2015 Subaru Forester

Original MSRP Range
$22,195 - $33,095
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
22 - 24 MPG City / 28 - 32 MPG Hwy
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2015 Subaru Forester

What We Like

Excellent fuel economy; child-seat-friendly back seat; true off-road ability; reasonable price; powerful turbo model; high-tech safety options

What We Don't

No manual transmission on the turbo model; XM Satellite radio only available with poorly designed navigation radio; uninspiring interior and exterior design


Expert Rating

4.6/ 5


What's New in the 2015 Subaru Forester?

Premium models with the manual transmission now come equipped with a power moonroof, while Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist system with adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance is made available on the Premium trim. The base 2.5i gains a rearview camera as standard equipment, and the Harmon Kardon audio system can now be added to Limited models. The Touring trim is outfitted with new high-luster, 18-inch alloy wheels, but navigation is removed from the standard equipment list. 

How Much Does a 2015 Subaru Forester Cost?

The 2015 Subaru Forester comes in two models and four trims, which include 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring.

The 2.5i ($23,045) includes a 6-speed manual transmission, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a rear wiper/washer and a 4.3-in color multi-information display. Options for the base include a CVT automatic transmission and an alloy-wheel package.

The 2.5i Premium ($25,445) adds a power moonroof, 6-speaker audio, 17-in alloy wheels, HD radio, a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, reclining rear seats, rear privacy glass and the All-Weather Package (AWP) that adds heated side mirrors, heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icers. CVT-equipped models make the AWP optional but unlike the manual models can be equipped with a navigation radio and EyeSight.

The 2.5i Limited ($28,945) adds X-Mode with hill-descent control, leather seating, automatic climate control, the All-Weather Package, fog lights, auto headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power rear tailgate. Options include navigation, a Harmon Kardon 440-watt audio upgrade and EyeSight.

The 2.5i Touring ($30,945) adds HID headlights, Harmon Kardon audio, 1-touch folding rear seats, keyless access and start, dual-zone automatic climate control, integrated side-mirror turn signals and polished 18-in wheels. Options include navigation and EyeSight.

The 2.0XT Premium ($29,345) brings a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, sport suspension, 18-in wheels, a high-torque CVT automatic with SI-DRIVE and dual exhaust pipes.

The 2.0XT Touring ($33,945) adds all the 2.5i Touring features to the 2.0XT Premium. Navigation and EyeSight are the only optional features.

At the high end of the tech scale is Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist system. EyeSight can maintain a safe distance between you and the cars ahead when adaptive cruise control is engaged, or it can help to avoid accidents by slowing the vehicle in the event of an imminent collision, along with giving audible warnings to alert the driver. At speeds under 19 miles per hour, the system can actually bring the car to a stop before rear-ending the car ahead; at greater speeds, EyeSight will slow the vehicle (if the driver fails to act) to lessen the force of impact. EyeSight also includes a lane-departure warning system and pedestrian detection.

In addition to the above option packages, Subaru offers a huge number of dealer-installed options including fog lights, remote start, a 115-volt outlet, upgraded speaker kits, rear cargo cover, crossbars for the roof rack and a number of roof-rack accessories for holding skis, bikes, kayaks and cargo-carriers.

Forester Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Forester 4dr CVT 2.0XT Premium$28,495 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo25023 / 28Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester 4dr CVT 2.0XT Touring$33,095 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo25023 / 28Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester 4dr CVT 2.5i Limited PZEV$28,095 / N/A4 Cylinder17024 / 32Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester 4dr CVT 2.5i PZEV$23,195 / N/A4 Cylinder17024 / 326-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester 4dr CVT 2.5i Premium PZEV$25,095 / N/A4 Cylinder17024 / 326-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester 4dr CVT 2.5i Touring PZEV$30,095 / N/A4 Cylinder17024 / 32Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester 4dr Man 2.5i PZEV$22,195 / N/A4 Cylinder170N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Forester 4dr Man 2.5i Premium PZEV$24,595 / N/A4 Cylinder170N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Subaru Forester Safety

Is the 2015 Subaru Forester a Safe Car?

The Forester has been given all the safety features mandated by the federal government, plus added protection in the form of a reinforced passenger compartment frame and a driver-knee airbag. Subaru expects the Forester to earn a 5-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and earn top marks in all the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, including the new small-overlap offset crash test.

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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


2015 Subaru Forester vs the competition

Honda CR-V -- In front-wheel-drive form, the CR-V with its standard automatic has a lower starting price than the Forester and rivals it for resale value and reliability. But the Forester gets better fuel economy even with its standard all-wheel-drive system, which is much better suited to off-roading.

Hyundai Santa Fe -- The Santa Fe has more powerful engine choices and much better audio, infotainment and navigation systems. But the Santa Fe's fuel economy, especially on the all-wheel-drive models, falls far short of the Forester's, and its all-wheel-drive system is only part-time. The Forester's base price is also a few thousand dollars less than the Santa Fe.

Ford Escape -- The Escape costs more when similarly equipped with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, is smaller inside and has a lower fuel economy than the Forester's. The Escape does have a more upscale interior, better audio and infotainment features and a more stylish exterior.

Autotrader's Advice

If fuel economy and some modest creature comforts top your shopping list, the 2.5i Premium with CVT, the All-Weather Package and a touchscreen navigation radio would be our pick. However, if power and performance are paramount, then the 2.0XT Premium would be our choice. The Limited is nice if you like leather seating, heated seats and automatic climate controls, and those who must have all the bells and whistles will find them on the Touring trims. Be prepared, though, to pay a premium for the top models, on par with what you'd pay for a similarly equipped Outback. Find a Subaru Forester for sale


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