Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,904 - $7,305
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
173-230
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,904 - $7,305
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
173-230
Seats
5

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2006 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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135 Reviews
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Have to replace the shocks and then I'll really be able to give a better review.

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X

I like the Subaru Forester but I haven't got to use it the way I would like, so it's hard to know how I'm really going to feel about it. I've recently bought the car used through craigslist and then before being able to take it off road I up and moved to a new state and had to load the car out with a bunch of stuff and in that time the shocks gave out. Before that happened we just drove it around town and it did fine. I wish the AC blow colder but maybe that's because it's an '06 and probably didn't receive the proper maintenance over that course of time. My husband is tall so it's a little cramped for him however I feel perfectly comfortable in the car. The car handles well, it's a little gutless but that's fine. What I really want to know is how well it handles off road since that is why we bought it in the first place. It'll be a little while until we're able to get the replacement parts but I've owned a Subaru Outback and if the Forester is anything like that then there shouldn't be any issues.

- Stephanie W

Most reliable car I ever owned.

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X

Love my Subaru. It is great in snow and a little mud. The gas mileage runs around 25 mpg in the city. The hatchback was very helpful when I was moving to another state, also with groceries. Like that the back seats fold down for longer items. Easy to read dashboard. Drivers seat is very comfortable. Wish that the driver's seat was power to go up--I'm very short! Both sun guards has mirrors with lights. Would like a little more room in center console to hold phone and other small objects. After all these years I just had to replace brakes once and one headlight. It is the most reliable car I have ever had. Even started right up in 15 below temps. I very highly recommend the Subaru.

- Pat C

All around great car won me over.

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition

I bought my car used, put a little work in, and have absolutely loved it. I was afraid it was going to feel big and SUV-ish, but I am happy to say it is just right. I love the ground clearance and the height I sit at while driving, and there are virtually no blind spots with all of those windows. It has heated seats, and the biggest sunroof I have ever seen. The AWD is amazing in snowy ct where I live, though that big, flat roof is hard to clear snow off of at times. This car is practical and powerful, feels safe and like it just might run forever.

- Christina P

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$21,795 - $22,595
$27,895 - $28,695

Horsepower

Horsepower
173 hp
230 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16
2.5L DOHC SMPI 16
PERFORMANCE GROUP

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.6 in.
43.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
39.1 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.7 in.
33.7 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.8 in.
37 in.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/60HR16
P215/60HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
99.4 in.
99.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
176.6 in.
176.6 in.

Width

Width
68.1 in.
68.1 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3090 - 3135 lbs.
3225 - 3270 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
173 hp
230 hp

Torque

Torque
166 ft. lbs.
235 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
200 lbs.
200 lbs.

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
25 - 26 mpg
23 - 21 mpg

City

City
22 - 23 mpg
20 - 21 mpg

Highway

Highway
28 - 29 mpg
26 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety