Subaru's first mini-SUV, the Forester was released in 1997, and debuted in the US the following year. The Forester shares the same chassis as the Impreza, but was equipped with the Outback's larger 2.5 liter engine. The Forester is built at the Gunma Yajima Factory in Japan.
First generation 1997–2002
- 165 horsepower (123 kW) at 5,600 rpm
- 162 lb·ft (220 N·m) of torque at 4,000 rpm
- Wheelbase: 99.4 in
- Length: 1998–2000: 175.2 in / 2001–2002: 175.6 in
- Width: 68.3 in
- Height: 65 in