2018 Subaru Forester Safety and Reliability

Subaru Forester Reliability Rating

2018 Forester Safety

The Subaru Forester is a seriously safe car, and Subaru has made this one of its main selling points, not only for the Forester but across their entire range. The 2018 Forester scores full marks with the NHTSA, and bags a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, although this accolade was awarded to those Foresters fitted with optional front crash prevention and the higher specced LED headlights.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

2018 Forester Key Safety Features

The 2018 Subaru Forester is packed with safety features. A short breakdown below will give you an idea of why the Forester holds an IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Inside, occupants are shielded from front, side, rear, and rollover impact by seven standard airbags, and a reinforced outer ring built into the frame gives extra protection from the outside in. Subaru's legendary symmetrical all-wheel drive isn't exclusively used for off-road traction and road holding, but helps keep things stable in emergency maneuvers. To back this up, standard electronic stability control keeps things in check. Optional LED steering responsive headlights turn to help you see around corners more easily and reverse automatic braking could save a person's (or your bumper's) life by detecting objects behind the car and braking as necessary. Blind spot detection and lane change assist keep you in the right lane at all times while rear cross traffic alert warns you when you're backing up into oncoming traffic.

Subaru Forester Trims2.5i2.5i Premium2.5i Premium Black Edition2.5i Limited2.0XT Premium2.5i Touring2.0XT Touring
Back-Up CameraSSSSSSS
Cross-Traffic AlertN/AN/AN/ASN/AN/AN/A
Rear Parking AidN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Blind Spot MonitorN/AN/AN/ASN/ASS
Lane Departure WarningN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASS
Lane Keeping AssistN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASS
Night VisionN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Tire Pressure MonitorSSSSSSS
Brake AssistSSSSSSS
Stability ControlSSSSSSS
Traction ControlSSSSSSS

2018 Forester Reliability

The current Subaru Forester has had no recalls in the USA. Additionally, the 2018 Subaru Forester is covered by a new vehicle limited warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles. Wear item coverage is 3 years or 36,000 miles, which covers brake pad/shoe linings, clutch linings, and wiper blades. The Forester's powertrain coverage is 5 years or 60,000 miles, and Subaru will sort any rust issues out for 5 years.


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
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