2012 Subaru Forester Reviews from North America

2012 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5 boxer four

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.5 boxer four Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

Rugged, practical and roomy

Faults:

No problems so far.

General Comments:

It's been a great little ute for us. It's pretty civilized on the freeway, has a ton of room (kudos to the boxy shape) and gets decent mileage.

One of the reasons that we bought it is because it has decent ground clearance for a non-truck based SUV. We've taken it off-roading a bit (more than forest service roads, but less than the Rubicon) and it's done great.

Overall it's a great little truck that's for folks that spend 95% of their time in the city and 5% in the mountains.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2013

2012 Subaru Forester L

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Great all wheel drive car

Faults:

Recent new car purchase, good so far.

General Comments:

The all wheel drive is very good; the car handles bad weather with ease.

Gas mileage is also good for a full-time all wheel drive vehicle.

The engine power seems adequate for the size of the car, but I'd really like to see less engine and road noise.

The seats are just OK, but driver vision is excellent with no blind spots.

Biggest complaint would have to be the bland and rather cheap appearance of the dash and interior finish; other makes and competitive models do much better in this area.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2012

2012 Subaru Forester X Premium 4 cylinder

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance4500 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Best SUV deal on the market

Faults:

Seems to have trouble cold starting.

General Comments:

We researched all the different SUV models, and the Subaru was a far better deal than any other car on the market. It comes with a lot of standard options.

Good gas mileage for an SUV. 27 average MPG.

The car is very comfy compared to the Civic I previously owned. I'm hoping this Subaru is going to last 300,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd March, 2012

27th Aug 2012, 16:41

Good deal on Foresters, very true.

I like the versatility of the car; good gas/mileage, good visibility, sharp handling.

I don't like the noisy engine and poor interior build quality.

16th Sep 2012, 16:56

My car now has 15k on it, no problems so far. It's hard to get used to the sound of the motor. Still getting 27/28 MPG overall. The heated seats are nice on cold mornings.

18th May 2013, 08:48

Cold starting issue was a weak battery issue, replaced by Subaru free of charge.

11th Feb 2014, 22:39

I'm getting less happy with Subaru. Windshield wiper on the driver's side stopped working, and I now have 50k on it and it needs front and rear brakes? Seems a bit early, as I'm easy on cars.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews