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Subaru Forester Specs (2015)

How powerful is the engine? How much room is in the back seat? Get the 2015 Subaru Forester specs.

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2015 Subaru Forester Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 4dr SUV
Wheelbase 103.9 in
Length 180.9 in
Width 70.7 in
Height 66.4 in
Curb Weight 3366 lb.
Fuel Capacity 15.9 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 41.4 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 57.0 in
Legroom, Row 1 43.0 in
Headroom, Row 2 39.8 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 56.5 in
Legroom, Row 2 38.0 in
Total Legroom 81 in (over 2 rows)
Cargo Volume, Minimum 34.4 ft3
Cargo Volume, Maximum 74.7 ft3

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I'm 6'3" and often don't fit comfortable in vehicles. I found this had a very nice amount of front seat room. The center console tends to stay out of the way as well, some newer designs have the center stack moving into where my right knee would be. It's a very noticeable improvement over my previous 2009 Escape. I actually found the Forester more comfortable for me than the Outback. I was expecting the opposite.
2015 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
After looking at Explorer's, I was surprised how much more room the Forester had in the back seat. Granted it doesn't have a third row, but if you don't need a 3rd row, the Forester is hard to beat in this segment for rear seat room. We can put a forward facing child seat in the back, move the front seat up a about 2 inches from all the way back and there's still plenty of front passenger room and my 1.5 year old son can't kick the back of the seat.
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Huge rear seat for the car's size
2015 Subaru Forester Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Subsaru should offer a sport seat option for the 2.0 XT. While the seats are comforable, they're flat and could use side bolsters.
 

2015 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim 2.5i 2.5i Premium 2.0XT Premium 2.5i Limited 2.5i Touring 2.0XT Touring
Standard Engine 2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
turbocharged
2.0L H4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5600
258 lb-ft@2000
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
2.5L H4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@5800
174 lb-ft@4100
turbocharged
2.0L H4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5600
258 lb-ft@2000
Standard Transmission6-speed manual6-speed manual8-speed manually-shiftable CVT6-speed manually-shiftable CVT6-speed manually-shiftable CVT8-speed manually-shiftable CVT
Optional Transmission(s)6-speed manually-shiftable CVT6-speed manually-shiftable CVT    
Standard DrivetrainAWDAWDAWDAWDAWDAWD
Standard Tires225/60HR17 tires225/60HR17 tires225/55HR18 tires225/60HR17 tires225/55HR18 tires225/55HR18 tires

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Powertrain of the 2015 Subaru Forester

2015 Subaru Forester Powertrain: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
When shopping for a new SUV, I was adament I didn't want a CVT. However many manufacturers are starting to use them.I really liked the Forester and decided I would "deal" with a CVT. After having it for a few months, don't even notice it anymore except when rapidly accelerating to get on the highway. Honestly if they offered a 6speed traditional automatic transmission, I would probably take the CVT because of MPG gain. We also have a Nissan Altima with a CVT, the Subaru's is superior. It is able to make a surprisingly amount of torque at low RPM considering the engine size versus vehicle size. If you hate CVTs, give this a try, you might be content with it. Don't expect sports car performance, but the power is adequate.
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
I've got the "base" 2.5 litre 4-cylinder "boxer" motor with standard AWD and the Continuously Variable Transmission. The powertrain IS powerful - even with just 170 HP on tap, I've got no issues with acceleration. The engine pulls smoothly (although sometimes noisily at higher RPM) and it's easy to get up to speed. The CVT is great... It takes a moment to get used to the "non-shifting" feel - not feeling the shift between gears. But, again, smooth and easy. Subaru has programmed some shift "feel" into the unit, so it's not like a solid ROAR of engine noise all the time. It "feels" like there is a shift between first and .. 2nd? and then onto "third"... Have yet to achieve the "promised" MPG levels, but I've got a bit of a heavy foot and have been using the A/C almost non-stop since day one - I live in the desert area of Southern California. Have not had any slippage or loss of traction - but I've played on some loose dirt roads and never lost any control.
2014 4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4
8-speed shiftable CVT AWD
The CVT is a little loud and crude until it warms up. Then you don't notice it's a CVT. Ridiculously low idle speeds. I haven't played with the paddle shifters much yet (had the car about three months and the engine is just over the 1,000 mile break-in). Acceleration is good; from a standing start, not much happens for a couple of seconds, then the turbo kicks in and it moves out nicely. Great on on-ramps and passing. I dind't think I'd like a CVT but I appreciate the fuel efficiency. I drive it 5 days a week to a train station, under 4 miles each way, and I wanted something that wouldn't eat me out of house and home paying for premium fuel. Although much bigger and heavier than my previous commuter car, an older Mitsubishi Eclipse, it gets slightly better gas mileage. Waiting to seehiow it does in the summer now that the vry cold Northeast winter is behind us. All-in-all, very pleased with the engine and powertrain.
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
All wheel drive system is great. Hard to get the car stuck in snow.
2015 Subaru Forester Powertrain: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Sometimes the engine gets a bit LOUD when you're accelerating. The CVT can be a bit .. touchy .. and can sometimes lurch from a stop. But otherwise, the powertrain is great.
 

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2015 Subaru Forester MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
4dr SUV 2.5i 22,195 20,995 850
4dr SUV 2.5i Premium 24,595 23,203 850
4dr SUV 2.0XT Premium 28,495 26,690 850
4dr SUV 2.5i Limited 28,095 26,313 850
4dr SUV 2.5i Touring 30,095 28,144 850
4dr SUV 2.0XT Touring 33,095 30,927 850

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