2023 Subaru Forester  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#65 of 2023 SUVs

#119 of all 2023 vehicles

Pictured: 2019 Subaru Forester
The Forester, part of Subaru's lineup since 1998, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. The Subaru Forester has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). Subaru offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2023 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 2023 Subaru Forester has a score of 78, implying a 0.044% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2023 Subaru Forester has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0442% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.0501%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0442% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.0501% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 Subaru Forester is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2023 Subaru Forester is 9% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features on the 2023 Subaru Forester can protect loved ones by preventing accidents and reducing accident severity. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2023 Subaru Forester: EyeSight Driver Assist Technology (Forward Collision Warnings / Automatic Emergency Braking & Lane Departure Warnings).

Other safety technologies seem simpler but should still be considered. Standard High Beam Assist automatically switches high beam headlights off when oncoming traffic is approaching and turns them back on when there aren't any vehicles ahead. Optional side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9262M. Eclipse CrossMitsubishi MirageSubaru CrosstrekM. Outlander SportSubaru ForesterHonda HR-VMitsubishi OutlanderHyundai TucsonToyota RAV4Nissan RogueKia SportageS. Crosstrek HybridComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 Subaru Forester with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 62 to 92. The 2023 Subaru Forester is safer than the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage and less safe than the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, the 2023 Kia Sportage, the 2023 Nissan Rogue, the 2023 Toyota RAV4, the 2023 Hyundai Tucson, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the 2023 Honda HR-V. It is about as safe as the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

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