2017 Subaru Forester


Ranked #8 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP $22,595 - $34,295
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Key Spec of 2017 Subaru Forester
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


170 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Best-in-class practicality nature

Road noise creeps into the cabin

Revised exterior styling

Backed by a potent Boxer engine

Boxy exterior design layout

Standard Subaru's Eyesight safety system

Inspired handling dynamics

Better interior feature upgrades

Plenty of advanced features made standard

2017 Subaru Forester Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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Oozing with practicality, the athletic yet boxy-shaped 2017 Subaru Forester gets a mildly revised styling for the exterior front, and plenty of interior and safety feature upgrades this year. IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ winner, Subaru has made plenty of advanced driver-assistance tech standard this time around. Priced at a starting MSRP of $22,595, the 2017 Forester's powertrain department is looked after by 2 engine choices-the standard 2.5L flat-four, and the 2.0L turbocharged engine. So in hindsight, the Forester will remain mechanically unchanged. Apart from that, the Premium trim of the Forester will bring along various other black-themed exterior features.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown

NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)$27424$2929548 Listings
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)$32028$34295145 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.8Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#8 in Compact Suv

#15 in Suv

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Base$22,595 onwards
  • 6.2-Inch touchscreen
  • 60/40-Split folding rear seatback
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Four-Speaker sound system
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Rearview camera
  • Subaru'S Starlink technology interface
Premium$25,495 onwards
  • 7-Inch touchscreen
  • Automatic climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power driver seat
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Six-Speaker sound system w/ satellite radio
  • Starlink Safety Plus telematics
  • Voice commands
Limited$29,195 onwards
  • 17-Inch wheels
  • Blind-Spot monitoring
  • Driver information display
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
Touring$31,295 onwards
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Driver-Seat memory settings
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Navigation system
  • One-Touch folding rear seatbacks

Used Subaru Forester For Sale

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Price Drop, $798
Earlier Price: $16786
21 Sep 2022
Eugene, OR

2016 Subaru Forester Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD PZEV (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,068 Below market
RMV: $20,056
Mileage 94,281 mi.
Listed On 24 Jun 2022 (219 Days)
Kansas City, MO

2018 Subaru Forester Touring

Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $237/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,393 Below market
RMV: $21,893
Mileage 101,800 mi.
Listed On 23 Dec 2022 (37 Days)
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $20499
16 Dec 2022
Wichita, KS

2017 Subaru Forester Touring

Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,043 Below market
RMV: $25,042
Mileage 90,482 mi.
Listed On 15 Sep 2022 (136 Days)
Price Drop, $1002
Earlier Price: $20998
4 Aug 2022
Roseville, CA

2018 Subaru Forester Touring

Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,969 Below market
RMV: $24,965
Mileage 100,070 mi.
Listed On 25 May 2022 (249 Days)
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $14889
19 Dec 2022
Birmingham, AL

2017 Subaru Forester Touring

Touring 4dr SUV AWD PZEV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $195/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,541 Below market
RMV: $17,930
Mileage 133,695 mi.
Listed On 21 Oct 2022 (100 Days)
Price Drop, $1000
Earlier Price: $16999
8 Jul 2022
Weaverville, NC

2018 Subaru Forester Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,870 Below market
RMV: $19,869
Mileage 121,821 mi.
Listed On 27 Jan 2022 (367 Days)
Fresno, CA

2018 Subaru Forester Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $196/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,470 Below market
RMV: $17,969
Mileage 129,186 mi.
Listed On 22 Oct 2022 (99 Days)
Foristell, MO

2017 Subaru Forester Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD PZEV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $190/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,288 Below market
RMV: $17,283
Mileage 135,405 mi.
Listed On 27 Jul 2022 (186 Days)
Bozeman, MT

2018 Subaru Forester Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $251/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,287 Below market
RMV: $22,777
Mileage 119,125 mi.
Listed On 23 Jun 2022 (220 Days)

Colors and Styles

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Crystal Black Silica

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Subaru's quality and outspoken reliability factors are some of the reasons that make this 2017 Forester a must-buy. Further, the mild refresh that it has been put through, with both exterior and interior bits, is definitely worth it. For the starting price tag of MSRP $22,595, it is not that expensive of a price bump. The feature list the 2017 Forester offers surely goes unmatched by the rest of the rivals for sure. Plus its efficient AWD system means it is fit to take on any terrain that is put in front of it. Competing in the same segment against the Forester are these other stalwarts- Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and the Honda CR-V.



