The 2019 Forester radically does not shake up Subaru’s SUV formula, but it does not have to. Presently in its fifth generation, the Forester continually offers exactly what its customers expect: Lots of standard safety equipment, lots of interior space, and rugged charm.
It is yet very much a Forester visually, with an upright, two-box design, and typically Subaru contemporary-but-offbeat styling. It is kind of ugly, but totally charming at the same time. The 2019 Forester is designed on the Japanese automaker’s Subaru Global Platform architecture, leading to an SUV that is slightly larger than the earlier. The enhanced height, width, and length all permit for more cargo volume and passengers.
All 2019 Forester would be powered by Subaru’s new and direct-injected 2.5-liter boxer engine, with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque — gains of 12 hp and 2 lb-ft over the 2018 model. The engine is mated to a continuously varying transmission across all the trim levels. Touring and Sport models get a manual mode along with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, not that they would alter the behavior of the CVT or anything. All-wheel drive is standard on all the Forester models.
Subaru would no longer extend a turbocharged Forester XT. The Sport model merely is about appearance and a bigger list of standard equipment. This Forester surely gets a Sport Sharp setting in the SI-Drive modes, but all the drivetrain and chassis components are similar to that of the other Forester models. One will be able to locate the Forester Sport by its dark 18-inch wheels, unique grille, and rear roof spoiler. The Sport even has LED foglights, push-button start, high-beam assist, heated seats and much more.
As per infotainment, the base Forester arrives with a 6.5-inch multimedia system, while the higher-end trims have 8-inch Multimedia Plus and Multimedia Navigation systems. Subaru’s Starlink interface features Android Auto compatibility and standard Apple CarPlay, for folks who rather would use those. Subaru said that its 2019 model is the quietest and roomiest Forester yet.
The 2019 Forester would hit Subaru dealers later this year after its introduction at the New York Auto Show this week.