Subaru Forester Review and Links



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Forester in One Sentence:
Go for the Forester if you want utility and all-weather prowess of a sport utility vehicle without the sacrifices in cost, fuel economy, ride, and poor outward visibility.



Overview:

Forester is considered a "compact sport utility vehicle."  It shares a "platform" with the Crosstrek.  (A platform is the chassis----the frame, or basic underpinnings of a car.)  It is taller and longer than Crosstrek but has the same ground clearance.  It has more interior room than the Crosstrek because of the extra height, and body overhangs the axles farther. It comes in several trim levels, from well equipped to ridiculously well equipped. 



Price:
They are priced from the mid $20's to the low $30's.




What's new for 2019?
  • Compare 2019 Forester with 2018 Forester



Resources:

  • Watch a Forester pulling out of a glacier.
  • Learn about the Forester's class-leading safety performance.
  • See our humanely-treated free-range Foresters.
  • Peruse a fancy dynamic Forester Brochure. 
  • Read about how Forester is one of top ten cars for shorter drivers
  • See Forester's number one outward visibility ranking


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Planet Exclusive Comparisons:

  • Compare Forester with Outback
  • Compare Forester with Crosstrek
  • See the Planet-exclusive quick model comparison chart

  





 
 


Foresters through the years:   


2019 and up
 
The first Forester built on Subaru's "Global Platform," handling agility improves and cabin noise decreases. It's Subaru's safer-ever Forester, loaded with technology including first-in-its-class DriverFocus, a driver-distraction mitigation system. Eyesight active safety suite is standard. Horsepower increases to 182 and fuel economy lifts to 33mpg highway.


 
2014 through 2018



Slightly larger inside and out than the generation it replaces, Subaru literally cannot build enough to satisfy demand as their factories are running extra shifts.  Introducing a continuously variable transmission lifted fuel economy to 32 mpg from 27.  Other new features include the Eyesight driver assistance system, power tailgate, and X-Mode traction control.  Outward visibility remains tops in the industry.  







2009 through 2013





Prior Foresters felt a little cramped, but sales took off with this larger Forester, bigger than its predecessor in every dimension. 
Subaru poured on the technology, with standard Vehicle Dynamics Control and six airbags.  Optional equipment included touchscreen navigation and Bluetooth.



2003 through 2008






Size remained the same, but Subaru modernized everything.  Side air bags became standard on every model, the interior moved upscale, ride quality improved, and appearance moved from utilitarian to stylish. 



1998 through 2002

Subaru created the Forester on the Impreza platform, installing a square body and bigger engine.  Along with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V (both introduced in 1997), Subaru pioneered the "Small Crossover" segment.  It combined the  ride height, style, and versatility of a truck-based SUV without the poor fuel economy and sloppy handling.



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