2019 Subaru Forester SUV

2019 Subaru
Forester SUV

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control - EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - STARLINK Safety and Security
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 220mm (8.7")
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 6.5"
  • Smart device integration - STARLINK/Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 182hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 176 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 94.0mm x 90.0mm (3.70" x 3.54")
  • Compression ratio - 12.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,564kg (3,449lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,223kg (4,900lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,625mm (182.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,815mm (71.5")
  • Exterior height - 1,715mm (67.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,670mm (105.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.4m (17.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,101mm (43.3")
  • Rear legroom - 1,000mm (39.4")
  • Front headroom - 1,047mm (41.2")
  • Rear headroom - 1,007mm (39.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,374mm (54.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,361mm (53.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,478mm (58.2")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,454mm (57.2")
  • Passenger volume - 3,169L (111.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 1,003 L (35 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,155 L (76 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - H-4
  • Horsepower - 182hp @ 5,800RPM
  • Torque - 176 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - continuously variable automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Drive type - all-wheel drive
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 29mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.6gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 26mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lane departure - EyeSight Lane Keep Assist active
  • Forward collision - EyeSight Pre-Collision Braking mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Standard 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Standard Search New $24,295   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 33  
Standard 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Standard Search New $24,295   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
Premium 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Premium Search New $26,695   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
Premium 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Premium Search New $26,695   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 33  
Premium 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Premium Search New $26,695   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
Premium 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Premium Search New $26,695   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
Sport 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Sport Search New $28,795   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
Sport 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Sport Search New $28,795   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
Sport 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Sport Search New $28,795   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 33  
Limited 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Limited Search New $30,795   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 32  
Limited 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Limited Search New $30,795   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 33  
Touring 2019 Subaru Forester SUV Touring Search New $34,295   182-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  26 / 33  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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A revised foundation gives the 2019 Forester a smoother, quiet, more composed ride than its predecessor. Handling remains lively and precise, with quick steering responses.

Comparatively light in weight for an all-wheel-drive compact, the Forester accelerates adequately, though it’s not quite spirited. Subaru’s CVT is tuned to provide brisk responses in urban driving. Performance is helped by the well-behaved transmission.

Only when passing or climbing upgrades does power feel a bit shy. Engine noise isn’t absent, but the CVT strives to keep engine revs down while accelerating.

An Impressively-isolated feel makes the Forester a welcome companion even after the pavement ends. Subaru’s torque-vectoring system acts upon the inside wheel’s brakes in hard cornering, for a more nimble feel. A soft suspension and relatively tall tire sidewalls translate to more body lean in corners than Mazda’s CX-5, but a more compliant ride. The Forester can absorb deteriorated pavement with considerably greater composure. Cruising on the highway, it’s impressively stable and quiet.

With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and selectable traction-control modes, the Forester beats most competitors in off-road capabilities.

By crossover SUV standards, Forester is fuel-thrifty. It’s EPA-rated at 26/33 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. Under certain conditions, the standard, mostly unobtrusive stop/start system can cut the engine when idling.

Walk Around

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Little-changed in appearance and enlarged only modestly, the 2019 Forester carries on an angular overall design. Though short of shapely, the Forester looks appropriately purposeful.

Bracketing the large, vertically-oriented grille are trim headlights that extend well into the fenders. At the rear is an unusually wide (52.3-inch) tailgate, within C-shaped taillights.

Tall windows provide unimpaired vision. The Forester Sport’s 18-inch wheels and orange accents impart a snappy tone, but the only true sporty element is its Sharp driving mode.

Interior Overview

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In addition to exceptional space, the Forester cabin benefits from fine materials and finishes. Standard cloth upholstery looks tough and includes vinyl bolsters. Brown leather, exclusive to Touring trim, extends to the doors and dashboard, imparting a warm feeling.

Door panels and the dashboard pleasantly blend soft-touch materials with low-sheen surfaces and contrasting stitching. Sport models get black/gray cloth with orange stitching.

Front seats are comfortably firm and supportive, with height adjustment for both occupants. Helped by a slightly lengthened wheelbase, the back seat is especially roomy. Legroom approaches 40 inches, with easy entry/exit. Wide and amply padded, the back seat handily holds three passengers.

A 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, sitting high with large volume and tuning knobs. Upper trim levels get an 8.0-inch display.

A relatively high seating position yields good outward vision. Liftover height for the boxy, tall cargo compartment is low. Cargo volume in non-moonroof models totals 35.4 cubic feet with the rear seatback upright, expanding to 76.1 cubic feet with seatback folded. A rubber cargo mat and grained plastic surfaces ensure easy cleaning.

Summary

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The 2019 Subaru Forester represents good value, with standard all-wheel drive a welcome feature for its regular customers. All versions are well-equipped. Cargo-carrying utility and passenger space stand above the pack, especially for the roomy back seat. The best value of the lot is the Premium edition.

 

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Prices do not include $975 destination charge.

2.5i ($24,295), the base model, comes with all-wheel drive, automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 17-inch wheels. Alloy wheels and a roof rack can be added for $600.

2.5i Premium ($26,695) adds such comforts as a 10-way power driver’s seat, privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and panoramic moonroof, along with black alloy 17-inch wheels. A $1,295 option group includes heated seats and blind-spot monitors.

2.5i Sport ($28,795) includes rugged appearance add-ons, as well as 18-inch wheels, a Sport Sharp drive mode, automatic high-beam headlights, keyless access with push-button start, heated front seats, and steering-wheel paddles to select seven ratios on the CVT.

2.5i Limited ($30,795) adds leather upholstery, steering-responsive LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tailgate, automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitors, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Reverse automatic braking, a heated steering wheel, navigation, and Harman Kardon speakers are optional.

2.5i Touring ($34,295) comes with a memory driver’s seat, power front passenger’s seat, navigation, Harman Kardon speakers, heated rear seats, reverse automatic braking, and the DriverFocus system.

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