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SUBARU Forester Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 7
First production year: 1997
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
 

2018 - Present

The fifth generation of the Subaru Forester was launched in March 2018 at the New York International Auto Show as a 2019 model. It grew in all sizes to offer more interior room, trunk space, and comfort. But it didn't forget about safety. Despite its not-so-appealing look (it is like a trademark for Subaru) the Forester has quite a few interesting features. Probably the most important i...

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gasoline engines:

  SUBARU Forester 2.5L CVT (182 HP)

2013 - 2018

The fourth generation crossover from Fuji Heavy Industries continues a line of models that have been successfully sold since 1997. Compared to the model that came before it, the SJ Forester is longer, mainly in the wheelbase. The cabin benefits heavily from this, especially in the rear legroom department. Subaru developed the Forester with a new X-MODE AWD control system, which controls the engi...

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diesel engines:

  SUBARU Forester 2.0L 6MT (147 HP)

gasoline engines:

  SUBARU Forester 2.0L 6MT (150 HP)

  SUBARU Forester 2.0L CVT (150 HP)

  SUBARU Forester 2.0L CVT (240 HP)

2008 - 2013

With more and more buyers becoming interested in the crossover market, the Subaru Forester was one of the best choices available. Looking like an SUV, with good ground clearance and even good off-road capabilities, the Forester managed to offer great fuel economy and a spacious interior. Reaching its 3rd generation in 2008, the Forester was a relaxing vehicle to be in with the quiet ride i...

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2005 - 2008

Even though it was only three-years-old, the second generation of the Subaru Forester was refreshed in 2005, improving the sporty Japanese medium SUV. The introduction of the Euro 4 pollution norms in 2005 forced most of the carmakers to update their vehicles. Subaru did the same with the Forester lineup, a far more different vehicle than most of the other SUVs from the market. Despite its ab...

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2002 - 2005

Subaru introduced the second generation of the Forester in 2002, after a successful career for the first generation, which proved to be a big success story for the small Japanese carmaker. Subaru chose to introduce the sequel for the Forester Saga at the 2002 Chicago Auto Show. It was still built on the same platform as its Impreza sibling. Since it shared many parts with the sporty sedan, it...

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2000 - 2002

Subaru introduced a facelifted version for the Forester's first generation in 2000, and it slightly enhanced the interior features and altered the exterior. With an established reputation of a reliable vehicle and a go-anywhere attitude, the Forester's only problem was the design. The Japanese carmaker already knew that its design department was the weakest link and pressed them to ...

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1997 - 2000

Without any experience in the off-road segment, but with vast experience in all-wheel drive technology, Subaru introduced the Forester crossover in 1997 and fueled people's desire for these kinds of leisure vehicles. At the beginning of the '90s, the MPV mania was on top of most carmakers' lists. Whoever couldn't make a minivan by itself forged alliances with their competi...

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