Best Bet
(4.6) 29 reviews
MSRP: $2,139$9,399
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 20-24
Engine: 165-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2004 Subaru Forester

Our Take on the 2004 Subaru Forester

Our Take

After five seasons in its prior form, Subaru’s all-wheel-drive (AWD) crossover sport utility vehicle was fully redesigned for the 2003 model year, though its basic appearance did not change dramatically. The front fenders were flared, blister-type rear quarter panels were installed, and th... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Moderate front-seat space
  • Limited rear-seat room
  • Undramatic performance

Notable Features

  • New turbocharged 2.5 XT
  • AWD
  • Active-type AWD in new 2.5 XT
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Side-impact airbags


Our Expert Reviews

Looks Aren't Everything 2004 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Many of us were happy in 1997 when Subaru of America introduced its Forester wagon. It seemed the perfect antidote to lust for large sport-utility vehicles -- an agreeably modest offering in the midst of motorized bacchanalia. The Forester represented good wheels. It was large enough to carry a family of five but small enough to esca... Read full review for the 2004 Subaru Forester

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 29 reviews

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Lots of power

by ForesterXT from Reedsville,Pa on May 17, 2011

I bought the 2004 Subaru Forester XT(Turbo) and it has lots of power and speed to pass other vehicles or entering a on ramp and it is really nice in the interior as well as exterior. I really like the... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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