f you’re in the market for a brand-new crossover SUV, then might I suggest taking a look at the 2023 Subaru Forester? It rivals most SUVs by offering excellent road performance but stays true to its outdoorsy, adventurous image. If you’re curious about how big this vehicle is, I’ll tell you!
The 2023 Subaru Forester base trim measures 182.7 inches long, 71.5 inches wide, and 68.1 inches tall without roof rails.
In the remainder of this article, I’ll provide a more detailed description of the 2023 Subaru Forester’s exterior and interior dimensions and the range of features that distinguish each of the trims.
2023 Subaru Forester Dimensions
The 2023 version of the Forester comes in 6 distinct trim options—Base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, and Touring. There are minimal differences between them in terms of dimensions. All of the information below can be found on the official Subaru Forester website.
First, let’s take a look at the exterior dimensions of all 6 trims. Please note that the differences between them are minute.
|Length||182.7 in.||182.7 in.||182.7 in.||182.7 in.||182.7 in.||182.7 in.|
|Width||71.5 in.||71.5 in.||71.5 in.||72.2 in.||71.5 in.||71.5 in.|
|Height w/o roof rails||67.5 in.||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Height w/ roof rails||68.1 in.||68.1 in.||68.1 in.||68.9 in.||68.1 in.||68.1 in.|
|Wheelbase||105.1 in.||105.1 in.||105.1 in.||104.9 in.||105.1 in.||105.1 in.|
|Front track||61.6 in.||61.6 in.||61.6 in.||61.4 in.||61.6 in.||61.6 in.|
|Rear track||61.8 in.||61.8 in.||61.8 in.||61.4 in.||61.8 in.||61.8 in.|
|Ground clearance||8.7 in.||8.7 in.||8.7 in.||9.2 in.||8.7 in.||8.7 in.|
|Wheel size||17 in.||17 in.||18 in.||17 in.||18 in.||18 in.|
The following table will describe the spaciousness of the cabin and cargo area of all 6 trims of the 2023 Subaru Forester.
|Front headroom||41.2 in.||40.2 in.||40.2 in.||40.2 in.||40.2 in.||40.2 in.|
|Rear headroom||39.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.||37.6 in.|
|Front legroom||43.3 in.||43.3 in.||43.3 in.||43.3 in.||43.3 in.||43.3 in.|
|Rear legroom||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.|
|Front shoulder room||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.|
|Rear shoulder room||57.2 in.||57.2 in.||57.2 in.||57.2 in.||57.2 in.||57.2 in.|
|Passenger volume||111.6 cu. ft.||107.6 cu. ft.||107.6 cu. ft.||107.6 cu. ft.||107.6 cu. ft.||107.6 cu. ft.|
|Cargo volume behind 1st row||74.2 cu. ft.||69.1 cu. ft.||69.1 cu. ft.||69.1 cu. ft.||69.1 cu. ft.||69.1 cu. ft.|
|Cargo volume behind 2nd row||28.9 cu. ft.||26.9 cu. ft.||26.9 cu. ft.||26.9 cu. ft.||26.9 cu. ft.||26.9 cu. ft.|
The interior and exterior dimensions of any car aren’t enough to give you a good idea of what it’s capable of. Here, I’ll provide a table that describes the miscellaneous specs and values of each of the 6 trims.
|Highway mileage||33 MPG||33 MPG||33 MPG||28 MPG||33 MPG||33 MPG|
|City mileage||26 MPG||26 MPG||26 MPG||25 MPG||26 MPG||26 MPG|
|Fuel capacity||16.6 gallons||16.6 gallons||16.6 gallons||16.6 gallons||16.6 gallons||16.6 gallons|
|Engine||2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer||2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer||2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer||2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer||2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer||2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer|
|Power||182 HP @ 5,800 RPM||182 HP @ 5,800 RPM||182 HP @ 5,800 RPM||182 HP @ 5,800 RPM||182 HP @ 5,800 RPM||182 HP @ 5,800 RPM|
|Torque||176-lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM||176-lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM||176-lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM||176-lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM||176-lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM||176-lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM|
|Max towing capacity||1,500 lbs.||1,500 lbs.||1,500 lbs.||3,000 lbs.||1,500 lbs.||1,500 lbs.|
Differences Between 2023 Subaru Forester Trims
Subaru’s compact SUV, the Forester, is a best-seller due in large part to its excellent reputation for safety. The 2023 Subaru Forester is available in multiple trim levels, and knowing the differences between them could be useful to a prospective buyer.
Every Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. This engine, in conjunction with the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Lineartronic CVT, allows all trim levels (except for the Wilderness) to tow up to 1,500 pounds.
A total of seven airbags are standard on all Forester models. These include frontal airbags for both the driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags, side pelvis/torso airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.
The Forester Base includes features such as power windows, locks, and mirrors, dual USB-A ports in the front center console, a multi-function display, remote keyless entry, a color LCD combination meter, and the Subaru Starlink 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus system with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, and TravelLink.
The Forester Premium is an upgrade over the Base model and comes standard with features like the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and windshield wiper and deicer), a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, black 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, ladder-style roof rails, dark tint privacy glass, a panoramic power moonroof, and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start.
The Forester Sport features a sporty design and dynamic accents. In addition to the Premium’s features, the Sport adds a gloss black exterior trim, black 18-inch wheels, and a black rear roof spoiler. This package includes orange lower front valances, roof rail mounts, and side skirts.
The Forester Wilderness is an underappreciated off-road monster that expands upon the Premium model’s on- and off-road prowess through upgrades to its mechanical components, aesthetic details, and practical features.
Because of its high ground clearance (9.2 inches), custom tuning, and Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires on custom 17-inch alloy wheels, this vehicle is fit for off-road excursions.
The Limited model comes standard with advanced features like automatic emergency steering and a one-touch folding rear seatback in addition to standard features like Starlink 8-inch Multimedia Plus and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle and silver with gloss black finish center dash.
It also has a power rear gate, automatic climate control for two separate areas, and two USB ports (type A) in the center console behind the second row.
The top-of-the-line Forester Touring adds the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System while keeping all of the Limited’s standard and optional features.
It has 18-inch dark gray (machine finish) alloy wheels, satin chrome exterior folding mirrors with integrated turn signals and chrome-trimmed LED fog lights. Its front, rear, and side valances, as well as its roof rails, are all finished in silver.