2019 Subaru Forester
The fourth-gen Forester decisively won our SUV of the Year award when it arrived for the 2014 model year. But since then, this small crossover has started to feel a little older than competitors when it comes to technology and interior accoutrements. In a chance to retake the top spot, Subaru is soon coming out with a new generation of Forester, which receives thoughtful new features and rides on a new platform.
We tested the outgoing Forester with the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 250 hp, and we were impressed with its exceptional acceleration. It hit 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds from a standstill. Sadly, Subaru drops this engine for the 2019 model year.
Now the only remaining power source in the lineup is a 2.5-liter boxer-four. It delivers 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque, up 12 hp and 2 lb-ft from the old version. Also say goodbye to the six-speed manual— Subaru is only offering a CVT on this Forester. Subaru says to expect quicker acceleration from the new 2.5-liter, so it’ll likely improve from the outgoing 2.5-liter model we tested, which hit 60 mph in 8.7 seconds.
The 2019 Forester sits on the new Subaru Global Platform. We’ll have to test it for ourselves, but Subaru claims the new platform will improve ride comfort, quietness, and agility. The squat Subie looks about the same size as before, but its wheelbase has increased 1.2 inches. Subaru promises slightly more legroom on the new model, and it should gain in headroom, shoulder room, hip room, and cargo room, as well. Subaru has also widened the maximum rear gate opening by 5.3 inches.
Inside the cabin, the Forester receives redesigned front seats, a new electric parking brake, and nowstandard automatic climate control. Oh yeah, and finally it has Apple Carplay and Android Auto, both standard on the new model. All Foresters come standard with Eyesight, which includes automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and other features.
On the new Sport trim level, look for a special grille with gloss black accents on the frame, a black-finished rear roof spoiler, black 18-inch wheels, and orange accents on the black underguards and roof rail mounts. Inside, gray upholstery mixes with orange stitching.
The 2019 Subaru Forester goes on sale later this year.
Say goodbye to the six-speed manual. Subaru is only offering a CVT.
STAY FOCUSED Subaru’s optional Driverfocus system uses facial recognition to identify signs of driver fatigue or distraction. It works with the standard Eyesight system and can recognize up to five drivers.