2020 Subaru Forester  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#59 of 2020 SUVs

#116 of all 2020 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 Subaru Forester
The Forester, a mainstay of Subaru's lineup since 1998, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. The Forester has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Forester provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. With standard all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. The Subaru Forester has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Subaru offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 Subaru Forester is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2020 Subaru Forester has a score of 78, implying a 0.045% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 Subaru Forester has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0448% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.1136%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0448% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.1136% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Subaru Forester is 7% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2020 Subaru Forester is 7% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8867Mitsubishi OutlanderHonda CivicNissan RogueJeep CherokeeSubaru ForesterMazda CX-5Toyota RAV4Volkswagen TiguanGMC TerrainChevrolet EquinoxSubaru OutbackHonda CR-VComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Subaru Forester with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 67 to 88. The 2020 Subaru Forester is safer than the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2020 Honda Civic and less safe than the 2020 GMC Terrain, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2020 Toyota RAV4, and the 2020 Mazda CX-5. It is about as safe as the 2020 Jeep Cherokee.

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