2000 Subaru Forester

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2000 Subaru Forester

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

175.2” x 62.8”


All-wheel drive



2 trims

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  • L


  • S


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2000 Subaru Forester review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Subaru invented the concept of car-based hybrid SUVs with the Legacy Outback, a station wagon tricked out to look like a sport ute. The Forester is a bigger step in the same direction. Using the platform for the 4WD Impreza station wagon, Subaru added a taller, wider, longer body with SUV styling attributes and more ground clearance than a Ford Explorer, and — presto — another sport utility vehicle is born.

Though it resembles truck-based SUVs, the Forester is classified as a car under government safety standards. The big changes for 2000 are that cruise control is standard on the base L model and all Subarus now come with free roadside assistance for three years.

Giving the Forester 7.5 inches of ground clearance helps make it feel like a full-fledged SUV behind the wheel because the driver sits taller in the saddle than in a car. Forester holds five people, and the split rear seat folds to create nearly 65 cubic feet of cargo room. The rear seatback also reclines, which is an unusual touch.

Standard fog lights, two-tone paint and a roof rack give Forester overt SUV styling cues. Want an even more aggressive look? Subaru dealers can install protective underbody bars, a grille brush guard and a differential protector. Accessories also are available for hauling bikes, skis and kayaks.

Under the Hood
Subaru uses horizontally opposed engines in which cylinders are arranged opposite each other instead of in line or a V configuration. Forester has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 165 horsepower, which Subaru brags is more than rivals such as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. The standard 4WD system is permanently engaged and apportions power among the four wheels as needed for optimal traction. Subaru says 4WD and 7.5 inches of ground clearance give the Forester true go-anywhere capability.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior 3.7
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


Not for anyone who loves to drive

No power, cheap interior, not good to look at, constantly needed work. I suppose if getting on the freeway slower than you need to is ok, then this car works. Also got very bad mileage. I do not understand why people like these cars.


Great car, great gas mpg

Great car, meets our needs. I wish the back was a trunk instead of a visible hatchback. I just prefer stuff in the back to be hidden from outsiders. 27 mpg, good get up and go, starting from a stop. A few repairs needed, but what used car doesn't need a few?


Great all around car

Just the right size to take you almost anywhere urban or rural. Minimal blind spots and plenty of room for your gear. With the AWD under most circumstances it is hard to get it to loose grip or get stuck .

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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