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2024 Subaru Forester

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CarsDirect Target Price
$28,440
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

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2024 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $28,440
2024 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $31,640
2024 Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,210
2024 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,320
2024 Wilderness 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,265
2024 Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,740

Overview

2024 Subaru Forester Changes

The 2024 Subaru Forester doesn’t receive any noteworthy changes for the new model year. In the compact SUV segment, the Forester stands out because of its off-roading capability, standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, and practical cabin. It may not be a star, but it delivers what shoppers want from a compact SUV.

Choosing Your 2024 Subaru Forester

Subaru offers the 2024 Forester in six trims: base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Wilderness, and Touring. Pricing for the Forester ranges from $28,390 to $38,490.

2024 Subaru Forester Engine Options

All 2024 Subaru Forester models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Power is put down through all four wheels through an AWD system.

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2024 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy

The 2024 Subaru Forester is rated to get up to 29 mpg combined (26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway). The rugged Wilderness trim is rated at 26 mpg combined, which breaks down to 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

2024 Subaru Forester Towing Capacity

The regular 2024 Subaru Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds, while the Wilderness trim offers up to 3,000 pounds of towing capacity.

2024 Subaru Forester Dimensions & Cargo Capacity

The compact 2024 Subaru Forester is 182.7 inches long, 71.5 inches wide, and 67.5 inches tall. The Forester offers 39.6 inches of rear headroom and 39.4 inches of rear legroom.

The Forester has 28.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 74.2 cubic feet of total cargo space.

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2024 Subaru Forester Safety

Subaru offers the 2024 Forester with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane-centering assist, automatic high-beam assist, and rear-seat alert.

The Premium trim is available with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert for $1,165. The Sport trim is the first in the lineup to come with rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and evasive steering assist as standard. The Sport, Wilderness, and Limited trims can be fitted with reverse automatic emergency braking through a package that costs $1,645.

The Wilderness trim gains a forward-facing camera. The range-topping Touring trim comes with a driver-attention monitor.

2024 Subaru Forester Technology

The 2024 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, four speakers, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.

The Premium trim gains a Wi-Fi hotspot and six audio speakers. The Sport trim’s available $1,645 package includes an eight-inch touchscreen and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The same package is available on the Wilderness trim but includes navigation and costs navigation and costs $1,850.

Navigation and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are available on the Limited through a package that costs $1,695.

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2024 Subaru Forester Trims & Prices

2024 Subaru Forester Base – MSRP From $28,390

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The entry-level Forester base trim comes with 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, manually adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, automatic headlights, power windows and door locks, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering column, automatic climate control, and split-folding rear seats.

Alloy wheels and roof rails are available for $625.

2024 Subaru Forester Premium – MSRP From $31,390

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The Premium trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, a roof spoiler, body-color exterior windows, a panoramic moonroof, raised roof rails, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, reclining rear seatbacks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, and push-button start.

The trim is available with a single optional package that adds more safety features and a power liftgate for $1,165.

2024 Subaru Forester Sport – MSRP From $32,960

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Stepping up to the Sport trim brings 18-inch black wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a stainless steel exhaust outlet, a leather-wrapped shift knob, sport cloth upholstery with orange stitching, a color multifunction display, and transmission paddle shifters.

The Sport trim is available with a single optional package that costs $1,645 and includes a power liftgate on top of extra tech features.

2024 Subaru Forester Limited – MSRP From $35,075

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The Limited trim comes with 18-inch black wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power liftgate.

The major optional package on the Limited costs $1,695 and includes a heated steering wheel on top of extra tech features.

2024 Subaru Forester Wilderness – MSRP From $36,015

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The Wilderness is the best choice for drivers looking to do some serious off-roading. The SUV comes with LED fog lights, unique 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, a front skid plate, 9.2 inches of ground clearance, black decals, water-resistant upholstery, copper-colored accents, larger fender flares, a bespoke grille and bumpers, and a roof rack.

A power liftgate and extra tech features are available through a $1,850 package.

2024 Subaru Forester Touring – MSRP From $38,490

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The range-topping Touring trim comes with a power-adjustable passenger’s seat, extra memory settings for the driver’s seat, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2024 Subaru Forester’s Premium trim offers the best value in the lineup. It’s available with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, while adding some niceties on the inside, like a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a moonroof, and keyless entry. The Wilderness is pricey, but it’s one of the more off-road capable compact SUVs on sale.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • As faithful as a Labrador
  • Very comfortable on-road
  • Impressively spacious inside
  • Impeccable safety credentials
Cons
  • Not much of a looker
  • Weak infotainment setup
  • Lethargic engine and CVT
  • Won’t impress keen drivers
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2024 Subaru Forester Is a Car That’ll Last Forever

Subaru has always held a reputation for building dependable cars, and the 2024 Forester lives up to its maker’s reputation. Slam the door, and the resulting thud suggests a large bird just fell out of the sky.

