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 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
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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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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)

"I am unable to consistently use Android Auto as a navigation system. Sometimes it work fine, but then stops displaying my route. It also stops giving voice directions while driving. I wish I had bought the extra cost builtin navigation system."

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

"It is difficult to reliably engage Android Auto. Sometimes it works well -- Google Maps navigation and telephone contact -- other times, I cannot seem to pair it with the vehicle."

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

"From day 1, it's been one problem after another. After each voice navigation, the radio pops on (dangerous for high-speed city driving when I rely on voice navigation). Even knowledgeable Subaru employees can't figure out an easy way to toggle back & forth between "day" and "night" screen modes. Sometimes voice command feature disappears or is laggy. Difficult to switch between using the car for phone conversations and using the smartphone itself--stays stuck in "car" mode even when I am not the driver would prefer for a conversation to be private on my smartphone. Difficult for both an iphone user and Android user to share the same car (doesn't sync well at all). When starting driving, the car doesn't know which smarthpone within range to pair with, so the car may pair with a phone even inside the house rather than the phone of the driver. BIG problem with the GPS--at times GPS will track the car along the GPS-suggested route toward a destination, even when the car itself has departed from that route (connection has been broken). A lot of the issues are unfortunately difficult to describe. Subaru employees are given different instruction manuals than what consumers receive with the cars. It's impossible to get answers via the instruction manuals (spectacularly disorganized and hard-to-follow). This has been a terrible car for business travel. We have paid off this car and likely will not keep it. The problems are frequent. Sometimes something starts working, but is replaced by a new problem. Software updates always seem to cause new issues."

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

"Started after jump starting another car"

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

"It first worked for about a week. since then does not work. This appears to be a problem with all Subarus' according to the Subaru users online network"

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

"Occasionally interface crashes or cannot be started, audio comes from only certain speakers, or volume controls become unresponsive. Audio problems seem to have been resolved with Feb 2020 update; periodic crashes still occur."

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

"does not always connect"

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

"It never connects properly. And, have to play with it a lot just to connect once. Other tries were unsuccessful. Have given up trying. Need to change this software or make big improvements."

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

"The issue is inconsistent in many ways and seems to have gotten worse in others. It will sometimes drop all functionality and completely stop playing the audio book/music I'm listening to in the middle of driving and I have to unplug the phone and re-plug it back in to get it to work again. Can happen multiple times per trip and then not happen for a dozen or more trips. Also has lost the ability to respond to text messages with my voice. Has started always saying something like "connection not good enough to send replies". The capabilities between bluetooth and being plugged into the car are also drastic, with very little functionality over bluetooth beyond just listening to whatever the phone is playing or having a phone call. I have read some forums online and there appears to be an issue between Samsung and the Subaru system specifically."

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

"Same issues as I already addressed."

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

"Android Auto won't work, the dealer blames it on my phone. It's so unrelieable, my wife's phone doesn't reliably work either. I spent extra money to get Android Auto in the Touring Forester. I should have bought a Rav4, but I thought Android Auto would be a great feature. I've had the car 18 months and it's never worked. And, from what I can tell, I guess I don't miss it. It's just a complete waste of money."

Anonymous, ID (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)

"If I used my GPS, I couldn't turn on the music. If I turned on the radio, I couldn't see the GPS. Also, touch buttons on the vehicle screen wouldn't work."

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

"The phone would lose its connection to the car's system, and thus CarPlay would cease to function. This seems to have been fixed by my dealer installing a firmware update to the car system."

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

"Nothing more than I already stated in previous answer, except that I've owned a Prius and Volt recently and I prefer either of those with the use of Appleplay intergration, especially CHEVROLET Volt."

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

"The Car play would not allow me 35% of time to get the GPS to work through car play. No screen view, no audio. It would work on my iPhone but not link with car play. Incredibly frustrating. I am a salesman and rely on GPS everyday over all of New England. I have been forced to carry my 9 year-old Garmin dash mount GPS and use this several times a week. I have brought Car to dealer and they reset it, better, but still not better than 80% working. Becouse of eyesight on car, cant leave old GPS on dash, dealer said would mess up performance of eyesight. Dealer said Car play has been an issue. Very disappointed!!"

