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Subaru Forester
EXPERT RATING
7.3
/ 10
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Subaru Forester Pricing and Specs

2021 price from
$35,190*

The Subaru Forester is available from $35,190 to $46,490 for the 2021 SUV across a range of models.

Long before every other manufacturer had clambered aboard the good ship SUV, Subaru's Forester was busy carving its own niche among the active lifestyle brigade in Australia. With five seats, plenty of boot space, a decent ride height and Subaru's all-wheel drive system as standard, the medium sized Forester is capable of navigating more than just the CBD, and can easily dispose of wet tracks and grassed driveways - hence its popularity in the country's regional centres. The Forester is available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, each sending its power to all four wheels.

The Forester 2.5I (awd) starts off at $35,190, while the range-topping, Forester Hybrid S (awd) is priced at $46,490.

 

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Year Price From Price To
2021 $35,190 $46,490
2020 $28,200 $49,610
2019 $26,000 $46,530
2018 $20,200 $40,700
2017 $17,300 $43,890
2016 $15,500 $39,820
2015 $13,200 $28,600
2014 $10,700 $25,630
2013 $9,400 $25,080
2012 $9,200 $23,100
2011 $7,500 $21,450
2010 $7,100 $15,950
2009 $6,500 $14,520
2008 $5,700 $12,100
2007 $4,400 $10,450
2006 $3,000 $9,240
2005 $2,600 $6,600
2004 $2,200 $5,390
2003 $2,000 $4,730
2002 $2,200 $4,620
2001 $2,100 $4,730
2000 $2,100 $4,950
1999 $2,400 $4,510
1998 $2,400 $4,400
1997 $2,400 $4,400

Subaru Forester FAQs

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

  • What wagon should I buy for less than $35000?

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. Our first thought was for you to consider a Mazda 6 wagon from Japan, since it is one of the few new wagons left on offer within your price range, is economical and reliable, a pleasure to drive and low enough (at 1480mm) for your garage situation. But it doesn't quite meet all your requirements in that it hasn't much ground clearance (at just 125mm) and back-seat legroom isn't great. It's worth remembering that the 6 wagon is 80mm shorter in wheelbase - the distance between the front and rear wheels - than the corresponding sedan version. It's a bit tight in there.

    Alternatively, you might want to consider the just-discontinued Holden ZB Commodore wagon or Ford Mondeo wagon, as both offer substantially more rear-seat legroom than the Mazda 6 wagon, as well as the choice of a turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel engines. These are European-sourced models (Germany and Spain respectively), with big boots and towing-friendly torquey engines. However, again, low ground clearances might be an issue here as well.

    So, our advice is to measure your garage roof and see if either of the medium SUVs listed below can fit, because if they do, then these would be the absolutely ideal vehicles for your need.

    The better of the two, for its overall quiet refinement, all-weather all-wheel-drive grip and excellent all-round vision is the Subaru Forester from Japan. It ticks all your boxes in terms of needs and suitability, while providing heaps of ground clearance at 220mm. Plus it offers excellent standard safety kit, economy, reliability and resale, as well as decent performance. Just know that it stands 1730mm tall. If that fits, then find yourself a demo at $35,000 and enjoy one of the best family-car buys at any price available today.

    Then there our second favourite, the wildly-popular Toyota RAV4, also from Japan. Much of what we said about the Forester applies here too, except it is front-wheel drive rather than AWD at your price point. There is a RAV AWD but it is a hybrid AWD system that takes the price into the mid-$40,000 region, so that's out of contention. The base RAV4 2WD also has a smaller engine (at 2.0-litres) than the Subaru, but it is equally response and agile. Where the RAV4 eclipses the Forester from your perspective is height – it is shorter at 1685mm high, while still allowing 195mm ground clearance.

    Both Japanese SUVs are huge inside, with loads of space to boot. If their height doesn't end up being a problem, then know that either will provide many years of faultless, reliable, economical and enjoyable service. Good luck, we hope this helps. 

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  • Cruise-control not working in 2015 Subaru Forester

    Without being able to scan the car from here, this sounds like a classic case of a body computer that is suffering a slow death. This computer is the one that links all the car’s major functions, including those ones you’ve listed as being on the blink. Random failures of these systems all at once point to the computer itself rather than the systems themselves.

    Hooking the car up to a scanner at a workshop will tell you a lot more about what’s going on as the mechanic should be able to read the fault codes and make a diagnosis from there. The alternative cause is a poor earth somewhere in the car or a dodgy battery that is playing hell with the computer’s power source. Modern cars will not tolerate a poor power supply or earthing problems.

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  • 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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