2018 Subaru Forester

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$22,795

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

24

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

181.5” x 68.2”

Dimensions

All-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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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
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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 4.7
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

Foresters are a rip off.

Don’t buy a Forster my 2018 has been high maintenance over $6,000 in repairs just after it reach 30k warranty limit including new ac, front control arms, bushings, drivers side window operator and windshield needed replacement after warranty ran out. Doesn’t handle well and drives like a go cart. Never had buyers remorse so badly.

5.0

Love my forester

2018 forester 105000 miles it's smooth, quiet and very reliable it's needed nothing but a rear wheel bearing and oil changes. Has great visibility and drives really nice the gas pedal is a little touchy, and it sips gas I ave 30mph in winter and 34mph in summer

1.0

Stay away

Bushings and arm needed replacement after 36K miles. $640 just for labor. Very upsetting. Have had other cars with more miles and never needed this.

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Safety

Based on the 2018 Subaru Forester base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
16.9%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
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
Powertrain
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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