2009 Subaru Forester consumer reviews

$19,995–$24,095 MSRP range
side view of 2009 Forester Subaru
86% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.4
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5.0

Our third Subaru.

We love Subaru cars. We recently purchased an Ascent in the last week and went back to Subaru because we have been very satisfied. The Two Foresters we have owned and a previous purchase of a Tribeca have made us life time Subaru owners

5.0

Reliable

Spatial, smooth and AWD, this will become a perfect adventure vehicle. Gigantic moon roof, great audio sound, and a very clean motor. For. 2009 it is definitely a solid vehicle.

4.6

Very good vehicle

Great little SUV. Lots of room, comfortable and feels very solid. Safe suv to teach my 16 year old daughter to drive. This is our 3rd Subaru we currently own.

4.3

Am really enjoying driving this Subaru!

Love the interior. Soft, comfortable seating; very roomy and the hatchback is quite spacious. Has a smooth ride with cold air and warm heat. Also a great sound system!

4.3

I loved my Subaru

I am selling this because I need a larger car. Otherwise I would put the money into it to get another 100,000 miles out of it. We took it camping, on road trips, and was my daily driver. The Subaru all-wheel drive system is great. Took us through the snowmageddons we've had the past couple of winters with no problems at all. This would be a great car for a teenager - it's safe, reliable, and stable.

4.0

A great "utility" car!

This is a car for my 17 year old son who fishes with his friends a lot! this is the perfect / safe vehicle for him to get around in! Am very looking forward to the all wheel drive for the snow for him!

4.0

Will not let you down

This car just met the end of its life the other day as someone crossed the freeway in front of me, causing me to t-bone them at about 45mph. Airbags deployed, car totaled, but I walked away from it with a bruised knee, and that's all! I could not have wished anything more for keeping me safe in that crash. This car was a hand-me-down from my dad, and never really let either one of us down. It was spacious enough where I could fit my road bike in it without taking the wheels off, and my mountain bike if I was really desperate. The snow driving was absolutely stellar, very confidence inspiring. You could play around in snowy corners, and it would right itself in an instant. It was not a terribly exciting car to drive, although having the manual transmission did help that. The 2.5L non-turbo was plenty for getting up to highway speeds in a timely manner. Cornering was pretty boring. Subaru definitely designed the car to be comfortable, not sharp. Replaced the sway bar to something stiffer, and it still wallows around turns. Then again, that's not what the car was designed to do. The only real reliability issue we encountered was that the engine developed a tendency to hesitate when accelerating in low RPMs, usually from second gear. Mash the throttle down, and then engine just pulsated until the revs got above 2k. It could have been dangerous in an emergency situation. Bought the car used in 2013, drove as a commuter until May 2020.

4.0

Bought a reliable second car

My wife and I wanted a reliable vehicle for our grandchildren to use while they are learning to drive. Our other vehicles are standard shift, so we wanted a car with an Automatic Transmission that they can use before we attempt to indoctrinate them on a Manual Transmission.

2.9

Rough ride, poor brakes, heads leak oil. Numerous

Good for hauling if you don’t mind oil spots everywhere. There have been so many recalls but they have not addressed oil problem that starts around 70000 miles and is common knowledge on all the blogs.

4.6

Great all-weather car, reliable and good pick-up.

This car is fantastic. Planned on driving it for another 80,000 miles but couldn't pass up buying my father's low-mileage Subaru. Gets around great year-round, and I already miss the VERY LARGE moon-roof!