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2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Subaru Forester

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$15,590 — $29,102 USED
5 Seats
24-28 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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From the Manufacturer


Is this the car for you?

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
2018 Subaru Forester exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Subaru Forester
  • 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

from the expert editorial team

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.

New for 2018

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

What drivers are saying

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Style and Safety at the right Price

by DoubleDuhRic from Frisco, CO on April 8, 2020

Wow! A small SUV that feels BIG on the inside but drives like a Go-Kart... aka.. FUNNNNNN!! Plenty of room, comfortable and feature rich for the price tag. Handles like a dream in sun and snow. Read full review


The car is extremely reliable and fun to drive

by SUBRAU801 from Salt Lake City on March 29, 2020

This car meets all needs. It has eye sight safety assist feature which is pretty neat. This car handles great in the snow in addition, it has great gas mileage 26 to 32 miles per gallon. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2018 Subaru Forester currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • 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


  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2018 Forester Stories

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Forester received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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