2022 Subaru Forester

MSRP range: $25,195 - $35,295
MSRP$26,320
Edmunds suggests you pay$1,125

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2022 Subaru Forester video

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: We've hit the trail to answer two questions. Is the new Forester really worthy of the Bronco badge? And how does it function in the real world? To find out, we're putting it to the test alongside that other small SUV with all terrain pretensions, the Subaru Forester. Let's get on with it. Now this might just be the Forester and not the Subaru Bronco. But it does have an impressive lineup of hard and software. All wheel drive, as you'd expect, is standard. And then it features what Subaru calls its goat system. Now in my opinion Muhammad Ali was the GOAT, the greatest of all time. But for Subaru, it means, Go Over Any Terrain, which is a pretty ballsy claim for escape based SUV. In this the more hardcore Badlands edition, you get seven different modes, everything from eco to rock crawl. You also get uprated suspension in the Badlands, increased ground clearance with the bigger tires, and a trick system that employs two different clutches at the back to give you a kind of de facto locking rear differential. So we'll get to play with that. And we've chosen a hill that might not look that hardcore on camera. But what it allows us to do is to show the wheel articulation of this and the Forester and to get a sense of what each vehicle is capable of. So at the moment, we've got all the fancy systems off. We're just relying on the grip from the tires. And then my immense, let's be right about it, immense talent. And one thing this car doesn't have is a low ratio gearbox, which means that you've got to be pretty delicate with the throttle. Now what we're trying to do is go across this articulation. And immediately you can see it's starting to spin things up. A little bit more momentum. Here we go. A little bit more momentum. And up she goes. But to be honest, it's probably not the best if it's your car. What are we going to do now is we're going to go back up the same hill using the same route. But I'm actually going to deploy the goat. So here we go. I'm going to put it into, you know what drives me mad, is as you turn it right, the screen goes left. Drives me nuts. So we're going to go all the way through to rock crawl. Now what that's done is activate this fancy system at the rear, which allows us to send almost all the torque to either the right or the left tire. I'm also going to put it into manual mode on the gearbox and just lock it into first gear. And then away we go. So we're going to take the same path. I've got the front camera to show me the terrain coming up. Let's have a go. You see actually straight away feel the car doing its work. And she just glides up. From a driver's perspective, not as exciting. From a vehicle preservation perspective, really rather good. I have to say, this is quite an impressive toy. So now we're in the Subaru. On the face of it, it's actually quite a lot simpler. But it does have an X Mode system and a choice between snow and dirt or deep snow and mud or indeed normal which you're in most of the time. We have a continuously variable transmission, automatic, which also has an additional function, which gives you sort of lower ratio kind of thing. So we're going to try and do what we did in the Subaru, which is take this sort of fairly aggressive line up this hill. And at the moment, all the systems are off. We're just in normal. So into drive. Let's give it a whirl. Should also say that Subaru is on far less aggressive tires than the Subaru. These are all-- immediately we've got stuck. I would call these all season tires, whereas the Subaru is very much on all terrain tires. So I'm going to back up a little bit and see if we can't give another go. Now the Subaru as you expect does have a reversing camera. But it doesn't have the forward facing camera that the Subaru does that I think is particularly useful. So here we go. Give it a little bit more momentum. And-- OK. So I'm going to try to steer away around this a little bit. Here we go. Let's get a bit of momentum. And as you can see, we are struggling. And up we go. So what are we're going to do now is we're going to take it back round, try again using all the extra gizmos, use this sort of low ratio tight mode on the gearbox. And let's see if we can't restore a bit of Scooby pride. We're going to activate X Mode, turn it into deep snow and mud. What that also does is activate a little screen at the top here, which gives me some guidance about the angle of the car, both from a lateral and a fore and after, whatever you call it, perspective. So just try and use a little bit of momentum, nothing too serious. Let's see how we get on. Actually see the car instantly working harder. That's impressive. That is impressive because these tires have nothing like the grip of the Subarus. Shows how clever electronics are getting, eh? This has always been the Scooby's sort of trump card really in the small SUV class. It might not look like the fiercest of off roaders. And it might not make bold claims with fancy go faster stripes like the Subaru. But honestly, both these cars are actually better than I expected. And while I think ultimately the Subaru will go a little bit further, they Subaru is definitely not disgraced. In fact, in terms of ground clearance, there's only 0.1 of an inch in the Subaru's favor. While we cross the trail, why not click Subscribe to our channel and remember to turn on notifications for future films like this. And if you're looking for a change, head to edmunds.com/sellmycar for a cash offer on your current vehicle. The Forester started at around $28,000. But this top spec Badlands costs almost $36,000. It's based on the Subaru Escape SUV but has been beefed up both technically and aesthetically to appeal to outdoorsy types, or at least those who like to pretend they're outdoorsy. The Forester's a lot less extrovert in the best Subaru tradition. Rally specials aside, Scooby's have always been bought by people comfortable in their own skin. It's an anti statement car. But it has the tech to go head to head with the Sport. And at just under $34,000 in this limited trim, it's a couple of grand cheaper. Inside, you can really see the Escape influence. It's not nearly as funky as the big Bronco. And in places, it does feel a little bit cheap. I can't remember the last time that I drove a $35,000 car with a hard plastic steering wheel, probably a rental. There's plenty of evidence of cost cutting to make space for all that off-road hardware. The perception of quality is actually better in the Subaru. It all works well, there's no shortage of tech. But it's not going to win any design awards. If you're a Subaru fanboy, you might call it utilitarian chic. But for me, it's just a bit dull. The Forester does at least try and liven things up with some neat detailing. I love this little zipper pocket here on the seat back. And yes, it will fit an iPad. You get this little webbing here on the back for hanging stuff from, 110 volt power supply for charging something like a laptop, and my favorite feature under this passenger seat, a sort of cubbie for dirty shoes with enough room for my filthy size 11 Nikes. Neat. But there is a problem. And it's this. Yes. I know I'm 6 foot 4, but it really is tight back here. But