Ready for the weekend

First hitting the scene in 1997, the Subaru Forester has seen a total of four generations come and go over the years. Now, there’s a new fifth generation for the compact crossover SUV making its big debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Framed as the “roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made,” this latest five-door brings all the right stuff for those weekend getaways, not to mention fresh styling, loads and loads of space, a bit more power, and a fresh suite of safety tech to boot.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Subaru Forester.

2019 Subaru Forester Exterior

  • Tweaked exterior style for 2019
  • Standard LED headlights
  • Longer wheelbase
  • Lots of ground clearance
  • Underbody protection
  • Standard roof rails on all but base model
  • Wheels sized between 17 and 18 inches
  • New exterior colors
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Up front, we find new headlight housings stretched back into the front fenders. LEDs are standard across the range.

Outside, the 2019 Subaru Forester gets the tall-riding, pumped-up proportions you’d expect from a modern crossover. The styling is a mix of blocky shapes and hard lines, and while it’s not the most incredible design we’ve ever seen, it definitely gets the job done with a more mass-appeal kind of approach.

Although similar to the outgoing model, the 2019 model year brings with it a refreshed exterior that’s meant to show off a “more rugged style,” mating “Subaru’s latest design language while retaining a strong family resemblance to the rest of the brand’s portfolio.”

Up front, we find new headlight housings that are stretched back into the front fenders. LED lighting elements are standard across the range. The nose is gets its atmosphere through Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille design, which comes outlined with a prominent chrome surround and top wing line, complete with the requisite six-star badge. Additional high-gloss black and silver trim can be found elsewhere on the vehicle.

An upward-slanting shoulder line was used around the pillars, rising towards the tail section and adding a bit of extra visual heft. Subaru also says it placed the pillars in just the right locations to ensure good outward visibility, while the large wheel arches are a nod to the extra AWD grip provided by the drivetrain.

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The Forester has an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which certainly helps underline its off-roading capability aspirations.

Updates this year include a lengthened wheelbase, now up to 105.1 inches compared to the 103.9 inches of the outgoing model, a gain of 1.2 inches overall. The Forester also has an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which certainly helps underline its off-roading capability aspirations. For reference, the rough stuff-oriented Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk also offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

What’s more, each of the Forester trim levels get lower body cladding designed to “protect against mud, rocks and other road debris.” These twin under body protection elements are finished in colors specific to the trim level picked, complementing the SUV with extra style points regardless of whether you’re tackling the trailhead or just the shopping mall parking lot.

Up top, the 2019 Subaru Forester comes with standard roof rails, which are added to each of trim levels with the exception of the base model. Properly outfitted, these things can be used to carry large items like bikes and kayaks. The Sport and Touring trim levels also throw in new tie-down hooks to make for easier securing.

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What’s more, each of the Forester trim levels get lower body cladding designed to “protect against mud, rocks and other road debris.”

Standard spec for the base model includes 17-inch steel wheels in the corners, while the Premium model gets 17-inch rollers made from a lightweight alloy. Meanwhile, the Sport, Limited, and Touring trims get standard 18-inch alloy wheels. Unique wheel designs are used for each of the various trims.

Finally, exterior colors include new shades like Jasper Green Metallic, Horizon Blue Pearl, and Crimson Red Pearl.

2019 Subaru Forester Interior

  • Updated layout
  • Roomiest and quietest Forester yet
  • Extra cargo space
  • Easier loading
  • Dirt and scuff resistant floor
  • Rear-facing LEDs for easier nighttime loading
  • New front seats
  • Latest safety tech, including new DriverFocus feature
  • Remote features
  • Standard 6.5-inch screen, optional 8.0-incher
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Subaru claims the 2019 Forester is the roomiest and quietest model to wear the nameplate yet.

Inside the 2019 Forester, passengers will enjoy a more angular, tech-heavy cabin. The layout gains sharper air vents in the dash, with additional detailing added here and there to break up the large solid surfaces seen on the outgoing model. It’s definitely a different approach from the simplified, horizontal layouts seen elsewhere in the segment, but it looks good all the same.

More importantly, Subaru claims the 2019 Forester is the roomiest and quietest model to wear the nameplate yet.

The boost in cabin space dimensions starts with increased rear legroom, which comes partly thanks to the longer overall wheelbase. Rear-seated passengers will not enjoy up to 39.4 inches of rear legroom, which is 1.4 inches more than before. There’s also more headroom, hip room, and shoulder room, while wider rear door openings (courtesy of the steeper C-pillar) make it easier to get in and out of the thing.