The five-seater best-selling compact SUV, 2017 Subaru Forester is available in over six trim levels, namely 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium, and 2.0XT Touring, with prices starting from an MSRP of $22,595 for the base 2.5i, whereas the top-of-the-line 2.0XT Touring goes for about $34,295. While the base trims are offered with a standard 2.0L flat-4 engine, the top-most trims are offered with a rather more potent 2.5L turbocharged unit. Moreover, all models share a CVT as standard, whereas the top trim also gets the option of a 6-speed manual transmission.



2.5i Premium

2.5i Limited

2.5i Touring

2.0XT Premium

2.0XT Touring









17-inch steel wheels

Includes 2.5i key features and adds:

Includes 2.5i Premium key features and adds:


Includes 2.5i Limited key features and adds:

Includes 2.5i Premium key features and adds:

Includes 2.5i Touring key features

  4-speaker sound system Power- tilt/sliding panoramic moon roof Leather-trimmed upholstery. LED Steering Responsive Headlights 18-inch alloy wheels.  


EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats.

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Sport-tuned suspension



Height-adjustable driver's seat

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Blind-Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic

Dual-zone automatic climate control.

All-Weather package





Power Rear Gate

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle.

8-way power driver's seat w/ memory.



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The 2017 Subaru Forester is keen on raising the stakes up, with this trim lineup. The best value for money trim according to us would have to be the 2.5i Touring trim, which is priced at an MSRP of $31,295, as it gets all of the bells and whistles, one would require from an offering of this stature and more. Moreover, it definitely hits the sweet spot with the new 18-inch alloy wheel pattern.

Engine and Performance


The 2017 Subaru Forester offers enjoyable on-road dynamics, decent off-road capability, and, if you choose the turbocharged XT model, spirited performance - Car Connection

2017 Subaru Forester Engine and Transmission

Running point on the performance front of the 2017 Subaru Forester is a familiar 2.5L naturally aspirated falt-4 engine, that is able to push out a respectable 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. This is standard for the lower trims of the Forester, but coming to the 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring trims, Subaru also offers a 2.0L turbocharged unit, able to put out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Further transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed manual unit in the lower trims, while the higher trims are stuck with a loathsome CVT. It also comes with Subaru's famed all-wheel-drive, which is meant to take on anything and everything that is thrown at it. The 6-speed manual would be our obvious choice, if not for it being standard just in the lower trims, although the CVT is no good either, as it fails to drone out the noise from down under.


2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Mazda CX-5


$22,595 $24,410 $24,045 $24,350


2.5L NA Flat-4

2.5L NA I-4

2.4L NA I4

2.5L NA I-4

Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic CVT 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 170 hp @ 5,800 RPM 176 hp @ 6,000 RPM 184 hp @ 6,400 RPM 187 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 174 lb- ft @ 4,100 RPM 172 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM 180 lb- ft @ 3,900 RPM 185 lb- ft @ 3,250 RPM

Subaru's famed Boxer engine allows for enough grunt while jaunting through city streets and open-tarmac freeways. Moreover, in terms of off-road ability, there are none of the competitors that can even come close to what the Forester can offer. By far, the cheapest offering in this segment, its horsepower figures are also the least in this segment. Nevertheless, the acceleration figures are decent, despite the case.

2017 Subaru Forester Acceleration

The 2017 Subaru Forester is able to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just about 8.5 seconds, all the while crossing the quarter-mile mark in just about 17.3 seconds. This turns out to be one of the fastest times put up in the segment, despite it having the least power figures of all. Nevertheless, it was more than adequate to wade through traffic, and pull on overtaking maneuvers out on the freeway.