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

"Sporadically, CarPlay wouldn't recognize the phone connection when I plugged it into the USB port of the car. The dealer applied a software update and that has taken care of the issue for the most part."

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

"25% of the time it doesn't recognize that a phone has been plugged into its USB port. Also, since new, our phones will initially answer the call using the phones microphone and speaker, then the call will cut out for 2-3 seconds as it switches to the cars speaker."

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

"Apple CarPlay randomly crashed while I was using it for navigation and music."

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

"Apple Car Play often crashes, typically while I am using Google Maps, causing me to miss exits and have to pull over to reset multiple times. Siri also does not hear voice commands."

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

"Software problem with the Harmon-Karden sound system. A software update resolved the problem."

Anonymous, WI (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 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)

"The backup warning system failed (the beeping warning)"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"The player would stop playing in the middle of the music. Pressing the forward or back button would skip the stopped music and play another."

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

"If you hit a small bump in the road or make a wide turn the cd player skips and goes back to previous song or beginning of cd. And, loose the song I was playing."

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

"My CD's don't work! The problem is that you HAVE to subscribe to SIRIUS at at lease $60 a month, after which you will be limited to their 'packages'. I only listen to public radio and am only interested in a reliable GPS system that can guide me in the wilderness, too! It is not easy to wade through the app systems on the car: electronic systems are not very user friendly for older folks, who are not very tech savvy."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Standard 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)

"The navagation screen locked up, but the dealer was able to fix by reinstalling the (same revision) firmware. That was the only means to reset the problem (most vehicles have a reset method, but this didn't)."

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

"This happens on occasion / but eventually it un freezes on its own"

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

"screen did not respond to touch...would eventually respond....subaru replaced the unit...still occasionally freezes up"

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

"Twice, entire dashboard would go crazy with all dashboard symbols flashing along with headlights and taillights. Couldn't turn car off without disconnecting the battery, letting rest and reconnecting."

Anonymous, 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)

"Screen went blank. Had to bring car to dealership to get fixed."

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

"The screen went blank randomly, several times, and then one time it went blank and never returned back until it was repaired. I was told that it required a software update which surprised me since I had the car only about 6 months."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Standard 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"crazy interface. to turn off the system I have to press and hold the power button for 4-5 seconds. Simply pushing it puts in mute mode. But either way it will sometimes turn itself on the next time I start the car. It also forgets what device I was listening to, e.g. CD or MP3 stick, and generally reverts to the radio. I have done multiple software updates as soon as they become available in the hopes that things would improve, but so far no change."

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

"It loses my music regularly and I can't access."

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

"The phone would periodically lose its connection to the car's system (and thus Carplay would cease to work)."

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

"Sometimes when playing music over the car's system, the music will just shut off completely and the radio input just comes on. The car is completely unable to detect the phone at all unless I unplug it and plug it back in. This can happen multiple times on some trips and then not happen again for many trips after. It is not related to the phone being in battery saver mode or any other changes in the phone's settings, and appears to be completely at random. This never happens when connected with bluetooth, and only ever happens when plugged into the car itself."

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

"Does not always connect with cellphone for GPS or won't stay connected."

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

"System often reads USB music files as wrong artist or song. This did not happen with same USB stick on my previous Volkswagen or my current Audi."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"The head unit in the vehicle was replaced twice. The audio amplifier was also replaced with the second head unit replacement. The selling dealer did their best to resolve the issue in a timely manner. Subaru corporate added a year and increased the mileage to 100,000 miles on the extended warranty (6yrs/72,000)milesI purchased with the vehicle. So far, so good with this last replacement. Other than the infotainment problem, I am very satisfied overall with the vehicle."

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

"problem occurred Oct. 2019. Vertical stripe on display was continuous. Replaced unit Nov. 2019."

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

"Speaker amplifier under front seat died."

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

"Volume control did not work"

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

"All of the radio station presets reset to factory defaults. Only happened once."

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

"The dealer had to replace teh radio head unit in February. The new one smelled so bad that we had to leave our new car sitting in the garage with windows open for 3 days."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Forester Standard 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)

"Nav and radio all one unit. Replaced by dealer under warrenty."

