I ask. There is no reason to have the shifter between the seats. If it were on the column (as used to be the case), there would be room for a purse between the seats. I wish someone would take care of this problem by asking women what they want. The various solutions offered by Amazon DO NOT WORK unless the purse is too small to hold what everyone needs."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seat comfort, heating, and adjustment very easy to set. Ride can be harsh on bumpy roads. Not bothered by noise."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car sits comfortably. But the noise level when driving, hearing the engine especially, is much worse than the 2002 Subaru Forester i had for over 200,000 miles. I think they reduced the sound deadening between the engine compartment and the driver/passenger area."

Anita U., MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is extremely quite on the road. We are able to talk without having to speak loudly to each other. The seats are extremely comfortable, & heat in winter very quickly. The suspension is great. It makes the ride very smooth. The visibility is the best."

T W., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very quite ride"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Front seat still has lumbar support issues despite a lumbar adjustment control."

Frank M., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats go far enough back and high enough to accommodate my six-foot frame. Noise level and ride are excellent."

M R., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seat headrests are awkward for some height people. wish I had a navigsation system."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"heated"

Susan H., DC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The comfort of the Forester is much more like a car than an SUV. It is quiet."

Ken B., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The drivers seat has lumbar control. I wish other seats in the vehicle also had this"

Anonymous, ME (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Wicked comfortable and roomy."

Anonymous, VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are so comfortable, the lumbar support is adjustable to fit all backs, sore and otherwise. Whether a long or short drive you leave the car feeling relaxed."

John N., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are quite comfortable, The electronic adjustments allow for customization.. the ride is very quiet and the ride absorbs the bumps in the road."

Kathryn D., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable seats. Ride is very good over smooth roads and bumpy roads alike. Noise level is elevated during highway driving."

Anonymous, NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Have leather front and rear seats(came with car) They are on the "hard" side and not the most comfortable. Other than that, car is great."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Comfort is good , air conditioning during last heatwave was dismal"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very satisfying, comfortable ride for a compact SUV."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"easy to get in and out of"

R B., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very good overall, handles well, and has 4WD. The boxer motor has the car vibrating slightly with a low frequency rumble when idling."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Rides like a truck!"

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The driver's seat is particularly comfortable with the lumbar support making long distance trips a joy. The climate control is easy to use and keeps all parts of the car comfortable. The sound system is fairly high quality and is easy to use with the touch screen. I particularly like the ability to easily transition over to a bluetooth connection for listening to music and/or talks from my Android. Overall - I have a love affair going on with my Subaru Forester."

Joseph P., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"excellent support and comfort in the seats. multiple adjustment options make it easy to set/adjust the seat for two drivers in the family. ability to adjust the height of the seat for full visibility in all directions is excellent for shorter driver."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"high and good view, comfortable seat and driving position."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great car in all areas except for the clunky key fob and separate remote starter fob! Then as soon as one opens the door with the remote start the engine stops. The Jeep has one one average size key and the engine runs after opening the door."

David U., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are very comfortable, and the ride is extremely smooth due to the CVT."

Jake K., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"road noise"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Front seats need more side-by-side support. A car of this level needs much better seats."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are firm and comfortable and the adjustable seat options are very user friendly. Limited road noise with smooth over the road comfort."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Both the low noise level (low), and comfort of driver's seat versus other makes/models test driven"

Steven S., CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are very comfortable, especially the 10 power driver's seat. The cloth seat material appears very durable and comfortable, but the flat, not tufted areas look a bit baggy and unfinished, diminishing from the overall sense of quality. Fit and finish of the dash and interior generally is very good especially when compared to the previous model we owned."

Michael J., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Not enough storage space.......don't know where you'd put it but my Escape had much more available space for basically the same size car."

Norbert M., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The ease of access and visibility are as good as any car I have been in. Comfortable seats and seating position makes both cruising and energetic driving composed and confident. The car is relatively quiet without feeling isolated. This is the XT version and is agile."

Daniel K., NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"slightly less comfortable than my 2013 Forester. Also dashboard tends to pick up tire noise/vibration from certain road surfaces"

James L., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats just OK. Noise control good. Ride fine."

