Key specs of the base trim
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- Backseat space
- Backup camera now standard
- No stick shift for 2.0XT
- Liftgate should open higher
- EyeSight cameras intrude
EyeSight safety option $500 cheaper
Choice of four-cylinders, including turbo engine
Manual transmission or CVT
All-wheel drive standard
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Editor's note: This review was done in March 2013 about the 2014 Subaru Forester. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.
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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The 2015 Subaru Forester currently has 1 recall
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
36 months / 36,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms
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Dealer Certification Required