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Subaru Forester 2023

The 2023 Subaru Forester range of configurations is currently priced from $38,690.

The 2023 Subaru Forester carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Subaru Forester 2023 Price and Specs

The Subaru Forester 2023 is currently available from $38,690 for the Forester 2.5I (awd) up to $52,999 for the Forester 2.5I-S (awd) 50 Years Edition.

Pricing guides

$45,445
Based on 74 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$38,690
Highest Price
$52,999
Subaru Forester Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2.5I (awd) SUV 2.5L — CVT AUTO $35,310 $42,020
2.5I (awd) SUV 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO $36,080 $42,900
2.5I Premium (awd) SUV 2.5L — CVT AUTO $40,480 $47,630
2.5I Premium (awd) SUV 2.5L ULP CVT AUTO $41,470 $48,840
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Subaru Forester 2023 Q&As

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

  • Is it worthwhile using premium fuel in an engine that doesn't need it?

    The short answer is no, the extra cost is not justified in a vehicle that does not require premium unleaded. While some premium fuel products do contain detergents to help keep an engine internally clean (which is the basis of the claim you heard) the major difference (and the reason PULP costs more) is to do with the octane rating of the fuel.

    Put simply, engines in a higher state of tune require this higher octane rating to produce their potential and well as avoiding internal damage. Your Subaru, meanwhile, is tuned to be quite happy on standard 91 RON ULP, and filling it with the more expensive premium brew is a waste of money. You might gain a small improvement in performance and/or economy, but not enough to offset the higher per-litre price of PULP, and probably not enough to even notice.

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  • Is my 2021 Subaru Forester Sport classed as Luxury?

    Technically, as far as local car-industry definitions go, your car is a member of the light commercial class of cars, and in the medium SUV sub-category. Whether you think it's a luxury car is up to you and will largely depend on your expectations and previous experiences.

    Luxury is a tricky thing to define and as cars gain more and more standard equipment and refinement with each passing year, what passed for luxury a few years ago might now be considered a run-of-the-mill vehicle. There was a time when velour trim and intermittent windscreen wipers were the preserve of luxury cars, but that won't cut it these days when the cheapest cars have those things and much more as standard.

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  • What's a good hybrid car to buy?

    The default purchase for somebody looking for a mid-sized hybrid SUV is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. But if that’s too big, there’s the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, C-HR Hybrid and even the Corolla Cross Hybrid which sounds like the marketplace is getting crowded but is really just a reflection of the appetite right now for cars like these. And that’s the catch; the waiting times for a brand-new example of some of these cars is out to many months and even years. So your plan to shop second-hand makes plenty of sense, but don’t expect any bargains in a market currently being dominated by lots of demand and less supply.

    Beyond the Toyota brand (which has been doing hybrids longer than just about anybody else) there’s also the Mazda CX-30, Subaru XV Hybrid, Haval Jolion Hybrid, Kia Niro, Subaru Forester Hybrid, Nissan Qashqai e-Power, MG HS, Honda HR-V e and more. For something a bit bigger, try the Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. There are others out there, too, that are probably bigger or more expensive than you need, but it's very much a growing scene in the Australian marketplace.

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  • What options do I have after my 1998 Subaru Forester suffered loss of power?

    Okay, let's tackle your questions one by one. The advice you've been given by two repairers doesn't really gel. For a start, you have a mechanic telling you it's an electrical problem, and an electrician telling you it's a mechanical problem. Sounds like neither of them know what's up here. There's a big difference between an engine that has no spark and an engine that needs a complete rebuild, in both dollar and effort terms, so you need to get an independent assessment of what's really wrong with the thing and go from there. If, for instance, it's a simple case of needing new spark plugs or coils, then it's worth fixing. If the engine is indeed toast, then a new one is probably going to cost more than the value of the entire car.

    Which brings us to your second question. Given that a 1998 Forester is probably a $3000 to $5000 car in good working order, you're not sitting on a gold-mine. While you could potentially make more by wrecking the car and selling it in pieces, you have the hassle of physically separating the car and selling it piece by piece with cleaning, packaging and mailing the parts one by one. Then there's the fielding of hundreds of emails and phone calls, not to mention the hassle of having a dead car in your driveway for as long as it takes to sell all the bits. Even then, you'll eventually have to have the carcass taken away. The alternative is to sell the car to a wrecking yard to handle that side of things, but you'll be lucky to be offered more than a few hundred dollars to have the car picked up and removed.

    The option, to answer your third question, would be to have the car electronically scanned, find out precisely what's wrong with it and make an informed decision from there. If the thing is fixable, great. But if it needs a new engine, it might be time to think about a replacement car as spending thousands on a 25-year-old car that will certainly be showing wear in other areas, doesn't really stack up.

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Subaru Forester 2023 Towing capacity

The Subaru Forester’s towing capacity ranges from 1200kg to 1800kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Subaru Forester Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
2.5I (awd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,CVT AUTO 1800kg
2.5X (awd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,CVT AUTO 1800kg
2.5I (awd) SUV 2.5L,—,CVT AUTO 1800kg
2.5I-L (awd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,CVT AUTO 1800kg
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Subaru Forester 2023 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2023 Subaru Forester are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1815mm x 1730mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Subaru Forester 2023 Dimensions  include 1730mm height, 1815mm width, 4640mm length.
Subaru Forester Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2.5I (awd) SUV 1730x1815x4640 mm 220 mm
2.5X (awd) SUV 1730x1815x4640 mm 220 mm
2.5I-L (awd) SUV 1730x1815x4640 mm 220 mm
2.5I Premium (awd) SUV 1730x1815x4640 mm 220 mm
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Subaru Forester 2023 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2023 Subaru Forester will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Subaru Forester Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2.5I (awd) SUV 225x60 R17 9 225x60 R17 9
2.5X (awd) SUV 225x60 R17 9 225x60 R17 9
2.5I-L (awd) SUV 225x60 R17 9 225x60 R17 9
2.5I Premium (awd) SUV 225x55 R18 9 225x55 R18 9
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Subaru Forester 2023 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2023 Subaru Forester is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Subaru Forester currently offers fuel consumption from 6.7 to 7.4L/100km. The Subaru Forester is available with the following fuel types: —, ULP and Hyb/ULP.

Subaru Forester Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
2.5I (awd) SUV 2.5L,—,CVT AUTO 7.4L/100km
2.5I (awd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,CVT AUTO 7.4L/100km
2.5I Premium (awd) SUV 2.5L,—,CVT AUTO 7.4L/100km
2.5I Sport (awd) SUV 2.5L,—,CVT AUTO 7.4L/100km
2.5I-L (awd) SUV 2.5L,—,CVT AUTO 7.4L/100km
Hybrid L (awd) SUV 2.0L,Hyb/ULP,CVT AUTO 6.7L/100km
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