Subaru Forester

2017 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: The 2017 Subaru Forester gets revised front styling. There is also a quicker steering ratio and a redesigned steering wheel that is heated on Touring models. The EyeSight system now includes lane-departure prevention. Reverse automatic braking is newly available. 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: $22,595
2.5i Premium: $25,495
2.5i Limited: $29,195
2.5i Touring: $31,295
2.0XT Premium: $29,295
2.0XT Touring: $34,295

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

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