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

"Gives poor directions. The navigation in the 2016 Forester was more reliable."

Anonymous, NJ (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)

"Sometimes, even with my phone in the car with me, it would say that I had no phone connectivity or pairing. That seems to have been resolved with the recent software update."

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

"When I receive a call, the system does not activate the in-car speaker or microphone. I have to manually hack the "transfer" crt screen button repeatedly while my caller waits, thereby distracting me from driving."

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

"The Subarau display etc system is a PIA...but the tech person at dealership is a whiz."

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

"My iPhone will loss blue tooth 20% of time for not reason. Subaru Carplay is not ready for primetime."

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

"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Very random. Most of the issues are GPS pairing related. Very frustrating when trying to get somewhere. The phone is brand new too, so it's not an incompatibility issue."

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

"Music/podcasts intermittently (since purchase) skip or drop connection while playing. They replaced the head unit, and it still happens. Corporate is now involved, since dealer doesn't respond well."

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

"The connection has been lost a few times and needs resetting."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 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)

"The station presets were deleted each time the vehicle was shut down. This was random then failed hard. They were able to install new software which corrected the problem."

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

"Three random times in the past year the radio has stopped responding to the control buttons and touch screen. It goes back to normal a few hours or a day with no particular intervention."

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

"All sound failed and it was diagnosed to be the high-end amplifier which Suburu said had problems, apparently due to firmware problems in the amp. This part was replaced under warranty."

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

"I set the station memories and after a few days the memories reset to hold - no memory - so I have to reset them all again. Patrick Subaru does not know how to fix this"

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

"Radio station presets keep disappearing. Dealer unable to correct long term"

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

"The radio lost all station presets for no apparent reason. Dealer installed a software/firmware update and the problem has not recurred."

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

"The radio and Starlink died immediately after jump starting another vehicle..."

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

"Shortly after purchase. Radio began loosing station presets. After resetting them they would disappear again after a day or so. Dealer performed a software update which solved the problem. Imagine, needing a "software update" for damn radio buttons!!!"

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

"Radio/entertainment system totally freezes No radio, cd,phone or screen. Has occurred 5 times randomly. Each time the problem lasted 15-40 minutes, then "magically" came back on. Each time the dealer performed a software update as the fix. Subaru won't replace system until they actually find a problem with. System always working by the time we get to the dealer. We were advised to take a video of problem if it happens again"

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

"they had to replace the radio"

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

"Radio would not hold its presets"

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

"Radio comes on every time the car is started, also poor sound quality. also in car electronics and safe features are a nightmare"

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

"Two issues with radio 1) volume control erratic,not smooth when turning (jumps higher or lower quickly) 2) When switching from listening from phone (Appleplay) to "radio" the radio cuts out after 30 seconds...apparently, it's trying to go back to Applepay. Dealer replaced radio. Volume control is better, but Appleplay to radio switching is still an issue! Will report continuing issue to dealer."

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

"The radio stop function whenever the screen went blank. All aspects of this system stop functioning when screen went blank."

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

"After 25000 miles, the radio deletes all preset stations within 3 days of setting them"

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

"The radio turns on every time the car is restarted, even though it had been turned off."

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

"Would not maintain preset stations. Continiously"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 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)

"I was supposed to be able to update new software on my own. I couldn't get the car to update for the two recent updates. I had to drive to the dealership and let them do it."

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

"The car paired via Bluetooth with my home system but would not complete the software update. I tried at least a half dozen times."

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

"They said I could update the map, but it just would not do it."

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

"Software updates did not occur automatically and I had to take car in twice to have updates done."

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

"Software updates have caused problems with iPhone contacts and CD player track information."

Anonymous, (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)

"Before my first software update, I had issues with the Sirius XM radio presets, sometimes the phone pairing with my android phone, and one of my display settings disappeared. I still haven't resolved that issue. It used to display my MPG and miles to go on a tank of gas. All but the last one were fixed with the last software update."

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

"Subaru has sent out a notice for 2 software updates. To do them at home, you need a good WIFI connection, better than most driveways have (the car has to running for; that lets the garage out). Yo can get it done at the dealers, but it is time consuming. We still haven't done #2."