2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Mazda CX-5

0-60 MPH

8.5 secs

8.3 secs

8.6 secs

8.6 secs

Quarter mile

17.3 sec

16.7 secs

16.8 secs

16.7 secs

There is a Sport mode to, that sharpens the throttle response, at the higher end, which also is a huge boon. The rivals too put on some decent times, although, Mazda's CX-5 fairly disappoints us the most, as even with the segment best figures, it turns out to be the slowest crossover of the lot, courtesy of its heft

2017 Subaru Forester Ride and Handling

The 2017 Subaru Forester offers a note-worthy ride and handling dynamics, despite it not being powered by the best-in-class powertrain figures. The Subaru Forester does have the backing of its potent all-wheel-drive system, which renders it good even for taking on the unbeaten path. With it being 40% more rigid than the previous iterations, with the help of Subaru's new Global Platform, body rolls through corners are much more succumbed. The new heated steering wheel is supremely responsive, while the shorter dimensions also make it a breeze taking the Forester through jammed city streets.

2017 Subaru Forester Braking

The 2017 Subaru Forester with 11.8-inch front rotor discs and 11.3-inch rear rotor discs is able to come to a complete dead stop from 60 MPH in just 129 ft. This turns out to be one of the least impressive figures in the segment, despite it housing one of the biggest braking in the segment. The brakes are adequately responsive and do inspire confidence to the fullest.


2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Mazda CX-5

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For the year 2017, the Forester also has a brake-based torque-vectoring system, which is a huge help too. Honda CR-V takes the cake in this matter, with the least distance taken to come to a complete stop, despite it having the smallest brakes in the segment.

Fuel Economy


The 2017 Subaru Forester is able to deliver 26 MPG in the city and 32 miles to the gallon out on the highway, with the loathsome CVT in place, combined with the 2.5L flat-4 engine. This places it right at the top of the leaderboard in terms of fuel efficiency. Coming over to the 6-speed manual transmission in question, that when coupled to the flat-4 engine is able to deliver 22 MPG in the city and 29 miles to the gallon out on the highway.


2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Mazda CX-5

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The fuel economy figures are backed by a segment-best 15.9-gallon fuel tank, which allows the Forester to stretch out to 509 miles on the go. Apart from the flat-four engine, the 2017 Subaru Forester when powered by the turbocharged 2.0L engine in the top-end trims, is able to deliver 23 MPG and 27 MPG in the city and highway respectively. Plus the addition of the automatic stop/start system also aids in conserving fuel.



The interior environment may not be luxurious, but the 2017 Subaru Forester's cabin offers excellent space for both passengers and cargo - CarConnection

Practical at best, the 2017 Subaru Forester's cabin space is far from being modern or premium in any sense. The Forester puts the boxy silhouette to good use, by providing adequate space inside the cabin for 5 average-sized adults. Moreover with an elevated seating position, and good quality leather seats being made standard from the lower trim itself, the 2017 Subaru Forester is adequately comfortable for long rides, or even day-to-day city commutes.

Plus standard across the trims is also the 2-position memory seats, whereas the top trim can opt for the 6-way power-adjustable and memory function. The interior space is moreover crafted with bland plastic materials, which although might not seem good to the eye, will definitely last for ages to come. Further interior additions include the Forester Touring trim gets heated steering wheel, and 18-inch new pattern alloys too.


2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Mazda CX-5

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Some of the Interior Features on offer are-

  • 60/40-split folding rear seatback
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Rear Center Armrest

2017 Subaru Forester Infotainment System

Subaru offers a myriad of creature comforts including on the tech front, all for that starting consumer-friendly price tag. Hooking you up to the entertainment world is a decent Star Link 6.5-inch infotainment screen, with built-in navigation as standard on the lower trims, whereas the Touring and Premium trims get a much bigger 8-inch one. Essentially easy to use, with the adequate amount of buttons, the infotainment system still misses out on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The UI menu certainty seems outdated, as this is where Subaru might put in work for next year's iteration.

Some of the infotainment features on offer are-

  • 8-inch touchscreen with in-built navigation
  • Two USB ports, Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Wi-Fi hot spot
  • A nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

2017 Subaru Forester Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Subaru Forester has a decent 31.5 cu. ft of cargo space behind its rear seats. This is one such practical SUV that is used by the ones who are frequent weekend go-getters, and for that very cause, the Forester is able to slot in plenty of suitcases behind. Forester boxy design layout also allows for maximum storage capacity behind the seats.


