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Excellent resale value, good fuel economy, and top-rate safety and crash test scores define the Forester, but how much space is in a Subaru Forester?

Combining the practicality of a compact crossover with Subaru's outdoorsy image, the SUV boasts off-road prowess, a sturdy build, and a smooth ride. Finding a vehicle with a roomy interior and great cargo capacity is always a plus.

The Subaru Forester has a maximum cargo capacity of 28.9 cubic feet behind the second row for the base trim and 74.2 cubic feet behind the first row. All other trims have 26.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 69.1 cubic feet behind the first row.

When shopping for a compact SUV, you need a vehicle that can carry your luggage when traveling, haul work equipment, or fit your kids' items if you have a big family. Research by Consumer Reports revealed that the 2020 Subaru Forester ranks second in its usage cargo-carrying ability and total cargo volume. Read on to learn more about Subaru's cargo and passenger space.

Having visited a couple of dealerships and done my research, here’s everything I discovered.

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What are the Subaru Forester Interior  Dimensions?

The latest 2022 Subaru Forester has plenty of space to accommodate five passengers comfortably.  This SUV’s dimensions work well for tall drivers and passengers.

There’s a front headroom of 41.2 inches and a legroom of 43.3 inches. The Forester also has rear headroom of 39.6 inches and a legroom of 39.4 inches. Its longer wheelbase also contributes to ample legroom in the back. With a passenger volume of 111.6 cubic feet, you and your family can travel comfortably.  Additionally, the door openings are big to allow for easy entry and exit.

The Forester has plenty of head and legroom and the seats are supportive and comfortable. There are also two sets of Latch connectors in the rear outboard seats. Find a tether anchor and a lower anchor in the rear middle seat for added versatility.

Subaru Forester Cargo Space

The Forester has an impressive cargo capacity. Its exterior measures 67.6 inches in height and 71.5 inches wide. Some distinct features of the Subaru Forester are its upright roofline and its box shape. All these contribute to extra usable space.

The rear aperture of the Forester measures 51.3 inches wide, something which allows for easier loading/offloading and organization of cargo.

With the 2022 Subaru Forester, you get cargo space of 69.1ft or 74.2 ft from the front row seats to the back of the car, but this depends on the trim level.

The 2021 Subaru Forester has 69.2 ft or 74.3ft of cargo space from the front row seat to the SUV’s back. You may find some variations based on the trim levels.

Additionally, the 2020 Subaru Forester has similar dimensions to the 2021 version,  69.2 ft or 74.2 ft of cargo space from the front row seat to the car’s back.

The Forester’s trunk space is meant for a big family that needs to carry lots of cargo when traveling or moving from one spot to another. It’s also ideal for anyone who needs to haul lots of work items and requires enough space to fit them.  You can fit an overnight bag, small-size luggage, and two pieces of mid-size luggage. There’s space left for carry-along items.

Subaru adds more room with the 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks that come with standards. They’ve added a one-touch folding rear seatback that doubles your trunk space with a push of the button. Whether you are driving the automatic option or love the manual drive, there is enough trunk space for your cargo.

Furthermore, Subaru has made it easier to access the trunk space by adding a power rear gate with an automatic close, a vehicle lock button, and a height memory function.

If you’re carrying five people and are worried about the SUV’s extra cargo capability, you’ll be impressed by the SUV’s cargo area underfloor storage.  The toolbox and spare tire have a separate compartment underneath the baggage compartment. You’ll love the wide rear opening that makes it simpler to load and unload cargo.

There's a removable cargo area tray and cover. To make storage convenient, the automaker also adds tie-down hooks and cargo-area grocery bags.

You can also use the roof rails to tie down your kayak, snowboard, or other big items.

Do All Subaru Forester Trim Levels Have the Same Space?

The Subaru Forester comes in five trims mainly Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Wilderness, and Touring. All levels have power-adjustable seats, apart from the base and they have a 60/40 split flat-folding rear seat.

The base model’s overall cargo volume is larger compared to other trims. It measures 31.1 cubic feet, while the other trims have a cargo volume of 28.9 cubic feet.

Higher trim levels also get one-touch folding rear seatback, while 60/40 split flat-folding rear seatbacks come standard on every trim to make hauling large items easier.

With the base model, you get a maximum cargo capacity of 76.1 cubic feet, while other trims get 70.9 cubic feet.

How Does the Subaru Forester Compare to Other Compact SUVs?

To find out how Subaru Forester compares to other compact SUVs, here’s what we found.

Honda CR-V

With the 2022 Subaru Forester, you get 74.2 cubic feet of cargo space, while the 2022 Honda CRV has 75.8 cubic feet of space.

All CR-V models have 39.2 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the base Forester model, you get 28.9 cu. ft. Nonetheless, when you fold down the seats on both compact SUVs give them equal cargo capacity.

Overall, the Forester has more cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Honda CR-V.

Hyundai Tucson

With the Forester, you get up to 74.2 cu. ft of trunk space, and 28.9 cu. ft when the second row is in use.

The Hyundai Tucson has 74.5 cubic feet of space when the seats are lowered and 38.7 cubic feet of trunk space with the seats raised. Note that Tucson’s hybrid version has a slight reduction in cargo space.

The 2022 Forester can tow up to 1500 pounds, while the Tucson can tow up to 2000 pounds when properly equipped.

Overall, the Hyundai Tucson has an advantage in cargo capacity and towing over the Forester.

Toyota RAV-4

The 2022 Subaru Forester has a maximum cargo capacity of 74.2 cubic feet of space and 69.8 cubic feet of space for the 2022 Toyota RAV-4. Additionally, the RAV4 has a total passenger volume of 98.9 cubic feet, while the Forester has a volume of 111.6 cubic feet.

While these numbers vary depending on the trim, the Forester outdoes the RAV in terms of cargo space.

How Much Space Is In a Subaru Forester?

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Charles Redding

Charles Redding

I've spent many years selling cars, working with auto detailers, mechanics, dealership service teams, quoting and researching car insurance, modding my own cars, and much more.

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