Subaru Forester 2024

Our 2024 review is coming soon. Below is our review of the 2023 model year, which is expected to be unchanged for 2024.

Underpinning the current Forester is the Subaru Global Architecture, which now supports all mainstream Subarus. Cabin styling is very traditional, with big, crisply marked gauges and simple, straightforward controls. Seating is comfortable front and rear and legroom is plentiful in both rows. The 2.5L flat four with direct injection also has an auto stop/start system. All-wheel drive is standard and power reaches the wheels via a CVT. Si Drive, with Intelligent and Sport settings, is standard. An optional drive mode permits the driver to select Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud settings. Subaru’s EyeSight collision avoidance technology includes a lead vehicle alert that signals the Forester driver if that driver has not noticed that the car in front of it has started moving. Driven briefly, the 2.5L flat-four delivers a balanced blend of performance and economy but is once again, not the smoothest engine in the industry. The revised CVT ably harnesses all of the available power and mimics the shift patterns of a conventional automatic transmission very well. Subaru, masters of suspension tuning, have reconciled ride and handling very well. Steering is nicely weighted and quick, but vague. The Forester easily shrugged off the multiple challenges thrown up by an off-road course the car was driven on.

The base Forester trim, with heated heats, active L.E.D. headlights, deep-tint glass and the iOS-Android cellphone interface, is well equipped. Moving up to the Touring adds blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, an eight inch infotainment screen, a power tailgate, alloy wheels, keyless starting, a luggage blind, fog lights, two extra speakers, heated steering wheel, a large-format single-pane sunroof, a power driver’s seat and a host of minor features, and is a bargain. The Sport trim is expensive for what it contains. The Wilderness trim does have an enhanced drive system with greater off-road capability, but lacks value. The Limited upgrade includes navigation, a memory system, a power passenger seat, heated rear seat, a Harman-Kardon-branded audio system, an auto-dim rearview mirror and a number of minor comfort and convenience features, and is priced to reflect the value of the content. The Premier adds little of import and is poor value and should just be discontinued.

Not rated, insufficient data. The Forester’s platform debuted on the Impreza and the engine was significantly revised when the Forester debuted. Long-term Subaru engine issues such as head-gasket failures and oil consumption problems may not have been resolved on the current-generation engine so an extended powertrain warranty is recommended if you plan to keep your Forester beyond the five year/100,000 km powertrain warranty. However, the reasonable price for the extended powertrain warranty may indicate that prior problems may have been solved.

Last update: October 17, 2023


  • Engine

    2.5L-flat four (182 HP) 
  • Transmissions

  • Fuel consumption

    City: 9L/100 km Road: 7.2L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    All-wheel drive
  • Body Style

    Compact SUV & Crossover
  • Country of Origin




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