2013 Subaru Forester

MSRP $21,295 - $29,995

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2013 Subaru Forester Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Like all Subarus, the Subaru Forester is known for its good build quality, boxer engine, and standard AWD configuration. The 2013 Subaru Forester is a well-balanced combination of design, versatility, and crash-test proven safety. The exterior design is quite distinctive for a crossover, and the interior layout is simple and functional to the core. It gets two engine options to cater to different buyers.

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Pros

Standard AWD 

New turbocharged engine 

Spacious interiors

Cons

Lackluster fit and finish 

Outdated 4-speed transmission ruins the fun 

What's New?

Bluetooth is now standard across all trims 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21295

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

top speed

114 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

103 in.

length

179.5 in.

width

70.1 in.

height

65.9 in.

curb weight

3250 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

107.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2400 lbs.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/27 mpg

highway range

456.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$21,295 onwards

Premium$24,295 onwards

Limited$26,995 onwards

Touring$28,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Subaru Forester in Dark Gray Metallic color
Dark Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


The 2013 Subaru Forester is available in four main trims, namely the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The XT version is available for Premium and Touring trims. It gets a turbocharged engine with better output. The prices start at $21,295 for the Base trim and go up to $28,395 for the top-of-the-line Touring trim. It faces competition from the likes of Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, and Honda CR-V in the segment.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2013 Subaru Forester Features

The 2013 Subaru Forester is available in four main trims, namely the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The main four trims get a naturally aspirated engine, whereas the XT version, available with the Premium and Touring trim, gets the same engine in a turbocharged version. The interior of the Forester is not very exciting but is functional in nature. As you climb up the trim ladder, more features are added at your disposal. 

Trims

Base 

Premium 

Limited 

Touring 

MSRP(2.5X)

$21,295

$24,295

$26,995

$28,395

MSRP(2.5XT)

N/A

$27,295

N/A

$29,995 

Key Features 

2.5L boxer engine

Adds to upgrades to the base trim

Adds to upgrades to the Premium trim

Adds to upgrades to the Limited trim

 

Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive 

Panoramic moonroof

4-speed automatic transmission 

7-speaker single-CD audio system

 

5-speed manual transmission or optional automatic 

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Fog lights

Rear-Vision Camera

 

16-inch steel wheels with covers 

Raised roof rails: black finish

Leather-trimmed upholstery

HID low-beam headlights

 

Cloth upholstery

10-way power seats for driver 

6-speaker single-CD audio system with 4.3-inch LCD display

Side mirrors with integrated turn signals

 

4-speaker single-CD audio system with Bluetooth

Reclining rear seatbacks

Automatic climate control system

Raised roof rails: silver finish

 

6-way manually adjustable driver and passenger's seat

Retractable rear tray with dual cup holders

All-weather package

Electroluminescent gauges

Which trim should you buy? 

While the Subaru has offered four major trims to choose from, the additional two trims based on the powertrain configuration makes things more exciting for the customers. We prefer the 2.5XT Premium trim owing to a better performing engine and the list of creature comforts that you get with this trim. With features like the 10-way power seats for driver, raised roof rails in black finish, keyless entry system, automatic transmission with manual shift mode, panoramic moonroof, all weather package, rear vision camera, optional navigation system etc, the 2.5XT Premium trim makes for a value for money option in the lineup.

2013 Subaru Forester Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2013 Forester is available with two engine options. The cubic capacity of the engine remains the same, however, their nature differs. Both the engines are 2.5L boxer-4 and are available as naturally aspirated or turbocharged. The four main trims get a naturally aspirated 2.5L engine producing about 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged version is available across the Premium and Touring trim only, and it produces about 224 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque. 

Both the turbocharged trims are designated as XT and offer a more enjoyable performance. The base and Premium trims get 5-speed manual transmission as standard with optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The Limited and Touring trims get only automatic transmission as standard. The XT trims also get only automatic transmission as standard. Being a Subaru, all the trims come in AWD configuration as standard.

Models (2013)

Subaru Forester 

Ford Escape 

GMC Terrain

Honda CR-V

MSRP

$21,295

$22,470

$26,305

$23,625

Engine

2.5L H-4

2.5L I-4

2.4L I-4

2.4L I-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic 

Power

170 hp @ 5800 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

185 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

174 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

170 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm

172 ft-lbs. @ 4900 rpm

163 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

0-60 mph (seconds)

8.2

9.2

9.9

9.9

Quarter-mile (seconds)

16.8

16.9

17.2

17.3

Top speed(mph)

120

123

122

125

The Forester in its naturally aspirated avatar is not the most powerful option. However, owing to a manual transmission, the acceleration is good, and it does a 0-60 mph sprint in about 8.2 seconds and quarter-mile drag is done within 16.8 seconds. The GMC Terrain and Honda CR-V offer the same acceleration times. The Ford Escape is the least powerful car here but does 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds, faster than the CR-V and Terrain.

2013 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2013 Subaru Forester’s base engine is fuel-efficient and offers good performance to move around town. It offers 21 mpg, 27 mpg, and 23 mpg, in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions, respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 16.9 gallons, you can expect a range of 355 miles, 456 miles, and 389 miles, in the city, highway, and mixed driving conditions, respectively. The efficiency figures are good because Forester is an AWD vehicle.

