2018 Subaru Forester

The 2018 Subaru Forester is a mainstream compact SUV that slots above the compact Subaru Crosstrek and below the mid-size Subaru Ascent within the brand’s crossover lineup. As with most Subaru models, all-wheel-drive comes standard on the Forester. A comfortable driving position and plenty of interior room make the Forester a practical choice, however it has a harsher ride than some other vehicles in its segment, like the Nissan Rogue. Prices start from an MSRP of $22,795.

Pros: Standard All-Wheel-Drive, Good Visibility, Cabin Space, Available Manual Transmission

Cons: Out-Styled By Competition, Ride Comfort & Road Noise

Looks Best In: Jasmine Green exterior/Platinum interior

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Competition: Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-VToyota RAV4Chevrolet EquinoxMazda CX-5

Safety Score: The 2018 Subaru Forester was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick distinction.

Summary: The 2018 Subaru Forester is a purposeful SUV with a roomy interior. Although unfussy, the Forester’s design both inside and out looks dated and lacks the upscale design and tactility of some competitors. Likewise, some competitors do a better job of keeping road noise to a minimum and have suspensions that do a better job of ironing out bumps.

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