2015 Subaru Forester consumer reviews

$28,495 starting MSRP
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90% of drivers recommend this car
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
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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.


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.


I love Subaru

This car was very comfortable and dependable. We had no issues with it. It has a little road noise issue but not too bad. We really enjoyed owning this car.


First car I purchased

This was the first vehicle I ever purchased and it has been so great. I appreciate the simplicity of the interior and the great mechanics of this car. The AWD is truly amazing and class leading. I've taken this car on so many fishing, hunting and skiing trips and it has always gotten me home safely. It's hard to beat the gas mileage this car provides when you consider how capable it is off of paved roads. I'm 6' and I have slept in the back dozens of nights. With the rear seats pushed down I have comfortably slept in the back with my girlfriend.


Great conditions nothing need ready to drive

Good car in snow and in excellent condition every thing in car works guarantee smooth driving with sport shift transmission AWD come check out and take test drive.


Best car for the money i have ever owned...better

Excellent SUV, so dependable and meets every need. I use it to bring my Malinois, everywhere with me ❤ 150K in 4 years ! Will be my go to car everytime !