2008 Subaru Forester Review
This review was written when the 2008 Subaru Forester was new.
The Forester ranks in the top half of its class for delivering excellent acceleration and a surprisingly fun driving experience, along with proven safety and reliability. However, it's bested by the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, which offer smoother ride quality and edgier, more modern styling.
Reviewers generally see the 2008 Subaru Forester as a very good value for a fun, family-friendly SUV. While most complain about its bland exterior and stubborn transmission, the Forester's positives outweigh its flaws. "The Forester should make a lot of people's lists as an all-around capable vehicle. Older buyers, especially, know a good deal when they drive one," says the Boston Globe. For 2008, the Subaru Forester adds a few new features to its many trim levels. Turbocharged models with the automatic transmission get a tweaked all-wheel-drive system and now come standard with electronic stability control. Also notable is that the top-of-the-line L.L. Bean model no longer comes with self-leveling rear suspension.
The Forester comes in several trims -- the 2.5X, Sport X, Sport XT, 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition and 2.5 XT Limited. All models come standard with full-time all-wheel drive.
- "Although the Forester is aging, it remains a comfortable little truck, not just to occupy but in all aspects of its personality." -- Car and Driver
- "The difference between the Forester and the newest breed of tall wagons is that the Forester always was a genuine all-wheel-drive people hauler. It never pretended to be a jungle-conquering, off-road sport-utility vehicle, or anything else." -- Washington Post
- "Forester may not impress the neighbors, unless they appreciate the Subie's quality and practicality, but it will get the job done with a minimum of fuss." --Arizona Republic