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

"Back hatch would not open with remote or hatch Release button or Button in car. The only way was to hold the hatch release button for 20 seconds then it would open. Software update fixed the problem"

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

"The vehicle did not have the newest software upgrade at the time of purchase and the dealership had a problem getting the must current update but eventually succeeded in doing the upgrade."

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

"Randomly, the rear hatch release, which has NO PHYSICAL OVERRIDE INSIDE OR OUT, fails to open the hatch. The only reliable fix is to disconnect the battery, reconnect it and restart the car. In a serious accident requiring a passenger to escape the car from the rear, there is no method of opening the rear hatch! A software upgrade fixed the electronic opening problem."

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

"Radio lost all the Stations programmation several times. At my 12 months maintenance visit, dealer decided to reprogram the radio. 5 days are now past and it still working fine."

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

"Needed software update due to intermittent phone connectivity problems. Was updated under recall with no problems"

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

"Not able to update myself, 1st dealer update dropped iPhone contacts, 2nd dealer update fix dropped CD track and radio information. Covid-19 prevents return to dealer."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 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)

"Rear speakers stopped working several months after purchasing the vehicle."

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

"The amp system box had to be replaced with another manufactures product"

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

"I had an issue with the speakers in the rear turning off when using the entertainment system. This was resolved by restarting the car."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 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)

"Cruise controls are difficult to maintain desired speed. It also requires you to use 5mph increments instead of 1 mph. Also rear hatch door has locked itself and was unable to open on more than one occasion. Dealer finally replaced computer."

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

"the windshield wiper speed can't be set at a level that will keep the wind shied clear in a moderately heavy rainfall or when a another car passing or approaching splashes water onto the windshield"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 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)

"Volume not working properly when using voice commands. Cannot hear siri voice"

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

"voice recognition is a joke. Ask a question or give direction and response is obviously wrong"

Anonymous, NC (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"I sometimes find the car unlocked after I had locked it."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

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

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

"Cruise control doesn't increase/decrease by 1 mile per hour. It goes up or down by 5 miles per hour. After I tried all their remedies to correct the problem, which didn't work,I was told that it was designed to work on 5 mph increments."

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

"There are 2 gauges to indicate the average mpg. On in on the speedometer panel and the other is in the screen in the middle of the on the dash board. The one on the dash board panel is accurate, and the one on the screen should read the same. The mpg on the screen sometimes read the same, but about 50 % of the time it is stuck on 33.7 to 33.9. Over time the 2 synchronize for a while and then the screen changes again."

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

"The dealer no I are able to set the Clock,"

Anonymous, MI (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Dog activated interior lights, drained batt. 2x Rear auto door failed several times. Hardware had to be replaced. Radio comes on automatically, hate this!!! Manual is convoluted and difficult to apply info to car. Good instructions are an art. Subaru should hire an artist not just engineers!"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Forester Unsure 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)

"The power rear tailgate door failed hard. There is no manual override to open the rear gate. This is very poor design. Also, there is no way to disable the engine Autostop feature. This is a safety issue because the on/off switch is located on the left lower dash where it can not be seen unless you take your eyes off the road. At the very least, you should be able to set the default for the Autostop feature to be off when the vehicle is started."

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

"It was the ability to open the rear hatch. Sometimes it didn't work at all. Have had it fixed twice but still sometimes doesn't work. It often will not open from the drivers seat either."

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

"Periodically, certain doors wouldn't open, including the rear hatch and back doors. This would happen for 2-3 weeks and then fix itself."

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

"The rear cargo door did not open on several occasions. The dealer states the only way to correct it is to disconnect the battery. Terrible."

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

"The car has a mind of it's own when it comes to opening the rear hatch. Several times it has remained stuck shut for days, then one day it'll work again. Then won't open a few weeks later. This is in the garage, or out int he open. Won't open with the dashboard button, the key fob, or the button on the tailgate. Dealer can't figure it out. Unwilling to replace whatever controls this intermittent problem. So, I have to live with it, never knowing if the tailgate will open or not. This is only one of several intermittent problems that seem related to the computer."

