The long-favorite Subaru Forester has been completely revamped for the 2019 model year. It's now a bit larger, has Subaru's EyeSight safety system as standard, and more interior room. Unchanged is the always-on all-wheel drive Subaru is known for and the well-vetted 2.5-liter engine that powers the Forester.
The 2019 Forester continues with the model's aim towards compact crossover buyers who need a little more than just a glorified hatchback as their daily. The Forester is roomy, capable, versatile, and efficient.
Debuting on the new Forester is a new DriverFocus system from Subaru, optioned on the Touring trim level. This system uses a head-tracking feature to sense if the driver is becoming distracted or drowsy and alerts them to that. Its facial recognition software not only (mostly) accurately detects when a driver is drowsy (versus just making an expression) or not paying attention to the road (versus giving the kid side-eye) also gets to know which driver is which. Multiple drivers in the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring can thus have things set to their preference based on the last time they were behind the wheel and the facial recognition saw them. Creepy? Maybe. Neat? For sure.
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a five-seat compact crossover that comes in five trims. All trim levels use the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive is standard as well.
It seems every automaker is either selling or getting ready to launch a compact crossover. But flashback 20 years ago and compact crossovers, or compact SUVs, weren't really a thing. The Suzuki Sidekick and Geo Tracker were the only choices around. But this changed in the 1996 model when Toyota introduced the funky RAV4. This would be followed by the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester a year later. These three models are seen as the Patient Zeros of what would become the compact crossover class. These three models are constantly at the top of sales charts for their respective automakers and are likely the first choice for many consumers.
Recently, Toyota has introduced a refreshed version of RAV4 and Honda announced an updated CR-V. To combat both of these, Subaru has revitalized the Forester for 2017 with numerous changes inside and out to keep it ahead. Do they make a difference?
The 2016 Subaru Forester is a small crossover competing in a segment full of excellent choices. Yet it manages to continue to thrive thanks to the legendary Subaru capability and high marks for family-use versatility and ergonomics. The Forester may be somewhat plain to look at when sitting in a parking lot full of its rivals, but few can boast the overall package of excellence this crossover brings when a closer look is had.
The 2016 Forester sees several updates this year to include a much more intuitive and capable touchscreen interface (the next-generation StarLink), now on a standard 6.2-inch screen that upgrades to 7 inches in some models and packages. Other highlights of the Forester include an above-par backseat experience, a huge and usable cargo space, and a high value proposition for the buyer.
The Forester is a compact, five-seat crossover that comes standard with all-wheel drive and a choice of two powertrains and six trim levels.
The five-passenger 2014 Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV is completely redesigned inside and out. While the exterior styling may not seem drastically different, all else is significantly changed. Standard all-wheel drive remains its trump card, setting it apart from the competition and claiming customer loyalists in the bargain.