0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

Subaru Forester

Change Vehicle

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.

Good Fit For
Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

Popular Competitors

5 Generations

Forester - 5 Generations

2019 Forester

Redesigned in 2019
2019 Forester Generation, 2019 Subaru Forester model shown Showing the 2019 Subaru Forester Find out if this car is the best match for you
  • MSRP Range $24,295–$34,295
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 1 reviews
  • Combined MPG 29
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2019
  • Fully redesigned for 2019
  • All-wheel-drive, five-seat compact SUV
  • 8.7-inch ground clearance
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 182-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission

2014–2018 Forester

Redesigned in 2014
Showing the 2018 Subaru Forester Find out if this car is the best match for you

Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the current 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 engine is a 170-horsepower, horizontally opposed four-cylinder, while a 250-hp, turbocharged engine goes in 2.0XT versions.

  • MSRP Range $22,795–$36,090
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 402 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-28
  • Body Styles:

    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
  • MSRP Range $18,043–$39,958
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 248 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-28
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2017
  • Minor exterior styling revisions
  • Heated steering wheel now available
  • Regular or turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Manual transmission or CVT
  • Forward collision prevention option
  • Current List Price $15,589–$27,021
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 107 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-27
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2016
  • Regular or turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Manual transmission or CVT
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Forward collision prevention option
  • Subscription-based emergency communication system available
  • Starlink app integration
  • Current List Price $11,337–$27,113
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 188 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-27
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2015
  • EyeSight safety option $500 cheaper
  • Choice of four-cylinders, including turbo engine
  • Manual transmission or CVT
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Current List Price $9,772–$23,380
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 173 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2014
  • Fully redesigned for 2014
  • Larger interior
  • Regular and turbo 4-cylinders
  • Manual transmission and CVT
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • EyeSight safety option

2009–2013 Forester

Redesigned in 2009
Showing the 2013 Subaru Forester Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 was standard, while an optional turbocharged engine delivered 224 hp in the 2.5XT trim. The cabin featured a straightforward layout, and by the 2013 model year features like Bluetooth streaming audio and iPod/USB connectivity had become standard.

  • Current List Price $9,173–$19,153
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 39 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
  • Body Styles:

    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
  • Current List Price $8,044–$17,516
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 57 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2012
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic
  • New navigation system available
  • New standard height-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Current List Price $6,819–$16,403
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 84 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2011
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic
  • Current List Price $5,263–$15,199
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 92 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2010
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic
  • Current List Price $4,583–$13,479
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 73 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-23
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2009
  • Redesigned for 2009
  • Regular or turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Standard AWD
  • High ground clearance
  • Manual or automatic
  • Styling moves toward SUV mainstream

2003–2008 Forester

Redesigned in 2003
Showing the 2008 Subaru Forester Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 added pep. An L.L.Bean Edition was added in 2005, while output of the base and turbo engines would eventually tick up to 173 and 224 hp, respectively.

  • Current List Price $3,854–$11,474
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 27 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-23
  • Body Styles:

    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
  • Current List Price $2,765–$11,005
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 32 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-25
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2007
  • Available L.L.Bean Edition
  • Standard AWD
  • More powerful turbocharged engine in 2.5 XT Limited
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike structure
  • Current List Price $2,305–$9,941
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 21 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2006
  • L.L.Bean Edition available
  • Standard AWD
  • More powerful turbocharged engine in 2.5 XT Limited
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike structure
  • Current List Price $2,089–$9,393
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 30 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-26
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2005
  • New 2.5 XS L.L.Bean Edition
  • Standard AWD
  • 210-hp turbocharged engine in 2.5 XT
  • Manual or automatic
  • Carlike structure
  • Current List Price $2,225–$9,705
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 40 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Notable Features in 2004
  • New turbocharged 2.5 XT
  • AWD
  • Active-type AWD in new 2.5 XT
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Current List Price $909–$8,401
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 31 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 2003 Model 2003 Forester Articles

1998–2002 Forester

Redesigned in 1998
Showing the 2002 Subaru Forester Find out if this car is the best match for you

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 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and all-wheel drive was standard. Since it wasn’t trying to be an SUV in terms of size or style, you didn't have to haul yourself up into the driver’s seat. It also meant that loading items into the roomy cargo area was easier.

  • Current List Price $948–$7,380
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 31 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

  • Current List Price $1,075–$5,903
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 25 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 2001 Model 2001 Forester Articles
  • Current List Price $1,057–$5,233
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 11 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

  • Current List Price $724–$7,192
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 1999 Model 1999 Forester Articles
  • Current List Price $1,409–$4,653
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 18 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25
  • Body Styles:

    SUV

Read About the 1998 Model 1998 Forester Articles

Our Recent Articles on the Forester


See all Subaru Forester articles >

Change Vehicle