The new dimensions and design also open up the rear cargo room, with aft space increased to 76.1 cubic feet total. The increase in available space is partly thanks to a lowered rear bench, which contributes an extra 1.4 cubic feet all on its own. Additional practicality is added thanks to a 60:40 split for the bench, making it easier to load longer items like skis.

Speaking of loading up, the rear gate now opens at a maximum width of 51.2 inches, which is an increase of 5.3 inches compared to the outgoing model. Subaru claims that it’s so wide you can load a full-sized golf bad sideways without the need to tilt it. A power rear gate is equipped as standard on the Limited and Touring trim levels, while the Premium and Sport models get it as an available option.

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The rear gate now opens at a maximum width of 51.2 inches, which is an increase of 5.3 inches compared to the outgoing model.

As an added layer of toughness, Subaru applied a special material to the cargo floor, trim, sides, and rear of the Forester, all of which get a textured surface designed to resist dirt and scuffing. There’s also a PVC material for the bottom of the front seats, while pockets in the seat backs add another spot for extra storage.

A standard cargo tray is also in place to protect the various interior trim bits. Get into the Sport model, and you’ll get an extra LED light in the cargo area and an automatic off function, plus a rear gate LED flood light to illuminate the surrounding area, all of which is great when loading up after a long day out in the wilderness.

A panoramic power moonroof is offered as standard equipment on the Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trim levels. All models also get new front seats as of the 2019 model year, while a new electronic parking brake simplifies the cabin space layout by deleting the traditional parking brake handle in the central tunnel. The standard automatic climate control is upgraded to a dual-zone set-up on Limited and Touring models.

When it comes to infotainment gadget, the 2019 Forester is practically dripping in features, both new and as carryovers from the outgoing model.

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When it comes to infotainment gadget, the 2019 Forester is practically dripping in features, both new and as carryovers from the outgoing model.

Kicking it off is the standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite. In the top-trim Touring model, this includes the latest DriverFocus tech, which will notify the driver if it detects fatigue or distraction while on the road.

“With DriverFocus, Subaru is taking on one of the biggest issues in the automotive industry; distracted driving,” says the automaker.

To accomplish this, DriverFocus uses facial recognition technology, which is a bit creepy to think about. But for those buyers looking to keep all eyes on the road, perhaps with plans of younger drivers or older drivers taking the wheel, the tech is surely a desirable feature.

What’s more, DriverFocus can also recognize which driver is behind the wheel, and will adjust various personalized settings (seat position, climate control preferences, multifunction display mode, etc.) to match their unique profile as soon as the driver starts the vehicle. As many as five driver presets can be added.

The Forester also includes more traditional safety technology, such as automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, pre-collision throttle management, and lead vehicle start alert.

Optional features include reverse automatic braking and blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert. The Sport, Limited, Touring also get high beam assist, while the Limited and Touring get steering responsive headlights.

The standard tire pressure monitor system gets four individual readouts for more accurate monitoring, rather than a general “low pressure” warning. The standard trailer stability assist can also monitor the trailer sway and apply individual brakes to stabilize the vehicle, while a standard rearview camera helps with tight-spot maneuvering.

Those residing in colder climates will enjoy the available heated front seats with three-stage control, which replaces the outgoing model’s two-stage system. The Touring trim also throws in heated rear seats, which is a new feature for the 2019 model year.

Keyless Access and a Push Button Starter are both equipped as standard on the Sport, Limited, and Touring model, and offered as an option on the Premium model.

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User inputs can be made via an optional 8.0-inch multimedia screen. The standard spec is a 6.5-inch screen.

The 2019 Forester is also offered with Subaru’s latest Starlink Connected Services, which now comes with an optional Remote Engine Start feature. Making its connection via the MySubaru smartphone app, this system also lumps in remote climate control settings.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offer smartphone support, while SiriusXM radio can be had for those with a subscription. Bluetooth streaming and connectivity is another option.

User inputs can be made via an optional 8.0-inch multimedia screen. The standard spec is a 6.5-inch screen. Voice recognition is also included. Finally, buyers can upgrade to an onboard Wi-Fi connection and concierge services if desired.

