New 2023 Subaru Forester ( Overview ). HIGHS
– Cargo-friendly interior, spacious for adults in both rows of seats, pleasant ride quality.
– Slow acceleration, too-basic base model, Outback station wagon is more desirable.
– The Forester is good at being both practical and projecting an outdoorsy image, but rival SUVs offer more satisfying road manners.
Aside from lackluster acceleration, there’s a lot to like about the Subaru Forester. This crossover SUV delivers the feel and rugged attitude that buyers want, along with a comfortable cabin and plenty of features for the price.
Standard all-wheel drive
A full complement of driver assist features are standard
Enhanced off-road capability thanks to better-than-average ground clearance
Generous cargo capacity
Engine is underpowered
Modest tow rating limits maximum utility
– What’s new
Only minor changes to features and availability
Part of the fifth Forester generation introduced for 2019
The Subaru Forester is one of the original compact crossover SUVs that hit the market in the late 90s. It’s been one of Subaru’s most successful models and has built a solid reputation for itself over the years. The Forester’s standard all-wheel-drive system and generous amount of ground clearance have made it a popular choice for people living in cold climates, allowing it to tackle light off-road trails. It’s one of four SUV offerings from Subaru, which include the smaller Crosstrek, the Outback and the three-row Ascent.