Best Bet
  • (4.6) 32 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,941$9,245
  • 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 32 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 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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