Subaru Forester New Car Reviews & Price Guide

Subaru's formidable Forester is a trail-blazer in the small SUV segment. It was one of the first to combine light duty off-road capability with sporty on-road handling and the versatility of a small wagon.

For 2016, the Subaru Forester brings new levels of interior refinement, new alloy wheel-designs and restyled front bumper, grille, headlamps and rear LED tail-lights. But it retains the clever AWD capability and robust drivetrains that have such appeal to buyers.

Although the new Forester price is unchanged, in addition to the revisions above, it also comes with a faster steering rack and retuned suspension, with altered spring-rates and damping both front and rear; these changes specially tailored to Australian road conditions.

The 2016 range begins at $29,990 for the 2.0i-L (manual), rising to $49,990 for the powerful and luxuriously-equipped turbo-charged Forester XT Premium auto.

To buy the Subaru Forester, is to buy peace of mind - not only does it have a full 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, but it has a proven robustness and reliability.

There are four drivetrain choices available, the 110kW 2.0i, the larger 2.5 litre petrol 2.5i with126kW, the stout 2.0D turbo diesel with 108kW (and 350Nm), and the very rapid 2.0 litre turbo-petrol 2.0 Forester XT with 177kW. The Subaru Forester XT is capable of hitting 100km/h from rest in just 7.5 seconds.

Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or CVT automatic with stepped ratios.

Inside, the entry-level models to the new Subaru Forester range gain new fabric upholstery, a 3.5-inch colour LCD multi-information display, an auto-up/down passenger window function, Siri voice command compatibility and illuminated vanity mirrors on both driver and passenger sunvisors.

High-grade models like the Forester 2.5i-S (and above) also get a memory function for the powered driver's seat and more generous cushioning in the seat squabs for better comfort and support. Leather-upholstered Foresters also get quilted leather surfaces on the door trims.

There is also extra sound-deadening added to the dashboard, thicker glass and new door seals that help quieten the new and appealing Subaru SUV's cabin.

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2016 Subaru Forester tS REVIEW, Price, Features | STI Handling, And Dutifully Brisk
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Jul 20, 2016 (5 months ago)
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2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Automatic Review

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Jul 20, 2015 (1 year ago)
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Mar 16, 2015 (2 years ago)
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Apr 18, 2014 (3 years ago)
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NEWS

Subaru Impreza And Forester Recalled As Takata Airbag Program Continues

THU, 1 DEC, 2016

Subaru Australia has this week added another 34,000 cars to its lengthy list of vehicles caught up in the Takata airbag saga.

Subaru Impreza | Liberty | Forester Recalled For Relay Replacement

THU, 13 OCT, 2016

Subaru has recalled a trio of turbocharged models in Australia this week, due to potential problem with a relay.

2016 Subaru Forester tS - Price, Features and Specifications

MON, 23 MAY, 2016

Subaru Australia has announced its performance-SUV, the Forester tS, will arrive in June with a pricetag of $54,990 (plus on-road costs), a $7...

Subaru WRX | Forester | Liberty And Outback Recalled

TUE, 22 MAR, 2016

Subaru has issued a pair of recalls this week, targeting four of its most popular models in Australia from model-years 2015 and 2016.

2016 Subaru Forester - Price, Specifications and Features for Australia

THU, 25 FEB, 2016

Subaru has enhanced refinement levels for its 2016 Forester range, along with slight styling revisions to the exterior and a retuned suspension tha...

Subaru Forester Update Emerges Ahead Of Tokyo Motor Show

FRI, 9 OCT, 2015

In the lead up to the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru has announced an updated version of its Forester SUV.

Recalls: Volvo XC90, Foton Tunland, Fiat Freemont, Range Rover And More

SUN, 23 AUG, 2015

Volvo has issued a recall for its all-new XC90 SUV due to a potential problem with the airbags.

Subaru Adds 2.5i-L Special Edition To Forester Range

WED, 5 AUG, 2015

Subaru Australia has boosted the appeal of its entry-level Forester SUV with a new special edition model.

Subaru Forester: 2015 Price And Features For Australia

MON, 16 MAR, 2015

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Subaru Australia To Pass On Savings From Japan FTA

FRI, 2 JAN, 2015

Subaru has announced that it will commit to pass on savings generated by the recent Japan-Australia Free Trade Agreement, seeing retail prices for ...

REVIEWS

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SAT, 13 AUG, 2016

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WED, 20 JUL, 2016

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MON, 20 JUL, 2015

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THU, 19 MAR, 2015

What’s Hot: Smooth, quiet diesel, CVT auto hard to fault, sorted infotainment system, .

2013 Medium SUV Comparison Review: Kuga, CR-V, CX-5, Forester, RAV4

THU, 4 JUL, 2013

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2013 Subaru Forester XT Launch Review

THU, 24 JAN, 2013

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2013 Subaru Forester Pre-Launch Review

SAT, 1 DEC, 2012

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Subaru Forester S-Edition Review

WED, 9 MAR, 2011

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2011 Subaru Forester XS Manual Review

FRI, 4 FEB, 2011

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Subaru Forester 2.0 Diesel Premium Review

TUE, 23 NOV, 2010

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