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Subaru Forester Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Subaru Forester

  • Practical, well-built and enjoyable to drive, the Forester offers an excellent balance of upscale features and all-weather drivability.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard all-wheel drive, two engine choices, availability of upscale features, class-leading crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Price can be higher than most of the competition, tight on legroom in the backseat.

  • What's New for 2004

    Noting Forester fans' desire for more power, Subaru adds a turbocharged XT model to the lineup. The XT is essentially a loaded XS with a 210-hp engine replacing the 165-hp motor.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Luv my scoobie!

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

This little SUV with the Turbo will move when I need it to. It's so handy to haul items, easy to fold seats down, easy to remove the headrests. I love the auto climate control, great stereo. I have great control of car in adverse weather conditions - I feel SAFE driving this car. Doors feel solid when you shut them.




She's hot!

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

My Forester Turbo is the greatest vehicle I've ever owned. She has lots of pizzaz, getting me in and out of traffic with ease. If I ever have to replace her it will be with another Forester Turbo.




Small suv with a huge

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

A great car to drive! Instant power for passing, and a AWD system that keeps you glued to the road in all weather conditions. This is the most enjoyable car i have ever owned. The XT has plenty of room, plenty of creature comforts, including an awesome stereo! I drive 80 miles roundtrip daily to work on a two lane country road, and needed a car that could safely get around logging trucks, etc and handle the snow and ice we get during the winter. After 18,000 miles, i think i picked the perfect car for living in northern Idaho.




Dumb-bar = pain in the

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

BEFORE YOU BUY THIS CAR, CHECK THE LUMBAR SUPPORT IN THE DRIVERS SEAT. YOU CAN ZIP OPEN THE BACK OF THE DRIVERS SEAT. THE LUMBAR IS A STEEL ROD WITH A PEICE OF PLASTIC ON IT. IT WILL CAUSE YOU MAJOR BACK PAIN AFTER ABOUT 1500 MILES. YOUR SPINE WILL REST ON THIS BAR AND YOU WILL BE SORRY YOU BOUGHT A $27,000 CAR WITH 27 CENT LUMBER SUPPORT.




Awesome!

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

I just bought my Turbo Forester XT and I am in love with it! I looked at an XS, but as fate would have it, the dealer had a XT. I gave it a shot and was in love from the moment I put my foot on the accelerator. I love the extra ooomph it has and it comes in handy driving on the DC Beltway. It is just the right size for me and has everything I was looking for in a small SUV. The multitude of standard features was another plus and it felt good not having to load up the vehicle with extras that should come with a car/SUV. I look forward to snow!




True performer

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

Don't let its looks deceive you - this car has incredible acceleration and top end. AWD is awesome-I've owned Subarus before but this one takes the prize. Decided on turbo after friend who has WRX told me that he has 100k on his with no problems. If you need some horses, no other SUV except the Porsche ($60K) comes close! Great price for what you get!



Full 2004 Subaru Forester Review

What's New for 2004

Noting Forester fans' desire for more power, Subaru adds a turbocharged XT model to the lineup. The XT is essentially a loaded XS with a 210-hp engine replacing the 165-hp motor.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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