Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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Base Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 32 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • Engine: 2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT -inc: Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
  • Transmission: Lineartronic CVT -inc: low shift mode
  • 3.70 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 4,480 lbs
  • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Steering
  • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Exterior Features

  • Wheels: 17" Machine-Finished Alloy
  • Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
  • 7" Wheels
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Bodyside Cladding
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights

Entertainment Features

  • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.2" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo HD radio w/single-disc CD player w/MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, simple touch gesture high resolution display, 6.2" LCD screen, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, rear-vision camera, smartphone integration: AHA and Pandora, Starlink cloud applications: calender, Glympse, iHeart Radio, music player, news, Stitcher and weather, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 4 speakers and body color roof mounted audio antenna StarLink enrollment cannot be applicable to Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) or to Commercial fleet accounts at this time.
  • Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front

Interior Features

  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: height and tilt adjustable front head restraints and passenger front seat back pocket
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Front Cupholder
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Cloth Upholstery
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Power Door Locks
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

Options & Packages

Model Option

Alloy wheel package ($600)

  • Driver's and front passenger window w/automatic up & down functionality and anti-pinch protection
  • Black Finish Roof Rails

Port Installed Options

Kicker audio upgrade package ($350)

  • Tweeter Kit Part number H631SFJ101
  • Upgraded Speakers Part number H631SSG000

Rugged package #3 ($838)

  • Cargo Cover - Manual Rear Gate Part number 65550SG001VH
  • Not for use w/installed Compartment Cover
  • May be used separately
  • Fixed Cross Bar Set (Carrier Base) Part number E3610SG500
  • Splash Guards Part number J1010SG300
  • Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350

Popular package #1a ($627)

  • Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass Part number H501SSG201
  • Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300
  • Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020
  • Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350

Popular package #2a ($737)

  • Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SSG301
  • Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300
  • Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020
  • Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350

Popular package #1a ($627)

  • Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass (DISC) Part number H501SSG200
  • Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300
  • Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020
  • Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350

Popular package #2a ($737)

  • Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink (DISC) Part number H501SSG300
  • Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300
  • Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020
  • Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350

Protection package #1 ($610)

  • Cargo Cover - Manual Rear Gate Part number 65550SG001VH
  • Not for use w/installed Compartment Cover
  • May be used separately
  • Rear Seatback Protector Part number J501SSG400
  • All-Weather Floor Mats Part number J501SSG200
  • Splash Guards Part number J1010SG300
  • Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350

Rugged package #1 ($618)

  • Cargo Cover - Manual Rear Gate Part number 65550SG001VH
  • Not for use w/installed Compartment Cover
  • May be used separately
  • Splash Guards Part number J1010SG300
  • Aero Cross Bar Set Part number E361SSG000
  • Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350

2017 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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Forrester - it's probably worth it

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I had one problem initially - the rearview mirror literally fell off the windshield and hung in the air. The dealer didn't respond quickly and I drove around like that for weeks, which was dangerous and inconvenient. They did fix it at no cost eventually. Other than that the car has been fine - nothing outstanding and in my opinion a little overpriced for what you get. But I know it will hold value to a good degree, and it's flexible to transport people/stuff as needed. I would purchase this car again, but almost certainly go with a used car next time. Everyone I know who owns this car likes it and recommends it. Car is reliable, though only 18 months old at this point. Relatively comfortable, though the cup holders could be deeper. One thing that doesn't work consistently is the Bluetooth - I am constantly stuck on phone calls that go back and forth on and off Bluetooth without warning and miss words, etc. Also, when you start the car the screen reads information and if you are using the speakers you have to wait for the screen to scroll before you can control the speakers.

- Joseph R

A few more extras would put the 2017 forester over the top!

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I love my forester. I have the green color. That said, there are a few things that could be added to make it even better. I wish Subaru would start offering panoramic roofs. Other things that would be nice are more cup holders (the front has four) and pedals that move toward the driver (I am only 5 feet tall, so I really appreciate this feature). I cannot live without a backup camera so I am really glad it has that, but I also would like a sound feature when things are too close. I also wish it had distracted driving settings, like auto respond to texts when in the car. A phone holder would be nice as well. There really is not a good place to store your phone so you can see google maps, etc. It is a quiet car but the back can ride just a teeny bit rough. Not bad though.

- Shelley S

Subaru love, forever and ever.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

The feeling of safety is most important to me. The car handles the road in all weather conditions. I always have all weather tires on my car. Mileage is ok. Not great but, ok. At times the wind is noisy through the windows. Would like to see that adjusted to be more of a quiet ride. There is plenty of room for all my sports. The roof rack is invaluable. I opted out for the moon roof. It was too noisy in the past. Great on the highway and parking is easy. I have the backup camera which I have become accustomed too. Please use your mirrors too. Love this car. I have owned 5 Subaru's over the years. Will keep doing the same. Reliable and safe.