Albert S., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are comfortable for long distances. The Forester is easy to get in and out of, especially for my friends with limited mobility. This is because the seats are at the correct height and there are wide door openings. The ride is solid."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Forester feels very stable and secure. It is quieter than most other cars I have driven."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Wonderful ride."

Ralph S., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats support well with infinite positions along with fully adjustable steering wheel. Well sound proof through design. Neutral steering with AWD outstanding control plus almost luxury ride."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Recent purchase but is very comfortable inside unlike prior year models."

Mike B., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable and adaptable to needs."

Don M., GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Our 2018 Forester is very comfortable. The car tended to sway a lot going into turns or turning onto uneven pavement. I installed a heavier duty rear sway bar to alleviate this problem and it helped a lot. I recommend that Forester owners make this upgrade."

Stephen L., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are very comfortable and noise level is lower than competitors"

Dan N., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Ride is very tight,more like a racing than a car for transportation."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car is very comfortable and the visibility is great. I like sitting up high."

Anonymous, RI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seats in front are not well paded"

Anonymous, GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Only had the vehicle about 1 month so at this point the comfort of the vehicle is very satisfactory. Quiet ride and the seats are comfortable. We haven't gone any notable distance yet to test the effects of sitting after a long ride. I'm tall and the vehicle has a lot of legroom inside, even the rear seat"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Multiple options with seat controls to meet my precise needs; I can even put the seats down to comfortably sleep in the car. Love having built-in seat warmers."

Susan T., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are very comfortable for long trips."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Driver seat is firm, with good lumbar support for me. It's higher than in the 96 Outback it replaced, which keeps my legs from cramping on long trips. CR doesn't give it a very good noise rating, but it seems pretty quiet to me except when accelerating. Ride is pretty good for an SUV with shorter wheelbase than the Outback (my primary point of reference for 21 years)."

Kristine B., MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Easy to adjust, good lumbar support,heated seats. Miss having the armrests I have in my Honda CRV"

Lora B., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"quiet"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"When driving on the freeway, the level of noise coming through the windows increases a lot. Wish it was quieter."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very much dislike the CVT transmission. It is jerky and not responsive as I would like. Otherwise all is good with this vehicle."

Vincent F., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Surprisingly roomy inside, easy to get in and out of both front and back, seats comfortable, great driving position and visibility."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable good visibility. A bit too much wind noise. Operating radio the volume knob is too small"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"the height of entry to vehicle all the safety options of this car plus its ability to give you excellent viewing while driving"

J P., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are ok but would like ventilated, Cabin noise is to loud from engine, ride is ok"

Gary K., GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Overall Comfort great"

Anonymous, BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seating is comfortable and supports lumbar with adjustment controls. like the sun visor extension that blocks bright sun in the rear view mirror area"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats are comfortable but arm placement, comfort & support are not."

Anonymous, NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The seats are easily adjusted and the leg room is amazing"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I am extremely impressed with the seat comfort and flexibility. The drivers seat is adjustable to just the position that works best for me"

Jonathan W., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The driving seat is uncomfortable and designed to make my back ache. There is not enough padding. The car seat is high, which allows me to see well when driving. However, I cannot lower the seat when the engine is off. The seat does not return to driving position when the engine is turned on. Short people beware"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Love the seats especially being able to have heat."

Pat W., TN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seat control for driver is great. Seat control for passenger is limited. Noise is fine. Ride is just like I like it."

Brad M., MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Comfort is ok."

Edward H., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The new Forester has had so many improvements that is 100% improved over the 2007 Forester"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Much, much quieter than our 2014 Forrester"

Walter S., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"the seats are firm, there is not a lot of cushioning in the seats"

Sharon M., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"solid car, little noise, turns well with tight radius, seats adjust well, seats have two heating levels, secure ride."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"seats are comfortable, noise is acceptable, ride is great"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Forester seats fit me like a glove. I'm 5' tall, so someone much taller probably wouldn't like the seats."

