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Editor’s note: This article was updated on 05/17/2023 to reflect our latest editorial standards.

The Subaru Forester has been around since 1997, and over the years, it has become a fairly popular SUV. Notable features include its standard all-wheel drive system, spacious interior, and decent fuel economy. Publications like Consumer Reports have commended all of these things. And that shows that the 2023 Subaru Forester might be a good small SUV for the average driver. 

The 2023 Subaru Forester is small but spacious

The Forester might be a small SUV, but it does make the most of its interior. In total, it offers up to 111.6 cubic feet of passenger space. And that helps it beat out rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. 

Folks seem to appreciate the interior layout of this Subaru SUV. The design really helps it to maximize things like cargo space. According to Car and Driver, the 2023 Forester has up to 74.2 cubic feet of cargo space. So, if you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle things like camping trips, maybe this vehicle is one worthy of consideration. 

The interior of the 2023 Forester, an SUV that Consumer Reports likes.
2023 Subaru Forester interior | Subaru

Unfortunately, the Subaru Forester is only a two-row SUV. You cannot get it with three rows of seating. Subaru does offer a three-row SUV, which is known as the Ascent. 

The 2023 Forester has decent fuel economy

The 2023 Forester might not have the best fuel economy, but it is decent enough. The EPA rating is 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. In a world where gas prices rise and fall, that kind of economy is likely to be appreciated by consumers. 

Various publications report that the EPA estimates and real-world results are fairly similar. Under the hood of each 2023 Subaru Forester lies a 2.5-liter BOXER engine. This powertrain has been refined by Subaru over the years, and a BOXER engine is known for its horizontally opposed cylinders. 

The standard towing capacity of the Forester is 1,500 pounds. But if you expect to use your SUV to tow, you can get the capacity bumped to 3,000 lbs by opting for the 2023 Subaru Forester Wilderness. 

The Forester is an AWD SUV

Much like other Subaru models, the 2023 Forester comes with standard AWD. Instead of having to pay extra for power to all four wheels, you get it with every Forester SUV. And that makes this vehicle ideal for handling things like inclement weather and even some light trail duty. 

Because the platform the Forester rides on is made for AWD, the system functions pretty well. In addition to the AWD system, Subaru also equips this small SUV with plenty of safety tech. 

The rear-end of a grey 2023 Subaru Forester.
2023 Subaru Forester | Subaru

Every 2023 Subaru Forester comes with active safety features, and these include things like:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

These features should give you some added peace of mind. And that is especially true if you are hoping to make the Forester a family SUV. This model might not be the biggest Subaru SUV, but it is spacious and usable on the inside.