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1998 Subaru Forester

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1998 Subaru Forester Review

A car in a small SUV body.

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First introduced in 1997, the Subaru Forester is a min-SUV that rides like a car. It's really is powerful for its class, and the stylish design makes for a great ride. It comes in three different models: the Base, the L, and the S.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Forester, Subaru Forester L, Subaru Forester S

What's New

No major changes were made to the Subaru Forester in 1998.


The 1998 Subaru Forester has a stylish body style that will make SUV buyers want this mini-SUV more than other similar models. The Forester measures 175.2 inches, a good length for this vehicle style. All models come with a roof rack, and power windows. Optional exterior features include a trailer hitch, alloy wheels, and skid plates.


The 1998 Subaru Forester has a spacious interior, leaving plenty of room for passengers and whatever they take with them on the road. Cloth seating is standard in all models but can be upgraded to leather in the Subaru Forester S model. Standard features in all models include air-conditioning, tachometer, rear defogger, cassette player, center console, and overhead console. Optional features include heated front seats and CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in all three models. This is more than enough power to have the driver cruising along nicely. The engine is rated at 165 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Although the Subaru Forester is a mini-SUV, it drives just as smoothly as a car, giving great performance for the driver. All models come equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, which works perfect with the four-cylinder engine. Power steering and cruise control add to the great handling of the Subaru Forester.


The 1998 Subaru Forester received a score of good on the IIHS frontal offset test, making the Subaru Forester a safe ride for the whole family. All models come equipped with strong driver and passenger airbags and fog lights. Optional safety features for the Subaru Forester include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), power door locks, and a keyless entry system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru Forester: 19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Handles better than similar models
  • Very car like
  • Stylish

You Won't Like

  • Not good for off-road driving

Sum Up

A car in a small SUV body.

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See the New 2015 Forester.

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