2020 Subaru Forester

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$24,495

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2020 Subaru Forester
2020 Subaru Forester

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Roomy interior with quality materials
  • Smooth ride, quiet cabin
  • Picture-window visibility
  • Excellent all-wheel drive
  • Huge liftgate opening

The bad:

  • Just adequate power
  • Engine noisy at higher revs
  • Available power liftgate isn’t hands-free
  • Plastic wheel covers on base model

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Lane-centering steering now standard
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • 182-hp boxer four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • 8.7-inch ground clearance

2020 Subaru Forester review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Subaru Forester?

Redesigned last year, the Subaru Forester compact SUV comes standard with all-wheel drive and seats five. Power comes from a standard 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson

What’s New on the 2020 Subaru Forester?

Lane-centering steering and lane departure warning is now included with Subaru’s EyeSight system, which is standard. A rear-seat reminder is also now standard. Premium models gain heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a windshield de-icer. 

What Features in the 2020 Subaru Forester Are Most Important?

Forester highlights include an accessible starting price, standard all-wheel drive, impressive ground clearance, 29 mpg combined (according to EPA estimates) and important active safety features like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Subaru Forester?

The Forester is a formidable competitor in the compact SUV class; in a recent Cars.com compact SUV comparison test, the Forester finished second in a field of seven thanks in part to its good visibility, braking and handling, and child-safety seat accommodations. Power from the Forester’s boxer four-cylinder is just modest, and it can get noisy at higher rpms, but this is a well-rounded SUV that’s worth your consideration.

Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews

2.9

Shakes like my 30-year-old work truck

Car is comfy, has nice accessibility features, easy to drive. Unfortunately mine came off the lot with some kind of battery / starting issue. The local dealer has told me several different things but nothing fixes it completely. Very disappointed. This was my first new car and I intended to take care of it and drive it to 300k+ miles. It's just not reliable even at 3000 miles. I will never get a Subaru again.

3.1

battery dies because I do not drive much!! new ca

need jump start because battery dies. Told I need to drive at least 300 miles a week. Now have to plug in to a device to keep battery charged. This is a new car driven only 1500 miles!! I am furious about this!!! Technology needs to keep up and find a battery that will remain charged. Apparently starting the car drains lots of battery life!

4.0

Its a good car and I like it.

This car has the space I need to haul things and it fits in my garage better than my last car. I like the all wheel drive feature better than front wheel drive.

See all 218 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
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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