tough on the old crotch. This Forester's also set up for my driving position. And as you can see, there's a load more room. Seriously, if you're thinking about buying one of these vehicles as a family car and you've got teenage kids, well worth thinking about. Cargo space I hear you say. Well, with both rear seats up, there's very little to choose between them. But with the rear seats folded down, the Subaru has over 10 cubic feet more space. That's a big difference. [MUSIC PLAYING] To be honest, a path like this up to a trailhead is probably the type of off-roading that these vehicles will do most of the time. And both of them handle it with complete aplomb, we're in normal mode, all the fancy gadgets switched off, and cruising along listening to the love channel. Because as we film, it's almost Valentine's Day. Feeling a bit romantic. Beautiful scenery, sun is shining. Hard to believe we're only about half an hour outside of LA. Honestly though, I could probably get a sedan up here. It's not so tough, this bit. At least I feel a bit tougher in the Bronco. I feel a little bit more alpha, macho, manly. [MUSIC PLAYING] Let's be honest about it. Even if you are a weakened adventurer like the beautiful people on Subaru's website, you're still going to spend most of your time on the road. And on the terra firma, the Forester is all right. Don't expect Honda CRV levels of comfort, or Mazda CX5 style driving finesse. But it's still better than more dedicated off roaders like the Jeep Wrangler. The ride can be a bit choppy and the steering lacks a bit of precision. But we suspect that's exaggerated in the Badlands edition by the off-roader focus suspension and tire setup. Be interesting to drive a standard Forester. The Forester has a nicer ride quality and steers better too. But it's still no Mazda CX5. It's also badly let down by its engine. The 2 and 1/2 liter naturally aspirated boxy unit develops just 182 horsepower and 176 pounds feet of torque and works with a CVT automatic. By contrast, the Subaru's 2 liter turbo develops 245 horsepower and 277 pounds feet of torque and works with a more traditional eight speed automatic that we much prefer. On the road, the Subaru can feel genuinely sluggish. And the difference was confirmed when we took both vehicles to the Edmunds test track. In the hands of our expert test drivers, the Forester recorded zero to 60 in 7.2 seconds, a full 2.1 seconds faster than the Forester. But at least a Subaru stopped more quickly than the Subaru. The Forester needed 120 feet to stop from 60 miles an hour, seven feet less than the Bronco. Anyway, enough with the facts and figures. And I'm now full of caffeine. Let's head back to the trails. But before we do that, I wanted to demonstrate another neat feature of the old Forester. You have the option here of either opening the whole tailgate, or get this, just the glass. Like that. Even if getting a rucksack out is a bit of a challenge. So remember that hill that we came up earlier today? Well, we're now at the top of it looking down. And we're going to test out the car's hill descent control systems or whatever Subaru and Subaru actually call them. So in the Scooby-Doo X Mode into deep snow and mud, using the transmission into its little low mode. And away we go. Now one thing that Subaru struggles with relative to Subaru, you have to look at them to see, is the approach and departure angle. In other words, how much the bodywork's kind of hanging over the front and rear of the tires. And that means you're far more likely to whack a rock at the front or whack a rock at the rear. And that's particularly pertinent going downhill when sometimes it's actually quite difficult to see what you're doing. I'm actually just going to use the brakes a little bit to control the speed. You can feel the ABS doing its thing. I'm actually working with the hill descent control just because I want to manage the speed because I can see with my human eyes that we have a pretty big obstacle ahead. Feel articulation, just easing it down. And again, I'm kind of working with the systems. But I am putting in quite a bit of manual input. I think if we just let it do its thing on its own, we've probably got too much momentum for those big articulations. But we made it down. Now we should make it up the other side. Let's swap to the Subaru. So jumping into the Subaru, I'm into goat mode rock crawl. I'm going to use manual on the gearbox and lock it down into first. But then I'm going to use what Subaru calls trail control. What this effectively is is a kind of cruise control for off road work. And I can actually buy using these little set buttons here on the steering wheel control the speed I want to go. So I'm going to lock it into the lowest possible speed. That's one, take my foot off the brake, and away we go very slowly. So immediately, you've got more control than you had in the Subaru. And if I now I can turn that up to two or three and actually manage my speed electronically. I also love this front camera. I can see where I am. So now I'm going exceptionally slowly. As you can see, all my feet are off the pedals. And down we go. Super easy. Super controlled. Now this would be useful not only if you're doing serious off road work like this, but also if it suddenly snows and you've got to go down a tricky descent. That's really impressive. I've also been playing with this system going uphill. And there I like it less, the reason being that sometimes when you look ahead to different terrain, you actually want to use a bit of momentum. So for me, and I've done quite a bit of off roading, I tend to use it for the downhills and then control the throttle myself on the uphill sections. But it's kind of a personal preference. But it's really good. Really good system. And this is the same system that's now on things like the Ranger Tremor. And we expect it to be rolled out as part of the off road arsenal. Definitely a win for the Subaru. And so to the conclusion. What have we learned both on and off road? Well, let's start with question one. Is the Sport worthy of the Bronco badge? Is Baron Von Bronco really happy? And the answer to that is a resounding yes. Honestly, we've all been super impressed with what this vehicle can do off road, particularly in this Badlands trim. But its ability comes with some compromises, which is a neat segue into question two. Is it a good SUV? We'd be willing to trade a bit of on road refinement and even a bit of interior quality for that off-road capability. But the lack of rear room and rear leg room in particular should be a big concern for families. The Subaru Forester isn't as cool and isn't as new. And that engine's a real let down. But it arguably offers a better compromise of some off-road ability with on road refinement and space. So here's what I think. If you want a fund junior off-roader at a pretty accessible price, then buy a Forester. If you warm a comfortable, spacious, family SUV, then perhaps go for our top ranked Honda CRV. And if you want a bit of both, then by all means choose the Subaru Forester. If you enjoyed this film and if you want to see more like it, then subscribe to our channel, and Baron. Head to edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. You won't regret it. There's no horseplay. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2021 Subaru Forester vs. 2021 Subaru Forester | Off-Road Crossover Comparison

