2016 Subaru Forester Review

The Subaru Forester has established itself as one of the most sought all-wheel-drive SUVs transcending most of its rivals such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Subaru Forester has been in production since 1997 and is in its 5th generation. 

Detailed Review

The 2016 Subaru Forester comes with 4 engine options which are the 2.0 L FB20 H4, 2.5 L FB25 H4, 2.0 L FA20F H4 all petrol, and the 2.0 L EE20 H4 turbo diesel. 

2016 Subaru Forester Grades

  1. Subaru Forester 2.5i- this is the base grade that comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 6-Speed Manual Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT), and an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) drivetrain. 
  2. Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium- this trim has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 6-speed CVT transmission, and an AWD drivetrain. 
  3. Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited- this grade comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, CVT transmission, and AWD drivetrain. 
  4. Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring- this grade boasts a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a CVT transmission and AWD drivetrain. 
  5. Subaru Forester 2.0 XT- it comes with a 2.5l flat 4 gas engine, CVT transmission, and AWD drivetrain. 
  6. Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Premium- it is equipped with a 2.0L turbo flat 4 gas, CVT transmission, and AWD drivetrain. 

Interior, Legroom & Space

The interior of the 2016 Subaru Forester has enough visual appeal to compete with other affordable crossovers, despite adhering to Subaru’s “less is more” design philosophy. However, it has larger multi-information systems that are easy to use. It is also quiet inside thanks to the added insulation behind the door panels and instrument panel.

Boot Space

The 2016 Forester’s sense of space cargo provides 34.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded. The latter is roughly 4 cubic feet larger than the Honda CR-V, which has been ahead of this class. 


The 2016 Forester is an attractive car, slightly less boxy but still an evolutionary variation on the previous generation that prioritizes easy access and outward sight. Several design elements of the ‘16 Forester are shared with the current Subaru Impreza, such as the contoured body sides and the taillight forms. There are fewer dramatic creases, simply moderate fender flares, and the grille and front lamp units now taper and wrap around the vehicle more than before.

Ground Clearance

The 2016 Subaru Forester has a ground clearance of 8.7 inches. 

Fuel Tank Capacity

The 2016 Forester has a fuel tank capacity of 16.6 gallons which is equivalent to 62.83 liters. 


Standard safety features in the 2016 Forester include; Antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, and a rearview camera. It is also equipped with the Starlink Safety Plus telematics system which includes emergency assistance and automatic collision notification. 

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