Models (2013)

Subaru Forester 

Ford Escape 

GMC Terrain

Honda CR-V

MPG (City) (mpg)

21

22

22

23

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

27

31

32

31

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

23

25

26

26

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

16.9

15.1

18.0

15.3

Range (City/Hwy)

355/456

332/468

396/576

352/474

The GMC Terrain and Honda CR-V come with smaller engines and are the most efficient of the lot. The GMC Terrain is equipped with a larger 18.0-gallon fuel tank and can travel up to 468 miles on a full tank of gas in combined driving conditions. The Escape and CR-V are efficient as well but lose out on the range battle due to smaller fuel tanks.

2013 Subaru Forester Interior

6.0/10

The 2013 Forester’s interior design is not fancy but functional. The fit and finish levels could have been better, while the design is pretty straightforward. The Forester seats five across two rows and space is commendable. The lower trims get cloth upholstery and the seats are pretty comfortable. The features like leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, reclining rear seats, and heated front seats are available in higher trims. 

The instrument console is legible and gets clear gauges with user-friendly controls. A high seating position and adequate under-thigh support aid the driver on long journeys. All the windows are wide enough and provide a good view of the outside. Overall, the interior is pretty basic and provides convenience to the passengers.

Models (2013)

Subaru Forester 

Ford Escape 

GMC Terrain

Honda CR-V

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/56.0/43.1

39.9/56.0/43.1

39.8/55.7/41.2

39.9/56.8/41.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.7/55.6/38.0

39.0/55.4/36.8

39.2/55.3/39.9

38.6/56.4/38.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

30.8

34.3

31.6

37.2

The Honda CR-V is the more practical offering of the lot. It provides a better cargo capacity than its competitors, followed by Escape, Terrain, and Forester. The Subaru Forester gets a lower cargo capacity, but it can be increased by folding the rear seats. The Subaru Forester gets adequate headroom and legroom across both rows. The GMC terrain offers better legroom at the rear. Some of the standout interior features of the 2013 Forester are:

  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks
  • Reclining rear seats (Premium and above)
  • Heated front seats (Limited and Touring)
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Aluminum-alloy pedal covers (XT trims)
  • Automatic climate control system (Limited)

How intuitive is the 2013 Forester’s infotainment system?

The 2013 Forester gets an adequately loaded infotainment system. The base and Premium trims get features like 4-speaker single-CD audio system with USB port/iPod control, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, and a 3.5-mm auxiliary jack as standard. The Limited and Touring trims get features like a 4.3-inch display, HD radio, 3.5-mm auxiliary jack, and 6/7 speaker audio system depending upon the trim. 

The system is basic and easy to use. The optional packages include a TomTom navigation system with a detachable 4.3-inch high-resolution screen and another navigation package which includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with an activated GPS navigation system, Sirius XM radio, Sirius XM NavTraffic, SMS text messaging capability, etc. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2013 Forester are:

  • 4-speaker single-CD audio system (base and premium trim)
  • 4.3-inch LCD display
  • USB port/iPod control
  • High-resolution 6.1-inch touch-screen (optional package)
  • 6/7 speaker audio system 
  • TomTom navigation system (optional package)

2013 Subaru Forester Exterior

6.0/10

The 2013 Forester is devoid of any visual drama and is made to withstand the test of time. The front fascia imbibes two curvy headlamps and a small chrome grille with the Subaru logo. The front bumper gets fog lamps on each side and lends an attractive look. The sides are free from aggressive character lines, and the tall windows on the Forester provide a roomy feeling inside the cabin. The roof rails come in different colors depending upon the trim and make the Forester look rugged. Overall, the exterior design is timeless but misses out on modern styling elements as the competition.

Models (2013)

Subaru Forester 

Ford Escape 

GMC Terrain

Honda CR-V

Curb Weight (lbs)

3340 

3515 

3853 

3305

Length (in.)

179.5 

178.1 

185.3 

178.3

Width (in.)

70.1 

72.4 

72.8 

71.6

Height (in.)

66.9 

66.3 

66.3 

64.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7 

7.9 

6.9 

6.3

Wheelbase (in.)

103.0

105.9

112.5

103.1

The Forester is a lighter SUV of the lot despite being an AWD vehicle. The ground clearance on the Forester is unbeatable, and no SUV comes close. So, the AWD and higher ground clearance allow the Forester to do some off-roading on weekends. The GMC Terrain gets the longest wheelbase, which aids with better legroom at the rear. The Escape also comes with good ground clearance when compared with others. The CR-V is more suited for paved roads and gets the least ground clearance. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2013 Forester are:

  • High-intensity discharge (HID) low-beam (Touring)
  • Rear spoiler (XT trims)
  • Body-color side mirrors
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Raised roof rails
  • All-weather package: Heated side mirrors and wiper de-icer (Limited and Touring)

2013 Subaru Forester Safety

6.0/10

The 2013 Subaru Forester is a well-built and sturdy SUV. The body structure is designed in a ring-shaped reinforcement frame and is engineered to be exceptionally rigid for maximum protection from impact energy. The NHTSA has given it a 4-star safety rating in rollover tests, while the IIHS has rated it as “Good” in various tests conducted by it. The Forester gets many safety features like front airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, etc as standard. Some of the standout safety features of the 2013 Forester are:

  • Antitheft security system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Optional rear vision camera
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Rollover sensor

2013 Subaru Forester Final Verdict

The 2013 Forester is a sturdy SUV from the house of Subaru. It offers very good ground clearance and comes with AWD as standard, which testifies to its off-road capability. It also scores well in the safety department. The performance from the base engine is not peppy but is tuned for better fuel efficiency. For better performance, you can opt for the XT trims. If you don’t mind simplistic styling and bland interiors that are functional as well, you can go ahead with the 2013 Forester.