2018 Subaru Forester - Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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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

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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 very reliable and able SUV!

by Big John from Fort Wayne, Indiana | June 27, 2020

Comfortable, roomy, moved us with a full load, excellent mpg's, all wheel drive great in snowy conditions. Really like the steering responsive fog lights, adaptive cruise control and eye sight!

Not super impressed for the amount I paid

by Emib5000 from Duluth MN | June 21, 2020

This is the most expensive thing I own and I'm not happy about it. I bought the Subaru Forester due to how everyone who has had a Subaru loves them. They have great reviews. It fits my needs but for what I paid I'm not impressed. Cons -The paint is subpar. This thing scratches so unbelievably easily. I've had it for less than a year and I can't even lean up against it and talk to people without putting a new scratch on it somehow. - The seats are very thin and horribly uncomfortable. I understand I bought the base model. But after an hour of driving any position you sit in is just uncomfortable. If you have young kids you WILL feel every time they touch the back of your seat. - The display is very bright at night even when turned down. Not all the dash lights dim when you try to dim them. - The wipers are awful and stores don't stock wipers for the back wiper. They're special order. - Living in the Frozen North land where it's winter 9 months out of the year having a good heater is important. This thing does not have a good heater. Pros - I really like the way they designed the cargo space. - I like those rubber mats they put in the back cargo space to keep things clean. - I've never had power locks or windows before and it is very nice to have them. However, this does not have the automatic locks that lock after 20mph. - Bluetooth is awesome. - The design of the car is overall nice. I like that I can see fully over the hood and see easily all around me. The back up camera is nice as well but functionally useless other than looking for children that might be behind your car. You shouldn't actually use it to back up or you'll be all over the place. - AWD is nice, but not very powerful. - The turn radius is pretty good for a SUV.

I am pleased thus far, zero complaints.

by Sharyn A. from Bloomington, MN | June 17, 2020

The Forester is meeting all of my needs. The purchase is exceeding my value expectations and I am pleased. I would strongly recommend this purchase to others that are considering a smaller SUV purchase. I am very happy - great decision.

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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.