2018 Subaru Forester Exterior and Dimensions

Subaru Forester Exterior Design Rating

2018 Forester Exterior

The Forester has, since its birth in 1997, prided itself on its no-nonsense styling that champions function over form, yet there's something beautiful about it nonetheless. As of late, the Forester has grown into a car that looks more SUV than station wagon, and strong lines that swoop to the rear-end still gives off the sense that the Forester likes to party, especially in Black Edition trim, which doesn't leave anything to the imagination. The aforementioned Black Edition gets a range of black exterior trim items, while if you're looking for a panoramic sunroof, it's to be found on Premium and higher models. 18-inch alloys are found only on the Touring and 2.0XT, with lesser trims sporting 17-inch wheels - steel items on the base 2.5i. LED headlights are available on all but the base and XT trims, and a rear spoiler is standard on all but the base.

2018 Forester Exterior Photos

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The Forester lives within the realms of the compact crossover segment and thus its dimensions follow suit. The Forester measures 181.5 inches long, 68.2 inches tall, 70.7 inches wide, and rides on a wheelbase measuring 103.9 inches. That second dimension suggests that the Forester sits quite high, partly thanks to the generous 8.7-inch ground clearance, and has a longer wheelbase than most others in its class. Because the Forester was designed for light to mild off-roading, the approach, departure and breakover angles should also be mentioned, and are quite impressive for a car that's not an all-out trail machine: 23.0/25.0 degrees approach/departure and 21.0 degress for breakover. The base model weighs in at 3,322 lbs, not too hefty for a compact crossover, comparable to a Jeep Compass, while heavier iterations weigh 3,653 lbs.

2018 Subaru Forester Exterior Dimensions:

Subaru Forester Trims2.5i2.5i Premium2.5i Premium Black Edition2.5i Limited2.0XT Premium2.5i Touring2.0XT Touring
Max Width70.7 in.70.7 in.70.7 in.70.7 in.70.7 in.70.7 in.70.7 in.
Height66.4 in.68.2 in.68.2 in.68.2 in.68.2 in.68.2 in.68.2 in.
Wheelbase103.9 in.103.9 in.103.9 in.103.9 in.103.9 in.103.9 in.103.9 in.

2018 Subaru Forester Weight Information:

Subaru Forester TrimsCurb Weight
2.5i3,322 - 3,395 lbs.
2.5i Premium3,349 - 3,422 lbs.
2.5i Premium Black Edition3,422 - 3,433 lbs.
2.5i Limited3,455 lbs.
2.0XT Premium3,653 lbs.
2.5i Touring3,494 lbs.
2.0XT Touring3,717 lbs.

2018 Subaru Forester Tires:

Front TireP225/60HR17
Rear TireP225/60HR17
Spare TireCompact

2018 Subaru Forester Wheels:

Wheels TypeSteel Wheels
Front Wheel Size17" x 7"
Rear Wheel Size17" x 7"

Exterior Colors

The 2018 Forester's color options are a mixed bag of urban cool and outdoor tough, so you'll be able to find something that suits your Forester's personality. The safest option here is the Crystal White Pearl, but the rest all suit the Forester's hard lines, including Ice Silver

Metallic, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Quartz Blue Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl, and Jasmine Green Metallic. Choose the Quartz Blue Pearl and add some gold wheels and you'll have yourself a modern-day Forester STI. All options are available at no cost, and if the colors seem familiar, it's because the palette has carried over from 2017 completely unchanged.

  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Quartz Blue Pearl
  • Venetian Red Pearl
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Sepia Bronze Metallic
  • Heritage Blue Metallic
  • Jasmine Green Metallic

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