It's a new generation (the fifth!) for the ever-popular Subaru Forester, and the rugged and capable crossover is ready for it, with a sportier look, improved cabin, additional cladding, improved handling, and more standard features than ever. The powertrain options have been slimmed down to just a 2.5-liter 182 hp Subaru Boxer paired with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. Due to lack of popularity, the turbo-charged 250 hp engine and manual transmission are no longer offered.


The Forester is popular seller in New England, thanks to its confident ability in winter weather and the available amenities (heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats on select trims) that make cold-weather road trips more pleasurable. It can take on almost any terrain, with 8.7 inches of ground clearance and X-MODE settings for dirt, mud, and snow (not available on the base model). There are five trim levels: the base Forester, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring. The Sport trim is new for this generation; it comes decked out with glossy black grille and wheels, contrasting orange accents along the body, and a seven-speed manual mode controlled by paddle shifters (also found on the Touring trim). A panoramic power moonroof can be added to all but the base level.


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The Forester features a high-strength steel body to protect occupants in the worst-case scenario of a collision. But collisions are truly unlikely, since each trim now comes with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which greatly increases the safety factor with its combination of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking, and sway warning. All trims also come with a rear-vision camera for safety in backing up. High Beam Assist is standard equipment on the Sport, Limited, and Touring trims, and a blind-spot monitor comes on Limited and Touring.  

For passive safety features, a full array of airbags, including one at the driver's knees and multiple side units, provide maximum protect in the event of a front or side crash. The top three trims get PIN-protected keyless access with push-button start (available on the Premium trim).   


The STARLINK infotainment system uses a touch-screen (6.5-inch or 8-inch, depending on the trim/options) to control smartphone functions, apps, music, and roadside assistance features. It will also contact first responders via the Forester's speakers in the event of a severe collision.  

Occupants stay charged up with two USB ports in the front row on all trims, and an additional pair in the back row on the top three trims (and available on the Premium). All but the lowest trim are AT&T Internet-ready with a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, with compatibility for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Passenger Comfort & Cargo

The Forester was made for active people (and dogs - even muddy ones!), and Subaru has made the inside as tough and practical as the outside. The cargo area and front seatbacks (bottom portion) are made with an easily cleaned PVC. Got stuff to move? Cargo space reaches 35.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded forward, and thanks to the redesign the rear gate opens wider than previously for the best access. Roof rails are available on the base trim and standard on all others.

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