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2017 Subaru Forester

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2017 2.5i 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $22,595
2017 2.5i Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,495
2017 2.5i Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,195
2017 2.0XT Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,295
2017 2.5i Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,295
2017 2.0XT Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,295


More than most vehicles, the Forester—like other Subarus—has developed an impressively loyal following over the years. Compact crossover fans often favor the Forester not just for its quality and sensible price, but for its endearing, even mildly offbeat, character. Subaru’s Forester tends to attract outside-the-mainstream individualists, qualifying as more of a lifestyle-focused vehicle than merely a strictly practical, all-wheel-drive people carrier. Now in its fourth generation, the Forester also offers an admirable list of available safety features, within its EyeSight option group.

What's New for 2017

Foresters get several updates for the 2017 model year, starting with a revised hexagonal grille, front fascia and bumper, plus sleeker C-style headlights. The steering wheel contains switches for audio, Bluetooth and cruise control, and steering ratio has been revised to improve driver feel. More sound insulation aims to quiet the ride.

The available EyeSight package of safety features adds lane-keeping assist this year, reaching beyond the previous lane-departure warning. Reverse automatic braking also has been added to the EyeSight group. New 17-inch wheels are mounted on 2.5i Premium and Limited models, while the 2.0XT gets new 18-inch wheels.

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Choosing Your Subaru Forester

Fully redesigned for 2014, the Forester ranks among the most capable crossovers in its class. As with all Subarus, all-wheel drive is standard. Owners also benefit from a class-leading 73 cubic feet of cargo space.

The standard engine is a flat (horizontally-opposed) “boxer” four-cylinder, making 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. It can mate with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional automated CVT that yields substantially better fuel economy. The CVT is mandatory with the more potent 2-liter turbocharged engine in 2.0XT models, which generates 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet.

Fuel economy for the 2.5-liter engine with CVT is estimated at 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway (28 mpg in combined driving). The 2-liter turbo is estimated at only 23 mpg city/27 mpg highway (25 mpg combined).

Newly available reverse automatic braking can stop the car if an object lies in its path while moving backward.

Six trim levels are offered, with two engine possibilities:

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Starting at $23,470 (including destination charge), the 2.5i gets the 2.5-liter engine with manual shift and all basic features, led by a rearview camera, cruise control, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, Starlink media system with 6.2-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, driver’s knee airbag, steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, and four-speaker audio with HD radio and a CD player. Also standard are Incline Start Assist, carpeted floor mats, a security system, and 17-inch steel wheels. The CVT adds $1,000.

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2.5i Premium

Adding $2,900 to the MSRP of the base 2.5i, the Premium edition has a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power driver’s seat, reclining rear seats, rear privacy glass, and six-speaker audio. An All-Weather package with heated front seats and mirrors is standard with manual shift, and optional with CVT. The CVT adds $500 to the price.

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2.5i Limited

Sticker-priced at $30,070 and offered only with the CVT, the Limited adds perforated leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate control, LCD instrument cluster, automatic headlights, foglamps, “welcome” lighting, power liftgate, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a cargo area tray.

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2.5i Touring

Only a CVT is offered with the $32,170 Touring edition, which adds an eight-speaker, 440-watt Harman Kardon sound system; high-intensity-discharge headlights; electro-luminescent instruments; keyless access with pushbutton start; dual-zone automatic climate control; and one-touch folding rear seatback.

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2.0XT Premium

In addition to the more powerful 2-liter turbo engine and high-torque CVT, the 2.0XT Premium ($30,170) includes a sport-tuned suspension, dual exhaust tips, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded instruments, and rear roof spoiler. Otherwise, equipment is similar to the 2.5i Premium. A manual-shift mode for the CVT is included.

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2.0XT Touring

Priced at $35,170, the Touring version is equipped like the 2.5i Touring, but with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

Premium trim level and above can have the optional EyeSight driver assist system, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, sway warning, pre-collision braking, reverse automatic braking, and steering-responsive foglamps.

CarsDirect Tip

Where Subaru offers a choice between manual shift and the smoothly efficient CVT, we definitely recommend the latter. Your best bet might be the 2.5i Premium trim, which offers plenty of useful features for a reasonable price. For safety’s sake, the available EyeSight system needs to be given serious consideration.

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The Subaru Forester is the bright exception to the common wisdom that small crossovers are dull mall buggies that can't cut it off road. But the Forester isn't just an exceptional crossover. With its blend of driving satisfaction regardless of road conditions, real-world usability, and very reasonable cost of ownership, it's also one of the best all-around vehicles of any type.