Ellen M., MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"comfortable seats with rear heaters and minimal engine noise"

David B., AB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We recently purchased our Forester after having a 2003 Toyota Highlander that had wider seats and were somewhat more padded. The Forester seats are firmer and slightly narrower making the passenger belt clip hit the passenger’s hip."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The driver's seat adjusts very well to fit me but the front passenger seat lacks most of the adjustments that help make sitting in the driver's seat comfortable. (I'm 6'4" tall.)"

J D., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The heads up display is great."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seats comfortable but hear more road noise than my previous car"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I believe passenger front seat should be automatic controls, and both front seats could use a bit more padding."

Gary D., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seating is very comfortable. Road and wind noise is level is much better (quieter) than in the 2015."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Heated front seats"

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"comfortable seating front and back. Highly improved sound reduction. Smoother ride than my 2014 model."

William M., NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Crosstreck cloth seats are more comfortable than leather seats in Forester."

Jane P., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This is my first non-sedan car. I worried about how it would ride. I've never sat high off of the road. It is comfortable to get in and out of. The seats adjust well to make them very comfortable. The ride is quite quiet. I hear some road noise, but not much."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Much more comfortable then my Previous Rav 4. I am not sore after a long drive!"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"5 trips to dealer for dashboard noises"

David M., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Noise level is quieter than the 2007 Honda Accord we had previously. The seats are a little more firm (less comfortable) than the Honda. The ride is similar, somewhat stiff but giving you a feel for the road"

David H., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Seat depth is to short - hard to clean the seams on the seats -"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Driver's seat comfortable. Passenger front seat could use the same controls as the driver."

Robert G., LA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"very comfortable drivers seat, adjustable head rest (those 2 items primary for buying this vehicle), also the ride is above average in comfort and noise level is good"

James L., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"They are just great cars, well built and reliable. All purpose capability and capacity."

Walter S., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Quality divided by price equals excellent value."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I dislike that Sirius radio will bump me out of Pandora which is what I prefer. I can't seem to find a workaround"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good gas mileage, smooth ride, high ride for good alround driving ability"

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The gas mileage is terrible."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The dealer started quoting at the target CR Car Price and said he would do better. I think he read what type of buyer we were right off the bat."

James B., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We've owned the Forester for exactly one week, so it's premature to say much, other than that we're pleased with its styling, handling, and the number of features. The Forester replaced a larger and heavier mid-sized SUV, so by comparison it feels sort of like driving a toy. This may turn out to be a redeeming factor once we're used to it!"

Anonymous, ME (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I compared this model to other similar ones in same price range. I think I got the best deal for what I was looking for. Also negotiated an excellent deal on my 2013 Subaru trade in.."

Anonymous, NM (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Forester is a very capable vehicle. Filling the space between a sedan and a SUV, the Forester can fill about every role you'd need short of heavy towing and hauling. You can get a well equipped Forester for under $30,000, for such a multi-function vehicle, I consider a huge value."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great price for all the options I received on this car; long term reliability and car resale value. One of the major reasons I bought this car (my 4th Subaru) is the very high quality and integrity of Subaru service departments. They are outstanding, always do the right thing; they've also been proactive about not charging me for problems that may have been related to the car's manufacturing."

Susan T., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent value"

Anonymous, KS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Lease with no down payment. lower price than similar cars with money down"

Leslie B., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Subaru Forester provides excellent all wheel drive performance and a spacious interior for less than $25,000."

Bruce G., MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The package I wanted and several other features were present on this Forester and the cost was less than I expected. I researched this at great length on Consumer reports before I made my purchase."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I used the SAM's discount program to purchase it, and even then got an additional discount. Feel good about the price I paid for the value I am receiving."

Brad M., MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Forester was the top rated compact SUV by CR for a reason. I have been delighted with it. Dollar for dollar it beats out far more costly SUVs. My only criticism is that Subaru, like many other manufacturers, makes you buy a certain trim level to get the one feature you want. To obtain reverse automatic breaking, I had to buy the limited model with leather seats and a sun roof."

Mark G., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent value for a 'best of breed' vehicle. Many safety features!"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Additional features like lane change warning, reversing camera, emergency braking etc."

Anonymous, NB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Greay deal."

