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  • (4.0) 28 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $2,865–$11,485
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 23-25
  • Engine: 173-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2007 Subaru Forester

Our Take on the Latest Model 2007 Subaru Forester

What We Don't Like

  • Some turbo lag with turbocharged engine
  • Minimal offroad capability
  • No low-range gearing
  • Ride comfort over harsh surfaces
  • No side curtain airbags

Notable Features

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

2007 Subaru Forester Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Enhanced antilock brakes, larger wheels and available satellite radio are the major changes for Subaru's 2007 Forester. Trim levels include the base 2.5 X, upscale 2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition and sporty 2.5 XT.

A 173-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder powers all but the 2.5 XT; it receives a 224-hp turbocharged four-cylinder.

All-wheel drive is standard on all Forester models. Ground clearance has increased from 7.5 to 8.1 inches (7.9 inches for the 2.5 XT Limited). The optional four-speed automatic transmission gains revised adaptive shift control.


Exterior
The Forester features flared front fenders and blister-type rear quarter panels. It received a face-lift in 2006, though its overall appearance didn't change much. Features on the L.L.Bean Edition include a self-leveling rear suspension, a security system, a durable cargo floor and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Interior
Sport bucket seats in the front and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat can accommodate up to five occupants. Subaru emphasizes the Forester's high seating position. A Hill Holder clutch on manual-shift models makes it easier to start the car on inclines.

Standard features on the 2.5 X include power windows and door locks, keyless entry and a CD audio system. A Premium Package adds automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, heated seats and a power driver's seat, among other items. The L.L.Bean edition includes most of those items, plus embossed leather seats. The Forester 2.5 XT comes with a comprehensive list of standard features, including the moonroof, heated leather seats and a six-CD audio system with Sirius Satellite Radio.


Under the Hood
Subaru's Impreza series uses the same 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder as the Forester. The regular engine develops 173 hp. A turbocharged version that yields 224 hp goes into the 2.5 XT Limited. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models except the 2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition, which gets a four-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is optional for other models.

Safety
Dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, front active head restraints and antilock brakes are standard. For 2007, ABS gains electronic brake-force distribution for better front and rear proportioning. Side curtain airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
The frisky Forester XT is sensible and satisfying, especially with the turbocharged engine and the manual gearbox. There's a bit of turbo lag after pushing the gas pedal. Foresters ride pleasantly enough over smooth surfaces, but bumps and ruts can produce somewhat harsh reactions.

Space is ample in the front and adequate in back, with abundant head and toe room, though knee space is less bountiful. The front seat bottoms are short but nicely supportive. The gauges and controls are ordinary but sensible.

The easy-to-drive Forester maneuvers nimbly, handles with a light touch and yields a friendly, comfortable feel. Some driveline noise occurs during acceleration.


Consumer Reviews

(4.0)

Average based on 28 reviews

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Good car, not much backseat leg room!

by Dan from Ellington, CT on December 11, 2017

Bought this car with 160,000 miles on it. Wanted something with AWD that was affordable. Car has been solid with just a few things needed here and there as would be expected with a car with this kind ... Read Full Review

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2007 Subaru Forester Safety Ratings

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 is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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