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


Will not not honor extended warranty on car.

It drive fine. Until I took a trip with it. The engine blew up. The warranty will not honor anything. They don't know what caused the problem. The mechanic took it all apart. It's stuck in florida at a shop. I can't afford to get it fixed. Now I have to try to get a company to tow it to tenn where I live. . Still paying on it. I lost so much money on it. And I bought the extended warranty on it.nothing


danger No acceleration

JUNK! I bought this vehicle new. Please drive this vehicle before reviewing. I have driven for 5 years before making this review. Very bad acceleration and dangerous, it should be taken off the road. Drives like a bouncing ball on smooth roads, so bad child would get sick. Took to dealership and they told me: we have noticed these issues but you are the first customer to mention. The slowness is to protect the trans. Seems they will sell one anything and take advantage of customers that don't know. I can say great gas mileage but that is the only positive I have. I will never buy another Subaru ever....


Best car I’ve ever owned.

Perfect for short people!! Great visibility with minimal blind spots. Reliable. Safe. Holds its value. Bought from Joe at Salton Motors. Excellent experience. I won’t own anything else. Great car.

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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
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