Kelley Blue Book Value®
$20,569 - $32,760
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
170-250
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$20,569 - $32,760
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
170-250
Seats
5

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...

2018 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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2018 Subaru Forester

This is our third forester, the first being in 1998 the year the forester came out. I can attest that the carpeting and material used on the seats in the base model was far better than what you get now. We had fog lights standard, no longer so. With our 2018 we lost one of the holders for sunglasses, and 3 of the directional tabs for the vents broke off before the first oil change. it also takes far longer to warm up in the winter than the 2 previous models did and the pick-up also feels reduced. The trunk is not as deep, when you put the back seats up the strip that is supposed to be snapped in and glide up behind the seats buckles and needs to be reset. the tarp above the trunk area is not at all simple with the addition of a strip between the back seats and the bar that has stretch ties that go over the headrests. not easy to quickly remove. If you are moving furniture, as we just recently had to do, it is difficult to slide anything into the back, it gets caught on the strip between the folded seats n trunk its so so very uneven that you have to pad the trunk area to level the space - ok if you're moving 1 thing - not ok if you are moving and need to pack more than 1 piece of furniture and other belongings. The seats are, amazingly, even more uncomfortable than the 2006 Forester we had making longer trips difficult. It does handle as well as the other Foresters we had, and the engine change should probably end the suicidal head gasket which both the 1998 and 2006 experienced at 79k n 100k respectively (the latter due to additives in the oil to extend the life of the gasket). unhappy with the vibration of the rear view mirror which is now attached to the windshield instead of the ceiling and moves when the radio is on. The ride is not as loud as the 2006 was, however, the 2006 increased in rattling noise as it aged. Aside from the backup screen which I do like, the touch screen radio is not so great and more of a distraction. I'm sure its going to be a wonder of electronic mishaps for the future. My 2006 had a shorting sensor for the doors which was placed behind the grill on the drivers side. It happily locked me out of the car on rainy days when I'd get out to check the mailbox, took a bit to figure out it wasn't possessed. I am pretty sure this will be our last Forester. My husband has been the driving factor in our purchase of this model based on the all wheel drive and safety features. Im sure there will be more all wheel drive choices in the future from companies other than Subaru.

- Amy J

My Subaru Forester is Surprisingly Luxurious and Affordable!

2018 Subaru Forester Touring

I drove a luxury car (Audi) for 7 years until it was time for me to purchase a car on my own. I was looking for a vehicle that was reliable, affordable, and attractive. I found all three in my Subaru Forester. I am driving a 2018 Forester + Touring Trim Level. Subaru is a minimalistic brand in general, so the driving experience is a bit different than my Audi in terms of luxury. The Touring Trim Level was the closest to luxury for me. I love my Subaru because it drives well and there's minimal upkeep and hassle with service unlike my Audi. My only qualm with mine is that it seems like it takes forever for the back hatch/trunk to open. Other than that, I have not had any problems with it and I intend to keep it for 6+ years and probably start a family in this car.

- Annalise B

The perfect road trip car for a mostly solo adventurer.

2018 Subaru Forester Touring

There is a bit of lag time/ a jolt between going slow and acceleration, but not a huge deal. It drives very well, feels very safe with all the safety features, and offers adequate cargo holding if you're the solitary driver with minimal passengers. Gas mileage isn't perfect, but almost no small SUV has that. If this car could have electric or plug-in hybrid mileage, it would be the perfect car. The infotainment/navigation system before the 2019 models is a shame; I really only use the CD player and radio. The navigation system (if you're using StarLink and not Apple or Android) is very outdated and not very useful. Seating could be a bit more comfortable and the interior could be a bit more stylish and useful, but overall is good.

- L K

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$20,569 - $25,412
$28,540 (MSRP)

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

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional
Optional

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43 in.
43 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.4 in.
41.4 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38 in.
38 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.8 in.
39.8 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels

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.
3433 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

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
4 Cylinder

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
29 mpg
29 mpg

City

City
26 mpg
26 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 mpg
32 mpg

Transmission

CVT Transmission

CVT Transmission
Optional
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Optional

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