2020 Subaru Forester

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2020 Subaru Forester
2020 Subaru Forester

Key specs

Base trim shown


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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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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


I love driving again!

This is my first Subaru and I’m so impressed! Just a great drive! I love the safety and convenience features…but I also just love to drive again!!!


No better 5 passenger vehicle anywhere.

My 2020 Forester does everything I ask it to, very effective and efficiently. I've owned over 100 vehicles in my life time and this one is with my top favorites. Good value, safe, economical, reliable, dependable, and over all quality is top notch. I am very pleased with this decision.


For older people better than Acura TLX

At 78 we had a hard time getting in and out of my Acura TLX. This vehicle is so much better for my wife and myself. Vehicle has more interior space, rides smoother, more safety features, better gas mileage, etc. Only time will tell if it is as reliable. Had the car now for 2 months.

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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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