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

"rear hatch failed to open three times- had to be reset by dealer...not too happy"

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

"Rear tailgate would not open."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"It wasn't the monitor, it was the tires....something was bent on the wheel rim. It took 3 tires in the first 300 miles for them to figure it out. It was very unsafe....had 2 flat tires in the dark on the freeway far from home."

Anonymous, WA (2019 Subaru Forester Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"the rear door hatch had to have anew module replaced"

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

"Multiple warning lights on & flashing at same time Do not drive car warning No clear error message in manual Dealer diagnosed as possible O2 sensor. reset & went away Came back again within a day took back to dealer, O2 sensor issue Confirmed Replacement part took 5 days to obtained & installed"

Anonymous, CT (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 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)

"Driver side front seat squeaking was driving me nuts, this definitely should not happen with only about 1000 miles on the car. Subaru could not fix the problem. Supposedly replaced the seat and the problem was gone for about 1 day. Was told by Subaru that if this didn't fix the problem "I was out of luck" I was in shock to hear this and totally taken back. I ended up calling Corporate and they gave me $1500 towards the purchase of another Subaru. I ended up putting another $5000. Combined with the $1500 and traded in the car I hated driving. Subaru should have just given me another car and taken the lemon. This has left a bad taste in my mouth."

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

"Noise and strong vibration when starting to back up with wheels turned when the car is very cold. Unfortunately does not happen all the time and dealer could not identify the problem."

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

"a wire bundle in the over dash compartment was rubbling"

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

"rattle in dash (center)"

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

"Persistent rattling from the steering column and sunroof area. Squeaking front passenger seat."

Anonymous, OR (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)

"Not resolved. It's a noisy cabin"

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

"The car was noisier that the Civic when we test drove the two, but there were some other reasons we chose it. But, the luggage rack on the car we bought just shrieks, even at 45 MPH. Annoying on trips."

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

"wind noise starts at 45 mph. i brought the car back to the dealer who told me they could not correct the problem. subaru is not doing a good job at correcting long standing problems with noise levels."

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

"When driving at highway speeds, the driver's side door has quite a loud wind noise. Dealer was unable to replicate."

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

"wind noise around top edge of driver window. At highway speeds it is very noticeable. Have not taken in to dealer yet to address."

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

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"2 problems: 1.The doors are too stiff between settings for a compromised elder to easily operate. 2.The upper rear design of the door is an acute angle which if I don't get out of the way when I close the door it results in an unpleasant whack on the side of my head. I have an arthritic right shoulder and the seat belt is a little too far back to comfortably reach in order to buckle."

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

"Back door started squeaking beginning on April 2020. I didn't have time to go to service to check it since i am an essential worker and don't need extra exposure. Its my first time seeing a new car (or any car) door squeaking in my 20 years of driving cars. I am really surprised."

Anonymous, OR (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"My windshield cracked twice in the first 6 months ( less than 5000 miles) of ownership. I never had a cracked windshield in the 40 years that I have been driving ! Because of the eyesight security system, replacement is over $1000. I would recommend people to have a no deductible glass replacement insurance. There are several class action lawsuit against Subaru for that problem"

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

"The power tailgate sometimes will not open, or will only open part of the way. Sometimes it will not unlatch and cannot be opened manually. The car was serviced at the dealer over several days for this problem - and it has not solved the problem."

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

"The hatch closing switch has slipped inside the hatch door and need to use the fob to close. Has happened twice."

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

"Tailgate abruptly ceased to open on command until dealer fixed it. Most annoying since it occurred on a hot day with a load of groceries in the cargo area."

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

"Intermittently the rear hatch will not open when using the key fob or the interior button. You have to hold the button on the rear hatch for six seconds to reset the electronic lock. It says to do this in the manual and also the dealer tells you this. you have to try several times to make this "fix" work. It is not a permanent fix. You never know when it will happen again. This problem is well-documented online for several different model years. I don't know why Subaru can't make a permanent fix."

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

"The controls for the hatch don't always work, which is very frustrating. The dealership replaced the electronics in the hatch but it still has occasional issues."

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

"Controller failed, hatch wouldn't go up. Tool 2 trips to the dealer to resolve it."

