2018 Subaru Forester

 
2018 Subaru Forester
 
2018 Subaru Forester
 

2018 Subaru Forester

MSRP 
$23,710
Invoice 
$22,462
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 28 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5 L Regular Unleaded H-4, 170 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

Select options for 2018 Subaru Forester

Est Target Price With Options

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Specifications for 2018 Subaru Forester

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.2" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo HD radio w/single-disc CD player w/MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, simple touch gesture high resolution display, 6.2" LCD screen, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, rear-vision camera, smartphone integration: AHA and Pandora, Starlink cloud applications: refer to subaru.com for app availability, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 4 speakers and body color roof mounted audio antenna StarLink enrollment cannot be applicable to Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) or to Commercial fleet accounts at this time.
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.0J Steel w/Center Cap
    • Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver height adjuster (pump lever type), full width seat fore/aft adjustment lever, height and tilt adjustable front head restraints and passenger front seat back pocket
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Upholstery
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Power Door Locks
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.5L 4 Cyl DOHC 16V w/VVT -inc: Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual -inc: incline start assist
    • 4.44 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,480 lbs
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 71.9
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 37.1
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 45.9
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 42.2
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 34.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 74.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 34.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 34.4
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.5 L/152
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 170 @ 5800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 174 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.9
    • Length, Overall (in) - 181.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.9
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.1
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.7
    • Liftover Height (in) - 28.6
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 108.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.5
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 28
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru Forester
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/60HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/60HR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.45
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.89
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.30
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.97
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.69
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.64
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.44
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3322
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Subaru Forester Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Dark Gray Metallic Jasmine Green Metallic
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Jasmine Green Metallic

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Introduction

The Subaru Forester is familiar, as a pioneer compact wagon-like utility vehicle. It was a crossover before crossovers were called crossovers, meaning it’s based on a car platform. It was boxy then and it’s still boxier than the many copycats that have come along over the years.

Forester brings the ride and handling of a car, with all-wheel drive proven over the ages, and nearly nine inches of ground clearance for primitive pursuits. It’s the most popular Subaru, if not the one you see in pictures, and has won an award or two for being one of the best buys on the market.

A year ago, we spent six months with a turbocharged Forester 2.0XT, testing it in a variety of conditions and terrains, confirming the awards are well-earned. It doesn’t have the agility of the Ford Escape or Mazda CX-5, but feels far sportier than the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, or Toyota RAV4. It’s got one of the best continuously variable transmissions in the game, and gets an EPA-rated 28 Combined miles per gallon. Its virtues are impressive: reliability, longevity, good handling, all-weather capability, and interior room with cargo capacity.

The Forester’s styling was updated for 2017 (grille, bumper and headlamps), and for 2018 the changes are in packaging. The EyeSight active-safety package is standard on Touring models, a camera system that sees danger ahead and self-brakes. Along with that system comes self-dimming headlamps that turn with the car, and reverse automatic braking. The Touring models also have blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts. A Black Edition Package is a new option for 2018 Forester 2.5i Premium models.

The base engine is a 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower. This boxer engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or CVT. Acceleration is adequate.

A quicker option is the turbocharged 2.0-liter that makes 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; it comes only with a paddle-shifting CVT, which can be programmed to feel like a six-speed or eight-speed automatic transmission using Subaru’s SI-Drive system. That 2.0XT model gets 25 Combined miles per gallon on Premium gasoline. Over a few thousand miles during our six-month test with a Forester 2.0XT, we averaged 24.1 miles per gallon.

The federal NHTSA gives the Forester five stars overall for crash safety, and the insurance industry’s IIHS confirms that with top ratings in every crash test including the challenging small overlap frontal crash, making it a Top Safety Pick Plus.

Lineup

2018 Forester 2.5i models come in base ($23,795), Premium ($26,195), Limited ($29,395), and Touring ($30,090) models. Forester 2.0XT comes in Premium ($29,495) and Touring ($36,090).

