Find Your Value-Packed Used Subaru Forester at Downtown Subaru of Oakland, CA

Your next family vehicle shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg, so why not check out the inventory of used Subaru Forester models we have in stock! Subaru's are known for their reliability, and of course when you consider that 98% of Subaru's sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today, it just keeps getting better and better. The perfect choice for your next used compact SUV for life in the Bay Area, is a pre-owned Subaru Forester from us at Downtown Subaru of Oakland.

Downtown Subaru of Oakland, CA

4133 Broadway
Directions Oakland, CA 94611

  • Sales: 844-904-6649
  • Service: 1-844-894-6870
  • Parts: (510) 547-4436

Forester Through the Years

Starting from its first introduction in 1997, the Forester has been consistently updated and upgraded to meet the changing needs of SUV drivers across the country. In 2000, the Forester saw its first update, including two engine options and cruise control became a standard feature on every trim level. The Second Generation, 2002-2008, saw a significant exterior styling upgrade, weight saving changes including an aluminum hood, and new engine options including a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The Third Generation, 2009-2013, saw the first shift towards a more SUV-like style, rather than the wagon-esque feel of the previous generations. The Forester also won Motor Trend's Sport Utility of the Year award in 2009. With a more sloping roofline, taller stance, and increased cargo-space, the Forester cemented itself in the SUV class as a popular choice.

This brings us to the current generation, 2013-2018, offering some of the most significant changes to style, technology, and performance. Now with the addition of available safety technology like EyeSight®, beginning in 2014, your Subaru Forester works smarter to keep you safer on the road.

Standard Equipment and Features

No matter which model year Forester you choose, you'll get plenty of standard features, and of course, the available ones you'd want on a new Forester, for less.

The first generation includes features like symmetrical all-wheel drive, a SUBARU BOXER® engine, and even standard features like air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, tinted glass, am/fm cassette stereo, and more. New for 2001, was the addition of 3-point seatbelts for all five seats, and rear seat headrests in all positions to help protect your loved ones.

For the second generation, you'll get even more standard features like more engine options, and even an STI trim level, that shared the same engine as the Impreza WRX STI, for added power in your engine. In 2006, the Forester got a significant styling upgrade with new head lights, grille, bumper and even side-moldings for a more distinct and modern design. Additional changes included engine options, safety features, and interior comforts.

For the third generation, the Forester saw the most significant style changes, and even more standard features. With 3.5-inches added to the wheelbase, cargo volume was increased and passenger room was extended to accommodate even more. During this generation, the 2.5X models are rated as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (PZEV), thanks to their low-emissions and availability in all 50 states. New equipment includes leather upholstery, new exterior paint colors, 16-inch wheels, optional panoramic moonroof, heated front seats and new Incline Start Assist for manual transmissions.

The current generation is sure to offer something for everyone. Changes included a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), new sport oriented suspension, increased fuel-efficiency, available EyeSight® Driver Assist System, X-MODE all-wheel drive control system and much more. The 2014 Subaru Forester earned the highest rating, Good, in the Small Overlap Front crash test rating by the IIHS, a rating not achieved before this year.


With every used Subaru Forester you'll get the performance and capability you need, without having to sacrifice on amenities for an affordable price. The symmetrical all-wheel drive system on your pre-owned Forester provides the capability for rough-roads, inclement weather, and everything in between. You'll be able to tackle anything the roads of San Francisco can throw your way, and you'll do it while saving money. Though the engines have been refined through the years, you'll be able to find the right SUBARU BOXER® engine you've been looking for, whether it's turbocharged or not.

Certified Models

For an added feeling of quality, choose a Forester from our inventory of Certified Pre-Owned Subaru models. You might be wondering how a Certified Pre-Owned Forester differs from a traditional used vehicle, and you're not alone! There are a few key points that make Certified Pre-Owned different:

  • Late model-year Foresters only.
  • Have to pass a rigorous 152-point inspection including appearance and mechanical points.
  • Full CARFAX Vehicle History Report.
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance.
  • Factory-backed seven-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty with $0 deductible.
  • The 152-point inspection is in-depth and strict, so you can be sure that the vehicle you're getting will run like-new for longer, and with no surprises down the road. If something doesn’t meet our standards, we'll repair it or replace it using only genuine OEM parts that are built to fit your Forester perfectly. Not to mention we offer financing, so your like-new Subaru Forester is more affordable than ever.

    Why Buy a Used Subaru Forester?

    It's no secret that Subaru vehicles are reliable and dependable, so it makes financial sense to choose a pre-owned Subaru with us. Plus, when you consider that you can upgrade to a higher trim level than you would normally when you buy new, you can get a decked-out Forester for less than you'd expect. Depending on the model year you choose, you'll get a variety of features, that are all true to the Forester heritage and history. More recent model years offer advanced technology like the STARLINK™ infotainment system, so you can still get the technology you want for life in San Francisco, without having to spend as much as you would on a brand-new model.

    Come Test Drive a Used Forester Today!

    The best, and most fun, way to experience the quality and performance of the Subaru Forester is to take one for a test drive! No matter which model year you look at, you're sure to find the right combination of features and price to meet your budget needs in California. Browse our online inventory today to easily find the right used Subaru Forester for you!

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