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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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Top2018 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i-L CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 54817 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This vehicle has just arrived, more information coming soon. Contact us now to secure first inspection and avoid the chance of missing out! NEED FINANCE? Our finance team have access to all types of consumer and business loans and are sure to find the best package for you. Contact us today to arrange a free finance pre-approval with our friendly onsite vehicle finance specialists so you can buy with confidence and drive away in your new Forester 2.5I-L sooner! Located in the heart of Bris

$36,999Drive Away^
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
21 hours ago

Top2013 Subaru Forester S4 MY13 2.0i AWD Silver 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 115641 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

easyauto123 - Your one stop shop for used cars in Brisbane. With over 500 used cars onsite, most under cover, you are assured of the largest selection of used cars in Brisbane. Located just 5 minutes from both Brisbane Airport and Brisbane CBD and just a short walk from Hendra train station, right next to the Gateway Motorway north of the Gateway Bridge. Can't make it in? We'll come to you if you're in the Brisbane region or one of our friendly team can even give you a tour of any car on sit

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Hendra, QLD

Dealer used
18 hours ago

Top2008 Subaru Forester MY09 XT Premium Silver 4 Speed Auto Elec Sportshift Wagon

  • 200118 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

"Turbo Forester is a fantastic vehicle to own and drive.Newcastle dealer. Finance available TAP. Give us a call for all the info or drop in for a look and a test drive."

$11,800
Beresfield, NSW

Dealer used
22/10/2021

Top2016 Subaru Forester S4 MY16 2.5i-S CVT AWD Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 92642 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This beautifully presented 2016 Subaru Forester Wagon, is outstanding value and offers great comfort and safety. This SUV offers great value and is beautifully presented. The car looks stunning and comes with great comfort and safety features, including Great fuel economy, Blue tooth connectivity, Rear parking camera. easyauyo123 - Only 20 minutes from Sydney CBD in the heart of Sydney's Hills district, 5 minutes off the M7 and M2 motorways and only 10 minutes walk to the Castle Hill metro

$27,429
Castle Hill, NSW

Dealer used
21/10/2021

Top2020 Subaru Forester S5 MY20 2.5i CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 6117 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

**** BUSINESS AS USUSL **** *** $149 FIXED PRICED SERVICING FOR 3 YEARS ON ALL USED VEHICLES *** *** BALANCE OF NEW CAR WARRANTY *** This 2020 late model SUV represents unbeatable value for money and is the ideal replacement for a new car with a great saving. As a family wagon this is packed with creature comforts and safety features that make it ideal for the whole family to travel in safety. With Subaru advanced star link system houses all your Blue tooth and media controls along with your

$37,990
Reynella, SA

Dealer used
22/10/2021

Top2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.5i-L CVT AWD Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 48940 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*** BOOK A TEST DRIVE TODAY & TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXTENDED TEST DRIVE OPTION *** With this vehicle we offer our, FIXED PRICE SERVICING* - it has gone through an extensive inspection and reconditioning process. Our location is ONLY a mere 25 minutes from the Adelaide CBD and if you can't make it down to us, we are more than happy to bring the car out to you. We understand that your vehicle purchase is a very important decision. We are a privately owned family company that has been

$27,790
Christies Beach, SA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0d 6 Sp Manual 4d Wagon

  • 151000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

The car was looked after with big love and the only reason for sale is due the need to upgrade to bigger family car. All maintenance were completed in Suttons Arncliffe Service, the same place from where the vehicle was purchased few years ago. There is a log book with all records. Important features: - High-end audio system with Apple car play, Android auto, Bluetooth, voice recognition and more - Rear view camera - Tinted windows with maximum legal tone - Dual zone climate control ai

$24,000
Rockdale, NSW

47 minutes ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.0D-L CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 12629 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

# OPEN 7 DAYS # WE OFFER CONTACTLESS PURCHASING # As part of our unique service we provide FULL VIRTUAL VIDEO PRESENTATIONS # SAME-DAY FINANCE APPROVALS AVAILABLE # WE CAN TRADE-IN ALL MAKES & MODELS # DELIVERY AUSTRALIA-WIDE available # You could earn $150 with our unique REFERRAL PROGRAM for family & friends

