There’s a whole lot to love about the 2017 Forester.

Every Subaru model is designed with features important to you, from fuel efficiency to cargo space and all the creature comforts to love every day's journey.

Responsible Engineering

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive + 32 MPG**

The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive creates uniform stability and delivers an optimal distribution of power for maximum traction. It makes for improved handling, efficiency and a quicker response to road conditions.

The durable SUBARU BOXER® engine combined with the available Lineartronic® CVT allows the Forester to get up to a fuel-efficient 32 MPG** highway.

Standard on: All models


The horizontal layout of the SUBARU BOXER® engine allows for a low center of gravity for improved response. It also sits low in the frame, helping it to drive under the chassis in a front-end collision and protect the passenger area.

Zero-landfill Manufacturing

Like all Subaru models, every Forester is built in a zero-landfill plant, helping you respect the earth while exploring it.  

Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV)

Every Forester 2.5i model is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV), meaning it exceeds California's stringent emissions standards and offers lower emissions than some hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. 

Safe and Secure

EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology

EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you're swaying outside your lane. The Pre-Collision Braking feature can even apply full braking force in emergency situations. Another way Subaru designs vehicles with your safety in mind.

Available on: 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Touring

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Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Using radar sensors, the Blind-Spot Detection system warns you with a visual indicator in each side mirror if it senses a vehicle in your blind spots. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert helps warn you of traffic approaching from the side as you are backing up, utilizing an audible warning and flashing visual indicator in your side mirrors and rear-vision camera display.

Rear-Vision Camera and Reverse Automatic Braking

A standard rear-vision camera enhances rear visibility when backing up. Its display includes guide lines to help you see the vehicle's path and judge distance to other objects. And with Reverse Automatic Braking, your vehicle can even stop itself to avoid objects behind while in reverse.

High Beam Assist

This system works in conjunction with EyeSight® to automatically switch the headlights between the high and low settings when an oncoming vehicle is detected. 

Capability Meets Comfort

Power Rear Gate

Open and close the rear lift gate at the push of a button on your key fob, by controls on the dashboard or on the hatch. You can also adjust the gate's height.

Standard on: 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Touring

Available on: 2.5i Premium

No matter what the journey holds, the Forester is equipped to help you pack accordingly.




Power Panoramic Moonroof

A power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof lets you feel the breeze, brighten the day, and check out the stars.

Standard on: 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium, 2.0XT Touring


STARLINK Multimedia connects apps to your vehicle and to your fingertips. Access news, navigation, food, weather, music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other multimedia content through Pandora, Aha, STARLINK apps and available SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Whether you use an iOS or Android device, you can keep your hands on the wheel and attention on the road.

Learn more about SUBARU STARLINK

Premium Audio

The Forester features an available premium audio system with 8 speakers and a 576-watt-equivalent amplifier from Harman Kardon, a 7-inch high-resolution touch screen, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

Ground-Clearing Capability

With available features like 17- and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels,  X-MODE™, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Forester can help you cover nearly any road your heart sets out on.

Forester 2.0XT

250-hp SUBARU BOXER® Engine

2.0XT models feature a 250-horsepower Direct-Injection Turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine that adds power and performance to the adventurous side of Forester.

Standard on: 2.0XT Premium, 2.0XT Touring

Bold Design

An aggressive, sport-designed front fascia makes a bold statement, while a rear spoiler and dual exhaust combine for the exclamation point.

Lineartronic® CVT with Manual Mode

Paddle shifters are mounted for fingertip control, giving you the power to select the gear ratio that best suits your driving situation in 6- or 8-speed manual mode. The result is a sharper and sportier drive.

Sport-Tuned Suspension

A responsive suspension keeps the turbocharged drive agile and composed. Sport-tuned springs and dampers give the 2.0XT dynamic handling that’s controlled and confident.

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