The updated Subaru Forester is a smart, well-executed small SUV that boasts a roomy interior, great fuel economy, and plenty of standard safety equipment. Beneath the familiar exterior design, Subaru has made a lot of improvements without altering the SUV’s sensible, no-nonsense character. The ride is comfortable and supple, the steering is responsive, and there’s little body lean around corners.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

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

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

The updated Subaru Forester is a smart, well-executed small SUV that boasts a roomy interior, great fuel economy, and plenty of standard safety equipment.

Beneath the familiar exterior design, Subaru has made a lot of improvements without altering the SUV’s sensible, no-nonsense character. The ride is comfortable and supple, the steering is responsive, and there’s little body lean around corners.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (182 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Subaru Forester owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

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

What Owners Say

Android Auto

"There's been an error in Android Auto where the volume control on controls the Google Maps function of Android Auto. If a music app is selected (e.g. Spotify) and you try to adjust the volume, no change is made. The system displays the Maps volume and the music app volume is turned very low, but cannot be controlled. It seems to be a known function within the Android Auto forums, but no fix has been issued as of yet. The current fix is to turn off the car completely (and let the system fully turn off as well) to reset Android Auto. As I have only had the car a few days, I cannot account for the frequency of the problem. So far, it has only occurred once."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Able to connect my phone with Bluetooth but unable to reliably connect Android Auto despite numerous attempts at connecting and reconnecting and starting the car and stopping it. It connects about half of the time. Also tried exiting and reopening Android Auto with limited success. Planning to try different USB cable(s). Very frustrating for brand new car!! Also noted that if my son tries to charge his iphone at same time my Android is connected, the iphone somehow hijacks the connection and disconnects Android auto. Also very frustrating for 2 week old car!"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Maybe it's my older phone (Galaxy Note 5 with Android version 7.0) but it only works about half the time. It always connects via Bluetooth but then about half the time it can't access the data despite the permissions for getting the data all set to Yes. Tried uninstalling the app and then reinstalling the app and it worked for only 2 or 3 times. Work around (time consuming and clunky)is to go into Settings-->Apps--> Application Manager-->Android Auto-->Storage--> Clear Data. Then open Android Auto and give it the permissions to access the data and connect via Bluetooth. I've probably done this about 30 or 40 times in 2 months of ownership. Not very functional!"

William E., CA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Apple CarPlay

"Sometimes I cannot get it to connect. Occasionally it disconnects during a drive while using GoogleMaps, and it affect my navigation ability. Don't like having to connect via usb port and to not always get it to properly connect."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Initially the phone wouldn’t connect occasionally but several updates have since been dispatched and it has no longer been an issue"

Matthew A., OH (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Radio/BU Camera module failed suddenly for no apparent reason, Dealer determined VIN-specific module to be defective, with replacement requiring special order and 2-week delivery. Module has been successfully replaced."

Jere B., NH (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"When changing the volume of warning beeps, all display functions locked up and nothing could be operated. Turning car off and back on didn't fix. Turning car off, waiting 10 minutes and turning back on did fix it."

James P., VA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"When connected via USB after 5 minutes the connection drops.;"

Joseph M., NY (2019 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The more serious problem is that it just stopped working and needed to be restarted from scratch by the dealer. But an annoyance is that it is less reliable than my old Garmin. In New Mexico, during bad weather, it instructed to to go 20 miles out of our way and then we found ourselves at a dead end needing to retrace our drive back to the highway."

Jacob L., TN (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to replace the in dash infotainment system (hardware) which fixed all the problems."

Peter R., CA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Car pairs with phone even if you don't want to be paired. Example: My wife pulls up in the driveway while I am working in the yard. The car pairs with my iPhone, and suddenly I don't have reception."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Presets keep disappearing"

Barry S., NS (2019 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio would not remember settings. Manufacturer known defect and dealer installed an software upgrade."

Philip H., WA (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After saving radio station presets, in another driving session the station presets were all wiped out."

Anonymous, GA (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The first 5 radio station settings settings of a possible 18 channels kept dropping and had to be reset. The rest of the station settings from 6 to 18 were fine. Subaru replaced the entire radio/navigation unit on warrantee. No problems since."

James G., BC (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"frequently clears the channel presets when the car is turned off, then turned on either later in the day or the next day"

Anonymous, OH (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Part of failed module including BU camera display. See previous comments."

Jere B., NH (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire radio/info/computer hardware broke. I had to replace the whole unit. Also, The radio system never turns off completely, it simply mutes the volume until the engine is turned off and the car door is opened. Audio also turns on automatically when car is started. I found that my radio was broken when these features drained the battery."

Anonymous, WA (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Believe it or not, it's difficult to turn the radio off. The default is on and the radio can only be muted. It takes just the right touch to get radio muted. Also, the radio seems to spontaneously turn on when I am trying to listen to GPS voice directions, which is distracting. The dealer says others have complained about the radio."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have never been able to set the FM radio stations. It will take and hold the SXM stations but will not hold FM. The dealership is unable to correct this annoying issue."

