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2006 Subaru Forester
2006 Subaru Forester
Available Price Range $3,294-$10,994 Trims3 Combined MPG 22-25 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2006 Subaru Forester

Our Take

Subaru says its crossover wagons have been moderately redesigned and refined for 2006. A new front fascia and fresh taillamp clusters have been developed. Body color replaces textured gray for the bumpers and protective body cladding on entry-level models. All models except the entry-level editio... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Some turbo lag with turbocharged engine
  • Minimal offroad capability
  • No Low-range gearing
  • Ride comfort over harsh surfaces
  • Shifting into reverse (manual)

Notable Features

  • L.L.Bean Edition available
  • Standard AWD
  • More powerful turbocharged engine in 2.5 XT Limited
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike structure
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Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

When I first plop down in the driver's seat of the 2006 Subaru Forester, I mistakenly think, "this looks like a pretty basic car," until I look up. Spying the magnificently expansive moonroof, which spans the length of the front and back rows, I predict that driving this car with the pint-sized gang should be fun. Right, I am! Viewing the golden leaf colors of fall in the foothills is a co... Read full review for the 2006 Subaru Forester

Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 11 reviews

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Great Car - Hooray for CarTalk

by Trina from East Hampton, NY on January 17, 2010

I actually bought my Subaru BECAUSE of something I remembered from an old Cartalk radio show. The problem had to do with someone wanting to get a car that handled well in bad weather and was easy to g... 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.

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$21,795 - $27,895
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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Forester 2.5X

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Forester 2.5X

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
A
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Forester 2.5X

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Forester 2.5X

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

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