Ralph S., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I got more features than I expected for the money! I like the XM radio and the larger backup camera. The side and lane change warning system is very useful to me. Essentially, this a a great car for me and an excellent value. I like my 2015 Forester, but the 2018 model is even better for safety features. Rear cargo area is smaller that I would like. And areas to store maps, tour guides, etc. is too small and not well designed."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"All wheel drive on all models"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"A lot of safety features for the money."

David K., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"In general good value. To me I wanted trailer hitch. Not knowing anything about them, I was sold a Class 1/2 hitch. What I really wanted (hindsight) was a class 3/4 hitch. I don't think they can sell you one but you can get aftermarket. Ergo, what I got was not worth any amount"

C M., CT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"great features for the money. I fully expect that depreciation should not be a major issue on this car. I've owned it only for 4 months."

Bruce-Erin W., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Lots of features for the value,"

Gary K., GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"My Subaru Forrester does everything I wanted well. It handles well especially in bad weather. The fuel economy is quite good for this vehicle and it goes anywhere I need it to go."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Subaru Forrester is an exceptional value. The options that came on the Touring trim level make it a better deal than the competition. Subaru is an exceptional vehicle, which exceeds the top rating it receives from the automotive testing industry."

Anonymous, AL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Safety and reliability"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"State of the art safety with the optional EyeSight system. Unequaled AWD system with the Xmode option. Reasonable price with great execution in a compact SUV. I couldn't be happier with my purchase."

Chuck K., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The all wheel drive is a true all wheel drive with power applied to all four wheels rather than opposite corners. Snow and ice are absolutely no problem."

Wallace M., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"My wife and I are pleased with our purchase of the 2018 Forester. It has easily exceeded our expectations."

Jack P., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is a lot of auto features, all wheel drive, etc for the dollars spent on purchase."

Bruce N., UT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Forester is not a "status" vehicle. It is very competent in design and function without unnecessary frills or complexity."

John K., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING CAR, IT STOPS ITSELF FORWARD AND BACKWARD ALARMS GO OFF IF YOU GO OUT OF YOUR LANE HEADLIGHT MOVE, THIS CAR DOES SO MUCH YOU HAVE TO GO SEE IT."

Philip T., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I have the Touring model, the top of the line, with many options. I like the level of luxury, safety, and handling this model provides without the big price of a higher end automobile like an Audi."

Kathryn H., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car has best All WD system, reliability, looks, Safety, comfort and easy to do your own oil changes along with installed Fumoto Oil Valve. A great combination of pros, for price."

David S., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"My husband is over age 70 and I'm over age 60. Both of us recognize that we don't have the sharp reflexes we once had so we were looking for a vehicle that was equipped with features to assist with our driving; features such as lane correction if you drift over the line, backup camera, speed control that would automatically slow the vehicle if you got too close to the vehicle in front of you. There are other features such as this but checking on Consumer Reports web site you can view all the features. We are very happy with our choice."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent safety with advanced front, rear, and blind spot systems. Excellent visibility. Automatic emergency braking. Lots of space. Well thought out controls. Excellent to drive."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It was an incredible value for the price; a very reliable vehicle with lots of options and the dealership offered free tires and batteries for as long as we own the car."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent vehicle with many safety features. Makes driving easier."

M S., LA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great cargo hauling. Best AWD available."

Donald F., IA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Love the eyesight assist, the headlights that light up a curve, and the SRS system..My favorite feature is the automatic tailgate open and close."

Lora B., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great mileage, great visibility, Eyesight system great feature, overall superb value"

Barbara Z., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Get the eye sight safety system! It works well and also gets an insurance discount."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"A very competent and highly rated vehicle."

Don M., GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I was looking for a new car that had all the new features for safety reasons and at a good price. In addition, Subaru had the new 2018 model available at competitive pricing for what I would have to pay for a year older offered by competitors since there 2018' were not available for 6 months."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very good handling, solid car. I have a lower back issue. Excellent entry into and out of vehicle!"

Lisa R., NL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We got all the latest technology in a comfortable, quiet Forester. The price was substantially less than the comperably equipped BMW, Audi and Mercedes (2018 models that we tested). We gave up styling for the value. The more we drive the Forester, the more we enjoy it."