2019 Subaru Forester Drivetrain

  • Standard NA 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine
  • 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque
  • Standard Lineartronic CVT
  • Standard Symmetrical AWD
  • New Global Platform architecture
  • Multiple drive modes
  • No more XT trim level, replaced with new Sport model
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Each trim level is motivated by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder “boxer” engine, with output upgraded slightly over last year’s model, peaking at 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque for the 2019 model year.

Under the revised body panels, the 2019 Subaru Forester is built on Subaru’s newest Global Platform architecture, underpinnings which Subaru says can deliver “significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection, ride comfort and quietness.”

And while we wouldn’t necessarily single out the Forester as our go-to pick for “driving pleasure,” the reductions in noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) are surely appreciated.

Each trim level is motivated by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder “boxer” engine. This powerplant is updated from the previous 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine Subaru has used before, and comes with features like automatic Stop/Start, direct fuel injection, a higher compression ratio, and active valve control system (AVCS) for the exhaust side. Output is rated at a maximum of 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, which is a bit more than the previous model’s 170 horses and 174 pound-feet of twist (12 ponies and 2 pound-feet more, to be exact).

The only gearbox on offer is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), otherwise known as the Subaru Lineartronic CVT. This automatic gearbox offers better acceleration than before, as well as 33 mpg on the highway as estimated by Subaru, 1 more mpg than before. If you decide to get into the top Sport or Touring trim level, you’ll be able to have a bit more control over the transmission with a simulated seven speeds, swapped courtesy of the paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.

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Rounding out the drivetrain is Subaru’s iconic Symmetrical AWD system.

Rounding out the drivetrain is Subaru’s iconic Symmetrical AWD system.

The 2019 Forester comes standard with a driver-selectable SI-DRIVE powertrain management system, which offers settings like “Intelligent” and “Sport,” as well as “Sport Sharp” on the Sport trim level. These alter parameters like the throttle response, with smoother inputs in Intelligent mode to save fuel, and a more responsive feel when in Sport mode.

Unfortunately, Subaru is no longer offering the Forester XT model, which came with a turbocharged engine pumping out as much as 250 horsepower. Previous model years also offered a manual transmission option, which once again goes the way of the dodo this year.

As a replacement for the XT, Subaru is offering the Forester Sport, which is “inspired by the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.” Upgrades over the other trim levels include an exclusive aesthetic, unique driving modes, additional interior bits, and more (check out the Prices section for a full rundown).

As for handling, the Forester comes standard with Active Torque Vectoring, a system plucked directly from sporty models like the Subaru WRX and WRX STI. Overall, Subaru is aiming to combine SUV-like capability and a car-like ride in terms of on-road personality for the 2019 Forester.

To address the latter of those characteristics, all but the base model get something called X-Mode Hill Descent Control, which tweaks the engine, transmission shifting, AWD system, braking, and electronic stability system to better equip the Forester when heading down a slippery mountain. The Sport, Limited and Touring also come standard with X-Mode driving settings for conditions like Snow and Dirt, as well as Deep Snow and Mud.

2019 Subaru Forester Prices

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No official pricing info has been announced as of this writing, but it’s expected to slot in at around the same spot as the previous model, which currently starts at $22,795.

The 2019 Subaru Forester will arrive in dealerships later in 2018. No official pricing info has been announced as of this writing, but it’s expected to slot in at around the same spot as the previous model, which currently starts at $22,795.

Trim levels include the standard base model, the Premium, the Limited, the Touring, and the Sport.

The base model comes with features like EyeSight driving assists, LED headlights, automatic start/stop, SI-DRIVE engine management, automatic climate control, trailer stability assist, and a welcome lighting signature, all of which are included on higher trims as well.

The top Touring trim level adds 10-way power driver’s seat, 8-way power front passenger seating, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and two-position memory for the side view mirrors.

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The Sport makes its presence known with a unique grill up front complete with a black gloss finish, as well as 18-inch wheels in the corners, also finished in black.

The Sport makes its presence known with a unique grill up front complete with a black gloss finish, as well as 18-inch wheels in the corners, also finished in black. A rear roof spoiler complements the looks, as do the orange accents on the black underbody protection plates and roof rails. Inside, the Sport gains a dark gray upholstery color with orange stitching and accents.