2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Mazda CX-5

Cargo Volume (ft.3)





Although, once you fold down the rear seats in a 60/40 manner, the 2017 Forester can store a maximum of 76.1 cu. ft of cargo capacity. Add to that, the automated liftgate function, and cargo-carrying has never been easier. Subaru is also lenient with its approach, in providing a maximum of interior storage spaces too.



The Subaru Forester's design is clean and straightforward, though perhaps a bit generic, even with some 2017 updates - CarConnection

Bland in its stature, the 2017 Subaru Forester still follows the same age-old design layout, and to be brutally honest, it majorly lags behind the other rivals in this respect. Focused on being as practical as one could get, its boxy structure does allow adequate space in the rear. Having said that, the 2017 Forester gets a new hexagonal grille in the front, with a much more athletic front fascia.

The 2017 Forester also gets new headlights with a black inner bezel, and moreover, character lines flowing straight through the sides back to the new rear LED headlights. Apart from the standard exterior features in the base model, the top-most Premium and Touring trims also get a rear spoiler, and new 18-inch alloy wheel patterns.


2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Mazda CX-5

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Coming to the competition at hand, the Mazda CX-5 has the longest wheelbase of the bunch, and hence the biggest cabin space of all. Plus, the 8.7-inch ground clearance also allows the 2017 Forester to be a soft-roader.

Some of the Exterior Features offered are-

  • Wheels: 18" x 7.0J Black Finish Aluminum Alloys
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper and Rear Bumper
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access



The 2017 Subaru Forester will continue to deliver impressive safety features, that too at an affordable consumer-friendly price tag. With an increased attention to safety, the Forester gets the Subaru Eyesight driver assistance technology standard from the base trim onwards. It also gets a 5-star rating in almost all stages of the NHTSA crash tests. Moreover, IIHS also honors it with the "Top Safety Pick+" rating in the crash tests conducted.

Some of the safety features on offer are-

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind spot detection
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking



2017 Subaru Forester vs 2017 Mazda CX -5

The Mazda CX-5 offers a better exterior design layout and even more, plush interiors than the 2017 Forester, although for a higher price tag. It further offers a better ride and handling dynamics, courtesy of the precise steering wheel and competent suspension setup.

Subaru Forester, on the other hand, is more of a soft-roader, and it feels more poised and capable while being taken through the unbeaten path. Nevertheless, safety-wise, it definitely is the 2017 Forester that wins it big. Both of these have their pros and cons, although if it were up to us, we'd prefer the Mazda CX-5.

2017 Subaru Forester vs 2017 Honda CR-V

Perhaps the most competent rival of the Subaru Forester in this segment, the Honda CR-V has been the ultimate go-to SUV in the compact crossover segment, courtesy of its premium yet practical interior setup, best-in-class fuel efficiency, and inspiring driving dynamics.

On the other hand, the 2017 Subaru Forester comes at a more affordable price than the Honda, now with a better feature list compared to the previous iterations. But the consumer-friendly price-tag has had an adverse effect too, in terms of the powertrain front, wherein the CR-V's base engine is much more powerful than that of the Forester.

Final Verdict

A decent offering in the compact SUV segment, the 2017 Subaru Forester definitely holds up its own when going up against the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, following the multitude of changes that it has been put through. Although having said that, the base powertrain might not be up to the mark, and closely following it is also the age-old exterior silhouette. Nevertheless, there might be a slim chance of this year's iteration being given undivided attention when compared to the previous MYs, following the value for money factor it symbolizes.

vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr Crossover

engine type

152 cu in

horse power

170 hp @ 5800 rpm


174 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm


Continuously variable speed Automatic


181 in


104 in


71 in

curb weight

3395 lbs


66 in

Ground Clearance

9 in

passenger volume

108.3 cu ft

cargo volume

74.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

26/28/32 mpg

highway range

508.80 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Subaru Forester 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,043
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,730$1,368$1,010$638$196$4,942
Taxes and Fees$2,393$189$243$154$220$3,199
Total Cost-To-Own$10,556$7,328$6,974$8,729$7,456$41,043
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