Terry L., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great view of road."

Anonymous, VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car is just very well engineered. With the appropriate tires I cab go almost anywhere at anytime during a Colorado winter.It is ~$10,000 cheaper than more highly styled vehicles, like the Audi Q5, but it holds its own in performance and capability."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Assuming typical Subaru lifetime and resale, plus good around town mileage and utility of wagon form factor we got what we wanted, with bells and whistles."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"i have Eyesight and would not trade it for the world. I bought this car for $30,000 and what a deal!"

Anne M., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"New car. Steering pulled to left. When alignment was done, steering pulled to the right. When brought in to dealer to correct problem, received car back still pulling to the right."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Check various sales places. I checked three near ones and one was much less cost than the other two. That is where I bought it."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good AWD system, easy see all around you, lot of glass and good searing"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I like the vehicle, but the milage isn't nearly as good as advertised."

Michele J., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Solid reliable safe vehicle with great gas mileage for an SUV."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"A safe, comfortable vehicle. Great visibility. Very safe ride."

Terry H., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car performs as expected. There is some road noise. The handling and acceleration is adequate."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Decent buy. Bought base model. Has what we need without unnecessary extras. We really wanted - and got - a manual transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We looked at many small SUVs before deciding on the Forester and compared all the options. The Forester provided the greatest number of options that we wanted for the price we wanted to pay. The quality of the vehicle, combined with the safety features and the positive reports from other owners, made it the best value for the money."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The Eyesight system is a great upgrade and works very well. The visibility from the cabin is superb. The lack of Apple Car is a definite negative"

David L., WI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This is the BEST new vehicle i have ever bought. It drives and rides great. I love the eyesight system. It keeps you alert."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"All wheel drive standard"

Ronald K., IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I bought a new 2018 Subaru because I was offered an outstanding trade in price on my 2016 model. For the time period I owned the 2016 Subaru Forester, cost of ownership was less than if I had leased the vehicle. I cannot imagine driving anything other than a Subaru"

David H., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The ride is hard and the steering is very sensitive. I do not like the accelerator pedal, it is to sensitive."

Larry J., TX (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The car offers excellent greenhouse visibility and safety. Safety in waring/braking with eyesight system functions well."

Sharon S., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Solid performance, great traction, really safe"

Jay B., VT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"using tools, like CR, you can negotiate a good price thus obtaining a good value."

J S., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Rhe price was right"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Car is comfortable, decent gas mileage, great safety features, good size. It just “fits‿ our needs well."

Michael C., MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great car for the money."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Eyesight system is great. Should be standard on all cars."

E C., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Value is still to be determined. It meets my needs but having dealership problems."

Frank L., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Comparable to other vehicles in the class, the Forester provides great value considering cost vs. the quality of the vehicle and all of the features that are user friendly and work well."

Anonymous, LA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"for the price and what you get with this car it well worth it."

J P., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I am very happy I purchased this car. It is easy to drive and has had no mechanical problems."

Anonymous, UT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Turbo is well worth the money, this vehicle is a pleasure to drive. I don’t think there is a more practical, rational choice out there for the money. Visibility, safety are above-par. Four-wheel drive is extremely reassuring where I live, and no other manufacturer beats Subaru in this regard."

Lisa L., QC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Lots of bells and whistles for an affordable price"

David B., AB (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Top rated by CR. Very good economy and reliability. Winter driving capability, we get a lot of winter here."

Rita F., BC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Subaru Forester XT comes with a engine/transmission lifted from the WRX. The XT has excellent performance and comfort."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great gas mileage and great handling"

Steve H., UT (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I negotiated a price that was $4921 below suggested retail price"

Richard W., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I believe that its the best car for its class in performance and price"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The price for this car was very good considering the included items particularly all of the latest safety features of forward collision avoidance, back up camera, high rated safety features."

Larry T., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"All the safety items on the car are great!"

Gayle L., OH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"No longer an inexpensive car with the added safety systems and other packages. Almost a $10,000 difference in costs between my 2013 and 2018 Forester Limited models."

