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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

There aren’t many changes, but there are enough to make the Forester even more off-road capable

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Now in its fifth generation, the Forester is entering the 2022 model year with a series of updates necessary to keep the model fresh. Subaru gives the SUV a redesigned front fascia, with updated grille, headlights and fog light covers.

But, the most important update to the lineup is the addition of a sixth trim level: the all-new Wilderness. With unique and functional exterior and interior appointments, and an elevated ground clearance, the 2022 Wilderness was described as the "most rugged and trail-capable Forester ever."

What makes the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness special?

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Exterior
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The 2022 Wilderness was built on the Premium trim level, but includes mechanical and functional updates required for the less traveled roads.

The first changes were made to the chassis and suspension. Subaru added longer coil springs and shock absorbers that will give an extra half-inch when it comes to ground clearance.

As a result, the 2022 Forester Wilderness sits 9.2 inches above the ground. It rides on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels in matte black finish, wrapped in Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires.

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Exterior
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Being a SUV designed for off-road usage, a few changes to the exterior look were also required. Up front, the Wilderness trim will be distinguished by a bold, hexagonal grille, unique hexagonal LED fog lights and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish. The package also includes larger wheel arch cladding, plus a front skid plate.

As a standard equipment the model also offers water resistant StarTex® seating surfaces and a ladder-type roof rack that has a dynamic load capacity of 220 pounds.
2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Interior
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The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is priced at $32,820. There’s only one package available priced at $1,850. It includes:

  • SUBARU STARLINK® 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system,
  • Harman Kardon® premium sound system,
  • Power Rear Gate
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Building on the extensive feature content in the Premium trim, the new Forester Wilderness uniquely adds a slew of exclusive mechanical, design, and functional enhancements for added capability on the roads and trails less traveled. Critically, the rugged new model preserves the Forester’s renowned blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling. The Forester Wilderness has a starting price of $32,820.

Exclusive chassis suspension components give the 2022 Forester Wilderness 9.2-inch ground clearance, a half-inch increase over the other Forester models, which already had among the highest in their segment. Longer coil springs and shock absorbers provide the added road clearance, while special tuning helps maintain the Forester’s exceptional ride and handling performance with the increased height.

The Forester Wilderness comes equipped with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for increased traction on muddy or gravel roads. Mounted on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels in matte black finish, the tires are embossed with raised white letters. A standard full-size tire is stored under the cargo the area, giving owners confidence while on the trails.

To visually communicate the more capable off-road performance, the Forester Wilderness adds exclusive styling with all-new front fascia with bold hexagonal front grille, larger wheel arch cladding, front skid plate, unique hexagonal LED fog lights and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish.

Numerous exterior and interior details, including water resistant StarTex® seating surfaces, make the Forester Wilderness especially suited to carrying outdoors gear, even when wet or muddy. The ladder-type roof rack has a dynamic load capacity to 220 lb., and can support up to 800 lb. when parked, a capacity increase that allows for larger roof tents.

A single option package is available for the 2022 Wilderness that includes SUBARU STARLINK® 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Harman Kardon® premium sound system, and a Power Rear Gate. The option package has a MSRP of $1,850.

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