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2018 Subaru Forester


City 22 - 26 MPG Hwy 27 - 32 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    4 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Consumer Reviews Write a Review

Overall Rating:
4.9 (out of 5)
Value 4.8
Exterior 4.7
Interior 4.7
Comfort 4.8
Performance 4.8
Reliability 4.6
A dream to own and drive.

by RonB from MARIETTA, GA | November 09, 2019

This care is top of the line in all safety tests and is so very comfortable. It drives well and has more than what we need in terms of extras.

Quality and safety

by BobF from Fairfax,Va | November 05, 2019

Roomy, safe, reliable and comfortable. The only problem is the poor service dept. of our dealer, Sheehy Subaru in Springfield, Va. Sadly, they are terrible.

Love Love Love My 50th Anniversary Subaru Forester

by Blue Subaru from Marshall IL | October 20, 2019

Stylish, sporty, reliable, economical, great sunroof, leather interior, powerlift, etc. Love everything about it. This is my second Subaru Forester. I am so happy with them!

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2018 Subaru Forester Overview


The 2018 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover that seats up to 5 passengers. It competes with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. This year, it remains largely unchanged.

The Forester 2.5i has 4 trims available: the base model, Premium, Limited, and Touring.

The Forester 2.0XT has the Premium and Touring trims.

The front-end of the Forester 2.5i looks more rugged and geometric than the previous generation. The front grille received new mesh pattern with bigger hole vents. The fascia has larger air ducts and more sculpted lines. The 2.0XT’s front-end is differentiated by a fascia with C-shaped motifs. 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires and black side mirrors come standard. Available features include LED headlights, front fog lights, turn signal indicators at the side mirrors, a rear spoiler, roof rails, a power liftgate, and 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels. A newly available Black Edition package for the Premium trim adds black exterior treatments to the wheels, front grille, mirrors, and fog lights.

Under the Hood
The 2.5i and 2.0XT models each correspond to their engine volume capacities. The 2.5i models are powered by a 170-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The 2.0XT models have a 250-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Both engines can be mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available as well. Fuel economy for the 2.5i models is an EPA-estimated 26/32 mpg city/highway. It lowers to a 23/27 mpg rating for the 2.0XT models.

Inside, the Forester has a quieter cabin, which has been given thicker door glass, improved door seals, and underfloor insulation. It also has a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The Touring trim comes with more upscale, Saddle Brown leather upholstery with contrast stitching. The center console houses a standard STARLINK multimedia system that includes a 6.2-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and dual USB ports. It can be upgraded with a 7-inch screen, an integrated navigation system, and a Harmon Kardon premium audio system. Available features include power/heated front seats, a memory seat, push-button start, and a panoramic moonroof. Air conditioning, power windows/locks, and remote keyless entry come standard.

Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. The available EyeSight safety system has been updated with lane keep assist technology. A blindspot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, and a reverse automatic braking system are also available for the Limited and Touring trims. The 2.0XT Touring comes with standard Active Torque Vectoring.