2018 Subaru Forester Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,795 - $36,090
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
170-250
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$23,795 - $36,090
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
170-250
Seats
5

Ranks #6 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.4 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.4 Styling 3.7 Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Subaru Forester is one of over a dozen compact-crossover SUVs vying for your attention, but it's the only one with standard all-wheel drive. That trait has long made Subarus the favored vehicles of cold-weather states, while the Forester's ample ground clearance and ability to venture off-pavement have made it popular with the adventure-minded.

Subaru Forester Models & Trims

Base $23,795*
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17, 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum, 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
Premium $31,012 - $32,775*
Horsepower: 170 hp - 250 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4, Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 18 X 7 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
Limited $27,190 - $30,867*
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 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
Touring $33,090 - $36,090*
Horsepower: 170 hp - 250 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4, Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7 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
Premium Black Edition $27,345*
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating:
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7 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
Premium Black Edition w/EyeSight $28,540*
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating:
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7 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

4.75

244 Reviews

79% 19% 2% 1% 1 star 0%

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

Subaru cars are the safest, easy to drive, all wheel drive all the time and best cars you can buy.

I love Subaru cars. We have had 5 over a period of years. We have had Outbacks but have always wanted a Forester. I do not like the Forester as much as the Outback. I like the all wheel drive all the time, good gas mileage, safety features. I do not like the short wheel base of the Forester. I love the cup holders, the back up screen, the ability to answer the phone-thru the radio-while driving and NOT have to touch your phone. I would recommend a Subaru to anyone who wants a reliable car with great safety features. It's the best.

- Lin P

High safety ratings helped me decide on Subaru forester.

I love my new Subaru forester. It is reliable, roomy, and drives smoothly. It is very comfortable to drive. I recently went on a 4 hour 40 minute road trip and I did not get tired and uncomfortable like I did in my previous vehicle. I like that I sit higher and have a clear view of the road, making me feel safer, just like the commercials say! The cargo space is large which is good for me because I own a business where I travel to clients homes and need to bring materials. I am getting 27. 3 mpg on average.

- Barbara T

The car has great safety features and a comfortable ride.

I like the ride. I get a clear view of the cars in front of me and when I turn right I can see the cars that creep out that might not be caught by the side mirror. Cargo area is spacious and sufficient for carry friends with luggage to airport. I like the lane detection and backup cameras. It has power seat for the driver which makes it easier for those I might lend car to. I wish it had power seat for the front passenger side so whoever is riding with me could more easily adjust their seat.

- Ellen H

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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
$23,795
$31,012 - $32,775

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 - 250 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT
2.0L 4
2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Not Available
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
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
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

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
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

Navigation & Communication

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
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Not Available
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Not Available
Standard

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/60HR17
P225/55HR18

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
3395 - 3450 .lbs
3349 - 3653 .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 Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 .lbs
150 .lbs

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Not Available
Standard

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
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
29 mpg
25 mpg

City

City
26 mpg
23 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 mpg
27 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Not Available
Standard

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

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

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Optional

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

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings