(3.8) 26 reviews
MSRP: $11,315$22,183
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 21-23
Engine: 170-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2013 Subaru Forester

Our Take on the 2013 Subaru Forester

Our Take

The Subaru Forester, a successful small crossover/wagon, competes against other car-based compact crossovers including the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. It seats five people and has standard all-wheel drive.For 2013, the base Forester 2.5X includes a new stereo with Bluetooth cellphone connectivit... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Inconsistent dashboard materials
  • Turbo requires premium fuel
  • Slow-to-react automatic
  • Sizable backseat floor hump

Notable Features

  • Newly standard Bluetooth with streaming audio, iPod/USB connectivity
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic

6 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.