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Subaru Forester:Review the specs, features and pros & cons

Subaru Forester side view
Subaru Forester angular front perspective
Subaru Forester angular rear perspective

Overview of the Subaru Forester

Learn about the Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester Summary

The Subaru Forester was built for adventure. Thanks to its impressive safety features and standard all-wheel drive, this Japanese car is often the first pick of drivers who like to spend their time driving across the countryside, travelling long distances and using their vehicle as an accessory to their active lifestyle. No matter which year or edition you're driving, you're guaranteed adequate trunk space, a spacious interior and a safety rating that ranks high among comparable family-friendly SUV/station wagon crossovers.

Pros and cons of the Subaru Forester

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Innovative EyeSight driver-assist system
  • Spacious cabin with good cargo space
  • Touchscreen can be difficult to use
  • CVT is the only transmission choice
  • 2.5L engine lacks power
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Subaru Forester

Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags7

Specifications of the Subaru Forester

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption9 - 9.5 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.2 - 8.3 L/100km
  • Width1815 - 1835 mm
  • Length4625 - 4640 mm
  • Trunk space762 - 1003 L
  • Cargo space1957 - 2155 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Subaru Forester

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Subaru Forester 2020 - 2023 is available in 7 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Frequently asked questions about the Subaru Forester

Dimensions of the Subaru Forester

Vehicle dimensions
YearHeight fromWidth fromLength from
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20231730 mm1815 mm4640 mm
20221730 mm1815 mm4640 mm
20211730 mm1815 mm4625 mm
20201730 mm1815 mm4625 mm

Towing capacity of the Subaru Forester

Unbraked is when the trailer being towed does not have its own braking system. Braked is when the trailer being towed has its own braking system.
Braked and unbraked towing capacities
Exact values depend on trim choices.
2023453 kg680 − 1360 kg
2022453 kg680 − 1360 kg
2021453 kg680 kg
2020453 kg680 kg