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2018 Subaru Forester Pricing

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Model Type

SUV

pros & cons

pros

  • All-wheel drive comes standard and doesn't sink fuel economy
  • High ground clearance offers better than average off-road ability
  • Airy interior with plenty of room for adults both front and rear
  • Optional turbocharged engine makes Forester very quick

cons

  • CVT feels less responsive and refined than a traditional automatic
  • Handling isn't as sporty as some rivals
  • Cabin design and materials are just average
  • Modest tow rating limits overall utility
Subaru Forester 4dr SUV MSRP: $26195
Based on the 2.5i Premium Auto AWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 28
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train All Wheel Drive
Displacement 2.5 L
Passenger Volume 134.8 cu ft
Wheelbase 103 in
Length 181 in
Width 70 in
Height 68 in
Curb Weight 3422 lbs
Subaru Forester 4dr SUV MSRP: $26195
Based on the 2.5i Premium Auto AWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
  • Fold Flat Rear Seats
  • Bluetooth
  • Sunroof/Moonroof
  • Tire Pressure Warning
  • Rear Bench Seats
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Trip Computer
  • AWD/4WD
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Aux Audio Inputs
  • Stability Control
  • Back-up camera
  • USB Inputs
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Auto Climate Control
  • Alarm

Subaru Forester 2018

2018 Subaru Forester Features Rundown

A roomy cabin and good fuel economy make the 2018 Subaru Forester a solid choice for a compact SUV. But it's the standard all-wheel drive, powerful optional turbocharged engine and high ground clearance for off-road adventuring that set the Forester apart from the pack. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort - these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.

Transcript

BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Edmunds editor Bryn MacKinnon, and here's a features rundown of the 2018 Subaru Forester. The Forester returns mostly unchanged for 2018, and that's a good thing. It offers a lot more off-road abilities than competing vehicles, with few drawbacks in return. For maximum bang for the buck, we recommend the 2.5i Premium trim, but if your budget can stretch, we like the 2.0 liter turbo engine that comes with the top models for its strong performance. The elevated ride height and standard all-wheel drive make the Forester a great choice for adventure-bound owners or those who live in inclement weather areas. There's a noticeable amount of body roll when cornering, but the Forrester remains composed and very controllable nonetheless. It does remind you, however, that it is less sporty and more off-road capable. There's plenty of cargo space in the back, but we wished the rear seats would fold flat into the floor. Like it's Honda and Toyota rivals, the Forester comes up short in terms of towing capacity against the Ford Escape. Taller passengers are easily accommodated in either the front or rear seats, and even the large sunroof won't affect headroom much. Most interior pieces are attractive and nice to the touch, but on the whole, other SUVs offer more refinement and feel a bit more solid. The newer infotainment system has a sharp display, and most features are easy to use. On top of that, it gets points for the EyeSight suite of advanced safety features. On the downside, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available. The driver's seat may be uncomfortably high for some, giving the impression that you're sitting on, not in, the car. Visibility is great, though, and it's easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Subaru Forester's top competitors include Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Kia Sportage. The bottom line, if your adventures take you well off the beaten path, the Forester is a great choice, when pitted against more commuter-focused rivals, but you may be disappointed if performance and interior quality are your top priorities.

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safety & reliability

5 star overall rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Overall
Driver
Passenger

Side Barrier Rating

Overall
Driver
Passenger

Rollover

Rollover
Dynamic Test Result
No Tip
Risk Of Rollover
16.9%

Side Crash Rating

Overall

Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

Front Seat
Rear Seat
No information currently available.
Side Impact Test
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A
G
Good
Roof Strength Test
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Good
Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint
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A
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Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results
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A
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Good
Moderate Overlap Front Test Results
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A
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Good
Initial Quality - Overall
2
Overall Quality - Mechanical
3
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical
3
Features and Accessories - Mechanical
3
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical
3
Overall Quality - Design
2
Features and Accessories - Design
2
Powertrain Quality - Design
3
Body & Interior - Design
2
Ratings are based on J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study for the 2017 Subaru Forester, which is the most recent data available.

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