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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 18/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

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

  Average Consumer Rating (10 total reviews)


Great first car!

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

This is my first car, which I got for a steal, considering it has a shocking 192k miles. I was very weary about getting a car with that many miles, but it was the only Subaru available in my budget. Subarus have been in the family for years and I know they are reliable. Whoever had this car before took good care of it. Regular maintenance was done and I found nothing wrong. I've had her for a few weeks and she runs great. I plan on keeping her maintained enough to get another 100k miles. I love my Forester and now I'm making fun of my mother, who drives an Impreza sedan. My car is way cooler then hers.




I would buy another one

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

This CAR is fun to drive. Lots of aftermarket performance options.




Sports and utility

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

I just traded my 2003 Mazda Tribute for a 2005 Forester XT. Although the Tribute served us well, it wasn't exactly the "driver's SUV" as it was advertised. I needed a compromise. A car that will give us similar utility as the Tribute but also the driving performance of a sports car. When I test drove the XT, I knew right away that I've found such a car. This car is as quick as it is fast with enough handling and braking to complement such beastly power (I think Subaru underrated the 210 horsepower). I may have sacrificed a little bit of passenger and cargo space, but the amazing performance, better safety rating, and slightly better gas mileage pretty much made up for it and then some.




Great compact suv

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

Fabulous acceleration. Handles and rides like a sedan. Subaru AWD is excellent. Slippery conditions are handled like they do not exist. Plenty of compartments for storage throughout the vehicle. The cargo area is large and very well designed. Drop the flat folding rear seats and the area is cavernous. Very comfortable and we love the power seat and the upgraded audio system that is standard. Turbo engine is really powerful and there is no turbo lag. Overall, a great compact SUV. Kudos to Subaru.




I love it!

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

We just bought a Subaru Forester XT and love to drive it! It turns on a dime, easy to park, and drives like a dream. We've only had the car about a month but so far we are extremely pleased with our purchase.




Subaru # 7

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

This buggy replaces my wife's 2004 Forester that was hit TWICE while stopped in traffic. An incredibly safe vehicle. We walked away both times with very few injuries. Both times we were plowed by much larger trucks; you should see the other guy:). My wife prefers the zero hip entry height of this over my slightly lower Outback. The Turbo adds zip and a feeling of "lightness" during acceleration and the "smart" airbags front and side are a great comfort. The seat heaters and the climate control system are perfect for the local climate, where an hour's drive may take you over a 40 degree temp change. If it wasn't for the outside temp display, you might not notice the difference.



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.

Talk About The 2005 Forester

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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