NOTE: This video is about the 2021 Subaru Forester, but since the 2022 Subaru Forester is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Subaru Forester a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2022 Forester both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Subaru Forester fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Forester gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 29 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Forester ranges from 26.9 to 28.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Subaru Forester. Learn more

What's new in the 2022 Subaru Forester?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2022 Subaru Forester:

  • New Wilderness trim level
  • Restyled grille
  • Upgraded roof rails can support more weight
  • Increased maximum towing capacity to 3,000 pounds
  • Part of the fifth Forester generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Subaru Forester reliable?

To determine whether the Subaru Forester is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Forester. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Forester's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2022 Subaru Forester a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2022 Subaru Forester is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2022 Forester and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2022 Forester is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2022 Subaru Forester?

The least-expensive 2022 Subaru Forester is the 2022 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,195.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,195
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $31,875
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $35,295
  • Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $29,765
  • Wilderness 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $32,820
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $28,195
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What are the different models of Subaru Forester?

If you're interested in the Subaru Forester, the next question is, which Forester model is right for you? Forester variants include 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Forester models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2022 Subaru Forester

2022 Subaru Forester Overview

The 2022 Subaru Forester is offered in the following submodels: Forester SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Wilderness 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT). Subaru Forester models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 182 hp, depending on engine type. The 2022 Subaru Forester comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2022 Subaru Forester comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2022 Subaru Forester?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2022 Subaru Forester and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2022 Forester.

Pros

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • A full complement of driver assist features are standard
  • Enhanced off-road capability thanks to better-than-average ground clearance
  • Generous cargo capacity

Cons

  • Engine is underpowered
  • Modest tow rating limits maximum utility

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2022 Subaru Forester and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2022 Forester featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2022 Subaru Forester?

2022 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2022 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,320. The average price paid for a new 2022 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $28,195 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $28,195 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,125.

The average savings for the 2022 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 96.2% below the MSRP.

2022 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2022 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,000. The average price paid for a new 2022 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $31,875 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $31,875 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,125.

The average savings for the 2022 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 96.6% below the MSRP.

2022 Subaru Forester Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2022 Subaru Forester Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,420. The average price paid for a new 2022 Subaru Forester Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $35,295 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $35,295 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,125.

The average savings for the 2022 Subaru Forester Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 96.9% below the MSRP.

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,945. The average price paid for a new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $32,820 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $32,820 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,125.

The average savings for the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 96.7% below the MSRP.

2022 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2022 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,890. The average price paid for a new 2022 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $29,765 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $29,765 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,125.

The average savings for the 2022 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 96.4% below the MSRP.

2022 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2022 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,320. The average price paid for a new 2022 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $25,195 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $25,195 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,125.

The average savings for the 2022 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 95.7% below the MSRP.

Which 2022 Subaru Foresters are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2022 Subaru Forester for sale near. There are currently 28 new 2022 Foresters listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $30,113 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2022 Subaru Forester.

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What is the MPG of a 2022 Subaru Forester?

2022 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/33 highway MPG

2022 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/33 highway MPG

2022 Subaru Forester Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/33 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG29
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.5 L
Passenger Volume140.5 cu.ft.
Wheelbase105.1 in.
Length182.7 in.
WidthN/A
Height67.5 in.
Curb Weight3454 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2022 Subaru Forester?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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