Anonymous, MT (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not save selected radio stations, very irritating"

Michael I., GA (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Could not set it in cold weather. Setting it is Unpredictable - sometimes does not set a channel. Turns on arbitrarily when I start car. It is annoying that it controls me, and I cannot control the radio. Also, there is NO WAY for me to see the clock, which is hidden in a black tunnel feature. The dashboard should have a simple clock instead of all the junk that I do not understand. Why would I want to be distracted thinking about all those things all the time? Also, the safety features (AV..?) says off and then switches to on. Unpredictable. I hate the bright light of the Tech stuff that is distracting and yet I cannot see the TIME. The black tunnel shows the outside temperature - but I want to know the inside temperature. Is the car too hot for my dog or a child? That is what I want to know. I hate the dashboards. Stuff is scattered all over - on the left, the right, above eye level and below eye level. The engineers are not helping me find a needed feature at a glance and I do not have time to search while I'm driving. Too much to remember. So unhelpful."

Anonymous, CO (2019 Subaru Forester Standard 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"Shortly after purchase I began receiving messages on my screen saying I needed to update the software, then later it would say the update failed. The dealer fixed the issue. Also, twice the rear gate stopped functioning. The dealer has fixed it both times. My only concern now is that perhaps one of the computers needs replacement, but I won't be told this until it's out of warranty. If this happens again before the warranty expires, I'll insist that they do more than just re-program it. Even warranty repairs are an issue with me, because I live about 80 miles from the dealership. However, the warranty service has been excellent."

Forrest H., FL (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Two times now the rear hatch has failed to open. The only fix seems to be disconnecting the negative battery cable and touching it to the positive battery cable. This solves the problem (temporarily) but also resets all of the other owner selection parameters to default and requires 30 minutes of owner input to get it back to desired settings. Subaru admits there is a problem but has yet to provide a software fix."

Lary H., OR (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"XM radio went out and presets would not save to memory, software update fixed the problem"

Daniel S., NY (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very minor issue--the radio comes on when the car starts even though it was not on when I parked. The dealer explained that this is a bug which will be taken care of by the next software update, but 8 months after I purchased the car, that still hasn't happened."

Jacob L., TN (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tailgate wouldn’t open on many occasions"

Anonymous, CT (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Front speakers occasionally cut out and volume control stops working. Dealer unable to fix."

Steve P., NJ (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The info button stopped responding. it is supposed to change the screen on top of the dash but that screen only changes based on other things like drive mode or eyesight status. It only worked for about two months before having an issue. All other buttons on the steering wheel have continued operating as expected."

William M., KY (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The speed limit sign was wrong, e.g., would show 84MPH in a 40 MPH zone. Reset car to fix, which fixed speed limit sign but steering wheel radio channel changer hasn't worked since."

James P., VA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Because I can't reliably connect my Android auto app my voice commands frequently result in no help at all which forces me to stop the car and keep trying to connect or just use my phone without the car."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The system frequentlyprovides audio & visual alerts that the system is off. When reported to the dealer service dept I was informed that this occurs because the sytem is not registering lane demarcation on the roads."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Forester 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Adaptive Cruise Control mistakenly perceives a vehicle being overtaken as one in my lane of travel if the highway has a left curve. Cruise Control slams on the brakes, making a hazard for following traffic."

Lary H., OR (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car accelerates when turn signal is used with cruise control on."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The warning did not perform on a couple of occasions when backing out of the driveway. It has been working well for the last two months."

Anonymous, MT (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have noticed on numerous occasions that I will be traveling down the road and all of a sudden the automatic braking will engage. I'm a conscientious driver and this is very frightening when it happens. I can't seem to pinpoint why this occurs, but here are a few observations. I believe the system may detect low hanging tree branches. When it is windy, I have noticed that the system must sense trees over the road and will begin to brake. I have also had problems with the system braking when I am going up a steep incline around 40 mph. I'm thinking the system senses the road ahead and believes that it's an obstacle. Again, this is very frightening when you are driving up a steep hill with traffic behind you and your car begins braking for no apparent reason. I'm always fearful that my overzealous braking system is going to cause an accident rather than prevent one from happening."

Anonymous, TN (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cross traffic warning often does not detect movement immediately behind vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The ACC speed setting lever jumps 5 mph when touched lightly and only adjusts by 1 mph when pressed hard. This causes sudden surging in speed which is startling. This is opposite of other Subaru models with same ACC, and no other car I have driven has this. It is counter intuitive, I can frightening, and causes me to not use ACC. I do not use ACC because of this issue."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When using the adaptive cruise control, there was a jerking, hesitation type of action when climbing hills at 65+ miles per hour. The dealership confirmed the problem and stated that there is a software programming fix coming within 6 months. The delay for the repair is due to EPA emissions tests that have to be performed and documented before the reprogramming can be done."

Jonathan B., NM (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Rear automatic door fails to open or close on demand."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"My battery went dead because my key fob was in too close a proximity to the car. I hung it on my key rack in the garage as I did my previous cars. Apparently my car couldn't rest and it wore the battery down. I also had trouble getting into the rear hatch door. I had to find out how to reset it online because my manual didn't give this information. I just need to get used to this new technology."

