2017 Subaru Forester

 
2017 Subaru Forester
 
2017 Subaru Forester
 

2017 Subaru Forester

MSRP 
$23,470
Invoice 
$22,238
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 2017 Subaru Forester

Est Target Price With Options

$23,470

Est. Savings Of MSRP Price

$0

 
Additional Equipment
Unselected $150 $150
Dealer Installed Options
Unselected Includes: Part number J6010FS000 $26 $40
Unselected Includes: Part number A091SSG000 $97 $149
Unselected Includes: Part number L1010SG611, Requires both trailer hitch parts for proper installation and safety compliance, Trailer brakes may be needed, Hitch ball not included, Trailer Hitch Wire Harness (DIO) Part number H771SSG001 $375 $500
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA342L154 $19 $30
Unselected Includes: Part number T3010YS010 $26 $40
Unselected Includes: Part number B321SFG000 $26 $40
Unselected Includes: Part number E551SSG210 $104 $160
Unselected Includes: Part number E101EAJ500 $45 $70
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA7181002 $26 $40
Unselected Includes: Part number E771SSG350 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703F3 $149 $230
Unselected Includes: Part number F0010SG600 $65 $100
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703V3 $149 $230
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703W6 $149 $230
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703EN $149 $230
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703TR $149 $230
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703E1 $149 $230
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703P4 $149 $230
Unselected Includes: Part number E201SSG000, When installing Wheel Arch Moldings w/a trailer hitch, trailer hitch must be installed first $300 $400
Unselected Includes: Part number J1010SG100 $322 $430
Unselected Includes: Part number J201SSG300 $130 $200
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA3991700 $49 $75
Unselected Includes: Part number D0518FG010 $26 $40
Unselected Includes: Part number J1010SG300 $78 $120
Unselected Includes: Part number H4510SG160 $251 $335
Unselected Includes: Part number H4510SG170 $251 $335
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000F3 $75 $115
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA3994000 $91 $140
Unselected Includes: Part number M0010AS020 $10 $15
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000V2 $75 $115
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000W6 $75 $115
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000EN $75 $115
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000TQ $75 $115
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000E1 $75 $115
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000U9 $75 $115
Unselected Includes: Part number E551SSG300 $156 $240
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567B020 $130 $200
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567B040, $240 $370
Unselected Includes: Part number 28111SG120, Tire Pressure Monitor System Valve Stem (DIO) Part number 28191SA010, Tire Pressure Monitor System Valve Screw (DIO) Part number 28192SA000, Wheel Cap (DIO) Part number 28821VA000 $1,083 $1,566
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SSG000 $162 $249
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SFJ101 $77 $119
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG020 $31 $47
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SSG400 $42 $65
Unselected Includes: Part number H001SSG501 $277 $370
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG410 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number 35160FJ000 $76 $126
Unselected Includes: Part number 35022AG043 $77 $128
Unselected Includes: Part number C8110FG010 $104 $160
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG100 $110 $170
Unselected Includes: Part number C8110FG000 $91 $140
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010SG101 $117 $180
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG201 $130 $200
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG301 $201 $310
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ001 $97 $150
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ101 $97 $150
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SSG200 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number E3610SG500 $299 $399
Unselected Includes: Part number 65550SG001VH $110 $170
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SSG000 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567T100 $45 $70
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG010 $36 $55
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG000 $32 $50
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG201, $251 $335
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567B010 $117 $180
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567B030 $32 $50
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567C010, $240 $370
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567C020 $305 $470
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567C030 $344 $530
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567K010 $143 $220
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567P010 $182 $280
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567S010 $130 $200
Unselected Includes: Part number E361SSG000 $117 $180
Unselected Includes: Part number H7110SG100 $255 $340
Unselected Includes: Part number 92172AG040 $13 $20
Unselected Includes: Part number F6010AG010 $8 $13
Unselected Includes: Part number H6710SG000 $26 $40
Unselected Includes: Part number E101SSG000 $16 $25
Unselected Includes: Part number H7110SG000 $104 $160
Model Option
Selected $0 $0
Paint Scheme
Selected $0 $0
Port Installed Options
Unselected Includes: Tweeter Kit Part number H631SFJ101, Upgraded Speakers Part number H631SSG000 $217 $350
Unselected Includes: Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350, All-Weather Floor Mats Part number J501SSG200, Splash Guards Part number J1010SG300, Cargo Cover - Manual Rear Gate Part number 65550SG001VH, Not for use w/installed Compartment Cover, May be used separately, Rear Seatback Protector Part number J501SSG400 $393 $610
