2025 Subaru Forester Review: Prices, Specs, and Photos

The redesigned 2025 Subaru Forester comes better equipped this year and with a higher starting price of $31,090, including a $1,395 destination fee. It earns a point each for its value and larger infotainment interface equipped on all but the base model. It’s a 7. 

The base Forester has 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, and dual 7.0-inch touchscreens for infotainment and navigation. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility come standard, as do USB-A ports and a satellite radio trial. Subaru has finally ditched the CD player. It’s the only Forester that needs a key for the ignition. 

Subaru’s standard 3-year/36,000-mile warranty is average.

Which Subaru Forester should I buy?

The $33,390 Premium upgrades to a tablet-style 11.6-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone compatibility, USB-A and USB-C ports, a wifi hotspot, heated front seats and side mirrors, a 10-way power driver’s seat, roof rails, a sunroof, and an off-road mode with hill descent control. We’d add the $1,200 option package for blind-spot monitors and a power tailgate. 

If looks could kill, and you want that dagger, the Sport costs $35,890 and flashes 19-inch wheels trimmed in bronze, some chrome and bronze badging inside and out, black exterior trim bits, an interior with more soft-touch padding, synthetic leather, paddle shifters that mimic an 8-speed automatic, and Subaru’s dual-function X-Mode system with a deep snow/mud function that cuts traction control to loosen the wheels in the thick mucky stuff. Yup, we just talked ourselves into the Sport. It’s a half-step to the unchanged 2024 Wilderness that cost $36,315 last year. Subaru hasn’t announced a price change on that model. 

How much is a fully loaded Subaru Forester?

The $41,390 Touring tops the lineup with memory front seats that are heated, cooled, and covered in perforated leather. It also has heated rear seats, a lower profile roof rack, a surround-view camera system, and the Harman Kardon sound system.

How is the Subaru Forester’s infotainment system?

All but the base model has a vertically-oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen that houses not only the infotainment system but most climate and vehicle drive controls. Temperature and defrost buttons flank either side, as do volume and tuning knobs, in a surround of glossy black plastic, and Subaru has made the lower part of the touchscreen a permanent climate panel. Still, it can be narrow, and more to fidget with than a traditional fan speed dial.

At the top is a display for drive mode gauges and settings, but it takes a few swipes to access the three X-Mode all-wheel-drive settings. A button would be preferred, and safer and easier to toggle through. 

Overall, the system is more responsive and brighter fonts with darker background means it doesn’t get as washed out in direct sunlight as in the past. The actual display does a good job of mimicking a smartphone interface, but Subaru’s system is still a generation away from resolving where to put all the buttons and functions in the safest, easiest way.