James L., MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Had a 2012 which we loved. Gave it to our daughter to keep our grandchildren safe when we bought a 2018."

Joanne F., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I was torn between a Toyota RAV4 hybrid and the Forester, but the Subaru dealer gave me an exceptional discount so I went with that. About $7000 difference in price between RAV4 and Forester."

Irl S., MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The new Subaru has many improvements and the 11 years has many pluses for a cost of about $4000 more than we paid 11 years ago."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I think I received the same value in this car that I would have in another more expensive model."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Due to reading consumer reports I got a great deal in following your advice in negotiating a cost I liked very much"

Anonymous, NH (2018 Subaru Forester)

"A lot of bells and whistles for the money"

Stephen L., WV (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good safety features, excellent visibility, adequate comfort, ride and gas mileage."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"with eyesight and all the other safety features, this car is great"

R P., CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is a very reliable and safe car with 4-wheel drive, comfortable and quiet,"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Using CR's TrueCar Build & Buy Car Buying Service reassured me that I got an unusually low price at the end of December on the car I ordered (base model 6-speed). It was a good value for me because I didn't pay for unwanted features like moonroof and heated seats. It cost only about 10% more than the 96 Outback. Downside was that Eyesight wasn't available on the base model, but I'm careful about distractions when driving."

Kristine B., MI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Value is excellent. Great pricing for a small SUV with 4WD that handles well and has great interior and all-round visibility"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I was able to get so many bells and whistles for the price."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Only one dealer in area, I feel I overpaid for vehicle...pretty much "here's our price, do you want this car?""

James P., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"There are reasons why it is rated as the overall number one compact suv. It isn't flashy or super stylish. It isn't a high performance car but it can handle any road conditions including bad weather and off road driving that the typical driver might encounter and it's reliable."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good safety features that I feel secure driving"

Robin B., FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I'm still amazed that I paid less for my 2018 Forester with all its bells and whistles and safety features than I paid in 2005 for my Honda Accord Hybrid. (I even got a below-dealer-invoice price on the 2005 Honda because it was after the 2006 models had come in.)"

Catherine, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I think that the overall level of equipment for the price is very good value. For the Canadian Touring model which is differently equipped from the US model hits all the key "good to have " options like: heated seats, dual climate control, fog lights, windshield de-icers, power driver's seat, power hatch, rear camera and rear collision warning alert, blind spot monitoring."

Michael J., ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Our first offer was very fair, about 10% off MRSP. We also received 0% financing for 4 years."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great value for the cost. Has many safety features: blind spot warnings, lane drift warnings, back up camera, touch locking and unlocking."

W M., KY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Purchased car at end of model year with fair discount of MSRP and zero interest financing"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We purchased through the COSTCO program and got a low price. We also received 0% financing through Subaru program"

Michael K., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This is a fine car, with a really good value for the price. The safety features are top notch, and it is a joy to drive."

Robert B., OR (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very good features for the price, especially the turbo and eyesight."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Disappointed that the vehicle did not come with automatic headlights. Tailgate does not open remotely."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very comfortable. Eyesight safety items are "slick.""

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This care has all the bells and whistles including eye sight, rear sight, blind spot which makes the car even safer."

Alice B., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Safety (eye sight) system especially is outstanding but the overall amount of safety and functionality is great."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I got this vehicle at dealer invoice with 0% APR for 48 months"

Chester W., IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Many auto experts rave regarding crash survivability, fuel economy, responsive engine, overall room (6'4" easy to enter/exit and sit in rear seat plus it reclines), reliability, fit/finish, and overall design/engineering/manufacturing - overall outstanding then consider price!"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"While I am happy with the car, I think Subarus are a bit overpriced. Because they are so popular it is not likely that you will get much of a discount at the dealership."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"For all the features the car has including safety I believe it is an exception value."

Scott S., NE (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car is loaded with features that make it very safe to drive. It is worth paying for the eye sight system."

George J., MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"All wheel drive, comfort, good gas mileage"

Anonymous, HI (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is a surprisingly well-built solid vehicle for the money."

