2015 Subaru Forester

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Key specs

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The good:

  • Visibility
  • Backseat space
  • Backup camera now standard

The bad:

  • No stick shift for 2.0XT
  • Liftgate should open higher
  • EyeSight cameras intrude

6 trims

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Notable features

  • EyeSight safety option $500 cheaper
  • Choice of four-cylinders, including turbo engine
  • Manual transmission or CVT
  • All-wheel drive standard

2015 Subaru Forester review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2015 Subaru Forester?

The 2015 Subaru Forester is a compact SUV with seating for five. It is comparable to models like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. The Forester is available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.0XT Premium, 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring. All-wheel drive is standard.

What's New on the 2015 Subaru Forester?

For this model year, a backup camera and color dashboard display are newly standard features. In addition, packages with the EyeSight safety system are $500 less for 2015.

How Does the 2015 Subaru Forester Compare to Other Compact SUVs?

The Forester is comfortable and powerful without losing to competitors in terms of price and efficiency. When compared with other all-wheel-drive models in its class, the Forester is a top contender.

What Features in the 2015 Subaru Forester Are Most Important?

The Forester is outfitted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower. A 250-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also available. Shoppers have the choice of a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. There is a CVT with manual-shift modes for the turbo 2.0-liter model.

Significant standard features include 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth streaming audio, a 60/40-split-folding backseat and a CD stereo with iPod connectivity. Notable options include 18-inch wheels, foglights, a power liftgate, high-intensity-discharge headlights, a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, navigation, a Harman Kardon premium stereo and keyless access and start.

As required in all new vehicles, the 2015 Forester is outfitted with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Other standard safety features are front-seat side-impact airbags, a backup camera, driver's knee airbag and side curtain airbags. Subaru EyeSight with adaptive cruise control, precollision braking and lane departure warning is also available.

Should I Buy the 2015 Subaru Forester?

Its noteworthy visibility, backseat space and standard backup camera make the Subaru Forester a good choice. Although it is a beneficial feature, the EyeSight cameras — mounted to either side of the rearview mirror — are a little intrusive.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Unreliable, disappointing

I bought this car new and kept it maintained. But by the time I got rid of it nearly eight years later, with 84k miles, it had faded paint (the cat was red), and needed the following significant( and expensive) repairs: two front wheel bearings, two air conditioners, a rear lift gate motor and an entire rack and pinion replacement. I liked the way the car drove and looked and it’s functionality, but this is not what I expected from a reliability standpoint. My first Subaru, and my last.


Not the Subaru I hoped for.

The 2015 Forester Limited was bought used with ~45,000 miles on it. As a former Subaru owner from the 1990s, I had enjoyed the reliability and relatively low ownership cost and was interested in trying the brand again. Since ownership, only local and highway driving, no offroad. The rough terrain experience is some downtown potholes. The car isn't very comfortable as far as seat quality. It is, however, fairly roomy, and with a short driver (5'2"), a person over 6 feet tall can sit in the seat behind fairly comfortably. The storage in the back hatch area is sizable and well proportioned. The lift gate is positioned and sized to act quite nicely as a rain shield - you can stand up almost full height at ~6ft 2" under the raised lift gate. You hear the road noise. It is not a quiet ride. The car has terrible acceleration. But then, it wasn't ever meant to be a performance ride. Just don't pull out in front of the semi when merging onto the interstate, ease off the gas and slip in behind him instead. Also, the CVT could fail at any time and without warning (trust me, i know), and you'll come to a complete stop quickly. Some costs of ownership having had the car for an additional 100,000 miles. Bearings on all four wheels replaced by 60,000 miles. Engine started to consume oil (1 Qt every 2,000-2,200 miles). Every time took in to dealer for oil change (3,000 miles) had to buy 1-2 quarts of oil to take home with us. Front bushings discovered split and replaced at 70,000 miles. CVT valve body/solenoids replaced at 115,000 miles. CVT drive chain broken at 140,000 miles (this is a $8,000 replacement cost). The upshot is if you like to keep your cars, plan on some very large bills coming due from the 80,000 to 150,000 mile mark. Is it worth it to keep a car to this many miles nowadays if you have the means to replace? Probably not. If you know you have to keep a car for this many miles - here's hoping you paid cash and didn't finance, or you may find yourself upside down with repair bills soon.


Better than my Lexus

I bought this car in 2014...best car I ever owned. Have only replaced tires and am about to replace brakes. Now my husband wants one too.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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