Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,541 - $32,995
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
170-250
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,541 - $32,995
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
170-250
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.7 Comfort 3.5 Styling 3.7 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

The 2014 Subaru Forester enters its 4th generation with more of everything that's helped make it a mainstay of the automaker's lineup since being introduced here in 1998. Significant imp...

2014 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

4.59

227 Reviews

63% 33% 3% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

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Solidly built SUV with ease of comfort, driving ability and design.

Due to certain physical disabilities, I not only needed a car that felt comfortable driving, but also was a bit higher up from the ground. This means I needed a car I could step up into, rather than one that sits low to the ground. My Subaru forester accommodated me perfectly in this regard. The outside appearance and shape of the car is very aesthetically pleasing. The windows are large to make backing up very easy to see all angles. The tires that came with the car were extremely good quality, providing a very smooth ride. The trunk space accommodates a large capacity of various items for the average family, to make shopping supplies easy to load and unload. This car is great for road trips and the trunk alone was able to contain suitcases etc. for up to 4 adults. The inside of the car is also beautiful, provides perfect visibility and has many various features. The sound system (radio, CD player) are extremely good. The car is extremely comfortable to drive and for all passengers sitting in the front, as well as the back. This is a very solid feeling car. I have driven many different makes and models of cars and this car is by far the best I have ever owned. I highly recommend this car to everyone, if it is within your budget. The overall quality is exceptional.

- A K

Hatch dangerous if piston goes

I love the way my vehicle drives, get me through the snow in the winter BUT right from day one we have had issues with the car. We picked it up and it was noisy, rattling, they said they repacked the dash but didn't make much of a difference. Then we had to replace brakes about 3 times now, apparently due to the dust on our roads!! We have also replaced the wheel bearings 5 times. The right back tire has gone flat 3 times, twice while driving down the highway, (new tire each time). On the weekend a piston went on the back hatch. I was going into it to get my mothers wheel chair out but my husband spoke to me and I backed up, thank God, as it slammed down so fast, it could have broken my back or even killed me. Needless to say we are not at all happy and I think it is time to ditch this vehicle and find something else. AND it is rusting around the doors even though we paid to have that rust protection package put on the car.

- Linda Beatty

Subaru forester pros. The power and responsive steering is there for me.

I like the Subaru forester for several reasons. First of all, it has a lot of pick up when needed to pass other vehicles, plus very responsive handling. It also has comfortable seats and an appealing overall body look. It gets great gas mileage and has had no mechanical problems. There are also several things I do not like about the forester. Some of the interior materials are less than quality, especially the carpeting and the cloth seats. The carpeting is easily worn looking and so are the seats in areas where wear is more prominent. Another problem is dirt and leaves seem to collect in door cracks and along the windshield below the wipers. It is sometimes a chore to keep the vehicle clean in those areas.

- Donna L

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$12,541 - $14,858
$23,495 - $24,995

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT
2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional
Optional

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43 in.
43 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.4 in.
40 - 41.4 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38 in.
38 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.8 in.
37.5 - 39.8 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.9 in.
103.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 ft.
34.8 ft.

Width

Width
70.7 in.
70.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3296 - 3346 .lbs
3285 - 3325 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Torque

Torque
174 ft. lbs.
174 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
1500 .lbs
1500 .lbs

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
150 .lbs
150 .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
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
23 - 31 mpg
23 - 31 mpg

City

City
22 - 24 mpg
22 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
29 - 32 mpg
29 - 32 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

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

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

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

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety