2012 Subaru Forester

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2012 Subaru Forester Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact SUV of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Subaru Forester after 90-days of ownership.
  • Forward visibility
  • Vehicle stability in poor conditions
  • Ease of getting in and out of the vehicle

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Subaru Forester during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • The vehicle's audio system
  • Quality of the interior materials
  • Feel of the seat material

Performance Specs

MPG City

19 - 21


24 - 27


170 - 224


4 speed, Automatic w/Manual Shift, 5 speed, Manual


Gas Flat 4, Turbocharged Gas Flat 4


All Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Subaru Forester Review

Introducing the 2012 Subaru Forester. Forester. To power you through the day choose from the smooth and efficient 170-horsepower 2.5X or the 2.5XT and its 224-horsepower turbocharged punch. And with SPORTSHIFT you can control power when you need it. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive delivers traction and control that keeps you confidently in control. Settle into the available 10-way power driver’s seat and you’ll find yourself in a spacious cabin surrounded by amenities designed for you and your passengers’ convenience and comfort. Those in the rear are sure to appreciate the reclining rear seats and everyone will enjoy the sunshine and fresh air flowing in from the oversized panoramic moon roof. Add in custom temperature settings from the available automatic climate control system. Subaru places safety as one of our highest priorities and why we think about safety in 360 degrees. First we engineer the Forester with exceptional control and advanced accident avoidance technologies to help keep accidents from happening in the first place. Then we build it with protection technologies that have made it a Top Safety Pick. The 2012 Subaru Forester love the possibilities.

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