4th Generation (2014—2018) Forester Problems

This generations ranks 35th out of 36 Subaru generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (36%), transmission (16%), and the interior (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. High Oil Consumption 24 complaints at an average of 24,912 miles in the 2014 Subaru Forester.
  2. Shuddering and Jerking 16 complaints at an average of 2,603 miles in the 2017 Subaru Forester.
  3. Uneven Tire Wear 3 complaints at an average of 23,127 miles in the 2016 Subaru Forester.

What Forester Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Subaru model years.

Watch out for the 2014 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2018 7 1 44 4.19
2017 43 0 79 12.91
2016 24 1 114 12.6
2015 107 1 176 19.2
2014 79 1 294 34.54

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