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The Subaru Forester is a five-seat, compact SUV that emphasizes all-weather traction, safety and carlike ride and handling. While the current Forester’s exterior design is less distinctive than its more upright, high-riding-wagon predecessors, it offers buyers a spacious cabin and a drivetrain capable of coping with slippery roads. All-wheel drive is standard on all Forester trim levels.

Forester – 5 Generations

  • 2019–23
  • 2014–18
  • 2009–13
  • 2003–08
  • 1998–2002
  • 2019–23
  • 2014–18
  • 2009–13
  • 2003–08
  • 1998–2002
Latest generation

2019–23 Forester

The 2019 Forester may look a lot like its predecessor, but the redesigned SUV has gained more room inside and more safety features. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has left the lineup, leaving a 182-hp, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder a

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  • MSRP range$26,395–$36,495
  • Consumer rating
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  • Combined mpg 26–29
  • Body style SUV

Previous generation

2014–18 Forester

Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Forester carries on where previous versions left off. The available X-Mode all-terrain system and hill descent control gave the SUV extra off-road capability, and the available EyeSight suite of safety features offered additional peace of mind. The standard

 

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  • MSRP range$22,795–$36,090
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 24–28
  • Body style SUV
Notable features in 2018:
  • 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

2009–13 Forester


If you can’t beat them, join them. That seems to have been the motto behind this generation of the Forester. Its exterior was suddenly less boxy and more in-line with what someone shopping for a small SUV would expect in a new vehicle. A 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine w

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  • MSRP range$21,295–$29,995
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 21–23
  • Body style SUV
Notable features in 2013:
  • Newly standard Bluetooth with streaming audio, iPod/USB connectivity
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic

2003–08 Forester


While it didn’t look noticeably different, the second-generation Forester rode on a new platform and had solid improvements that made it a more comfortable alternative to a traditional SUV. An available turbocharged engine joined the lineup in 2004, giving the Forester some add

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  • MSRP range$21,195–$28,895
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style SUV
Notable features in 2008:
  • Available L.L.Bean Edition
  • Standard AWD
  • More powerful turbocharged engine in 2.5 XT Limited
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike structure

1998–2002 Forester


The Subaru Forester blazed its own path from the beginning. More of a high-riding wagon than a soft-roading SUV like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, the Forester was a quirky but endearing alternative to mainstream rivals. Power came from a 165-hp, horizontally opposed 2

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  • MSRP range$20,295–$25,395
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style SUV

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