2015 Subaru Forester Research & Reviews

Overview & Reviews

Average Score

4.09/5 Average
37 Total Reviews
This Year's Model Updates:

The 2015 Subaru Forester receives minor feature changes, including a standard rearview camera on all models and larger 18-inch wheels for the 2.5i Touring trim.

Pros:
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Great safety scores and available advanced safety features.
  • Roomy interior
  • Admirable fuel economy
  • Availability of a stout turbocharged engine
Cons:
  • Finicky touchscreen interface
  • Base engine is raucous at higher rpm.

User Reviews:

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  • Dont get the hype - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    I have owned a lot of cars. I moved to the Subaru after some German car woes. Overall the car is decent, but it feels very cheap for the pricing. Secondly the gas mileage is not what it is cracked up to be. Around town the Sub has great manners, 24 MPG in suburbia. The visibility and access are great. Errands are done with ease, great for getting the kids in and out. On flat highways it does well too; however in a recent jaunt through the mountains the car struggled to keep pace with traffic with significantly diminished gas mileage (17 MPG)....worse than my wife's full size luxury SUV.

  • terrific value for this class - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    We bought an XT premium a few weeks ago and have taken a couple road trips that included highway grades and dirt roads. This vehicle absolutely wants to move and fast. I had to keep using the cruise as to not risk getting nabbed for going over 85mph and my foot was barely on the gas. I dislike CVTs but admit that this one is pretty decent probably because of the horsepower and torque so that the drone is nonexistent. Love the appearance ( we got foglights, fender guards, and some other accessories.) So far this appears to be a good value for the price. I would not pay extra for eyesight or nav both of which get negative reviews and in the vehicle we test drove (touring) were annoying

  • 2015 XT Touring - Day 1 - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    Full disclosure: the car's been in my driveway for a day and these are first impressions with more to follow. I obsess on research before I buy and in this case started with a crush on an Acura AWD which quickly faded before I moved on to a BMW 3-Series Xdrive. The idea of a Forester came out of left field and became viable after a test drive. I fell in love with the excellent visibility, easy access and turbo engine (I owned an 05 Legacy wagon GT manual and it was a rocket). The hook - 20K less than a Bimmer and better AWD than its competitors.

  • Exactly what I need - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    I keep seeing reviews of this car, saying that it is too spartan. To be honest, I only need that and nothing more. There are things that regardless of money, you simply can't find anywhere else aside from the Forester and those things are: easily the best visibility of any vehicule I've ever driven; best AWD system, best fuel economy for an AWD compact SUV, best safety rating in its class, among the most spacious compact SUV, having among the biggest panoramic sunroof. For those reasons alone, I'm extremely happy with my purchase! Honestly, I don't want to pay more for a name or for gadgets that would not make a difference if there's a snowstorm outside and that I needed to go somwhere.

  • suburu blue tooth a joke - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    not being able to pair my phone has really turned me off. it is to difficcult to manually put your numbers in. the salesman could not get one in. had more excuses and then said we had to have had gps for it to work correctly. suburu is way behind technology that has been arou nd for years. my last 4 cars had no problem pairing my phone. this is a neccessity for me i work in my car. when they sell the car they need to be specific npt when your picking it up.

  • Get The Turbo - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    Just purchased the 2015 Forester XT Turbo. Great speed as this Forester likes to run! I bought the XT Touring loaded. Mfg. Sugg price was $36,640 and payed $33,000 with .9% financing with money down. Love the Forester! Very well built with the reliability it's a real value, and sharp looking. The only complaints I have are the original tires (which I traded in for Michelin Premier's that were a bit wider which helped the steering response and improved the ride and noise level. The Forester has a stiffer ride so you'll feel the road, but that's fine with me as I love everything else about the vehicle. Subaru really came through with this one. It's my 1st and I can see why they sell!!

  • Lousy trailer hitch - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    Bought a new Forester Limited in December 2014. Really like some features of the car compared to the 2003 Forester it replaced. Not crazy about the way the engine picks up speed or not. Like little things--leather seats, dimming mirror, back-up camera. Like the added room for rear seat passengers.

  • Happy with my 2015 XT - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    1 month in, 2600 miles so far no regrets with my 2015 Subaru Forester XT Premium. My overall fuel economy since purchase says 26.8 mpg. I've had full tank reports of as high as 33. I mostly run mid-grade (89) and throw in a tank of premium every third fill up or so. In short you can get really good mileage if you drive conservatively. It does drop off pretty fast if you like to get into the turbo frequently. But even on tanks where I've "played" more, I still was in the 24+ mpg overall. I love the turbo power when I need it. Car is very comfortable for a CUV. Visibility is the best of an CUV in my opinion.

  • Better than expected - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    This is a very good car. Easy to drive, comfortable, roomy, and feels solid and well made. Mileage has been 29mpg combined road, mountain, and town driving. The CVT responds quickly and works very well (the engine is a little too peaky for a manual). The car turns in and transitions well on curvy mountain roads. It is actually fun to drive being taunt and predictable. Long highway trips are no problem, and neither are washed out, muddy, and rutted farm and mountain roads with the high ground clearance and real 4wd. I would buy a Forester again in a heartbeat as it has been a better all around car than I thought possible, certainly in its price range.

  • Pay Attention to the details - 2015 Subaru Forester
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    I was so disappointed the first time I drove this car at night. The interior is severely underlit. The mirrors, glove box and overall interior lighting are not sufficient. My model also did not have memory seats, which is a huge pain. I found the seats very uncomfortable. My model did not have remote start, so I had the dealer install and I was really disappointed in the way it worked - you still had to start the car again upon entering. The locks do not automatically lock - Subaru says this is a safely feature. Compare other models and the interior features far exceed the Forrester. I traded up to Escape within 30 days.

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