Prod the dashboard and nothing flexes or creaks. More importantly, it still won’t be creaking after you’ve put 100,000 miles on the odometer. The flat-4 boxer engine may be underpowered, but it feels reliable, and the AWD fitted to every model is bolstered in Wilderness trim by an elevated ride height, an aluminum skid plate, and revised suspension travel.

Is the 2024 Subaru Forester a Practical Family Car?

We’ve established that the Forester will last you forever, but would you want it to? Well, you certainly won’t outgrow it. It’s only a five-seater, but those in the back enjoy almost 40 inches of legroom, so teenagers will be able to sulk in comfort. Acres of glass avoid any sense of claustrophobia, while the sunroof on higher trims is larger than in many rivals.

A low floor and a large tailgate (powered on most models) underpins 35 cubic feet of cargo space, and even a family of five with a serious fast-food habit won’t run out of cupholders or phone storage cubbies throughout the comfortable cabin.

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The 2024 Subaru Forester Lacks Driving Appeal

Looks aren’t deceiving in this case – the Forester is as pleasant to drive as it is to look at. Its 2.5-liter gas engine generates just 182 hp, making quite a racket in the process, while a CVT transmission benefits from periodic assistance via the manual paddle shifters behind the wheel.

Light steering makes parking easy but lacks real engagement, though the standard all-wheel drive does boost roadholding. It’s not objectionable to drive, but it’s no Mazda CX-5.

Passengers fare better. The Forester’s trump card is its ride quality; Subaru has finally sorted out the suspension tuning, making this a far more comfortable companion than rivals like the crash-bang Jeep Wrangler.

The 2024 Subaru Forester Is Behind the Times in Terms of Technology

Slide behind the wheel of the base Forester with its steel wheels, and you could be forgiven for having Millennial flashbacks. The dash includes a CD player, USB-A ports, and a dismal 6.5-inch touchscreen. You’ll need to invest in a high-end Limited or Touring model to benefit from an eight-inch screen as standard, which is still smaller than almost any rival SUV.

Touring is at least on nodding terms with the modern age, courtesy of hand-gesture climate controls and a heated steering wheel. The Wilderness trim eschews such luxuries in favor of exterior cladding, large coil springs, and a full-size spare tire.

Is The 2024 Subaru Forester Good on Gas?

It’s decent considering we’re talking about a snout-nosed SUV with no hybrid option and standard AWD. Most models will return 26/33/29 MPG according to the EPA, though Wilderness models achieve a less impressive 25/28/26 due to their aerodynamics.

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Is The 2024 Subaru Forester a Good Car?

The Forester is an easy car to recommend, providing you’re not interested in style, performance or in-car technology The 6.5-inch infotainment screen on lower trims is little short of an embarrassment, though Sport and Wilderness buyers can upgrade to a sharper and brighter eight-inch version. Then again, these trims are best avoided – there’s nothing sporty about the Sport (the Forester’s engine and transmission combination is its Achilles heel), and the Wilderness is so unattractive you might prefer to stay in the wilderness so nobody can see it.

In every other respect, the Forester is a fine family SUV. It’s got the rock-solid mechanicals and AWD reassurance Subaru buyers expect, allied to an airy and comfortable cabin. Safety is excellent, with top scores from America’s crash test agencies and features like adaptive cruise control come standard on every trim. Your passengers will luxuriate in acres of space with storage galore, there’s a generous trunk and the ride is class-leading. What the Forester lacks in driver appeal, it more than makes up for as a practical, safe, comfortable, and dependable family SUV.

2024 Subaru Forester Alternatives

Competition in the mid-sized SUV sector is ferocious. The Forester’s main off-road rival is the Jeep Wrangler. At the same time, it’s challenged on-road by the all-new Honda CR-V, Hyundai’s plush Santa Fe or Toyota’s mini-Lexus Venza hybrid.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 182 HP / 176 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Lineartronic 7-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 33 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 182 HP / 176 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 33 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$63
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
74.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
112 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.7 "
Exterior Width
71.5 "
Exterior Height
67.5 " / 68.1 "
Front Headroom
41.2 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
43.3 "
Rear Legroom
39.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,454 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Colored Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
4 / 4 Rockford Fosgate / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
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
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Eyesight Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Centering Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Eyesight Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Steering Responsive Headlights (srh) Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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