$36,990
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2019 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i-L CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 46081 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2019 AWD Auto wagon that has travelled only 46000 kilometres. With full log book history, Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, electric handbrake, Alloy wheels and a full size spare wheel, Buy with confidence as this vehicle comes with 12 months roadside assistance, lifetime engine guarantee and a 48 hour money back guarantee. Registration and On-Road Costs are Included in this Haggle-Free Drive Away price. We have Fantastic Bank Finance & Competitive Insurance tailored especially f

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Springwood, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2007 Subaru Forester MY07 X Silver 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 274623 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

"leather seats, sunroof, drives great. Subaru Forester X with Feb 2022 registration. Great runabout. Newcastle dealer. Give us a call for all the details or drop in for a look and a test drive."

$5,800
Beresfield, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2013 Subaru Forester S4 MY13 XT Lineartronic AWD Premium Silver 8 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 160045 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Full Subaru Log Books/Service History. 2013 Subaru Forester XT Premium AWD in Black. Automatic. Black Leather Interior With Sunroof, Reverse Camera. Air conditioning. Power steering. Power windows. Cruise control. CD Player. Air bags. Central locking. Trade ins always welcome. Centrally located on Great western HWY Greystanes - call******5000 or visit and test drive today… Finance available Australia wide, interstate transport options available 1-5 years full parts & labour warranty availa

$18,950
Greystanes, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2011 Subaru Forester XS (AWD) 2.5L 4 Cylinder Wagon - AUTOMATIC

  • 130706 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

** CALL NOW TO BOOK A VIEWING ** ** NEW STOCK ** ** OPEN MON-FRI 8AM - 5PM AND SAT 9AM-3PM ** ** FIXED PRICE FLASH SALE ** ** EXCELLENT CONDITION - LOG BOOK HISTORY VEHICLE ** ** FINANCE AVAILABLE T.A.P ** ** 12 MONTHS NATIONAL WARRANTY AND ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE (COND. APPLY) ** If your after a well kept and presented AWD (dual range 4x4) Forester, just in time to get ready for those summer road trips and adventures, then look no further. Ideal for the kids wanting a good reliable car that th

$13,490
Lambton, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2005 Subaru Forester X 4 Sp Auto Elec Sportshift 4d Wagon

  • 280000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2005 Subaru Forester X 280 000ks Well serviced New timing belt about a year ago History of Head being replaced Sale only due to upgrade Price negotiable

$5,500Negotiable
Kettering, TAS

3 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester 2.0d-s Continuous Variable 4d Wagon

  • 80000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Amazing vehicle, packed with Luxury and Safety features including Subaru Eyesight adaptive cruise control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Assist, curtain airbags, Heated Leather Seats, massive sunroof and great sound system. We purchased this vehicle from the first owner and planned to keep it long term however plans have changed and we are replacing our 2 current cars with a 7 seater. Has complete service history, 2 keys, almost new tyres, rubber floor mats, rubber cargo mat, tow bar and

$29,990
Nelson Bay, NSW

4 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.5i-S CVT AWD Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 83061 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

** We are Open for all Regional Customers to come into our Dealership*** ***For all Metropolitan Melbourne Customers we provide complete walk around video this Vehicle and We offer CLICK AND COLLECT OR FREE DELIVERY TO METRO MELBOURNE, SYDNEY AND ADELADE!!! **JUST ARRIVED** 2018 Subaru Forester S4 2.5i-S Wagon *PLEASE ASK FOR A VIDEO WALK AROUND ON THIS CAR** ** HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER WITH SOME FANTASTIC OPTIONS*** ** BLACK LEATHER SEATS, SUNROOF ** FULL SERVICE BOOKS **WE ARE A MULTI &acirc

$36,999Drive Away^
Traralgon, VIC

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2014 Subaru Forester MY14 2.5I-S Silver Continuous Variable Wagon

