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Subaru Forester Australia

The Subaru Forester was somewhat late to the small SUV party when it debuted in Australia in 1997, a full three years after the Toyota RAV4.

That said, it managed to co-lead the small SUV charge regardless, thanks to its combination of a car-like driving experience, the space of a small station wagon and a decent amount of off-road ability.

Current prices range from $34,690 to $45,990 for the Forester 2.5i (AWD) and Forester 2.0e-S HYBRID (AWD).

Because of its long suspension travel and higher ride height, the Forester certainly had the measure of the standard sedans, hatches and wagons when the going got tough, whether on Australia’s rough roads or beyond them. Its car-like driving experience is because the Forester is based on the Impreza sedan and wagon, which debuted here in 1993. These days, the Forester continues the same formula, growing larger, safer and more powerful through successive generations.

Subaru Forester Towing Capacity

The Subaru Forester has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 SUV 1200kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 1200kg 1500kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
2017 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
2016 SUV 1500kg 1800kg
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Subaru Forester Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Subaru Forester varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $34,690 and going to $45,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 SUV 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $34,690 $45,990
2019 SUV 2.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $26,990 $50,484
2018 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $21,990 $41,999
2017 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $18,990 $44,770
2016 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, CVT AUTO $16,000 $38,990
See All Subaru Forester Pricing and Specs

Subaru Forester Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru Forester here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Subaru Forester 2017: How much can this car tow?

    This is a classic case of the dangers of researching through websites you don’t know and can’t trust. The 1500-pound limit is probably from a North American website and since different markets sometimes have very different vehicle specifications (even though they’re sold under the same badge) taking such info at face value is a risky business.

    Many websites simply have no idea of the facts of a particular matter, so it’s important to stick with sites like this one with a proper policy on accuracy and one that employs proper motoring journalists rather than operating as a fan site.

    Meantime, here are the facts on towing limits for a Subaru Forester: The 2017 Forester can tow a braked trailer up to 1500kg in weight for all models that use the petrol engine (either 2.0 or 2.5 litres) and require standard ULP. The diesel Forester and versions that use the higher-grade two-litre petrol (which required Premium ULP) can tow 1800kg. That didn’t change for the 2018 model-year, so no reduction in towing capacity exists between the two years.

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  • Subaru Forester 2009: Why are the warning lights flashing on the dash?

    It’s possible that something has thrown an error code curve-ball at the car, Luke. It’s quite possible that a re-set of the ECU (and you can try it at home by disconnecting the battery for half-an-hour or so and then reconnecting it) will switch the warning lights off and return things to normal.

    The other alternative is to take the car to a Subaru dealership and have the car scanned to see what fault codes get thrown up. It doesn’t take a huge fault to bring on these symptoms and I’ve even heard of a car driven with a loose fuel cap causing an almost identical problem.

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  • What year is my Subaru Forester?

    You actually bought both in one go, John. In much the same way as the American car industry used to do, Subaru actually releases their cars by model year or MY code generally in the August or September of the previous year. So you have a 2017-spec Forester which was built in 2016.

     

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  • Subaru Forester 2008: What should I be looking for in a used car?

    It’s not possible to say how many km is too many, as there are a number of things that can affect engine life. It can be the way it has been driven, if it has been thrashed, if it has towed, etc., but the most important thing is servicing. Any vehicle you consider buying should come with a record of regular servicing by an experienced mechanic who would use a good quality oil. Try to find a car with around 150,000 km, which should give you 150,000-200,000 km of reliable motoring.

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Subaru Forester Colours

  • Crystal White
  • Ice Silver
  • Sepia Bronze
  • Crimson Red
  • Jasper Green
  • Horizon Blue
  • Magnetite Grey
  • Crystal Black Silica
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Subaru Forester Dimensions

The dimensions of the Subaru Forester SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 SUV 1730x1815x4625 mm 220 mm
2019 SUV 1730x1815x4625 mm 220 mm
2018 SUV 1735x1795x4610 mm 220 mm
2017 SUV 1735x1795x4610 mm 220 mm
2016 SUV 1735x1795x4610 mm 220 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Subaru Forester Dimensions

Subaru Forester Boot Space

The Subaru Forester has a boot space size of 498 Litres.
Subaru Forester Boot space

Subaru Forester Wheel Size

The Subaru Forester has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x60 R17 9 for SUV in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 SUV 225x60 R17 9 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 9 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
2017 SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
2016 SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Subaru Forester Wheel Sizes

Subaru Forester Fuel Consumption

The Subaru Forester is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP, ULP, Diesel and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.7L/100km for SUV /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 SUV 6.7L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 7.4L/100km 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 6.7L/100km 2.0L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 7.4L/100km 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 5.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 8.5L/100km 2.0L PULP CVT AUTO
2017 SUV 5.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L PULP CVT AUTO
2016 SUV 5.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.0L PULP CVT AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Subaru Forester Pricing and Specs for 2020