2015 Subaru Forester

2.5i PZEV AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility H4 man trans

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SUZUKA CITY, Japan – Humans are aspirational, sometimes to a fault. There's no tree too tall to climb, no ocean too deep to dive into, and no car too inept to race. Sometimes we fall, sometimes we drown, and sometimes we build the Subaru Forester tS tuned by STI.
Fortunately for the Forester, the team turning it into a track-day toy is Subaru Tecnica International (STI), which is composed of 50-odd nitpicky engineering geniuses. Unfortunately for the Forester, it's still a Subaru Forester -- big, buoyant, and anything but rousing as a driving machine.
Subaru Forester TS Tuned By STI Rear Three Quarter
STI tells us that it's tried to mitigate the crossover's serious shortcomings by equipping it with a selection of high-performance hardware. This includes structural enhancements such as STI's unique strut-tower brace, underbody stiffeners with rod-end joints, and a rear subframe support with rock-hard bushings. Wide 245/45R-19 Bridgestone Turanza tires on cast-aluminum BBS wheels plus Brembo brakes are part of the program, and the electronic control boxes for the engine and transmission have also been retuned. To prove the value of the changes, STI handed us the keys to a Forester tS (just 300 have been built for the Japanese market) and cut us loose on the Suzuka Circuit, the famous Formula 1 racetrack in Japan.
Subaru Forester TS Tuned By STI Cockpit
The results are surprising. There's not much pitching and rolling from the chassis, and there's not much delay in response as you steer into a corner. The Subaru Forester tS cuts the racing line around the track remarkably well. Of course, even though STI has successfully engineered this JDM crossover to speed confidently around a road course, there's no amount of wrench time that could make the Forester fun while doing so. The Subaru Forester tS still feels big, only less so. Buoyant, only less so. And really, it's not a bit more rousing than a bone-stock Forester.
We step out of the Subaru Forester tS, and an STI engineer asks, "You like it? Should we bring it to the United States?" We say, "It's better, but we don't really get it. So, no." He looks wounded, so we quickly add, "But, what the hell? Every car is turning into a pudgy crossover these days. So, sure, send it stateside."
Our friend seems somewhat pleased. We are less so, although we find his aspirations somewhat enchanting, if perhaps foolhearted.
2015 Subaru Forester
2015 Subaru Forester

New for 2015

The Subaru Forester adds a rearview camera and color multi-function display as standard equipment for 2015. XT models get the All Weather package as standard equipment, and manual-equipped 2.5i models with the Premium package get a moonroof.

Vehicle Overview

The Subaru Forester is a two-row crossover that features lots of utility and sports a pair of flat-four engines paired with standard all-wheel drive. In price, the Forester fits alongside the XV Crosstrek but below the Outback.


The 2015 Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four that produces 170 hp and 174 lb-ft, which is paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22/29 mpg city/highway with the manual, and 24/32 mpg with the CVT. Drivers hoping for more “sport” with their sport-utility vehicle can opt for the turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four found in XT models, which produces 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is paired exclusively with a CVT.
The 2015 Forester's options includes heated front seats, one-touch folding rear seats, a power rear liftgate with height memory, hands-free keyless access with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, voice-controlled navigation, an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, leather seats, and reclining rear seats. Subaru, however, has gone all-out in the safety department, with standard brake assistance and a rearview camera on all models, and the available EyeSight suite of safety tech that includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure assist, and sway warning functions.
As you'd expect of a crossover with such so many available safety technologies, the 2015 Subaru Forester received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and is considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS; the highest possible marks for both organizations.

What We Think

The 2015 Subaru Forester is a capable yet unassuming crossover. It’s not the prettiest vehicle on the road, nor is it the most exciting, but it’s consistent. In a review of a 2014 Subaru Forester XT Touring we said, “The driving dynamics are nothing to write home about, but they remain consistent no matter the weather or how much stuff you've packed inside.” One editor took another Forester for a longer drive (a 2014 Forester 2.5i Premium with a manual!) and said, “I got about 23 mpg on the first half of my 300-mile round trip last weekend and managed to get that up to 25 mpg on the return, going about 77-80 mph on the freeway. In addition to the excellent forward visibility … the rear visibility is also impressive, as is over-the-shoulder right rear visibility. This is most definitely not the case with most small crossovers. The seats are very comfortable, and the seat heaters are excellent.” The editor noted the rearview camera’s screen was rather small, but conceded “it’s better than nothing.”
Another editor commented on the Forester's improved interior and, for now, manual-transmission availability: “Both the materials and the fit and finish seem a step above what we've seen in the 2013 Impreza. As someone who lives on dirt roads, regularly encounters four-plus inches of snow in the winter, hauls a fair amount of cargo, but also needs an economical daily driver, a compact crossover makes a lot of sense. There are plenty of choices in this segment, but as an unabashed manual fan, the Forester may be one of the few to make my short list.”

You’ll Like

  • Available manual transmission
  • Composed handling, no matter the conditions
  • Great outward visibility

You Won’t Like

  • Bland exterior
  • CVT saps excitement from the available turbo engine
  • Can get pricey with XT models

Key Competitors

  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Kia Sportage
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Mazda CX-5


2015 Honda CR Z Manual Shifter
There might be hope yet for the manual transmission. Many enthusiasts who drive performance-minded cars insist on using a clutch pedal, but we think there are also some casual drivers out there who still enjoy shifting for themselves. Though the number of new, manual-gearbox cars on the market seems to decrease more and more each year, there are still some forgotten gems that haven't yet fallen victim to the trend. Check out these seven cars in which you can row your own gears.
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Subaru has enjoyed record sales in the past few years, and the automaker is now set to hit its initial mid-term sales target sooner than expected, according to Automotive News.
2014 Subaru Forester XT Passengers Side Front Three Quarters View 25
The Subaru Forester is a major pillar of Subaru’s recent sales success in the U.S. That trend will likely continue for the 2015 model year, with the all-wheel-drive crossover set to start at an affordable $23,045, including destination fees. Subaru relies heavily on mass-market crossovers like the Forester and Outback to drive its growing sales figures, and with just a $225 price bump over last year’s model (pictured), this latest 2015 Subaru Forester should ignite demand even further.

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2015 Subaru Forester Specifications

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2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
170 hp @ 5800rpm
174 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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