The Sport model also gets a unique SI-DRIVE system with a Sport Sharp driving mode. A new instrument panel with a digital meter and multi-function display round out the gauges in the cabin, while further bits include exterior LED fog lights, high beam assist for the headlights, exterior mirrors fitted with integrated turn signals, a keyless access and push button start system, and PIN code access. Finally, the Sport tosses in the all-weather package, which includes nice-to-haves like heated front seats, heated sideview mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer function.

2019 Subaru Forester Competition

Mazda CX-5

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If you truly lament the loss of the turbocharged Subaru Forester XT and manual transmission option, then the Mazda CX-5 might be the direction to head. True to form, the Zoom-Zoom brand instilled this five-passenger crossover with just the right amount of fun behind the wheel. It also looks quite nice, and with nearly 190 horsepower under the hood, it’ll hit 60 mph in about 8 seconds. However, compared to the Forester, the rear won’t hold as much stuff, and AWD is optional. Pricing starts at $24,150.

Read our full review of the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

Honda CR-V

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Honda has plenty to say in this segment thanks to the highly competent CR-V. Powered by a top-trim turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder making as much as 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, the CR-V will hit 60 mph in a very decent 7.5 seconds, while the base model comes equipped with a 2.4-liter ‘four making 184 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is the standard stuff, while AWD is once again optional. Space is ample inside, while the interior is quiet on the road. Pricing starts at $24,150.

Read our full review of the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Conclusion

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While we wish the current Forester offered the same levels of driving engagement and fun as models in the past, it makes sense that Subaru instead focused on the features that appeal to the vast majority of buyers out there - that is, practicality, comfort, and equipment.

Each of these facets sees a serious boost for the 2019 model year, and with standard AWD across the line, the Forester makes for a serious contender for anyone looking to get into a capable, unflappable compact crossover.

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    • * Not terribly exciting
    • * Tons of competition from every direction
    • * Fade-into-the-background styling

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Press release

Subaru of America Inc., debuted today the all-new 2019 Forester at the New York International Auto Show. The fifth generation of the best-selling SUV introduces the roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made and also features groundbreaking new safety technology.

The 2019 Forester is built on the Subaru Global Platform to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection, ride comfort and quietness. Arriving at Subaru retailers later this year, the all-new Forester will be available in standard, Premium, Limited, Touring and new Sport trim levels. All are powered by an enhanced direct-injection, 182 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine featuring Auto Stop/Start and paired with a standard Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). Also standard on all trim levels is Subaru’s legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

For 2019, all Foresters come standard with the award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The top-of-line Touring debuts the segment-exclusive DriverFocus safety technology which offers yet another layer of safety and convenience for the driver. The system can alert the driver of fatigue or distraction while on the road as well as automatically adjust many driver settings at start-up.

Segment First DriverFocus Safety Technology
With DriverFocus, Subaru is taking on one of the biggest issues in the automotive industry; distracted driving. Each day in the United States, more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes reported to have involved a distracted driver. * As an industry leader in safety, Subaru has developed DriverFocus, a state-of-the-art system to help address distracted driving for both new and experienced drivers.

DriverFocus is a driver monitoring system that uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. DriverFocus works with Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology to reduce the chance of an accident. And for added convenience, DriverFocus can also recognize up to five drivers and remember their presets for seat position, climate, multifunction display and more.

The all-new Forester is the first in its segment, and among the first vehicles in the industry to incorporate technology that can address the important societal issue of distracted driving. The feature will be standard on Touring models.

Added Power and Efficiency
All Foresters are powered by a new version of the 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine, now with direct fuel injection and higher compression, along with active valve control system (AVCS) on the exhaust side. The new engine produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque, versus 170 hp and 174 lb-ft in the previous Forester, for a boost in everyday performance and responsiveness.

The 2019 Forester comes standard with Lineartronic CVT. The new powertrain not only yields quicker acceleration than the previous Forester, but also up to 33 mpg highway fuel economy (manufacturer’s estimate, pending EPA certification). On Sport and Touring variants, the CVT features a manual mode that simulates a seven-speed manual transmission, using steering wheel paddle shift control switches.

Adding more flexibility for driving conditions, is a standard driver-selectable SI-DRIVE. SI-DRIVE is a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s throttle characteristics by choosing between “Intelligent” and “Sport” modes (Sport Sharp on Forester Sport). “Intelligent” mode helps smooth out accelerator inputs for fuel saving, while “Sport” mode tunes the throttle to emphasize performance.