- Jackie H

Great vehicle for small families that enjoy outdoor adventures.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I love my Subaru forester. It gets great gas mileage in town as well as on the highway. I typically get between 29-30 mpg in town and 32-33 mpg on the highway. I love the back up camera feature and the fact that it is all wheel drive. Maintenance wise, I feel it is easy to keep up. The interior is easy to keep clean and the seats are very comfortable.

- Emily M

Perfect for a dog and going almost anywhere you want.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

This car is so new I have not had any issues yet. Since it is a base model it does not have some features I would like, such as electronic seats, heated seats or sunroof. The Bluetooth can have issues if the phone is waiting for an update, then it will not connect properly every time, you might have to restart the car, or song skip does not work.

- Ashley M

The vehicle is very reliable in any weather condition.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

The car is very reliable through all terrain and we have had other similar models in the past that have also proven to be both comfortable for the whole family and reliable. We have not encountered many issues with the car at all. The car does very well in the snow and ice and can last a long time without having any issues.

- Emma E

Easy to drive. Safe in snowy weather-Colorado driving.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

The Subaru forester is amazing in winter driving. It does great in snow and icy conditions. It is easy to drive, and has great fuel economy. The purchase price was reasonable and warranty and roadside assistance coverage make me feel comfortable. My previous car was also a Subaru purchased new and drove it for ten years.

- Linda A

Best car I have ever owned!

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I have owned my vehicle for two years and so far I haven't had any issues! I still get great gas mileage and it handles well in the winter. I love having the Bluetooth and all wheel drive features. Next time though I think I would get the sports feature so that my side mirrors would defrost and I could have fog lights.

- Robyn S

This car is great in bad weather

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I love my Forester. In the 2 years I have had it I have yet to have any issues really. It is wonderful in all types of weather and a very smooth ride. I've had it through a nasty snow storm last year and thought for sure I would be stuck on a hill along with multiple other cars, but sure enough I made it just fine!

- Abby F

Reliable, comfortable family car

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I love that the car is big enough to fit a family in, but that is not a minivan. It connects to Bluetooth easily and even lets you know if the roads are icy in the winter. It drives well and has a nice gas mileage for a bigger car. It has room and the back seats fold down so you can easily move bigger items.

- Nathan S

Subaru Forester: Safety First

2017 Subaru Forester Base

The safety features are the best that I could ask for. I hit a bear with my car, and my car alerted me, steered me on the road and kept me safe! I travel every week and have never had more faith in my SUV! The Forester is reliable and my family feels safer having me travel in this vehicle.

- Lindsey B

White 2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Subaru Forester Base

This car is comfortable, drives well, and has great gas mileage. It is the perfect size and has plenty of legroom. My car has a massive sunroof, which is quite cool! I really have enjoyed purchasing this car! The only thing I would change is converting the speedometer to a digitized form.

- Anna A

Why I like my Subaru forester.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I like sitting up a bit higher than a sedan and the forester has large windows, so you can really see all around. I like the safety features and the all wheel drive. My next car will definitely be a Subaru and it will probably be a forester. I would recommend the car to anyone.

- Greg C

Really comparable with the family lifestyle.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I wish there was more trunk space. We really like how smooth it is on the road with the tires and the interior of the car. It's very comfortable and a good family car. The lane departure alert is a nice feature but a little annoying sometimes. Everything else is also great.

- Amy S

A Car for Everything -- Best Car Ever

2017 Subaru Forester Base

My car is reliable and keeps me feeling safe when I am on the road. No matter rain or shine, driving this is safe and affordable. Gas mileage is great. I also feel like I can travel in this car long distances on road tips and still feel comfortable. I love this car.

- Julie S

Amazing Price, Spacious & Great Performance on Any Terrain

2017 Subaru Forester Base

Very reliable, outstanding performance in snow and other terrain, speed when needed, powerful, good on gas, shows a digital display of number of miles until gas tank is empty, has Pandora and other Nearby options. Comfortable, spacious. Amazing for the price.

- Rachel M

Why I bought a Subaru forester and love it.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

It is a very reliable car. Good gas mileage and much safer than other types of cars. I also like that a Subaru tends to keep their value much better than others. It is a good quality and a nice design. Extremely smooth drive and one I feel is very reliable.

- Emily M

A bus that works for short folks.

2017 Subaru Forester Base

I am short, and the sight lines in the forester are excellent for me. It makes me feel safer. I love the all wheel drive in the winter and in the mountains. And I love the heated seats. The space handles all I need, and the backup camera is very useful.

- Barbara P

Great handling, great mileage!

2017 Subaru Forester Base

Love the features, cruise control, mileage and trip tracking. Love how it handles especially in the snow. Has lots of interior space. It is comfortable. Like the exterior look of it. I have had no problems with this vehicle. I like the sound system.

- Cynthia J

2017 Subaru Forester Base

- Cassandra C

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