Unselected Includes: Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350, Fixed Cross Bar Set (Carrier Base) Part number E3610SG500, Splash Guards Part number J1010SG300, Cargo Cover - Manual Rear Gate Part number 65550SG001VH, Not for use w/installed Compartment Cover, May be used separately $582 $838
Unselected Includes: Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass Part number H501SSG201, Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020 $404 $627
Unselected Includes: Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SSG301 $476 $737
Unselected Includes: Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass (DISC) Part number H501SSG200 $404 $627
Unselected Includes: Rear Bumper Cover Part number E771SSG350, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink (DISC) Part number H501SSG300, Rear Seat Back Cargo Net Part number F551SSG020 $476 $737
Unselected Includes: Part number L1010SG611, Requires both trailer hitch parts for proper installation and safety compliance, Trailer brakes may be needed, Hitch ball not included, Trailer Hitch Wire Harness Part number H771SSG001 $459 $613
Unselected Includes: Part number L1010SG610, Requires both trailer hitch parts for proper installation and safety compliance, Trailer brakes may be needed, Hitch ball not included, Trailer Hitch Wire Harness (DISC) Part number H771SSG000, NO LONGER AVAILABLE for factory ordering as of November 1, 2016 $459 $613
Unselected Includes: Part number T3010YS010 $50 $78
Unselected Includes: Part number E551SSG210 $116 $179
Unselected Includes: Part number E771SSG350 $63 $98
Unselected Includes: Part number E201SSG000, When installing Wheel Arch Moldings w/a trailer hitch, trailer hitch must be installed first $364 $486
Unselected Includes: Part number J1010SG100 $371 $495
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703TR $172 $265
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703E1 $172 $265
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703P4 $172 $265
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703V3 $172 $265
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703W6 $172 $265
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703EN $172 $265
Unselected Includes: Exterior Mirror Hardware Kit Part number SOA635113, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass Part number H501SSG201, Passenger's Side Mirror, Driver's Side Mirror Part number J205SSG100 $300 $464
Unselected Includes: Exterior Mirror Hardware Kit Part number SOA635113, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SSG301, Passenger's Side Mirror, Driver's Side Mirror Part number J205SSG100 $372 $574
Unselected Includes: Exterior Mirror Hardware Kit Part number SOA635113, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Passenger's Side Mirror, Driver's Side Mirror Part number J205SSG100, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass (DISC) Part number H501SSG200 $300 $464
Unselected Includes: approach lighting, Exterior Mirror Hardware Kit Part number SOA635113, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink (DISC) Part number H501SSG300, Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting Part number J201SSG300, Passenger's Side Mirror, Driver's Side Mirror Part number J205SSG100 $372 $574
Unselected Includes: Part number J201SSG300 $150 $232
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA3991700 $49 $76
Unselected Includes: Part number D0518FG010 $34 $53
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SSG703F3 $172 $265
Unselected Includes: Part number J1010SG300 $108 $167
Unselected Includes: Part number H4510SG160 $284 $379
Unselected Includes: Part number H4510SG170 $284 $379
Unselected Includes: Part number E551SSG300 $180 $278
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000F3 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000V2 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000W6 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000EN $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000TQ $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000E1 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P000U9 $95 $147
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SSG000 $196 $302
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SFJ101 $96 $148
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG020 $41 $65
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SSG400 $59 $92
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG410 $60 $93
Unselected Includes: Part number 35022AG043 $85 $132
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG100 $119 $184
Unselected Includes: Part number C8110FG010 $124 $192
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG201 $150 $232
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG301 $222 $342
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG200 $150 $232
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SSG300 $222 $342
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ001 $131 $202
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ101 $131 $202
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SSG200 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SSG000 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG010 $47 $73
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG000 $43 $67
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SSG201, Not for use w/installed Luggage Compartment Cover, May be used separately $276 $369
Unselected Includes: Part number 65550SG001VH, Not for use w/installed Compartment Cover, May be used separately $111 $172
Unselected Includes: Part number E3610SG500 $300 $401
Unselected Includes: Part number H7110SG100 $307 $410
Unselected Includes: Part number H7110SG000 $128 $198
Primary Paint
Selected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Excluded $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Excluded $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Seat Trim
Required $0 $0
Excluded $0 $0
Total

