Subaru Forester

2005 Subaru Forester

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  • (4.2) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,221$9,653
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-26
  • Engine: 165-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2005 Subaru Forester

Our Take on the 2005 Subaru Forester

Subaru's "crossover" wagons for 2005 went on sale in early summer of 2004 with a handful of revisions and one new model in the lineup. At the 2004 New York International Auto Show, Subaru unveiled its latest collaboration with the L.L.Bean organization: the Forester 2.5 XS L.L.Bean Edition. ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Passenger space in rear
  • Minimal offroad capability
  • Ride comfort over harsh surfaces

Notable Features

  • New 2.5 XS L.L.Bean Edition
  • Standard AWD
  • 210-hp turbocharged engine in 2.5 XT
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike structure

2005 Subaru Forester Reviews

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 26 reviews

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wouldn't drive anything else!

by coskibum from Edwards, Co on January 15, 2009

I live up in the mountains in colorado and that is a true test of a car's durability. The temperatures range from -20 F to 98 F where I live. Most of the people in my neighborhood drive a subaru becau... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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2005 Subaru Forester Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

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

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