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2005 Subaru Forester
2005 Subaru Forester
Available Price Range $2,294-$10,874 Trims4 Combined MPG 21-26 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2005 Subaru Forester

Our Take

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


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 21 reviews

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Small but tough

by subaru owner from Fort Myers, FL on February 25, 2011

I traded a noisy but nice 2006 Corolla for a super low mileage 2005 Subaru Forester. Had the money for a new one but did not like the smaller windows and larger size of the new model, which still only... Read Full Review

4 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.


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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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