Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,952 - $29,895
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
170-224
Seats
5
1 / 80
  • Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
  • Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
  • Front Drivers side wheel at profile.
  • Drivers Side Headlight.
  • Passenger Side Taillight.
  • Drivers Side Door handle.
  • Front angle view.
  • Chrome tip exhaust pipe.
  • Gas cap open.
  • Sunroof/moonroof.
  • Front angle medium view.
  • Front angle view, low wide perspective.
  • Front angle medium view.
  • Overhead.
  • Low/wide front.
  • Low/wide rear.
  • Low/wide front 5/8.
  • Low/wide rear 5/8.
  • Drivers side mirror, rear
  • Drivers side fog lamp.
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear manufacture badge/emblem
  • Rear model badge/emblem
  • Close up of Grill.
  • Rear 3/4 angle view.
  • Inside of drivers side open door,window open.
  • Drivers side inside window controls.
  • Front seats from Drivers Side.
  • Rear seats from Drivers Side.
  • Closeup of radio head unit
  • Centered wide dash shot
  • Front center divider.
  • Speedometer/tachometer.
  • Gas cap release.
  • Courtesy lamps/ceiling controls.
  • Seat Adjustment Controllers.
  • Cup holders.
  • Gear shifter/center console.
  • Passenger seat.
  • Auxiliary jack props.
  • Cup holder prop (primary).
  • Cup holder prop (quaternary).
  • Glove box open.
  • Front center console with closed lid, from drivers side looking down
  • Zune and auxiliary jack
  • Rear center console with closed lid from drivers side looking down.
  • Drivers floor mat and pedals. Mid-seat level from outside looking in.
  • Rear drivers side floor mat. Mid-seat level from outside looking in.
  • Centered wide dash shot night shot.
  • Main power point.
  • Fake Buck Shot Interior from Passenger B pillar.
  • Interior Hero (drivers side).
  • Steering wheel/Center Console.
  • Center Console/Passenger Side.
  • Steering Wheel Controls (Left Side)
  • Steering Wheel Controls (Right Side)
  • Obsidian Black Pearl
  • Obsidian Black Pearl
  • Obsidian Black Pearl
  • Satin White Pearl
  • Satin White Pearl
  • Satin White Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Camellia Red
  • Camellia Red
  • Camellia Red
  • Sage Green Metallic
  • Sage Green Metallic
  • Sage Green Metallic
  • Sky Blue Metallic
  • Sky Blue Metallic
  • Sky Blue Metallic
  • Marine Blue Pearl
  • Marine Blue Pearl
  • Marine Blue Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,952 - $29,895
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
170-224
Seats
5

Subaru Forester Ranked #1 by Owners

Expert Review

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-...

Subaru Forester Models & Trims

2.5X $9,952 - $12,293*
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat 4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.5X Premium $10,210 - $12,709*
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat 4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.5X Limited $26,595
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat 4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.5X Touring $27,895
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat 4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.5XT Premium $27,095
Horsepower: 224 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas Flat 4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.5XT Touring $29,895
Horsepower: 224 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas Flat 4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.58

100 Reviews

64% 31% 4% 1% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

I really like the visibility in this car which is very important in staying safe on the road.

I wish it got better gas mileage!!! I love the large back window but I don't like how snow collects on the front windshield. The wipers don't adequately clear it. It needs a little extra oil now that it's older but overall it's a very reliable car. It has a lot of storage and is very easy to pack. The seat warmers have been great in the long New England winters. The radio reception is not very good but I just plug my phone into the aux outlet and listen through an app. I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. It is just enough for me. I love my Subaru.

- Tracy D

Very liable and comfortable vehicle to own.

For driving long distance it is a very comfortable ride, it has good features, like the heat in the seats, an option for, that will be good for someone that has lower back pain, low or high, back up camera helps to see what is behind you before you end up hitting something, a target zone to show you how close you are to the object you are aiming at, it performs exactly like it should, very good in winter also, good on gas, you would have to keep an eye on the oil, need to keep up with service,

- Dawn B

Subaru forester--functional, reliable.

I like my Subaru forester. It is a basic model, not a lot of frills, power everything, sunroof etc. But it is a basic functional, reliable vehicle. One thing I especially like is that the seats are actually comfortable. I have had Toyotas in the past--one of my major quibbles is they can be downright uncomfortable--especially on longer trips. The motor has some guts, it kicks in and gets me up steep hills nicely. Mine is a 2012 and I would recommend this SUV if it suits your needs.

- Eric P

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$9,952 - $12,293
$10,210 - $12,709

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC MPFI 16
2.5L DOHC MPFI 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Not Available
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Not Available
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Not Available
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

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
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
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
3300 - 3340 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Torque

Torque
174 ft. lbs.
174 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
240 .lbs
240 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Standard

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
24 mpg

City

City
21 mpg
21 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
27 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*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

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings