6 reviews
2017 Subaru Forester
2017 Subaru Forester
MSRP Range $22,595-$34,295 Trims6 Combined MPG 25-29 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2017 Subaru Forester

Our Take

What it is: The Subaru Forester compact SUV has standard all-wheel drive and offers high-tech active safety features like EyeSight, which uses cameras to provide adaptive cruise control, precollision braking and lane departure warning. The 2.0XT version of the Forester has a turbocharged 2.0-lit... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No stick shift for 2.0XT model
  • Liftgate should open higher
  • EyeSight cameras intrude
  • Seats not supportive enough
  • Choppy ride

Notable Features

  • Minor exterior styling revisions
  • Heated steering wheel now available
  • Regular or turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Manual transmission or CVT
  • Forward collision prevention option


Consumer Reviews


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Our second Forester

by Topflight from Harpers Ferry, WV on July 29, 2016

Our first Forester is a 2006 model. We really enjoy that car. We decided to trade in our Grand Caravan for the 2017 Forester. This is a great little SUV. Did I say little? It has much more room t... Read Full Review

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.


Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium

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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium

Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2017 Subaru Forester.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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