Pricing and Equipment

Subaru gave the Forester a set of mild updates for 2017: the front bumper and headlights have been redesigned, a new windshield and more sound insulation bring a more hushed tone to the interior, and Subaru's ambitious EyeSight safety-sensor suite is available on most trim levels.

A base Forester 2.5i starts at $22,595. Most buyers will probably start their considerations with the 2.5i Premium, which includes EyeSight on its short option list and has an opening list price of $25,495. The Limited adds leather, the Touring installs a few more comfort and convenience features, the 2.0XT Premium cranks up the power with its turbocharged motor, and the top-spec 2.0XT Touring brings it all together for an MSRP of $34,295.

Most Foresters carry Subaru's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes a very usable 170 horsepower. EPA fuel economy estimates come in at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder installed in XT models produces 250 horsepower and returns 23 city/27 highway.

  • Subaru has taken the initiative to make an impressive array of high-tech safety gear available in its mainstream-priced products. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, obstacle-avoidance braking, blind-spot sensors, and rear traffic sensors. Should those systems not be able to prevent an impact, the Forester has earned excellent all-around crash test scores.
  • If you're considering a 2.5i or 2.5i Premium, be advised that EyeSight and the All-terrain package are only available on CVT-equipped Foresters.
  • Subaru knows its customers: Among the few available options is a dedicated paddleboard carrier.

Performance Pros

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People buy small crossovers for their functional attributes as much as for their rugged image. High seating, reasonable dimensions, good usability, and some ability to deal with bad road conditions are all expected parts of the agreement. The Forester doesn't just tick off the boxes on some product planner's checklist, though. It is a thoroughly considered and well-resolved vehicle that works extremely well in just about any conceivable driving situation from urban mazes to to dusty trails.

  • The Forester manages to pull off the unusual feat of being both a capable trail wagon and an enjoyable street vehicle with well-tuned handling and direct steering.
  • Subaru's continuously-variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) are widely considered the best in the industry, with good responses and a minimum of the rubber-band windup which makes other CVTs slightly annoying. For traditionalists, a six-speed manual is available on the lower trim levels.
  • The turbocharged motor in the 2.0XT is a close relative to the one in Subaru's fierce WRX and boots the Forester around with authority.
  • Fuel economy is well above the norm for this type of vehicle.

Performance Cons

  • Rock-crawling ability will ultimately be limited by the Forester's Legacy-derived chassis and lack of lockable differentials. The Forester has great off-road moves for a small crossover, but isn't intended to be a hardcore off-road machine.
  • Note to would-be part-time rally drivers: The turbo motor is CVT-only. A special setting allows the driver to use the paddles shifter to cycle through preprogrammed ratios, but the effect is slightly contrived.
  • Towing capacity is on the light side at 1,500 pounds.

Interior Pros

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The Forester's roomy cabin follows the same pattern as its Subaru sisters: logical layout, high-quality materials, a serious effort at creating a serene and peaceful zone for all occupants. If it doesn't have much style, it does bring flawless functionality and plenty of comfort.

  • Even beyond the official measurements, the Forester feels roomy inside, especially in back, and is lined with useful cubbies and cupholders.
  • The quality of Subaru's interior materials continue to improve, giving the Forester a substantial and durable feel. The extra soundproofing and acoustic glass also make for a significant decrease in ambient noise while on the move.
  • Outward visibility is excellent, a switch from the bunker mood found in many new vehicles.

Interior Cons

  • Long-legged types may find the front seats short on cushion length and thigh support.
  • While not as blandly functional as some other Subaru interiors, the Forester's cabin would be well-served by a dose of character to go with its logical layout.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Forester will drive mud-splattering circles around some more powerful and expensive competitors. And yet it's pleasant on the pavement and good on gas.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

As Subaru moves closer to being a mainstream player, it has outgrown some of its rootsy, elemental simplicity. Many buyers will appreciate the extra sound deadening and upscale interior trim, but some longtime Subaru lovers may find the results a bit too, well, normal.

The Bottom Line

If there was an award for the official vehicle of the enlightened outdoors enthusiast, the Forester would be a near-lock for top honors. It does literally everything that can be asked of a modern crossover in a well-rounded and very agreeable way. If you live for the outdoors—or live in a place where conditions in those outdoors are a major concern—we recommend the Forester without hesitation.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 170 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: Lineartronic 6-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 170 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
74.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
181.5 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
66.4 "
Front Headroom
41.4 "
Rear Headroom
39.8 "
Front Legroom
43.0 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,322 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Machined Aluminum / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Driver / Power Remote Passenger
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black W/metal-look Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan
4 / 4 Performance / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver / Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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