2000 Subaru Forester

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of the 2000 Subaru Forester. Base trim shown.

2000 Subaru Forester Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

Interior
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.

Exterior
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. Foreste...
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.

Interior
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.

Exterior
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.

 
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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews

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Subaru Forester

by Tigga on April 24, 2018

Meets all my needs, good on gas, reliable transportation. Nice look and a smooth ride on the highway. Plenty of head and legroom along with a lot of options. Read full review

(5.0)

Super comfortable and great mileage

by Denise from Lyons, NY on August 28, 2017

This vehicle is so comfortable and easy to drive. The extremely low mileage, sporty look and heated front seats makes this a GREAT bargain. Once I see how this handles in the winter, I am thinking ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Forester received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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