Diane P., NY (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear tailgate occasionally won't open- intermittent"

Pauline M., ON (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back lift gate wouldn't open with keyless entry"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear hatch would not open four different times. Once to Subaru dealer - fixed. Other times mysteriously recovered after a time. Have one friend with same problem with new Subaru forester"

Anonymous, KY (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch opening failed to operate on 3 occasions. It simply would not open and that means you don't have access to the cargo area. First time I had to stop at the dealer's for them to fix it. Upon the 2nd incident I went online and discovered that by disconnecting the battery it would reset the hatch opening and it would then work fine. A nuisance but it allows me to access the area."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On 2 separate occasions the tail gate would not open either via keyless entry or manually. Subaru dealership was awful in response."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"front door sill plate seals, mud snow and ice build up under the threshold door seal gasket allowing air and mud to seep past the gasket and remain in the doors blocking the weep holes"

Daniel S., NY (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"It is 6 months old, and already has a pretty constant rattle in the left dash that I can't reach. Something plastic underneath with venting or speaker system I would imagine? Pretty loud even with radio playing."

Michelle B., KY (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"slight vibration noise coming from around center of dash, behind the screen."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side seat creaks, took into Subaru 3 different times before mechanic acknowledged the noise. Cushion you sit on was replaced and after 1-2 weeks the noise has returned. Told there wasn’t anything else to be done. Very frustrated."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"There is a whistling in my car when driven on the highway. They tell me it’s fine but they are not allowed to take my car out on the highway to test it. (Crazy). My apple car play and my blue tooth only works occasionally. I’ve had my screen completely disappear with no navigation. Calls are not able to hear me. The eye sensor goes crazy and I have had to completely turn it off. The electronics are horrible. Every other oil change, they have to clean your brakes - be prepared four $500 bill every other oil change because their brakes are subpar. Such a disappointment. Worst car I have EVER owned. Do not buy the Forrester."

Elaine A., ON (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem isnt really wind noise, the engine noise in this car is LOUD"

Anonymous, OH (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Around 7500 miles I started noticing that my car would lurch along when I would remove my foot from the accelerator (such as in a turn) especially while going up a rise. This seems to happen the most around the 20-40 mph range; however, I have also noticed this from 40-60 mph. The shaking/lurching is more pronounced at lower speeds. The best thing I can equate it to is when you are initially climbing in a rollercoaster and you feel the car moving forward but jerking. I've never had transmission issues in any of my Honda CVTs so I'm unsure what CVT transmission problems are supposed to feel like, but I believe this is a problem with the CVT. This problem also occurs when going downhill as well. I really have loved the ride quality, fuel economy, and AWD of the Subaru. Overall, the car is underpowered, but I believe this problem I'm having is making things seem even more pronounced in the [lack of] power department."

Anonymous, TN (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous answer. Same issue."

Anonymous, IN (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"The car loses some power when accelerating after turning corners. It then suddenly lurches ahead as the CVT transmission catches hold. Pressing the accelerator does not do anything and then all of sudden, it takes off. I am concerned about cars following expecting me to accelerate when the car actually loses momentum. I traded in a 2018 Subaru Forester for same problem because I was told it was that particular car. I think it is a CVT transmission issue and Subaru should revert back to non-CVT transmission."

Anonymous, IN (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The eye sensor goes off without cause. I have had alto turn it off because the alarm was going off every 45 seconds while driving. The GPS is terrible. When my phone is connected to the port, the phone only works about 60% of the time. I’ve tried several connectors and it is a new iPhone."

Elaine A., ON (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete battery drain multiple times so vehicle would not start."

Anonymous, OR (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This failure is related to the heater control."

Costanza R., MO (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Unable to open the trunk at all; not with key fob, not with rear latch, and not with dashboard button. Forums indicate many people with this problem but no solutions in forum worked. Dealer replaced rear latch (car at dealer Sat, Sun, Mon and Tuesday morning) and it worked 2 or 3 times then failed again. I was able to reset it by holding the rear latch but that was yesterday so only time will tell. Crazy to have this happen in first 2 months of ownership! Definitely seems like a design problem..."

William E., CA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the tailgate becomes inoperable and the battery has to be disconnected to clear the system memory to reset it. It has been to the dealer 5 times in five months."

Philip H., WA (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Power liftgate won't open with keyfob or liftgate button. per dealer, it needs to be reset by dealer. advised to not SLAM the liftgate. but it's happened 3 times already even when only using the keyfob to open and close the liftgate."

David V., OH (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"There was a problem with steering on a recall. I was getting the car delivered and I had to wait. it didn't even come off the truck for delivery when I was told they had to do a recall."

Anonymous, CT (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The AC would sometimes work, I spent 3 hours a the Dealer and they told me it would be three weeks before they would have the parts to fix my AC. They needed a pressure switch and a heater control."

Costanza R., MO (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"single vertical front passenger door trim piece came loose during driving and is missing."

Lee R., TX (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Power Equipment

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

Fuel System

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

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