  • 48307 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

REAL SALE_____REAL DEALS PROMOTION INCLUDES: ** FREE WARRANTY. ** FREE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. ** FREE REGO. ** FREE CTP ** FREE MINOR SERVICE. **conditions apply****HUGE SALE ON .... ALL PRICES SLASHED......This 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i-S in Automatic in excellent condition both inside and out. It is a spacious 4 Door Wagon, This car is perfect for any buyer looking for a comfortable, reliable, stylish and affordable vehicle.Featuresinclude, 12 Volt Power Outlet, Dual Fron

$28,999
Homebush, NSW

Dealer used
11 hours ago

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

  • 48940 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*** BOOK A TEST DRIVE TODAY & TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXTENDED TEST DRIVE OPTION *** With this vehicle we offer our, FIXED PRICE SERVICING* - it has gone through an extensive inspection and reconditioning process. Our location is ONLY a mere 25 minutes from the Adelaide CBD and if you can't make it down to us, we are more than happy to bring the car out to you. We understand that your vehicle purchase is a very important decision. We are a privately owned family company that has been

$27,790
Christies Beach, SA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.5i-L CVT AWD Fleet Edition Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 42296 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Ever popular wagon with the powerful 2.5 litre boxer engine, six speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, sat nav, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, safety of AWD, alloy wheels, reverse camera plus more. Low 42296 kms, one owner with full service history. .As a Multi Franchise dealer, we strive to give our Customers the latest and best vehicles Priced Perfect Every Time. Together with the after Sales service you would only expect from rom an Award-winning New Vehi

$31,990
Greenfields, WA

Dealer used
15 hours ago

2011 Subaru Forester S3 MY12 2.0D AWD Premium Silver 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 234062 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

WE WILL DELIVER ANYWHERE IN MELBOURNE FOR A FLAT RATE OF $150!!! Purchasing a car has never been easier.. you won't even need to leave the comfort of your home. We will arrange for your new car to be delivered to your doorstep! Simply click enquire and we can organise the rest for you. We are the home of Sovereign Hill, only located 2 minutes from the Western Freeway! We offer competitive finance and insurance options which we can customise to suite your particular needs. You can'

$13,990Drive Away^
Wendouree, VIC

Dealer used
17 hours ago

2015 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5i-S WAGON 2.5L AUTO

  • 94542 km
  • SUV
  • Auto

2015 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5i-S WAGON 2.5L AUTO Sunroof Leather Seats 12 Volt Power Outlet Dual Front Airbag Package Airbag Knee Driver Anti-Lock Braking Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones Adjustable Driver Seat - Manual Antenna - Roof-Mounted Shark Fin Type Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic Ambient Temperature Display Aux/USB Input Socket 17 Inch Alloy Wheels Brake Assist Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles Body Coloured Exterior Mirrors Bottle Holders - Front a

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$23,999
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2013 Subaru Forester S4 MY13 2.0i AWD Silver 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 115641 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

easyauto123 - Your one stop shop for used cars in Brisbane. With over 500 used cars onsite, most under cover, you are assured of the largest selection of used cars in Brisbane. Located just 5 minutes from both Brisbane Airport and Brisbane CBD and just a short walk from Hendra train station, right next to the Gateway Motorway north of the Gateway Bridge. Can't make it in? We'll come to you if you're in the Brisbane region or one of our friendly team can even give you a tour of any car on sit

$16,872Drive Away^
Hendra, QLD

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.0D-L CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 81800 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 SUBARU FORESTER 2.0D-L AUTOMATIC ALL WHEEL DRIVE WAGON * NEAT AND TIDY INSIDE AND OUT * ECONOMICAL DIESEL * 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. (*Please ask for a full copy of our terms and conditions upon enquiry of this vehicle.) We have easy finance options available and will pay top dollar for your trade-in. We are one of Perth?s lea

