2018 Subaru Forester

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2018 Subaru Forester Ratings
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Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

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Best Compact SUV of 2018

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2018 Subaru Forester after 90-days of ownership.
  • Rear visibility
  • Vehicle stability in poor conditions
  • Vehicle acceleration

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2018 Subaru Forester during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • The vehicle's audio system
  • Styling of the dashboard
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning

Performance Specs

MPG City

22 - 26


27 - 32


170 - 250


6 speed, CVT w/OD, 6 speed, Manual w/OD, 8 speed, CVT w/OD


Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4, Regular Unleaded H-4


All Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2018 Subaru Forester Review

The Subaru Forester does so much more than get you where you want to go. It’s rolling potential so you can go just about anywhere at just about any time. And it’s built with legendary Subaru durability and safety. Choose from six models starting with the 2.5i and moving through the top-of-the-line 2.0XT Touring. With standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive1 and almost nine inches of ground clearance you can get through the rough stuff. And don’t be afraid to go there—98 percent of all Subaru Foresters sold in the last 10 years are still on the road. Inside the available panoramic moonroof lets everyone enjoy the sky while Subaru Starlink Multimedia brings music maps phone calls and more to a touchscreen display. And wherever your Forester takes you available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology adds peace of mind to every mile. Choose from a variety of colors options and accessories and build a a Forester that’s all yours. The Subaru Forester. Love the adventure!
The Subaru Forester is loaded with technology. Starlink Multimedia keeps you connected. Need to make a phone call? Bluetooth lets you do it without letting go of the wheel. Get news music maps and more through Pandora Aha Starlink and other integrated smartphone apps+. Wondering if you left your doors unlocked? Available Starlink Security Plus and the MySubaru app turn your smartphone into a remote control for your Forester. Lock and unlock doors find your car and more. The Subaru Forester. Love means never having to disconnect.
Available Subaru Eyesight Driver Assist Technology helps make the Subaru Forester a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick. EyeSight is an innovative suite of technologies like Adaptive Cruise Control Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. It’s like having an extra set of eyes on the road—and an extra set of feet on the brakes. And if an accident’s unavoidable Subaru’s supplemental restraint system holds you in place and surrounds you with inflatable protection while available Starlink Safety Plus notifies first responders. The Subaru Forester. Love the safety.
There’s a sports car under the Subaru Forester’s hood. An available turbocharged 250-horsepower Subaru Boxer engine brings power and performance to every adventure. With its available Lineartronic Constant Velocity Transmission and standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive your Forester is capable of delivering you everywhere—at up to 3 miles per gallon. Available X-Mode with Hill-Descent Control5 adds confidence on steep and slippery terrain. And Subaru Intelligent Drive lets you choose from three performance modes customizing engine response with the push of a button. The Subaru Forester. Love the adventure!

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