First Reviews Find 2019 Subaru Forester Hard To Fault

One of Subaru’s most anticipated debuts for 2019, the fifth-generation Forester is finally here and the first video reviews are full of praise.

The 2019 Forester might look familiar from the outside, but it’s an all-new model. It’s underpinned by Subaru’s Global Modular Platform that is also used by the Impreza, Crosstrek, and Ascent.

Thanks to the new architecture and a host of other updates, the 2019 Forester is more refined than its predecessor. Most reviewers claim that everything from the ride, handling, and CVT transmission has been improved.

The CVT upgrades are immediately noticeable. It’s said to produce less noise and abrupt revving than in the previous-generation model, helping enhance refinement. The 2019 Forester also gets praises for the way it drives, thanks to the quicker steering and reduced roll in corners. Furthermore, the suspension absorbs bumps more comfortably than before.

Also read: 2019 Subaru CrossTrek Gets Minor Updates As Plug-In Variant Arrives Later This Year

The SUV remains as practical as ever, offering plenty of headroom and legroom for all passengers. As for technology, reviewers liked the infotainment system’s big clear menus and real buttons assigned to the essential functions.

Another plus for the SUV is the EyeSight safety assist pack, offered as standard on the 2019 model. By now you’re probably wondering if reviewers found something wrong with the Forester. Well, some said they were not truly convinced by the styling, given how similar the 2019 model looks compared to the outgoing one.

Another criticism (and a big one at that) regards the lack of a turbo option for 2019. The only engine offered right now is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter flat-four making 182 hp at 5,800 rpm and only 176 lb-ft (238 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm. Some reviewers complained that the feeble torque makes it feel quite slow under acceleration. Check out the following playlist to find out what else they had to say about the new SUV.


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    It’ll be a hybrid rather than any further turbo, surely?

  • Bash

    I’m not saying it’s not a good car, it just looks 10 years old already.

    • erly5

      Totally agree! It may be a decent enough car, just a shame it’s been saddled with outdated looks.

    • brn

      From the video: “even the styling has remained so similar, that most people wouldn’t know it’s a new model”

      That’s kind of sad for a redesign that riding on a new platform.

  • MarkoS

    Silly side treatment creases and rear window kinks that look thrown-on at the last minuet on a car that has to small of shoes for it body, ruins it for me. This should have been a knock-out, its not. If we will no longer see a turbo here, give us a 200+ HP Crosstrek to fill the gap.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    I can tell from a mile away that the upcoming RAV4 will obliterate this….

  • Dennis Scipio

    Despite the conservative looks of the new Forester like most new Subarus, it will no doubt have good value, safety, and reliability.

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