The 3rd generation of the Forester has a cumulative PainRank™ of 8.88. That can be compared against other Subaru generations. Shopping for a Subaru? You could do worse (but you could also do better).
Owners of the 2009–2013 Forester model years have sent in 126 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (50%) followed by the interior (9%) and the electrical (6%).