2018 Subaru Forester

Pros: Respectable fuel economy for the class; large windows all around make for excellent visibility; generous passenger room both front and rear

Cons: Middling acceleration with base engine; CVT transmission exacerbates engine noise; wind noise; some lackluster interior materials

CG Says: Subaru Forester has few changes for 2018. Subaru’s Active Torque Vectoring, which enhances handling, is now standard on the top-line 2.0XT Touring. EyseSight safety system is now standard on 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring models. Also, a 2.5i Black Edition is a new model with unique interior and exterior trim. Forester is a crossover compact SUV. A 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder powers 2.5i models, while a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is in 2.0XT versions. The 2.5-liter engine is paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission. The turbo 2.0-liter is only offered with a CVT. All-wheel drive is standard. Though it feels a bit more “car-like” than many compact SUVs, Forester offers competitive passenger and cargo room, along with welcome available features such as hill-descent control and Subaru’s EyeSight system with pre-collision braking and lane-departure warning. Performance of the 2.5-liter engine with the CVT doesn’t peg the thrill meter, but that powertrain delivers good fuel-economy numbers and adequate power. Plus, the starting price for 2.5-liter models is still well under $25,000. Turbocharged XTs have more pleasing performance, but cost more to buy and feed with no gain in utility.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Subaru
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices 2.5i: $23,710
2.5i Premium: $26,610
2.5i Black Edition: NA
2.5i Limited: $30,310
2.5i Touring: $34,005
2.0XT Premium: $30,410
2.0XT Touring: $37,005

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (2.5i)
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (2.0XT)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

SILVER
2018 Subaru Forester
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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