2018 Subaru Forester

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2018 Subaru Forester
2018 Subaru Forester

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Visibility
  • Backseat space
  • Backup camera standard
  • Off-the-line response

The bad:

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

7 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Subaru Forester trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New Black Edition Package available
  • Turbo or non-turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Manual transmission or CVT
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Forward and reverse automatic braking available

2018 Subaru Forester review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Forester is a compact SUV with standard all-wheel drive. It offers a suite of active safety features called EyeSight, which uses cameras to provide adaptive cruise control, precollision braking and lane departure warning.

Most models use a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, while the 2.0XT trim level uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Competitors include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.

A new Black Edition Package is available on 2.5i Premium versions and includes adaptive LED headlights, 18-inch black alloy wheels, black exterior and interior trim, and black cloth seats with simulated leather bolsters. The available EyeSight safety system gains automatic high-beam headlights and reverse automatic braking.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews



Some problem with console being awkward to use. Also road noise is quite overwhelming at times. GPS not accurate in shortest routes to destination, but adds miles to trip which are unnecessary.


A Bit Noisy

Never failed me, but road noise is too much. Console too awkward for everyday use. Paint not the best on exterior as shows wear around handle area.


Worst vehicle we have owned

To be fair the ride was good and the comfort level was adequate. If only it would have lasted. At 120,000 miles just 20,000 miles out of warranty the ac quit. It cost $1,740 to fix, then within the next 300 miles the transmission quit. That would have cost $7,500 to replace as they do not rebuild transmissions. We are very disappointed in Subaru. And we have since heard of others who have had problems with their Subarus at low mileage. We have had much better experiences with all the Toyotas we have owned. Buyer beware of Subaru.

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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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