2018 Subaru Forester SUV

2018 Subaru
Forester SUV

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 23 deg
  • Departure angle - 25 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 221mm (8.7")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 21 deg
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 6.2"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 170hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 174 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 94.0mm x 89.9mm (3.70" x 3.54")
  • Compression ratio - 10.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,507kg (3,322lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,032kg (4,480lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,610mm (181.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,796mm (70.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,687mm (66.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,639mm (103.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,092mm (43.0")
  • Rear legroom - 965mm (38.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear headroom - 1,011mm (39.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,369mm (53.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,346mm (53.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,448mm (57.0")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Passenger volume - 3,067L (108.3 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 974 L (34 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,115 L (75 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - H-4
  • Horsepower - 170hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Torque - 174 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - all-wheel drive
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.9gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 22mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 28mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.5i 2018 Subaru Forester SUV 2.5i Search New $22,795   170-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  22 / 28  
2.5i Premium w/ Starlink 2018 Subaru Forester SUV 2.5i Premium w/ Starlink Search New $25,695   170-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  22 / 28  
2.5i Limited w/ Starlink 2018 Subaru Forester SUV 2.5i Limited w/ Starlink Search New $29,395   170-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
2.0XT Premium w/ Starlink 2018 Subaru Forester SUV 2.0XT Premium w/ Starlink Search New $29,495   250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  23 / 27  
2.5i Touring w/ Eyesight + Nav + Starlink 2018 Subaru Forester SUV 2.5i Touring w/ Eyesight + Nav + Starlink Search New $33,090   170-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
2.0XT Touring w/ Starlink 2018 Subaru Forester SUV 2.0XT Touring w/ Starlink Search New $36,090   250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  23 / 27  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The Forester is sportier than it looks. It’s quicker and better handling than a Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue. It brings some fun to its 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 are 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 fairly quick ratio. 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.

Walk Around

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The Forester is anti-swoopy. It’s uncompromising It’s a tall, short, square wagon with the ride height of an SUV. Its design priorities include easy entrance and exit.

We’re not saying it’s ugly. It does step out a bit, with character lines on the hood and sculpting on the sides. The taillamps come from the edgy Impreza. Not everything is neat. On the turbo models there’s an aggressive airdam that looks like dewlaps on a lizard.

Interior Overview

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One of the Forester’s strengths, and one reason it’s so popular, is that it’s simple and intuitive. You can climb in the car and operate everything for the first time, without having to refer to a thick manual. Unlike, say, a German car or two.

The instrument panel, shared with the Legacy sedan and Outback crossover, is clean. The audio and climate controls are logical and easy to use. The information screen is mounted over the center console that flows back over bins and cupholders to an armrest.

The interior materials 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 got 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. The dash is located forward and low, to give front occupants more room. But the front seats have short flat cushions and slim bolstering. Tall drivers will find their knees contacting the center console and door panels, which aren’t soft.

The rear seats have a better contour. 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.

Summary

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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 brings tremendous value, given the Forester’s proven strengths and capabilities. The CVT with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is great for a CVT.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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2018 Forester 2.5i models come in base ($23,795), Premium ($26,195), Limited ($29,395), and Touring ($30,090) models. Forester 2.0XT comes in Premium ($29,495) and Touring ($36,090).

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.

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