Subaru's first SUV, the Forester, was released in July 1997. It was a compact car from the 1998 model year until 2007.
The 1998 Forester came in base, L and S trim levels. Transmission was 5-speed manual, with 4-speed automatic as an option. Full-time AWD system automatically redirected power between front and rear wheels based on traction needs. Manual transmission models featured viscous-coupling locking center differential. Automatic transmission models featured electronically managed, continuously variable torque control.
- $18,695 (1998 Subaru Forester)
- $19,995 (1998 Subaru Forester L)
- $22,195 (1998 Subaru Forester S)