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SUBARU FORESTER Used Car Review

Subaru joined the 'soft-roader' SUV club in 1997 when it used the platform of its famous Impreza small car as the basis for the Forester. The model has become the Japanese brand's most popular model in Australia, as well as being one of the country's favourite SUVs. Currently into its fourth generation, an all-new Forester has been unveiled and is due in late 2018.

Pros

Cons

  • Fantastic all-round visibility
  • Clever Eyesight safety tech on more recent models
  • Ride comfort consistently good across generations
  • Permanent all-wheel drive (most rivals use a part-time AWD system)
  • Servicing costs higher than average and limited capped-price program
  • Full-size spare reduces boot space
  • Cabin design lacks flair and premium feel
  • For light-duty off-roading only
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2019 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 52945 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CURRENT MODEL.. WHY BUY NEW when you can get this family friendly medium size AWD SUV in IMMACULATE condition.. With full service history.. Loaded with factory features such as Apple Carplay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, 17in alloys, DAB radio, reverse camera, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, dual zone climate and Bluetooth connectivity.. Enquire now for more information.. Please enquire to find out location as

$34,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
02/12/2020

Top2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.0D-L CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 84542 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2017 Subaru Forester S4 2.0D-L Wagon 5dr CVT 7sp AWD 2.0DT [MY17] ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN ECONOMICAL ALL WHEEL DRIVE SUV? PREFECT FOR LONG DISTANCE DRIVING WITH A LITTLE ADVENTURE OR 2!! FEATURES INCLUDE 2L TURBO DIESEL BOXER SYMMETRICAL ALL WHEEL DRIVE REVERSE CAMERA CRUISE CONTROL 5 STAR SAFETY RATING We are Perth's FAVOURITE Subaru Dealership! We are an Authorised STi Dealer where customer service comes as a standard feature! PERTHS LARGEST CHOICE FOR SUBARU ONLY 2 MI

$29,388
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
02/12/2020

Top2013 SUBARU Forester 2.5i

  • 185000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Highly sought after Subaru Forester Automatic 2.5L is in excellent condition. Featuring towbar, rear parking sensors, partial leather interior, cruise control, Bluetooth, premium audio system, power windows, USB connectivity, Bluetooth, split-folding rear seats, air conditioning, full electrics, ABS, remote locking, advanced onboard computer and too much more to list... Get in fast as this car will not last long Our cars are valued to sell at an unbeatable, non-negotiable price offering our cl

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$16,499
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
19 hours ago

Top2019 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 47461 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

THESE SUBARU FORESTERS COME WITH THE REMAINDER OF THE NEW CAR WARRANTY!!! LOW LOW KM'S!!! FILLED WITH EXTRAS LIKE CRUISE CONTROL, BLUETOOTH, CLIMATE CONTROL AND TONS MORE!!! THESE WILL NOT LAST!!! CALL US TODAY!!! OVER 200+ VEHICLES IN STOCK LOW MARGINS HIGH GO THE EXTRA MILE WHEN OTHERS DONT**FIND OUT WHAT YOUR REPAYMENTS COULD BE ON THIS VEHICLE.... Our experienced onsite finance and insurance managers can offer competitive packages with quick and easy approval for insta

$32,990
Midvale, WA

Dealer used
03/12/2020

Top2019 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 16290 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CURRENT MODEL.. WHY BUY NEW when you can get this family friendly medium size AWD SUV in IMMACULATE condition.. Loaded with factory features such as Apple Carplay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, 17in alloys, DAB radio, reverse camera, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, dual zone climate and Bluetooth connectivity.. Enquire now for more information.. Please enquire to find out location as we have multiple sites. We a

$35,888
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
17 hours ago

Top2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.0D-L CVT AWD Crystal White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 48651 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Well proven midsized SUV with the powerful yet economical 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine, seven speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, safety of AWD, alloy wheels, reverse camera plus more. Very low 48000 kms with full service history. Rare find. We are a friendly and efficient company, trading with integrity and determined to give our customers the very best of service. WA's most trusted car dealer? Absolutely!

