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2018 Subaru Forester Overview

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With five trim levels, the 2018 Subaru Forester offers options for all different driving styles. The Forester also has enough interior space to fit the whole family, plus their cargo, and earns an impressive fuel economy rate of 32 mpg.*


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2018 Subaru Forester

What’s New for the 2018 Subaru Forester?

Compared to last year’s model, the Subaru Forester is receiving some new additions for the 2018 model year. The most notable addition is the brand new Black Edition Package for the 2.5i. The package includes paddle shifters, X-Mode, Hill Descent Control, and LED Steering Responsive Headlights. The Forester’s exterior also gets a spruce with the package, with 18-inch black alloy wheels, black accent trim on the fog lights, and an overall black exterior and distinguished grille.

The 2018 Subaru Forester is available in five trims: 2.5i Standard, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0 XT Premium.

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2018 Subaru Forester Exterior

Sporting signature Subaru styling, with the C-shaped headlights and tail lights, a panoramic power moonroof, and a power rear gate, the Subaru Forester is built from the ground up with sophistication and convenience in mind. The Forester also comes with standard symmetrical all-wheel drive for premium handling.

The 2018 Subaru Forester is available in eight exterior colors: Crystal Black Silica, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Jasmine Green Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, and Crystal White Pearl.

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Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Standard

  • Standard 17-inch steel, 225/60R1798H all-season tires, Black side mirrors, Multireflector halogen headlights

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
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  • 17-inch six-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, Steering responsive fog lights (SRF), Rear spoiler, Panoramic power moonroof

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited
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  • Fog lights, Single chrome exhaust outlet, Windshield wiper de-icer and heated side mirrors (All-Weather Package)

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring
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  • 18-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with high luster silver finish, LED Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), Body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Single chrome exhaust outlet

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Premium
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  • 18-inch split five-spoke aluminum-alloy black wheels with machined finish, 225/55R1897H all-season tires, Sport-design front fascia, Dual chrome exhaust outlets

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2018 Subaru Forester Performance

Across all of its 2.5i trims, the 2018 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 2.5-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve four-cylinder horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER® engine, equipped with an Active Valve Control System (AVCS). This engine is paired to a fully-synchronized six-speed manual transmission with Incline Start Assist, earning it 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

On the highest trim level, 2.0 XT Premium, the Forester comes standard with a 2.0-liter DOHC Direct Injection Turbocharged (DIT) intercooled, aluminum-alloy 16-valve four-cylinder horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER® engine. The engine is equipped with a Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) and paired to a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission with Adaptive Control, Incline Start Assist, and six- and eight-speed manual modes. Together, the 2.0 XT Premium’s powertrain exudes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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2018 Subaru Forester Efficiency

The 2018 Forester’s standard 2.5-liter engine offers excellent fuel economy, earning 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.* When paired to the CVT, the Forester earns up to 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city.* Fuel economy slips slightly when the engine is upgraded on the 2.0 XT Premium; the larger engine earns 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.*

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2018 Subaru Forester Interior

Designed with style and comfort in mind, the 2018 Subaru Forester’s cabin is dressed with luxurious materials and high-tech features. The Forester has enough space for the whole family, with seating for up to five passengers inside 108.3 cubic feet of passenger volume and 74.7 cubic feet of available cargo volume.

The 2018 Subaru Forester is available in six interior colors and materials: Platinum Cloth, Platinum Leather, Black Cloth, Black Cloth + PVC, Black Leather, and Brown Leather.

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Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Standard

  • Interior: 74.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume with rear seat lowered, Six-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat, Four-way manually-adjustable front passenger’s seat, Cloth upholestery, Analog gauages with LCD display, Manually-adjustable CFC-free air conditioning system with air filtration
  • Radio and Technology: Four speakers; SUBARU STARLINK™ 6.2-inch Multimedia system with Pandora®, iHeart® Radio, Stitcher™, and Aha™ smartphone app integration; High-resolution LCD touch-screen display; AM/FM/CD player; HD Radio® with iTunes® tagging capability; USB port/iPod® control, Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity; 3.5-mm auxiliary jack

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
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  • Interior: Automatic climate control system with air filtration, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power-adjustable lumbar support, Four-way manually-adjustable front passenger’s seat
  • Radio and Technology: Six speakers; SUBARU STARLINK™ 7-inch Multimedia Plus system with Pandora®, iHeart® Radio, Stitcher™, and Aha™ smartphone app integration; Voice-activated controls; Siri® Eyes-Free; SiriusXM® All-Access Radio and Travel Link®, Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands-free phone and text message connectivity

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited
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  • Interior: Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Radio and Technology: Optional SUBARU STARLINK™ 7-inch Multimedia Navigation System with voice-activated 7-inch multi-touch gesture high-resolution GPS navigation system and integrated audio system with SiriusXM® All-Access Radio, Traffic® and Travel Link®, USB port/iPod® control, Bluetooth® audio streaming, voice-activated controls, hands-free phone and text messaging connectivity, Siri® Eyes-Free, and 3.5-mm auxiliary jack and Pandora®, iHeart® Radio, Stitcher, and Aha smartphone app integration; Voice activation for Navigation, Phone, and Audio System

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring
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  • Interior: Shifter handle with leather boot and gloss black trim, Dual-zone automatic climate control system with air filtration
  • Radio and Technology: Voice-activated GPS navigation system; SUBARU STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Navigation System featuring voice-activated 7-inch multi-touch gesture high-resolution GPS navigation system and integrated audio system with SiriusXM® All-Access Radio, Traffic® and Travel Link®, USB port/iPod® control, Bluetooth® audio streaming, voice-activated controls, hands-free phone and text messaging connectivity, Siri® Eyes-Free, and 3.5-mm auxiliary jack; Pandora®, iHeart® Radio, Stitcher, and Aha Smartphone app integration; Voice activation for Navigation, Phone, and Audio System

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Premium
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  • Interior: Cloth upholstery with sport bolsters

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2018 Subaru Forester Safety

Equipped with standard Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive across every trim level, the Subaru Forester offers drivers excellent handling capabilities. The 2018 Forester also comes standard with a rear-vision camera as well as Brake Assist technologies to help protect those inside and outside the cabin.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Subaru Forester

  • LATCH System: Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
  • Height-adjustable three-point front seatbelts
  • Height- and tilt-adjustable front-seat head restraints
  • Rear-vision camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Four-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control: incorporates an all-wheel, all-speed traction control system that senses a loss of traction and applies braking force to the slipping wheel or wheels as necessary to maintain vehicle motion
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

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*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.


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