Lois C., NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"best AWD system"

William B., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The mileage we get is great and very competitively priced. My auto insurance even dropped because of the Subaru’s safety ratings"

Tom M., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Loved the car, but engine shut down at speed. Started, and drove to Billing, MT dealer. Could not fix it. Only "assistance" was offer to take Forester as trade-in on new car; a scam. I had to meet my wife in Colorado Springs, and get home (Kansas City area) within three days to work, and had no choice. I bought a new Outback, unhappily. Nothing wrong thus far with Outback. Forester was my 3rd Subaru--the only one that was troublesome, but it was catastrophic: a disaster financially with a potentially lethal defect for which dealer offered nothing. Could not reach Subaru regional official. Am hoping to pursue legal action."

Max S., KS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I researched, test-drove and looked at many different models. I think I found the best value with my Subaru. The quality is outstanding and the included maintenance contract provides a lot of peace of mind."

Denise M., AZ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent mileage and comfort for the price. Totaled the previous Forester and was amazed at value given by insurance company"

Stover M., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"It is a lot of vehicle for the money."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great styling, comfortable on long drives, fun to drive, very responsive and great safety features with eyesight."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"this is a second lease of a subaru forester. the finance manager at the selling dealership did not follow through on all verbally agreed conditions of the lease. the learning point is to take my husband along next time, as i believe the finance manager took advantage of me being a woman."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Excellent traction on snowy/slushy roads. Good driver visibility, Handles well."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Subaru Forester)

"The safety features are excellent, particularly the back-up screen. The car feels solid and reliable. The design and comfort is the best. My husband, who bought/is buying the Escalade, loves driving my Subaru."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Best all-wheel-drive system money can buy. Excellent fuel mileage."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"acceptable value for what I need. EyeSight system seems to work inconsistently. The lane departure feature jerks instead of smoothly keeping the middle. The front collision avoidance seems to work abruptly when there is a stopped car in the lane."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We feel we got a lot of car for the price."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Reliable, all weather transportation with moderate comfort and convenience features"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Subaru Forester)

"safety security handlingnlooks visibility eyesight auto braking lane correction etc"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Very economical to drive. Very well built vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Good price for a very strong all-wheel drive system with advanced safety features."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Millage is good. Cargo room good. Winter handling anticipated to be good. Model is a standard shift and the feature to briefly hold the car from rolling prior to releasing the clutch is a plus."

David W., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I followed CR advice and purchased the Premier edition with Eye Sight. Very good advice!"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Subaru Forester)

"with the eyesight system it had more safety features for a lower price than comparable models like CR-V and RAV4"

Anonymous, NS (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Got all the up to date safety features for a good price. Other small SUVs didn't offer as much for the same price."

Carole U., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Has what we wanted and good fuel economy (34mpg on open road)"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I made the mistake of not getting the automatic tailgate in my pre ours Subaru. Traded in the 2016 for 2018 version with the automatic tailgate."

Ellen M., MO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Used Consumer Reports Build and Buy car buying service and got the car for what was classified as "unusually low price". A very hassle-free way to buy a new car. You negotiate the price on the phone and go to the dealership with the price already decided."

Steven N., WA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great car for the price paid."

Robert O., NC (2018 Subaru Forester)

"We believe we got good value for the Subaru given the predicted reliability and low maintenance costs."

David H., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"This car retains it's value so much better than other new cars. I bought the cheapest Forester I could, & it came standard with so many features I expected to pay extra for."

Joan O., CO (2018 Subaru Forester)

"I've had many Foresters over the years. This is the first I've gotten with many extra safety feathers...back up camera, blind spot finders, crash protection as well as the touch screen and Starlink...all for almost the same price I paid for my first Forester 15 years ago"

Robin B., NY (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Can’t beat Subaru’s price given all the safety features, comfort, styling, fuel efficiency, and versatility of all wheel drive."

Constance M., CA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"Great all-round mid-size SUV. Pleased with the Eyesight system, especially the adaptive cruise control. Better mileage than my old VW Passat wagon, even with all-wheel drive on the Forester."

David C., VA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"good value"

R B., PA (2018 Subaru Forester)

"A lot of car for what we paid"