$33,977
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2009 Subaru Forester MY09 X White 4 Speed Auto Elec Sportshift Wagon

  • 111719 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

With March 2021 Rego & 1 year Australia wide select warranty included! This Subaru is a truly remarkable vehicle - Robust, reliable, durable & spacious car which was well looked-after by its previous owner. Surprisingly cheap to service and fuel efficient. The drive feels exceptionally smooth & comfortable, combined with a 2.5 L engine, resulting in an overall natural, enjoyable yet powerful driving experience. This beauty is waiting for a proud owner to drive it. Having only done 11

$12,990
Five Dock, NSW

Dealer used
50 minutes ago

2009 Subaru Forester X

  • 215912 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2009 SUBARU FORESTER EVER POPULAR CAR THIS IS A CLEAN AND TIDY CAR WITH TOW BAR ,ROOF RACKS GOOD TYRES TIMING BELT HAS BEEN DONE THIS WONT LAST LONG BE QUICK AND CALL GARRY TO ARRANGE A TEST DRIVE PICK UO BRFORE XMAS

$8,999
Clunes, NSW

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i-L

  • 72000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 Subaru forester 2.5lt auto. 72,000klm One owner, just been serviced and has full service history. Never been in an accident. Had new tyres and a wheel alignment 10,000 ago. Selling for my parents as they have purchased a new 4x4 so not interested in any swaps. Car can be seen at tyreright Latrobe week days. I can't answer my phone during work but if you leave a message I'll get back to you when I can.

$24,000
Spreyton, TAS

5 hours ago

2000 Subaru Forester 4 Sp Automatic 4d Wagon

  • 280012 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2000 Subaru Forester Automatic Wagon Runs Well Decent Condition Overall Reliable Reg til’ 25/12/2020 280xxx Kms Aftermarket Headunit Subwoofer Cruise Control Roof Racks Asking Price : $2,500 firm - Located Altona North

$2,500
Altona North, VIC

5 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i-s Continuous Variable 4d Wagon

  • 35500 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Window tint (lifetime warranty) Low mileage 35,500km Rego till August 2020 Warranty until Feb 2022 Features: 7 airbags Leather seats Large sunroof GPS Heated seat Control - Crash Avoidance with Braking (High spd) Control - Crash Avoidance with Braking (Low spd) Cross Traffic Alert - Rear Brake Assist ABS (Antilock Brakes) Traction Electronic Stability Hill Descent Hill Holder EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) Lane Departure Warning Lane Keeping - Active Assist Aler

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$38,500
Balwyn North, VIC

9 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.0D-L CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 24328 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ADELAIDES LOWEST PRICES! 2017 SUBARU FORESTER S4 2.0D-L wagon - turbo diesel - awd - 4wd - auto - automatic - reverse camera - cruise control - bluetooth - dual zone climate control - 1 owner - white duco. Finance available tap* **The active Takata airbag recall check has been completed on this vehicle for your safety & peace of mind** Our team fully understand the importance of proper hygiene and are aware of the need to practice social distancing when presenting vehicles. The team a

$31,980
Enfield, SA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 40895 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5I-L AUTOMATIC * CLEAN INTERIOR * NEAT AND TIDY INSIDE AND OUT * ECONOMICAL * SMOOTH AUTOMATIC * BLUETOOTH PHONE AND AUDIO All our pre-owned vehicles come with a 3 year Extended Warranty*, National Roadside Assist** & a 100 Point Safety Inspection. We have easy finance options available and will pay top dollar for your trade-in. We are one of Perth?s leading Toyota dealerships located 10 minutes from Perth?s CBD. We have a great range of pre-owned and Toyot

$32,999
Morley, WA

Dealer used
15 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.0D-L CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 62308 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

**JUST ARRIVED** **FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY!!** HUGE RANGE OF VEHICLES IN STOCK WITH LOW MARGINS HIGH TURNOVER.... ** HAVE A TRADE-IN?? BRING IT DOWN WILL GIVE YOU ABOVE MARKET PRICE, SAVING YOU TIME AND MONEY! ** WE GO THE EXTRA MILE WHEN OTHERS DONT** For added convenience, we have on-site finance and insurance managers who are able to discuss your finance options with same day approvals to approved customers! Have confidence in your next purchase with all vehicles inspec

$27,388
Melville, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 37741 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

New arrival! Currently undergoing our extensive 100 point safety checks. Enquire now and we'll keep you updated. Photos to follow. Call now to arrange your pre-purchase finance approval. Trade-ins welcome. Viewing by appointment to ensure vehicle is available.AWESOME VALUE automatic AWD with sunroof and presents beautifully!!! Jam-packed with features including: Eyesight technology, adaptive cruise control, push-button start, Bluetooth, reverse camera, satellite navigation and so much more.

