2005 Subaru Forester Overview


Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 27,423 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,600.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



Avg. Price: $7,391
Avg. Price: $8,533
XS L.L. Bean
Avg. Price: $10,112
Avg. Price: $10,057
XT Premium Package
3 national listings
Avg. Price: $9,989

Subaru Forester Experts

#1 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 1,920
#2 lifeson34
Reputation 1,470
#3 lizlubee
Reputation 1,160
View All

Average User Score

4.65 stars

Based on 14 reviews

Highest Security Rating In Its Class Since It Came Out! by Kathy
 — Performance – acceleration, braking, handling Build Quality – has not needed repairs? no squeaks/rattles Appearance – both interior and exterior styling Cost of Ownership â€... Read More
Bad Ass by Austin
 — i love everything about the forester xt except for that it has a five speed instead of a six. i wish that subaru had made it more powerful put it does good. its a pretty fun car to drive. another down... Read More
Performance, Handling, Reliability, It's Got It All! by Dani
 — It's a fantastic car to drive. With all the usual Subaru features. I've made a few modifications to it and it flies and is also a dream to drive. It's the best car I've ever owned and I have no plans ... Read More

2005 Subaru Forester Overview

Overall User Score

4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.65

Based on 14 reviews

2005 Subaru Forester

The popular compact SUV that handles like a car, or roomy wagon with the height and AWD capability of an SUV, the 2005 Subaru Forester gets a brand new model this year.  Along with the base 2.5X, XS, and turbo XT comes a 2.5XS L.L. Bean Edition.  Like the others, it features all-wheel drive, ABS, dual front side airbags, and power features.  But it adds on Bean-embossed leather seats, a huge sunroof, water-resistant cargo area, and auto-dimming lights.  It also is the only Forester with a self-leveling rear suspension.
All of the 2005 Forester lineup feature the 2.5-liter, 165-hp flat-4 engine, except the XT, which adds turbo power to increase engine output to 210-hp.  A 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic are the transmissions, but the L.L. Bean comes with automatic only.  Other new additions for 2005 include a new wheel design and a 3-spoke steering wheel.  A power driver's seat is standard on all but the base 2.5X.  The turbo XT has a Premium Package which adds the sunroof and leather seats found in the L.L. Bean.  
The 2005 Forester is versatile in terms of cargo, with a cargo hold that expands to 64 cubic feet when the 60/40 split-fold rear seats are down.  Owners like this SUV for its safety record, high ride height, and car-like handling around turns and in the city.  The turbo engine is powerful and fast, and AWD is great in snow, sand, and rough weather.  There is good visibility overall and lots of storage options.  Disappointments include limited rear legroom, rattling noises, the sluggish non-turbo engine, especially when the SUV is full, and the need for more supportive seats.


What's your take on the 2005 Subaru Forester?

People researching a 2005 Subaru Forester contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2005 Subaru Forester, exterior
Subaru Forester
47% of the time
Subaru Outback
18% of the time
Honda CR-V
12% of the time
Toyota RAV4
7% of the time
Looking for a Used Forester in your area?
CarGurus has 27,423 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,600.

Subaru Forester Questions


Check Engine Light With Flashing Cruise Control Light

Checked codes at Auto Zone: catalyst efficiency low-bank 1 probably cause: CC failure possibly due to: (1) engine misfire or running condition (2) large vacuum leak (3) engine oil leakage into exhaus...

48,268 views with 108 answers (last answer 3 days ago)
Alexis Madrigal

What's The Average Price To Replace An Oil Filter Housing On A 2005 Subaru ...

3 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 days ago)

"check Engine" Solid - Flashing "cruise" '05 Forester

I have an '05 Forester / 122k miles. Twice I've had the blinking cruise & check engine lights simultaneously appear. Both times I've managed to resolve the issue by filling the tank up with premium g...

2,529 views with 16 answers (last answer about a week ago)

My 2005 Suburu Forester Has 53,000 Original Miles On It And I Am The Origin...

55 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

Replacement Tire Matching

A tire dealer put 205/R60 16 tires on the drivers side and 215/R60 16 tires on the passenger side. This doesn't seem right to me and am worried about possible issues. The 215's were on originally. An...

40 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)