Specifications for 2017 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
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • 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: calender, Glympse, iHeart Radio, music player, news, Stitcher and weather, 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.
  • Exterior Features
    • 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
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P225/60R17 98H All-Season
    • Wheels: 17" Steel w/Center Cap
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: height and tilt adjustable front head restraints and passenger front seat back pocket
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 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, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Front 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
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2017 Subaru Forester Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Dark Gray Metallic Ice Silver Metallic Jasmine Green Metallic Quartz Blue Pearl Venetian Red Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Jasmine Green Metallic
  • Quartz Blue Pearl
  • Venetian Red Pearl

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Introduction

The Subaru Forester is well known by now, as a compact, wagon-like utility vehicle. With the ride and handling of a car, it was basically a crossover before crossovers were invented, bringing superb all-weather security with all-wheel drive, and primitive road capability with nearly nine inches of ground clearance. Forester is the best-selling Subaru, and in 2014 it won The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy award.

We recently spent six months with a turbocharged Forester 2.0XT, testing it in a variety of conditions and terrains, confirming our belief it’s an excellent car to buy. The CVT works very well, and delivers fuel mileage as high as 28 miles per gallon. Forester doesn’t have the agility of the Ford Escape or Mazda CX-5, but from the driver’s seat it feels far sportier than the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, or Toyota RAV4.

The 2017 Forester gets updated styling, with a mesh grille, tweaked front bumper on Forester 2.5i models, and a C-shape for the headlamps and taillamps. One thing that remains is superb visibility through the upright glass.

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 continuously variable transmission (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.

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i CVT delivers EPA-rated fuel mileage of 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined; the 6-speed manual transmission is rated only 25 mpg Combined. The 2017 Forester gets an increase of one mpg over the 2016 model, thanks to sharpened engine management.

The 2.0XT model, with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which requires Premium fuel, is rated at 23/27/25 mpg City/Highway/Combined. Over a few thousand miles during our six-month test with a 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 the praise with top ratings in every crash test including the challenging small overlap frontal crash, to Top Safety Pick Plus.

The 2017 Forester makes available some new active safety features: The EyeSight camera system, which spots dangers on the road ahead and self-brakes, gets a longer and broader field of vision. The 2017 Forester offers reverse automatic braking, and the automatic headlamps now turn with the car. 2017 Forester Limited and Touring models have blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts.

Lineup

2017 Forester 2.5i models come in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring models. Forester 2.0XT comes in Limited and Touring.

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 has never compromised to look all swoopy like other crossovers. It’s a tall, short, square wagon with the ride height of an SUV. Its design priorities include easy entrance and exit. That doesn’t make it not handsome.

It does step out a bit. The light sculpts on its sides, and the shape of its taillamps, are shared by the edgy Impreza. There are a couple of character lines on the hood, down the center and along the sides. Not everything is neat. On the turbo models there’s an aggressive airdam that reminds us of dewlaps on a lizard.

Interior

One thing we like about the Forester is that you can climb in it and work everything without having to refer to a 500-page manual in the glovebox, like, for example, with an Audi. In other words, it’s simple and intuitive.

The instrument panel is clean (shared with the Legacy sedan and Outback crossover. Audio and climate controls are logical and easy to use. The dash is located forward and low, to give front occupants more room. The information screen is mounted over the center console that flows back over bins and cupholders to an armrest.

The interior materials, improved in recent years, 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 gets 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. But the front seats leave a lot to be desired, with short, flat cushions and slim bolstering. Tall drivers will find their knees contacting the center console and door panels, which aren’t soft.

Ironically the rear seats have a better contour to them. 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 might not look it, but it’s pretty sporty. The Subaru Forester is quicker and better handling than a Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue. It brings a good amount of fun to its capable and versatile 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 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 quicker ratio for 2017. 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 and minimum options brings tremendous value, for all you get, starting with unquestionable reliability and longevity, and including great handling, all-weather capability, and interior room with cargo capacity. The CVT with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is the best in the business.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports by The Car Connection.

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