Signature Subaru Design
The 2019 Forester debuts a more rugged style that showcases Subaru’s new design language while retaining a strong family resemblance to the rest of the brand’s portfolio. The exterior has shoulder lines that follow around the pillars to emphasize height and strength. Prominent wheel arches emphasize the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system’s functionality. Front, side and rear underguards are standard on all models, with color finish according to trim line. New LED headlights are standard on all models and complement the brand’s signature hexagonal grille. High-gloss black or silver trim highlights the Forester’s premium appearance, accentuated by new colors such as Jasper Green Metallic, Horizon Blue Pearl and Crimson Red Pearl.

Forester’s new design brings added function. The wheelbase is increased to 105.1 in. from 103.9 in., with the gain benefitting rear seat legroom, which is now 39.4-in., a 1.4-in. increase. Gains in headroom, hip and shoulder room further bolster passenger comfort and a feeling of spaciousness in the cabin. Wider rear door openings and a steep C-pillar angle make ingress/egress and installing a child seat easier. All Forester models feature lower body side cladding, which helps protect against mud, rocks and other road debris.

The new Forester design maintains outstanding outward visibility, a hallmark of Subaru models. Strategically designed pillars and generous glass area ensure an excellent all-around view from inside, and all models feature a standard rear vision camera.

The 2019 Forester design increases cargo space to 76.1 cu. ft. with the 60:40 split rear seatbacks lowered, a gain of 1.4 cu. ft. The load floor sits flatter, and the cargo area’s squared-off shape has been further optimized for ease of carrying large objects. Notably, the rear gate opening maximum width is now 51.2-in. wide, a 5.3-in. increase over the previous model and up to 8-in. wider than on some competitive SUVs. For example, with the 2019 Forester, it will be possible to load a full-size golf bag sideways without tilting it. A power rear gate is standard on Limited and Touring trim levels and available as an option for Premium and Sport.

Roof rails, standard on all but the base model, allow for a number of Subaru Genuine Accessories for carrying items such as bicycles and kayaks. New tie-down hooks integrated into the rails, on Sport and Touring trims, allow ropes to be tied down more easily and securely.

New Forester Sport
Inspired by the needs of outdoor enthusiasts, the 2019 Forester Sport joins the line with unique appearance elements and specially enhanced standard equipment. A Sport grille with black gloss finish frame, black-finish 18-in. wheels and rear roof spoiler give Forester Sport a rugged look, while orange accents on the black underguards and roof rail mounts add a modern, youthful touch. The interior is a unique dark gray material with orange stitching and accents throughout that is exclusive to the Sport model.

The Forester Sport exclusively employs a version of Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) with Intelligent and Sport Sharp modes and the Lineartronic CVT features a seven-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle-shift control switches. Building on the standard equipment of the Forester Premium trim, the Sport also features a high-grade instrument panel combination meter and multi-function display, LED fog lights, High Beam Assist, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN Code Access and the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer).

A standard cargo area tray helps protect the interior. For added convenience when loading or unloading equipment at night, the Sport features a cargo area LED light with auto-off and a rear gate LED flood light that illuminates the area around the rear gate when it is opened.

Family comfort and quiet space
The roomiest Forester cabin yet is also the quietest, thanks to the Subaru Global Platform’s inherent resistance to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Road noise is significantly reduced and Subaru has worked to tune out certain frequencies to make conversation or listening to music at highway speeds more comfortable.

Forester’s interior has been designed for both greater passenger comfort and increased durability in everyday and recreational usage. New front seats, are constructed to enhance comfort on long drives. A new Electronic Parking Brake frees up console space by eliminating the traditional parking brake handle.

All Forester models now feature standard automatic climate control (dual-zone on Limited and Touring models), and the available heated front seats feature three-stage control versus two-stage before. The Touring trim adds new heated rear seats for 2019. Keyless Access with Push Button Start is standard on Sport, Limited and Touring trims and optional for Premium. In conjunction with this feature, SUBARU STARLINK® Connected Services now offers available Remote Engine Start via the MySubaru smartphone app. Climate controls can also be set on the app when Remote Engine Start is activated. Many other connected services such as Wi-Fi and concierge services are newly available on Forester for 2019 model year.

