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Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is a crossover SUV that provides good fuel economy along with the spaciousness and power that you want from a utility vehicle. A remarkable combination of its symmetrical drive train and boxer engine gives drivers of the Subaru Forester optimal balance, grip, and control. At CARFAX, we strive to give car buyers an in-depth understanding of the Subaru Forester, which includes the essential information about the model in addition to proprietary CARFAX data on the individual vehicle's history. 

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Used Subaru Forester: In Depth


2003 Subaru Forester
True SUV features (all-wheel drive, lots of stowage, tough engine) in an incredibly compact package. You can fit so much in and on this car (factory roof-racks). Still running great at 11 years.


The Subaru Forester is perfect for families who want a powerful utility vehicle at a reasonable price point. The interior of the Subaru Forester stands out for its spacious, roomy interiors. Large, cloth bucket seats in the front provide space and optimal comfort. Also, they are both height adjustable. Some models offer heated front seats and reclining rear seats for optimum comfort for all passengers.

Parents will appreciate that the Forester backseat has child seat anchors as well as child safety door locks. The plentiful cargo space is something families can use for shopping or for taking sports equipment and accessories to and from school. The navigation and entertainment systems are also very family-friendly.

Start your search for a Subaru Forester with the 2014 model with its re-vamped exterior that also boasts new technological advances. Available in fun colors like Ice Silver Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, and Marine Blue Pearl, the aesthetically pleasing exterior of the Subaru Forester has also improved aerodynamics in 2014.


The latest Subaru Forester has a vast variety of safety features to protect all occupants of the vehicle. It has airbags that are mounted to the front seat as well as front and rear head curtain airbags. Its rollover sensor deploys the side curtain airbags in case there is a rollover crash. Additionally, the SUV boasts another airbag in the lower instrument panel to ensure that knees are protected in the event of an accident. Intuitive pretensioners on the front seats also help keep the driver and passengers safe in the event of an emergency.

The stellar safety ratings of the most current Subaru Forester indicates just how powerful the master craftsmanship, expert design, and plentiful safety features are on this unique SUV. It is always a good idea to look at the results of crash tests in order to know how well a vehicle you're considering is likely to protect you.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Subaru Forester a very impressive five stars out of five possible stars for its overall safety rating. The popular SUV also garnered five stars out of five stars for its side safety, and it earned four stars out of five stars for its front and rollover protection. The Subaru Forester received high safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well, and was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the organization for the 2014 model.


  • The current Subaru Forester was named the Motor Trend SUV of the Year, and 2014 marks the third year that it has been given this honor.
  • The Forester goes above and beyond when it comes to standard features, including cargo-area underfloor storage and grocery hooks in cargo area.
  • Bluetooth connectivity comes standard, for those of you that want to be safer on the road, or are just tired of holding that phone to your ear!

Vehicle Overview

Number of Owners Subaru Forester

Carfax Facts

Of used Subaru Foresters for sale nationwide, 40.8 percent are 1-owner cars and 37.2 percent are 2-owner cars. This means that about 3 out of 4 have had just 1 to 2 owners.

Number of Service Records Subaru Forester

Carfax Chart

The Subaru Forester has an average of 6.2 service records, such as oil changes or tire rotations. 48 percent have more than 5 service records. A high number of service records can be an indication of a well maintained vehicle. 

2014 Subaru Forester

  • From $21,995
  • 2.0-Liter, 4-Cylinder or 2.5-Liter, 4-Cylinder

  • 24 city / 32 hwy mpg

  • All Wheel Drive
  • Automatic or manual transmission

  • 170 hp @ 5800 rpm

  • 103.9 inches

We decided on a Subaru Forester primarily because of the CARFAX report. It indicated this vehicle had been serviced by the dealership for every manufacturer recommended maintenance service.

—Ed Ewing