2004 Subaru Forester

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24 reviews
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Available Price Range $1,981-$9,653 Trims3 Combined MPG 20-24 Seats 5

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 ... 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 offeringin the midst of motorized bacchanalia. The Forester represented good wheels. It was large enough to carry a family of five but small enough to escape ... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

Based on 24 reviews

Amazing, dependable, affordable, and won't disappo

by Subaru Fanboy from Philadelphia, PA on February 21, 2012

I am the single -owner (now former owner after selling this car) of a Subaru Forester 2004 WS car. Bought it new in 2004 and fell in love with it over the course of the next few years. never gave me ... 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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