$30,999
Morley, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.0D-L CVT AWD Ice Silver Metallic 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 84196 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*JUST ARRIVED**2018 Subaru Forester S4 2.0D-L *PLEASE ASK FOR A VIDEO WALK AROUND ON THIS CAR** ** HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER WITH SOME FANTASTIC OPTIONS*** ** TURBO DIESEL, TOW BAR, LOW KMS ** **WE ARE A MULTI – FRANCHISED CERTIFIED DEALERSHIP WITH EVERY VEHICLE TESTED, DETAILED AND CURRENT VICTORIAN ROADWORTHY CERTIFICATE** **WE PUT OUR 'BEST PRICE FIRST' AND OUR CUSTOMERS LOVE IT, WE SELL OVER 100 CARS A MONTH, SUCH HIGH TURNOVER MEANS WE CAN OPERATE WITH LOWER MARGINS RESULTING IN A F

$29,999Drive Away^
Traralgon, VIC

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2014 SUBARU FORESTER * FREE 1 YEAR INTEGRITY WARRANTY *

  • 142998 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0i MY13 4D WAGON 4 Cylinders 2.0 Litre Petrol 6 Speed Manual SILVER COLOUR 142,998 KMS GREAT CONDITION MUCH MORE FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY Trades welcome *Finance available *1-5yrs Warranty Available (conditions apply) *Australia wide delivery *Open 6 days Wednesday we open till 9 pm *Call now to book a test drive Come in and speak to the experts. We have plenty experience we strive to supply you the best and most cherished cars. All our cars are independently checked and w

$15,999
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
19 hours ago

2002 Subaru Forester MY02 Limited Silver 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 311364 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Subaru Forester MY02 Limited Silver 5 Speed Manual Wagon

$3,999Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2001 Subaru Forester MY01 GT Silver 4 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 334035 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

THIS CAR IS IN GOOD CONDITION, WE ARE SELLING IT AS IS NO REGISTRATION, NO RWC. IF YOU ARE AFTER SOMETHING CHEAP TO RUNAROUND IN COME AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF OR CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

$3,950
Campbellfield, VIC

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2008 Subaru Forester X

  • 109791 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

LOW KILOMETRES, RELIABLE 2.5 LITRE ENGINE, SMOOTH 4 SPEED AUTO, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, CRUISE CONTROL AND MUCH MORE... 1-5 Year EXTENDED WARRANTY and 24 hour Road side Assistance Available. Fast Easy Finance Available with all applications considered. EFTPOS Facility Available. All our vehicles are fully inspected to give you confidence with peace of mind. We are a family owned business whose aim is to offer value, convenience and a respectful, stress free experience with Great Customer Service.

$14,990
Enfield, SA

Dealer used
20 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i-L CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 54817 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This vehicle has just arrived, more information coming soon. Contact us now to secure first inspection and avoid the chance of missing out! NEED FINANCE? Our finance team have access to all types of consumer and business loans and are sure to find the best package for you. Contact us today to arrange a free finance pre-approval with our friendly onsite vehicle finance specialists so you can buy with confidence and drive away in your new Forester 2.5I-L sooner! Located in the heart of Bris

$36,999Drive Away^
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
21 hours ago

2004 Subaru Forester SG9 STi Silver Manual Wagon

  • 93000 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual

• 2.5 Litre 4 Cylinder Turbo (195kW) • 6 Speed Manual • 18" Enkei STI Factory Alloy Wheels • ABS Braking • All Wheel Drive • Climate Control Air Conditioning • Factory Brembo Brakes • Factory STI Bucket Seats • Factory STI Sport Springs • Front Strut Brace • Power Windows, Mirrors and Steering • Remote Central Locking • Reverse Camera • Tinted Windows For quick and easy finance applications, please follow this link: http

$35,000Drive Away^
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
21 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester MY19 2.5I-L (AWD) Silver Continuous Variable Wagon

  • 56500 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This Subaru Forester is a great family SUV, comfortable driving in this 7 speed auto. The Forester is packed with safety features and comes in a beautiful metallic silver -7 airbags -Bluetooth -17" alloy wheels -side airbags -keyless start -USB audio input -iPod connectivity -front fog lamps. -dual zone climate control air conditioning -Alert/warning- collision forward -ABS brakes -remote central locking -rear vision camera -front vision camera -driver fatigue warning

$34,915
Goulburn, NSW

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.