Vehicle Reviews:
2018 Subaru Forester Review

On the hunt for a compact SUV that can handle the busy city streets, as well as your weekend adventures beyond Pittsburgh, Wexford, and Butler? The 2018 Subaru Forester can do this and so much more.

This vehicle has the interior spaciousness you’d need in an SUV in addition to the efficiency and advanced safety features you want. Read ahead to learn more about these features that make the Forester stand out.

Performance Specifications

Depending on what trim level you go with, you’ll enjoy one of two capable engines. The first four trim levels are equipped with a 2.5L BOXER® 4-cylinder engine. This engine, paired with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, gets a standard EPA-estimated 28 highway/22 city MPG.1

In these four first trim levels, you can upgrade to the Lineartronic® CVT (Continually Variable Transmission). This transmission also comes standardly paired with the top-two trim levels’ 2.0L turbocharged BOXER® 4-cylinder engine. This second engine puts an impressive 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Both powertrain configurations have the capability to pull a maximum of 1,500 pounds. Hitch your boat or camper and seamlessly tow them to your next exciting travel destination.

Spacious Cargo & Passenger Space

In addition to towing your extra belongings, you’ll have extensive additional packability inside the 2018 Subaru Forester. This SUV has 74.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. To access this, you’ll need to utilize the easily foldable standard 60/40 rear seat or the available one-touch folding rear seatbacks.

If you need to use all five seats, you’ll be excited to know that you’ll still have 34.4 cubic feet of cargo room for all your bags or groceries. Additionally, you’ll be comfortable no matter which of these five seats you choose to sit in.

In the front row, you’ll have 41.4 inches of headroom, 43 inches of legroom, and 57 inches of shoulder room. As for the rear row, you’ll have 39.8 inches of headroom, 38 inches of legroom, and 56.5 inches of shoulder room.

Impressive Available Safety Features

With a wide variety of active and passive safety features on its side, the 2018 Subaru Forester has been rated a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.2 Standard in every trim level except the base is the STARLINK™ Safety and Security connected services.

Included in this dual safety-security system is Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, and Remote Services. These features are meant to give you assistance as quickly as possible after an accident or collision.

There are several other available active safety features, including EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This safety aid automatically monitors the traffic moving around you to optimize cruise control, warn you when you begin to drift from your lane, and even apply the brakes for you in the event of an emergency.

Take a Test Drive in the 2018 Subaru Forester!

As you can see, the 2018 Subaru Forester has a lot to offer. However, there’s much more to be explored in this SUV in addition to its multiple powertrains, impressive cargo space, and advanced safety features.

Shoppers in Pittsburgh, Wexford, and Butler should get in touch with us at Baierl Automotive today to schedule a test drive in the Forester!


1 EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

2 To qualify for 2018 TOP SAFEY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.