New and Used Forester Prices, Subaru Forester Model Years and History

Subaru Forester Models

2019 Subaru Forester trims

2019 Forester

Let Subaru turn your head with the all-new, completely re-designed Forester, featuring safer architecture, more standard equipment, and a range of new trim levels.

2018 Subaru Forester trims

2018 Forester

Subaru’s Forester has carved out a reputation for itself as being a reliable and feature-rich SUV.

2017 Subaru Forester trims

2017 Forester

The compact Forester crossover SUV is zippy, technology-rich and sporty.

2016 Subaru Forester trims

2016 Forester

The Forester returns, offering a unique take on the compact crossover SUV.

2015 Subaru Forester trims

2015 Forester

A crossover vehicle with a pronounced car-like stance, the 2015 Subaru Forester is an upscale family product featuring the security of all-wheel drive.

2014 Subaru Forester trims

2014 Forester

Completely redesigned for 2014, the Subaru Forester is an AWD crossover wagon capable of achieving up to 32 mpg highway.

2013 Subaru Forester trims

2013 Forester

Now standard with USB port and hands-free phone capabilities, the 2013 Subaru Forester is an AWD crossover wagon powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp.

2012 Subaru Forester trims

2012 Forester

An AWD crossover wagon, the 2012 Subaru Forester is available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 224 horsepower.

2011 Subaru Forester trims

2011 Forester

A versatile crossover wagon, the 2011 Forester caters to every drivers need, making it a true competitor in the crossover market.

2010 Subaru Forester trims

2010 Forester

A sporty crossover wagon with seating for five-passengers, the 2010 Subaru Forester comes standard with Symmetrical AWD.

2009 Subaru Forester  trims

2009 Forester

Acting more like an SUV now, the 2009 Subaru Forester compact crossover achieves greater utility while retaining its charm.

2008 Subaru Forester  trims

2008 Forester

Wearing a slight redesign on the outside, the four-door crossover 2008 Subaru Forester has sporty engine options, seating for five passengers, and great standard safety features.

2007 Subaru Forester trims

2007 Forester

An AWD SUV with seating for five passengers, the 2007 Subaru Forester is an agile hauler that drives like a wagon while enjoying the raised ground clearance of a sport utility vehicle.

2006 Subaru Forester trims

2006 Forester

The 2006 Subaru Forester is a mid-size crossover wagon that seats five passengers and can handle off-road terrain yet achieves 29 mpg on the highway.

2005 Subaru Forester  trims

2005 Forester

The 2005 Subaru Forester is an AWD crossover wagon with seating for five that is nicely equipped and can handle everything from a sunny day on pavement to a rainy day in the mud.

2004 Subaru Forester  trims

2004 Forester

A sporty five-passenger wagon, the 2004 Subaru Forester adds a new turbocharged engine trim to its already fun lineup.

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About Forester

In 1998, Subaru released the Forester mini-SUV, offered on an Impreza platform with a Legacy engine. An update to the engine in 1999 added more torque with improved shifting. Only subtle trim updates took place for 2000, with new fascia's being added to the front and rear and slight interior updates for 2001. A cargo area cover, daytime running lights and updated intermittent wipers marked the key changes for 2002. For 2003, the Forester underwent a complete overhaul in its design, offering an improved interior and exterior, an updated chassis and new standard features and options.


Electronic throttle control was added in 2004, with a new filtration system, both offered as standard features. A new variable valve-lift system increased horsepower from 163 to 173, with new intake and exhaust upgrades, and updated exterior styling, rounding out the key changes for 2005. Updates to trim levels and optional packages were the only subtle changes made for model years 2006-2007. In 2008, stability control was added as a standard feature. A redesigned Forester was issued in 2009, with no major changes taking place in 2010.


An updated 2.5-liter engine was introduced for most trim levels in 2011, with shuffling of trim options taking place. A height-adjustable passenger seat was made standard in 2012, while Bluetooth/iPod/USB integration would become standard features in 2013. In 2014, Subaru completely redesigned the Forester.