Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,252 - $14,643
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
170-224
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,252 - $14,643
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
170-224
Seats
5

Ranks #3 Compact SUVs by Owners

Ranks #5 Compact SUVs by Experts

Ranks #12 Compact SUVs by Fuel Economy

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.6 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.4 Styling 3.0 Value 3.3

Editor's Overview

The 2012 Subaru Forester is one of the few compact with true off-road credentials thanks it its rugged underpinnings and standard symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Despite its conventional 4-cylinder...

2012 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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121 Reviews
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Great comfort and reliability!

2012 Subaru Forester

One of the main reasons we bought a Forester was the height off the road. It's tall enough that I don't have problems getting in and out (I have bad knees, and low cars are difficult for me), and not so tall that I need assistance to get in. Subaru is a very safe car, and that was important also. We got leather seats, which I find to be extremely comfortable, far superior to cloth seats. I love how it drives, hugs the road ... we don't get much snow and ice here, but when we get a little, we can drive through it without special tires or chains. We've had our vehicle for over five years now, and it's only been in for routine maintenance. The only problem we've ever had with it was the indicator that lets you know when your tires are low on air. For a time, it would alert when there wasn't a problem, but the mechanic finally got the switch fixed for us. As problems go, that was pretty minor. I'd highly recommend a Subaru Forester. We most likely will replace this one with another (new model).

- Nancy T

Subaru Forester is great all-around vehicle for both average use and fun trips!

2012 Subaru Forester

We have really enjoyed our Subaru Forester because of the all wheel drive, sunroof, and trunk space. It is a comfortable car to drive long-distance and the seat heaters are great. I wish there were more technology features, like automatic headlights and auto-locking the doors when the car is in drive. We have had some issues with the electrical features of the car acting up, but this may have been due to a battery issue. We recently moved to a mountainous state and wish that the car was 6-cylinder rather than 4 because it does not handle gradual inclines well at higher speeds (highway driving in Colorado). We are pleased with the resell value and longevity of this vehicle, but it because the vehicle uses synthetic oil, we have to stay on top of regular oil changes and maintenance in order to ensure the longevity of the engine. Overall, we have been very pleased with this vehicle and would consider purchasing a Subaru again in the future.

- Allison N

Travel partner and family guardian.

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X

This car has lasted us for over 100,000 miles of adventures. Between North Carolina and Florida, Tennessee and Virginia. It's been extremely reliable and has been a fantastic car for our family of three and two dogs. It's great in the snow and sand, off roading or highway trips. Comfortable on long journeys and just about big enough to pack up a whole household and move a couple of states away. We use it for hauling everything from ovens to lumber to hundreds of pounds of sand for our sons sandbox. This subie is definitely part of the family, and brings a whole new meaning to subie life. We had our first date taking this car in for an oil change, and brought our son home from the hospital in it. Moved our lives thousands of miles and back, and then back again for new ventures. I absolutely love our Subaru.

- Lauren N

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$20,595 - $21,795
$29,895

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
224 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC MPFI 16
2.5L DOHC MPFI 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.1 in.
43.1 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.6 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38 in.
38 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
40.4 in.
37.7 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/65HR16
P225/55HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103 in.
103 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.4 ft.
34.4 ft.

Length

Length
179.5 in.
179.5 in.

Width

Width
70.1 in.
70.1 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3250 - 3300 lbs.
3460 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
224 hp

Torque

Torque
174 ft. lbs.
226 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
240 lbs.
240 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16.9 gal.
16.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 mpg
22 mpg

City

City
21 mpg
19 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
24 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety