The 2019 Forester launches this model’s fifth generation.
When you offer a very successful product, how do you make improvements as you ready the next-generation model? Very carefully, that’s how.
Tasked with developing the fifth-generation Forester, Subaru turned to its new global architecture to support the vehicle, the same platform underpinning all modern Subaru models. As a result, the 2019 Subaru Forester is slightly larger than before, therefore positioning this vehicle to stay relevant in a segment led by the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and Honda CR-V. Among its competitors, the Forester continues as the only model with standard all-wheel drive.
2019 Subaru Forester Overview
The changes for 2019 go beyond architecture and size to include an updated 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine (the previously available 2.0-liter engine is gone), a new Sport model, standard driver-assist technologies, and a panoramic power moonroof on all but the base trim.
For 2019, Subaru offers the Forester in Forester ($24,295), Premium ($26,695), Sport ($28,795), Limited ($30,795), and Touring ($34,295) trims. Add a $975 destination charge in most states, with slightly different costs in 10 others. We’ll break down each trim before tackling our driving impressions.
Forester by Trims
If you’re looking for a revolutionary change with the all-new Forester, you’ll be disappointed. Then again, an evolutionary change works best with this popular model.
Here’s what you’ll find with the Forester’s now five trims:
For a base model, the entry-level Forester delivers the goods. You get the same engine and all-wheel-drive system as the rest of the lineup. And that’s a good place to begin.
This model has LED headlights, 17-inch wheels set within all-season tires, and black folding side mirrors. Inside, you’ll find full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, automatic climate control, cloth seats, and a cargo-area underfloor storage compartment.
The Forester’s standard audio package includes four speakers. You’ll also find a 6.5-inch multimedia display.
One of the biggest features this year is standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This package monitors traffic movement, adjusts cruise control, and supplies lane keep assist and sway warning. It takes some getting used to as the warnings make their presence known. Few competitors match Subaru with comparable technologies or if they do, you’ll pay extra for them.
The only available package with this trim is an Alloy Wheel Package ($600, with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and raised roof rails). Remember, this is the budget model — you’ll probably want to begin your search with the next trim.
The Premium trim brings in features from the Alloy Wheel Package and adds body-colored side mirrors, a roof spoiler, and a panoramic power moonroof.
Inside, you’ll find a 10-way power driver’s seat, an overhead console with dual LED map lights and sunglasses storage, a removable cargo area tray, and a six-speaker audio system. This model also gains a pair of front compartment USB ports.
At this trim you’ll find three package offerings. The first one is an All-Weather Package ($500, windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, and heated front …read more
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