2007 Subaru Forester

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2007 Subaru Forester Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Subaru Forester was new.

The Forester is perhaps the ultimate in plain, utilitarian vehicles, but it also delivers noteworthy levels of performance, safety and reliability. However, it can't match the ride quality and good looks of others in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable compact SUV, you should also consider the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration, particularly with the Turbo
  • Standard Subaru All-Wheel Drive provides confident footing
  • Pleasant, comfortable interior
  • Very competitive crash test ratings for its class
  • Stubborn transmission detracts from overall ride
  • Bland, dated exterior styling

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Subaru Forester has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 48 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.9
Safety: 9.8
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2007 Subaru Forester Overview

Despite its generally bland styling and transmission woes, reviewers for the most part agree that the 2007 Subaru Forester accelerates nicely and offers solid levels of reliability and safety. Commenting on the Forester's image of appealing to fuel-economy conscious outdoor-loving suburbanites, Automobile Magazine states that it is "as crunchy-granola as an afternoon of NPR." Perhaps The Washington Post sums it up best, asserting that it's "big enough to accommodate a family of five, fuel-efficient enough to keep them out of bankruptcy court, fast enough to easily land them in traffic court and safe enough to keep them upright on weather-compromised roads." MSN adds, "The Forester is a sound alternative to larger, less efficient sport-utility vehicles. Now, if Subaru would only do something about its styling."

In a nutshell, the Forester is designed to appeal to a niche audience. About.com states wisely, "Forester is not a car with mass appeal; it's a niche product. If you're one of the few for whom it was designed, chances are you're going to love it." Despite its looks, the Arizona Republic asserts that the reason why the Forester maintains a "cadre of loyal fans" is obvious.

While reviewers generally agree that the Subaru Forester is a niche product, many believe that its overall value is quite good. In fact, IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Subaru Forester a rating of "Better than Average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared to other vehicles in its class. New Car Test Drive explains, "Forester brings it all, or almost all: great all-weather, all-road capability, solid dynamic performance on pavement, passenger/cargo flexibility, lots of useful features, fuel economy, lots of safety equipment and good crash-test scores at a reasonable price." Kelley Blue Book adds that it's "chock-full of options...for not much more cash" than its competitors.


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