$29,987
Canning Vale, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2019 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 21698 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CURRENT MODEL.. WHY BUY NEW when you can get this family friendly medium size AWD SUV in IMMACULATE condition.. With full service history.. Loaded with factory features such as Apple Carplay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, 17in alloys, DAB radio, reverse camera, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, dual zone climate and Bluetooth connectivity.. Enquire now for more information.. Please enquire to find out location as

$34,490
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2019 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 16290 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

CURRENT MODEL.. WHY BUY NEW when you can get this family friendly medium size AWD SUV in IMMACULATE condition.. Loaded with factory features such as Apple Carplay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, 17in alloys, DAB radio, reverse camera, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, dual zone climate and Bluetooth connectivity.. Enquire now for more information.. Please enquire to find out location as we have multiple sites. We a

$35,888
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2005 Subaru Forester MY05 X White 4 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 196530 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2005 Subaru Forester | Auto | Electrics | Log Books | Tow Bar | Clean & Tidy inside and out ! Statewide Auto Group - The best used car showroom in Australia. Variety of used vehicles available for sale in Capalaba & Brisbane QLD. Buy used cars at affordable and excellent conditions. Our FRIENDLY staff are ready to take your call right now... ``VERY EASY`` in house finance with great rates starting at 4.6% and low repayments ! We will beat the banks. Previou

$9,990
East Brisbane, QLD

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 118418 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5I-L AUTOMATIC * CLEAN INTERIOR * NEAT AND TIDY INSIDE AND OUT * ECONOMICAL * SMOOTH AUTOMATIC * BLUETOOTH PHONE AND AUDIO All our pre-owned vehicles come with a 3 year Extended Warranty*, National Roadside Assist** & a 100 Point Safety Inspection. We have easy finance options available and will pay top dollar for your trade-in. We are one of Perth?s leading Toyota dealerships located 10 minutes from Perth?s CBD. We have a great range of pre-owned and Toyot

$22,888
Morley, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2005 Subaru Forester $2400 if gone today!!

  • 291000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

$2400 if gone today Good vehicle selling with reg till 22/12/2020 no road worthy, wont need much for roadworthy had one 6 months ago all new suspension bushes all will really need is a new drivers side window regulator as the window doesn’t work which is cheap from wreckers,other than that the car drives beautiful done a couple trips to swan hill and back without any issues, air con works great For its age it a beautiful clean car, $3000 neg, or make offer THE CAR IS LOCATED IN WERRIBEE PLE

$2,400
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

18 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.0D-L CVT AWD Crystal White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 48651 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Well proven midsized SUV with the powerful yet economical 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine, seven speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, safety of AWD, alloy wheels, reverse camera plus more. Very low 48000 kms with full service history. Rare find. We are a friendly and efficient company, trading with integrity and determined to give our customers the very best of service. WA's most trusted car dealer? Absolutely!

$33,977
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.0D-L CVT AWD Crystal White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 48271 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Well proven midsized SUV with the powerful yet economical 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine, seven speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, safety of AWD, alloy wheels, reverse camera plus more. Very low 48000 kms with full service history. Rare find. We are a friendly and efficient company, trading with integrity and determined to give our customers the very best of service. WA's most trusted car dealer? Absolutely!

$33,977
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2013 Subaru Forester S4 MY13 2.5i-S Lineartronic AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 123801 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

We are a long established multi franchise Adelaide car dealer. All our cars have been workshop tested and are structurally sound. We have extended warranty's available so our customers can not only buy great cars, but can have years of trouble free motoring. Our professional staff will ensure your buying experience is enjoyable and your purchase is matched to your needs. For your

$22,895
Ingle Farm, SA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.5i-S CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 42251 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

**BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS - ONLY $35,950 DRIVE AWAY!** OUR SHOWROOMS HAVE NOW REOPENED AND WE ARE READY TO HELP WITH ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS. WE ARE PRACTISING PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND OPERATING WITH A COVID SAFE PLAN. WE ARE STILL ABLE TO ARRANGE CONTACTLESS DELIVERY TO YOUR CHOSEN ADDRESS SHOULD YOU PREFER. (CHARGES APPLY) **2017 FORESTER 2.5i-S AUTOMATIC ALL WHEEL DRIVE** WE WON'T BE BEATEN ON QUALITY OR PRICE! ONLY AT OUR MASSI

