2018 Subaru Forester Interior and Cargo

Subaru Forester Interior & Cargo Rating

2018 Forester Interior

The 2018 Subaru Forester's interior won't blow you away, but what it does offer is robust build quality and clean and easy to read layout that will hold up to the wear and tear caused by small children or an active lifestyle. Compared to its rivals, the Forester's interior is starting to look somewhat dated, although the optional saddle-brown leather looks really good. Interior noise levels are low thanks to an update in 2017 that saw the addition of extra sound insulation, an acoustically optimized windshield, and thicker glass for the door windows.

2018 Forester Interior Photos

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Seating and Interior Space

The Forester seats five adults and a good amount of cargo thanks to a tall and boxy design. The front seats aren't anything to write home about and don't offer enough bolstering, but thanks to a high seating position and a low window line, the Forester offers class-leading visibility, and really opens up the front interior. The dashboard sits rather low and will see taller passengers' knees making contact with center console and door panel. The rear seats are more shapely and rear legroom and headroom are good. For those who want the numbers, the Forester's interior gives you 40.2 inches of front headroom and 43.3 inches of front legroom. Back seat drivers get 37.7 inches of headroom and 39.4 inches to stretch the legs.

2018 Subaru Forester Interior Dimensions:

Subaru Forester Trims2.5i2.5i Premium2.5i Premium Black Edition2.5i Limited2.0XT Premium2.5i Touring2.0XT Touring
Headroom Front Seat41.4 in.41.4 in.41.4 in.40 in.40 in.40 in.40 in.
Headroom Back Seat39.8 in.39.8 in.39.8 in.37.5 in.37.5 in.37.5 in.37.5 in.
Legroom Front Seat43 in.43 in.43 in.43 in.43 in.43 in.43 in.
Legroom Back Seat38 in.38 in.38 in.38 in.38 in.38 in.38 in.
Shoulder Room Front57 in.57 in.57 in.57 in.57 in.57 in.57 in.
Shoulder Room Rear56.5 in.56.5 in.56.5 in.56.5 in.56.5 in.56.5 in.56.5 in.
Hip Room, Front53.9 in.53.9 in.53.9 in.53.9 in.53.9 in.53.9 in.53.9 in.
Hip Room, Rear53 in.53 in.53 in.53 in.53 in.53 in.53 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

The 2018 Forester is layered in soft touch plastics and metallic trim, all treated to a matte effect that plays into the Forester's earthy and robust feel. The standard trim cloth seats feel durable and should last as long as the rest of the car. Touring spec cars get sumptuous Saddle Brown perforated leather with contrasting stitching. Other leather color options include Touring Black

Leather, Platinum Leather, and Black Leather. The Forester 2.0XT Premium comes with Black or Platinum Cloth and sport bolsters.

2018 Forester Trunk and Cargo Space

One of the Forester's biggest selling points is its ability to carry a lot of stuff, and for 2018, Subaru has made sure that you can fit your entire Sunday social mountain biking crew in the back. Talking about mountain bikes, the Forester comes standard with a set of roof rails that technically increase cargo space by a lot (there's a ton of optional roof accessories on offer). Thanks to a square design, the rear cargo area is easily accessible and the space on offer is at the top of the compact crossover class. The rear seats fold down at the touch of a button, creating a completely flat loading space that can swallow more things than a Mazda CX-5 or Toyota's RAV4, but is outmatched by Honda's CR-V.

2018 Subaru Forester Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2018 Subaru Forester Bed Size:

Subaru Forester Trims2.5i2.5i Premium2.5i Premium Black Edition2.5i Limited2.0XT Premium2.5i Touring2.0XT Touring
Box Width (Wheelhousings)42.2 in.42.2 in.42.2 in.42.2 in.42.2 in.42.2 in.42.2 in.
Box Height (Area)34.8 in.34.8 in.34.8 in.31.9 in.31.9 in.31.9 in.31.9 in.

2018 Forester Infotainment and Features


For 2018 the Forester tries to push key tech features such as its EyeSight active safety package, now standard on Touring models. Self-dimming headlamps and reverse automatic braking also feature. Touring models also get blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts. Optional extras such as a tilt/slide moonroof and an upgraded audio system help the Forester feel reasonably fresh in a market awash with fresh technology and flashy interior specs.


In-car entertainment is handled by Subaru's Starlink infotainment system that has been praised for its ease of use and especially in the fluid manner it allows users to switch between menus. The base model gets a 6.2-inch screen that includes Pandora, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and Aha, smartphone app integration, a high-resolution LCD touchscreen display, 4 speakers, AM/ FM/CD player, HD Radio with iTunes tagging capability, USB port/iPod control, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, and 3.5-mm auxiliary jack. The Premium and above get a larger 7-inch screen, while the Touring models push audio frequencies through a Harman Kardon eight-speaker system.

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