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

"The tailgate latch would not engage when closed, couldn't lock. Returned to the dealer, ( audible warning engage while driving.) Dealer reset tailgate cycle ?, and it worked fine. Few months later it happened again but I couldn't reset the cycle. Overnight it drained the battery. Returned to dealer next day.They checked it and ordered new part which was later installed."

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

"Control for rear door has to be replaced"

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

"Tailgate frequently popped open on its own, drawing battery, so needed a jump start"

Anonymous, NV (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor broke, Dealer replaced under warranty"

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

"The air conditioner (vital, here in Florida) doesn't always cool properly and there is sometimes a musty smell. The dealership claims it works fine and I need to leave my vent open when I drive. This is not acceptable to me and I plan to follow up with this."

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

"3 months after buying the car we took a road trip to California and Arizona. Our AC stopped cooling the car in Mohave Desert at the beginning June the car wasn't even 5000 miles. Fan was working but not blowing out cold air. We returned to home after 10 days without A/C (My wife and baby girl in the back seat with windows open all way). Service diagnosed it as condenser not working and replaced radiator and condenser put in new gas. It took them 3 weeks, they ordered the part, it came after a week which was the wrong part so they ordered a right piece which arrived another week later and car was fixed in mid July. At least it was covered under new car warranty but i had to take the car to service 3 times (once to get diagnosed, second for them to fix the part, third for the right part to be put in it)."

Anonymous, OR (2019 Subaru Forester Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Ac didn't cool"

Anonymous, FL (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)

"Between 50-60 mph the transmission shifts hard and causes the car to lurch - it feels like the vehicle hit a large bump in the road. Also had cruise control problems."

Anonymous, (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

Differential

"High pitched whine. It started around 6000 miles and the sound was noticed between 45 and 60 mph. The differential lubricant was black. The differential was replaced under warranty."

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

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"PCV valve needed to be replaced. Factory recall."

Anonymous, SK (2019 Subaru Forester Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Factory flaw and repaired at no charge by dealer. Fuel tank was completely empty when gauge showed empty and had to be reset so that at least 1-2 gallons were in tank when indicator said empty. Subaru knew of the problem and fixed it."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"There was a recall all on the fuel pump. Subaru replaced it."

Anonymous, PA (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

Springs or torsion bars

"The car was delivered from the factory with an overlooked problem - the bolt securing the Sway Bar was VERY LOOSELY INSTALLED. The Georgetown Subaru Dealership delivered the car to me without having inspected it thoroughly enough to detect and correct this faulty assembly error. The result was that the car drifted from left to right, cornered like a grocery cart and made a loud clunking BANG ever time I drove over even a minor bump or depression. When I went back to pick up my license plates, I told the dealership that the car was drifting from side to side.They dismissed this "Ëœlittle old lady', patronizingly telling me that I probably wasn't yet used to the automatic lane monitoring/correction feature of the car. So I drove it until the first scheduled maintenance in this condition, disliking it more and more and thinking I had made a poor choice in buying this vehicle. When I told the maintenance manager about these issues, he put someone in the car to drive with me so I could show him the problem. We were about to pull back onto the dealership lot, and he clearly had not seen a problem. So I took the little dip in the entrance to their lot at a higher speed than I otherwise would have and it made the LOUD CLUNKING/BANGING noise like the whole undercarriage was going to drop. His eyes got wide and he said to me, "Yes, there definitely is a problem." Once they identified the loose sway bar bolt and tightened it, the car finally drove like I had expected it to do from the start. I bought the car because of the high rating CR had given it. I think all of their dealerships were overwhelmed with the large response. I think they were rushing so to make every sale that they did not inspect the cars thoroughly enough. Delivery was also a long time coming.. By the way, I pre-paid for my maintenance fees, so didn't know what figure to give you on that question."

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

"Initial squeaking report and dealer did not find issue Progressed to loud clanking at rear dealer checked again & found rear Sway bar Bolts on driver side We're missing"

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

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Problem found and fixed during 12000 mile checkup."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Forester Standard 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"not much to say. They replaced parts under warranty and all was good."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Forester Premium 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)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is chipping/cracking where small rocks have hit the body of the car."

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Had to update software 3 times so far"

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

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"Connection to starter was broken."

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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