2020 Subaru Forester

Original MSRP Range
$24,495 - $34,595
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
26 - 26 MPG City / 33 - 33 MPG Hwy
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2020 Subaru Forester

What We Like

  • Standard EyeSight driver-assist technology
  • Roomy interior
  • Excellent AWD system
  • Quiet interior
  • Good fuel economy

What We Don't

  • No turbocharged option
  • No manual transmission
  • Lazy acceleration and passing abilities
  • Limited interior color choices


Expert Rating

4.6/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5


What's New in the 2020 Subaru Forester?

Every Subaru Forester now has a rear-seat reminder system, and lane centering and lane-departure warning have been added to the EyeSight suite of driver assists. The all-weather package is now standard on the Premium trim. See the 2020 Subaru Forester models for sale near you

Which Forester is the Best?

We would go with the Premium trim and add a few options, such as blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. You'd still sneak under $30,000, and you'd have everything you need to haul your family or your sporting gear. In other words, it would still be a solid value. Find a Subaru Forester for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Subaru Forester Cost?

Subaru offers the 2020 Forester in five trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring. Prices reflect a $1,010 destination fee.

Standard in the Base trim ($25,505) are 17-in steel wheels, welcome lighting, a full suite of power accessories, auto-locking doors, a multifunction display, an outside temperature display, remote keyless entry, dual USB ports, a tire-pressure monitor with a display for each tire, seven airbags, trailer-stability assistance, active torque vectoring, auto vehicle hold, rear-seat reminder, three 12-volt outlets, 24-hour roadside assistance for the original new-car limited warranty period, active grille shutters, automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, automatic LED headlights, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, the EyeSight driver-assist technology package and a STARLINK infotainment system with a 6.5-in touchscreen, a 4-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD radio, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Factory options include 17-in alloy wheels and roof rails.

To the Base gear, the Premium trim ($28,405) adds 17-in alloy wheels, roof rails, a 10-way adjustable driver's seat, a cargo-area cover, hill-descent control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a panoramic power moonroof, a reclining rear seatback, an upgraded STARLINK system with six speakers, Wi-Fi hotspot and X-Mode for AWD system with hill-descent control. The all-weather package with heated front seats and outboard mirrors and a windshield de-icer is now standard. Options include blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless access with push-button start and a power rear hatch with auto close and height memory.

The new Sport trim ($30,005) beefs up the Premium's content by making keyless access with push-button start standard and adding 18-in alloy wheels, a manual-shift mode, integrated outboard mirror turn signals, high-beam assist, an upgraded multifunction display, orange contrast stitching on the steering wheel and dashboard and black and orange exterior accents. Options include blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, hands-free text messaging and an upgraded STARLINK system with an 8-in touchscreen and voice activation.

The Limited trim ($32,105) comes with all the Premium options, plus an upgraded STARLINK system with an 8-in touchscreen, hands-free text messaging, dual-zone auto climate system with voice control, integrated outboard mirror turn signals, automatic headlight height adjustment, a leather-wrapped shifter, perforated-leather upholstery and steering-responsive headlights. Options include a heated steering wheel, reverse automatic braking, a TomTom navigation system and a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

At the top of the grade list is the Touring trim ($35,605), which features all of Limited's options plus a manual-shift mode with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a 10-way power driver's seat, an 8-way power front passenger seat, memory for outboard mirrors and driver's seat, DriverFocus technology, LED fog lights and metallic silver finish exterior accents. The only option is black or saddle-brown perforated-leather-trimmed upholstery.

Forester Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Forester CVT$24,495 / $23,0994 Cylinder18226 / 33Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester Limited CVT$31,095 / $29,0624 Cylinder18226 / 33Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester Premium CVT$27,395 / $25,7534 Cylinder18226 / 33Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester Sport CVT$28,995 / $27,2244 Cylinder18226 / 33Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester Touring CVT$34,595 / $32,2664 Cylinder18226 / 33Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Subaru Forester Safety

Is the 2020 Subaru Forester a Safe Car?

In government crash tests, the 2020 Subaru Forester earned an overall 5-star rating, with top marks in all but the rollover test, in which it earned a 4-star rating. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Forester its highest marks in every category and awarded it a Top Safety Pick+ designation.

The Forester comes standard with the usual array of passive safety goodies, such as stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes. Included among the seven airbags is a driver's-side knee airbag. Every Forester comes with Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, lane centering and lead vehicle start alert, which notifies an inattentive driver that stopped traffic has started moving again. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on the Limited and the Touring trims and optional on the Premium and the Sport trims. Reverse automatic braking is standard on the Touring trim and optional on the Premium and the Limited trims. DriverFocus safety technology with face recognition is standard on the Touring trim.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$39,572 ($0.53 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Popular Pkg 2
  • All Weather Pkg


2020 Subaru Forester vs the competition

2020 Chevrolet Equinox -- Though it has less cargo-carrying capacity than the Forester, this Chevy has one big advantage -- it can be fitted with any of three engines, including a diesel.

2020 Honda CR-V -- Offering credible cargo space, solid fuel economy and a turbocharged engine, Honda's CR-V is a wonderfully comfy ride.

2020 Toyota RAV4 -- Toyota likes to take credit for launching the crossover segment with its original RAV4. When fitted with the available 4-wheel drive, it is quite capable. It also boasts lots of technology.

2020 Nissan Rogue -- A runaway sales hit for Nissan, the Rogue boasts superior front seats and versatile cargo-carrying capacity and offers the ProPilot Assist system, one of the more advanced driver-assist systems in the industry.

Used Subaru Forester XT -- A 2014-2018 Forester XT will give you roughly the same interior dimension and off-road capability as the new Forester, as well as much of the same basic safety equipment. But the 250-hp turbocharged engine delivers impressive performance without a significant drop in fuel economy.

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