Standard equipment in all models includes rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free calling, audio streaming, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen. Options include perforated leather seats, a 7.0-inch screen with infotainment, eight-speaker, 440-watt sound system, and power rear liftgate.

Walkaround

The Forester is anti-swoopy. It’s uncompromising It’s a tall, short, square wagon with the ride height of an SUV. Its design priorities include easy entrance and exit.

We’re not saying it’s ugly. It does step out a bit, with character lines on the hood and sculpting on the sides. The taillamps come from the edgy Impreza. Not everything is neat. On the turbo models there’s an aggressive airdam that looks like dewlaps on a lizard.

Interior

One of the Forester’s strengths, and one reason it’s so popular, is that it’s simple and intuitive. You can climb in the car and operate everything for the first time, without having to refer to a thick manual. Unlike, say, a German car or two.

The instrument panel, shared with the Legacy sedan and Outback crossover, is clean. The audio and climate controls are logical and easy to use. The information screen is mounted over the center console that flows back over bins and cupholders to an armrest.

The interior materials are a mix of matte and soft-touch surfaces with matte metallic trim, including a handsome Saddle Brown perforated leather with contrasting stitching for the Touring model. The 2017 Forester got more sound insulation in the floor, an acoustic windshield, and thicker glass in the doors, all intended to reduce interior noise while underway.

The driving position is high and the window line low, so there’s an unsurpassed feeling of space in front, for a compact car. The dash is located forward and low, to give front occupants more room. But the front seats have short flat cushions and slim bolstering. Tall drivers will find their knees contacting the center console and door panels, which aren’t soft.

The rear seats have a better contour. There’s ample headroom and legroom, with a low driveshaft tunnel, as well as rear doors that are wide enough for easy entry and exit. Every model but the base has a 60/40 rear seat that folds nearly flat with a one-touch mechanism, creating a generous cargo capacity of 74.7 cubic feet. And there’s still a good 34.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat.

Driving Impressions

The Forester is sportier than it looks. It’s quicker and better handling than a Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue. It brings some fun to its utility.

The base 2.5-liter isn’t so quick, but it will have enough acceleration for most people. We prefer the 6-speed manual transmission to the CVT with this engine, because the CVT in the 2.5 isn’t as sophisticated as it is in the 2.0 turbo. The shift linkage isn’t as tight as it might be, and the throws are a bit long and truckish, but still, the six-speed manual gets the most out of the engine’s torque.

In the Forester 2.0XT, Subaru’s SI-Drive system offers Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp modes, to alter throttle and CVT response. Sport Sharp enables the CVT to shift through eight snappy steps, using paddles on the steering wheel. Sport and Intelligent mode are programmed for six steps. This CVT is the least annoying we can think of.

Forester’s good handling is enhanced by the stout turbo engine. The electric power steering is well tuned and nicely weighted, with a fairly quick ratio. The body scarcely leans, for a tall utility vehicle. The ride is comfortable and not harsh on big bumps.. The 2.0XT Touring adds torque vectoring, which dabs the brakes on the inside rear wheel in corners, helping the car rotate. The Mazda CX-5 might still be better on the pavement, but it can’t match the Forester on unpaved trails, so if you ever go there, you’re ahead with the Subaru.

Forester’s relatively rugged capability on trails is enhanced by 8.7 inches of ground clearance, with approach and departure angles that are quite impressive for a small SUV.

The mechanical all-wheel drive makes the Forester fun and predictable on dirt or snowy roads. For more offroad security, there’s an available X Mode (with hill descent control) that moves the power between the left and right wheels, in addition to the front and rear wheels. This puts the Subaru up there on the sophistication level of Jeep and Land Rover.

Summary

Underneath the Forester’s dated skin lies the heart, soul and spirit of a dominant competitor in the field of compact crossovers. The base 2.5-liter engine with a 6-speed manual transmission brings tremendous value, given the Forester’s proven strengths and capabilities. The CVT with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is great for a CVT.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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