The Japanese automaker Subaru introduced the compact crossover Forester in 1997. The car went for sale in North America in early 1998. New generations of the vehicle were released in 2003, 2009, and 2014 and the fifth generation, released in 2019, is currently the newest.
Being a Japanese car, the Subaru Forester is known to be a highly reliable vehicle, even if you get it used. This is a car that you can just buy and drive. You will only need to take it to a workshop for oil changes. That all comes with the standard comfort features and technology found on the competing automobiles.
Is Subaru Forester the right car for you?
Large & Comfy Cabin
The Forester comes with a 111.9 cubic feet cabin that’s the biggest of any compact crossover you can buy today. The number might not look like too much but that translates to a whopping 34.5 cubic feet of cargo space while seating five adults comfortably. You can hardly buy another compact SUV with such a generous interior space.
The Perfect Engine-Transmission Combo
The Forester has a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a Constantly Varying Transmission, the smoothest transmission technology on the market for medium-powered engines. The result is a drive that is smooth and economical with maximum efficiency.
Subaru DriveFocus System
The DriveFocus Distraction MItigation system makes driving safer and easier. It works in conjunction with Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight technology to act as a co-pilot for the driver. The system can remember the preferences of up to five drivers including everything from side-view mirror adjustments to the climate control settings.
Notable features of Subaru Forester
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
EyeSight is an award-winning active driver-assist technology from Subaru. It includes monitoring the surrounding traffic, optimizing cruise control, and warning the driver in case they sway out of their lane. This is augmented by automatic braking which can engage maximum braking force when a collision is imminent to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
This is Subaru’s take on AWD that maximizes fuel economy and traction at all times. The car knows exactly how much power needs to be sent to each one of the wheels in order to keep the vehicle stable on all surfaces while delivering maximum fuel efficiency. This, coupled with the Lineartronic CVT and Subaru Boxer engine, translates to an EPA rating of 34mpg on the highway and an operational range of 540 miles with a full tank.
The Forester comes standard with an Electric Power Assisted Steering system that makes the steering soft while turning at low speeds (like in a parking space or a driveway) and hard at highway speeds to maximize vehicle stability and handling.
Frequently asked questions
What are the engine options in a Forester?
The Forester is for sale with a 2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.
Does the Forester have an independent suspension?
Yes, the Forester has independent suspension at all four corners with McPherson Strut in the front and a multi-link suspension system in the back.
Is the Forester available as an FWD?
Yes, you can get the Forester with an FWD drivetrain if you do not want to take it off-road very often.
What is the ride height of the Forester?
The Forester comes with a maximum ride height of 8.5 inches which puts it in the same league as the big SUVs.
What is VDC?
Vehicle Dynamics Control is a technology used by Subaru in the Forester that actively adjusts the suspension to match the type of terrain you are on to provide maximum grip and comfort.