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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 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 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 some of the competition, tight on legroom in the backseat.

  • What's New for 2005

    The base engine is enhanced this year with electronic throttle control, and a new four-speed automatic transmission is available. An air filtration system is now standard on all Foresters. Also new this year is the 2.5 XS L.L. Bean Edition, which includes a myriad of interior and exterior trim enhancements, rugged cargo area trim and a self-leveling rear suspension.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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2005 subaru forester

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I recently purchased a 2005 Forester with 95k miles on it, and will be using it as my college vehicle. It had 2 previous owners and no accidents reported. It appeared to be mechanically sound. So far, it has been an excellent vehicle. The ride is smooth, and it handles nicely. Some complain about power on these vehicles - I have had no issues with power. I drive plenty both in town and in the country where I live. It is excellent in both settings. I have no issues with getting up to speed on the freeway. My gas mileage has been an acceptable 20-22 mpg, and I expect it to be a little better when I take it for my first long trip on the highway. So far, this vehicle has been a joy to own.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

160k miles and still going

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Bought this specifically for long distance commuting on the highway and it's been a great car, 110k miles before I had anything break on it. Great highway mpg 25-26.



3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Noisy like a jeep wrangler

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

My ownership experience was short, and for good reason. This vehicle is deceivingly small, slow to respond to driver input, and extremely noisy. The windows are prone to extreme wind noise, and there is no good fix for it. Autotragic transmission felt as if it was on life support at 50,000 miles. If you have to buy one of these, look for a stick shift. Gas mileage is decent for an AWD vehicle, I think that I averaged 22-23. If you are looking for a roomy family vehicle, keep looking. My old Honda Civic was bigger than this tin can.




Nice vehicle

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

The AWD is great in the winter. Wife doesn't have to worry about putting the vehicle into 4WD like the Tahoe.




Great for the money

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car for the price/gas mileage rating and room for "work stuff" in the back. I did no background checking. Now with 111000 miles logged I have had no problems with this car. I do wish the gas mileage was a bit better but I live in the CO Rockies, lots of hill climbing. I like all the storage compartments but they took those out in the new 2010 model. Too bad. Over all a great car for this class, price & size.




Second choice but o.k.

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Started out to buy a CRV but they were sold out. The Forester was on sale with a couple thousand off the MSRP and it certainly had a good reputation. It replaced a 1991 Sidekick. The Forester is more comfortable and handles better than the Suzuki. With one month of winter driving I am not sold on the AWD system on the Forester, seems pretty easy to get this car going sideways on slippery roads. The Forester is an O.K. vehicle but I find it hard to really be enthusiastic about it.



Full 2005 Subaru Forester Review

What's New for 2005

The base engine is enhanced this year with electronic throttle control, and a new four-speed automatic transmission is available. An air filtration system is now standard on all Foresters. Also new this year is the 2.5 XS L.L. Bean Edition, which includes a myriad of interior and exterior trim enhancements, rugged cargo area trim and a self-leveling rear suspension.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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