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2010 Subaru Forester
2010 Subaru Forester
Available Price Range $6,356-$17,232 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 21-23 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2010 Subaru Forester

Our Take

The Subaru Forester, a successful small SUV/wagon since 1998, was redesigned last year. This generation is larger and more similar to all the other car-based compact SUVs out there, including the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. It seats five people and has standard all-wheel drive.There are no signif... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Some inconsistent dashboard materials
  • Turbo requires premium fuel
  • Small radio buttons
  • Slow-to-react automatic
  • No telescoping steering wheel in non-turbo models
  • Sizeable backseat floor hump

Notable Features

  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic


Our Expert Reviews

CORNWALL, N.Y. Sometimes you just want reliability -- a simple vehicle that does what it does well and does it repeatedly. You want the fossil-fueled version of the Timex. The watch is seldom fancy or pretty. It can be bought for a reasonable price at the local drugstore. But it will last as long as many more expensive timepieces, and it will keep time as well, often better, than many of them. ... Read full review for the 2010 Subaru Forester

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Excellent SUV!

by Sube Fan from Cedar Rapids, IA on September 30, 2009

We bought a 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium (with the all-weather package). This car is incredibly quiet inside and the transmission (automatic) is smooth and confident. We researched and drove ever... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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