$35,950Drive Away^
Elsternwick, VIC

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2013 SUBARU Forester 2.5i

  • 185000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Highly sought after Subaru Forester Automatic 2.5L is in excellent condition. Featuring towbar, rear parking sensors, partial leather interior, cruise control, Bluetooth, premium audio system, power windows, USB connectivity, Bluetooth, split-folding rear seats, air conditioning, full electrics, ABS, remote locking, advanced onboard computer and too much more to list... Get in fast as this car will not last long Our cars are valued to sell at an unbeatable, non-negotiable price offering our cl

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$16,499
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 84016 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

$23,987
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 52296 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

One of the most successful SUVs ever built, Capable of handling itself in the city or off the beaten track this forester is raring to go! With full service history in good condition this is the perfect chance to grab your very own forester! Some features include -Cruise control -Duel action climate control -Paddle shift -Digital speedometer -X-Mode 4x4 mode We are a 3rd Generation family owned business that has been servicing the motoring needs of South Australians for 70 yea

$30,990
Littlehampton, SA

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.0D-S CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 120637 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2015 SUBARU FORESTER...SUNROOF, LEATHER, NAV, FOG LIGHT, 18 ALLOY WHEELS, CD PLAYER.

$25,990
Revesby, NSW

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 100000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

****** HUGE CHRISTMAS SALE ****** LOCATED IN 2609, CANBERRA'S LARGEST COMMERCIAL CENTRE. WE ARE CANBERRA'S LARGEST NON FRANCHISE DEALERSHIP, SPECIALISING IN EX GOVERNMENT AND LATE MODEL FLEET VEHICLES. OPEN 7 DAYS. *** TRAVELED ONLY 100,301KS The Subaru Forester 2.5i-L is refined, modern and spacious and perfect for the whole family. Are you looking for a car that can take you anywhere? Fits the whole family? Then the Subaru Forester is for you! The Subaru Forester boasts a w

$25,770
Fyshwick, ACT

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2014 Subaru Forester S4 MY14 2.5i Lineartronic AWD Luxury White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 91754 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

HUGE MID YEAR SALE!!!! ON NOW LOCATED IN 2609, CANBERRA'S LARGEST COMMERCIAL CENTER. WE ARE CANBERRA'S LARGEST NON FRANCHISE DEALERSHIP, SPECIALISING IN EX GOVERNMENT AND LATE MODEL FLEET VEHICLES. OPEN 7 DAYS. *** Are you looking for a car that can take you anywhere? Fits the whole family? Then the Subaru Forester is for you! The Subaru Forester boasts a whole lot of safety features, including a rear vision camera. The Forester is built to be refined, spacious and comfortable while gett

$22,950
Fyshwick, ACT

Dealer used
21 hours ago

Overview of the Subaru Forester

Overview of the Subaru Forester

Subaru joined the 'soft-roader' SUV club in 1997 when it used the platform of its famous Impreza small car as the basis for the Forester.

The model has become the Japanese brand's most popular model in Australia, as well as being one of the country's favourite SUVs.

Currently into its fourth generation, an all-new Forester has been unveiled and is due in late 2018.

SUBARU FORESTER GENERATIONS (SINCE 2002)

2002-2008

2009-2013

2013-2018

2018 (September) onwards

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 5.9 to 6.4 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder petrol: 7.2 litres per 100km

2.5L 4-cylinder petrol: 8.1 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol: 8.5 to 9.3 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO SUBARU FORESTER

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: SUBARU FORESTER (2013 ONWARDS)

The first check with any second-hand Subaru is of the service record. These engines are generally tough but use small oil pathways, and when these block with dirty oil, terminal damage isn't far away.

Like a lot of modern engine designs, the 2.0-litre non-turbo petrol engine can also consume a little oil between services. Subaru is not on its own here, and it's a fact that the latest engines with their low-friction designs aimed at saving fuel can use some oil.

Similarly, with modern engine designs, a lack of proper servicing can lead to a build-up of sludge and even higher oil consumption. Check the service record for gaps and check the dipstick for thick, black oil that suggests missed oil changes.

Some owners also report that the CVT transmission can be slow to select gears - particularly reverse - from park. Subaru dealers have been re-flashing the on-board computer to fix this, but in some cases the delay gradually gets worse again as time and kilometres pass.

While the Forester is all-wheel drive it's not a heavy-duty off-roader, so make sure it hasn't been used as one.