Subaru Forester Models and Forester History

In 1998, Subaru released the Forester mini-SUV, offered on an Impreza platform with a Legacy engine. An update to the engine in 1999 added more torque with improved shifting. Only subtle trim updates took place for 2000, with new fascia's being added to the front and rear and slight interior updates for 2001. A cargo area cover, daytime running lights and updated intermittent wipers marked the key changes for 2002. For 2003, the Forester underwent a complete overhaul in its design, offering an improved interior and exterior, an updated chassis and new standard features and options.

 

Electronic throttle control was added in 2004, with a new filtration system, both offered as standard features. A new variable valve-lift system increased horsepower from 163 to 173, with new intake and exhaust upgrades, and updated exterior styling, rounding out the key changes for 2005. Updates to trim levels and optional packages were the only subtle changes made for model years 2006-2007. In 2008, stability control was added as a standard feature. A redesigned Forester was issued in 2009, with no major changes taking place in 2010.

 

An updated 2.5-liter engine was introduced for most trim levels in 2011, with shuffling of trim options taking place. A height-adjustable passenger seat was made standard in 2012, while Bluetooth/iPod/USB integration would become standard features in 2013. In 2014, Subaru completely redesigned the Forester.

New and Used Forester Prices, Subaru Forester Model Years and History

Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.2
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.8
Overall Rating
 5.0

Subaru’s Forester has carved out a reputation for itself as being a reliable and feature-rich SUV.
Consumer Reviews ( 14 )
Braking
 4.9
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 4.4
Acceleration
 4.4
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.8
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 4.6

The compact Forester crossover SUV is zippy, technology-rich and sporty.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 5 )
Braking
 4.2
Fuel Economy
 4.2
Interior Comfort
 4.4
Acceleration
 4.8
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 4.8
Ride Quality
 4.8
Overall Rating
 4.6

The Forester returns, offering a unique take on the compact crossover SUV.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

A crossover vehicle with a pronounced car-like stance, the 2015 Subaru Forester is an upscale family product featuring the security of all-wheel drive.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 10 )
Braking
 4.6
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 4.3
Acceleration
 4.3
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.4
Overall Rating
 4.4

Completely redesigned for 2014, the Subaru Forester is an AWD crossover wagon capable of achieving up to 32 mpg highway.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 8 )
Braking
 4.4
Fuel Economy
 4.4
Interior Comfort
 3.6
Acceleration
 4.9
Dependability
 4.2
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 3.1
Overall Rating
 3.6

Now standard with USB port and hands-free phone capabilities, the 2013 Subaru Forester is an AWD crossover wagon powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

An AWD crossover wagon, the 2012 Subaru Forester is available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 224 horsepower.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.3
Dependability
 4.3
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.7
Overall Rating
 4.3

A versatile crossover wagon, the 2011 Forester caters to every drivers need, making it a true competitor in the crossover market.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 4.3
Acceleration
 4.3
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.3

A sporty crossover wagon with seating for five-passengers, the 2010 Subaru Forester comes standard with Symmetrical AWD.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 5 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 7 )
Braking
 3.7
Fuel Economy
 3.4
Interior Comfort
 3.4
Acceleration
 3.9
Dependability
 4.1
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.7
Overall Rating
 3.7

Acting more like an SUV now, the 2009 Subaru Forester compact crossover achieves greater utility while retaining its charm.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

Wearing a slight redesign on the outside, the four-door crossover 2008 Subaru Forester has sporty engine options, seating for five passengers, and great standard safety features.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 4 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 5 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 3.5
Fuel Economy
 3.5
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 4.5

An AWD SUV with seating for five passengers, the 2007 Subaru Forester is an agile hauler that drives like a wagon while enjoying the raised ground clearance of a sport utility vehicle.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 5 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 3.8
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.2
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 3.8

The 2006 Subaru Forester is a mid-size crossover wagon that seats five passengers and can handle off-road terrain yet achieves 29 mpg on the highway.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.3
Interior Comfort
 4.3
Acceleration
 4.7
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.7
Overall Rating
 4.8

The 2005 Subaru Forester is an AWD crossover wagon with seating for five that is nicely equipped and can handle everything from a sunny day on pavement to a rainy day in the mud.
Consumer Reviews ( 5 )
Braking
 4.2
Fuel Economy
 3.2
Interior Comfort
 3.6
Acceleration
 3.2
Dependability
 3.8
Handling
 3.8
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 3.4

A sporty five-passenger wagon, the 2004 Subaru Forester adds a new turbocharged engine trim to its already fun lineup.
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 3.7
Fuel Economy
 4.3
Interior Comfort
 3.7
Acceleration
 3.7
Dependability
 4.3
Handling
 4.3
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 3.3

The 2003 Subaru Forester is a crossover wagon that seats five passengers and has received updated styling this year as well as increased legroom for all occupants.
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 4.2
Fuel Economy
 4.2
Interior Comfort
 3.8
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2002 Subaru Forester is an AWD five-passenger wagon powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine paired with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

The 2001 Subaru Forester is a five-passenger crossover wagon that comes standard with AWD and is capable in all types of terrain.
Consumer Reviews ( 5 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.8
Interior Comfort
 3.6
Acceleration
 4.6
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 4.6
Ride Quality
 4.2
Overall Rating
 4.6

The 2000 Subaru Forester is a mid-size, five-passenger wagon that comes standard with AWD and is surprisingly capable when the weather gets rough.
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0