Numerous new details throughout the Forester reflect the Subaru brand’s meticulous study of real-world customer usage. The material used for the cargo area floor, sides and rear gate interior trim offer a textured surface to resist dirt. The robust material also resists scuffing, such as when carrying camping equipment or other outdoor gear, and is easily cleaned. PVC material used on the bottoms of the front seat backs likewise resists scuffing and the material is easily cleaned. Pockets on the front seatbacks are now divided to more easily organize items such as magazines and electronic devices.

Legendary Subaru Value Gets Even Better
The 2019 Forester is the best-equipped ever, with the standard model adding features such as EyeSight, LED headlights, Auto Start/Stop, SI-DRIVE Engine Performance management, Active Torque Vectoring, Automatic Climate Control, Electronic Parking Brake, Trailer Stability Assist and Welcome Lighting. A panoramic power moonroof is standard on Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring trims.

Each trim level adds more features and amenities, while maintaining all the vehicle’s rugged capability. The 2019 Touring is the most luxurious Forester ever, with standard and exclusive features including 10-way power driver’s seat, new 8-way power front passenger seat, new heated rear seats and heated steering wheel. Also new for 2019, the exterior mirrors have a two-position memory function synchronized to the driver’s seat position memory and in addition tilt downward when reverse gear is engaged, to aid in parking maneuvers. A new power rear lock button is available on the rear liftgate that will close and lock the gate and all doors on the vehicle.

Adventurous Spirit and Function
The 2019 Forester continues the model’s tradition of offering the optimal blend of SUV capability with car-like ride and handling with legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This key technology provides stable, secure driving for young families and all-around capability for outdoors enthusiasts. Subaru’s all-wheel drive system actively monitors acceleration, deceleration, cornering and traction to transfer power to the wheels with the best grip.

Active Torque Vectoring, first introduced on the brand’s iconic WRX ® and WRX STI® performance models, is also standard on all 2019 Foresters. The Forester base model features standard 17-in. steel wheels, while the Premium gets standard 17-in. alloy wheels. Sport, Limited and Touring models ride on 18-in. wheels with each trim featuring its own wheel design.

Forester offers a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is more than most competitors and allows for confident off-pavement driving. Yet, the 2019 Forester maintains an easy step-in height.

For handling difficult driving conditions such as snow or mud, Forester Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring come standard with driver-selectable X-Mode® with Hill Descent Control. When engaged, X-Mode optimizes control of the engine, transmission shift pattern, Active AWD front/rear clutch force, brakes and the Vehicle Dynamics Control system to optimize wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines. New for 2019, the Sport, Limited and Touring models come standard with a dual-mode version of X-Mode that offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even more capability to go virtually wherever necessary.

Subaru Safety Throughout
The Forester’s new platform integrates the latest version of the Subaru ring-shaped reinforcement frame design, proven over nearly two decades to provide excellent occupant collision protection. All versions of the 2019 Forester come standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Pre-Collision Throttle Management and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.

Other available driver-assist technologies include Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Reverse Automatic Braking can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing.

Forester Sport, Limited and Touring include High Beam Assist, and Limited and Touring also add Steering Responsive Headlights. New for the 2019 Forester, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) now displays pressure for individual tires. New standard Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) utilizes yaw sensors to monitor trailer sway and then can brake individual wheels to stabilize the vehicle and trailer.

A power locking fuel door is integrated into the new automatic power door lock/unlock system as standard. The system locks all doors, the rear gate and fuel door once the vehicle is driven over 13 mph, and the owner can set locking/unlocking preferences.

Inside, the Forester fills out its safety roster with the Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, standard front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage.

SUBARU STARLINK™ In-Vehicle Technology
The 2019 Forester offers the latest touchscreen SUBARU STARLINK multimedia systems with standard features including Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto and SiriusXM® services (subscription required) with Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. Music, news, podcasts and much more can be enjoyed with standard Aha™, Pandora® and STARLINK app integration. A built-in, voice-activated navigation system powered by TomTom with an 8” high resolution touchscreen is also available. The standard Forester comes with the 6.5” Multimedia system, while higher trim levels feature the 8.0” Multimedia Plus and 8.0” Multimedia Navigation systems.

SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services now offers remote engine start (on models equipped with Keyless Access and Push-Button Start); concierge service; anti-theft vehicle immobilizer with flashing vehicle security lights; young driver safety functions including geofencing, speed alert and curfew; and firmware updates over the air.

Also available, the Safety Plus package offers SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report, and diagnostic alerts. The Safety Plus & Security Plus upgrade package adds stolen vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights and remote vehicle locator.

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