The Forester is the best-selling model in the Subaru lineup, accounting for 27 percent of sales in the US. This is why: this Japanese SUV combines a spacious interior with a fairly small overall size, which makes it very practical around the town. And if you live in an area with bad weather, or you like exploring the area with dirt roads, the Forester stands out, thanks to its rugged construction, 8.7-inch ground clearance, and full-time all-wheel drive. For 2019, the Forester has been completely redesigned, keeping its spirit intact while replacing its chassis with the company’s strong new global platform already put to good use in the popular Crosstrek. Furthermore, smart packaging has made the 2019 Subaru Forester more spacious inside while maintaining the vehicle overall size.
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover sold in five different trims: base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring. Standard features on every 2019 Subaru Forester include LED headlights, electronic parking brake, trailer-stability assist, automatic power door locks, brake hold, active grille shutters and a rearview-camera washer. Inside there automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with EyeSight, the driver-assist safety suite featuring pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision throttle management, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning.
The 2019 Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (boxer engine) that generates 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Subaru says 90 percent of its parts are new, and this includes a stronger block and a new direct-injection system. It’s paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) built and developed by Subaru and all-wheel drive as standard. In Sport and Touring trim, the CVT has a manual mode that mimics a 7-speed automatic transmission via shift paddles. Also, every Forester now features a new SI-Drive system that allowing the driver to select between smooth (Intelligent) or crisp (Sport) powertrain performance.
Although received more power, the 2.5-liter flat-four engine is underpowered. At the track, the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring went from 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds. Unlike some subcompact crossover, the Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds.
2.5-liter flat-4 with CVT
182 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
176 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/33 mpg
The 2019 Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $25,000 (all prices include the $975 destination fee). The Premium trim which gets you X-Mode all-wheel-drive start about $28,000. The new Sport model cost about $30,000, while the Limited is closer to $32,000. The top range Forester Touring checks in at $35,270.