2019 Subaru Forester Is A Winning Combination In The Segment

Since earlier this year, Subaru has launched a new Forester with a new exterior, roomier cabin and updated engine.

The longer wheelbase means plenty of space for rear passengers, who won’t have to struggle for headroom either, even in the middle seat.

Lots of storage spaces, including a phone bin, reclining seat backs at the rear, great visibility, plenty of soft materials and a very decent cargo area will make journeys more pleasant.

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Optional kit includes just about everything one would expect, from the gizmos that enhance driving off the beaten path, to safety features such as DriverFocus, which alerts those behind the wheel of fatigue or distraction.

Even the most basic model gets LED headlights, active shutter grille, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 6.5-inch infotainment system and automatic climate control, among others, all for an MSRP of $24,295.

On the down side, the 2019 Forester is a bit noisy at higher speeds. But the composed handling, smooth ride and reassuring brakes, along with a quick-reacting CVT that’s paired to the 182 hp (184 PS / 135 kW) and 176 lb-ft (238 Nm) of torque 2.5-liter engine, make the commute a joy.

KBB recently went out in the new Forester, and found it to be “a special SUV-wagon kind of thing” that doesn’t disappoint. But we’ll let the reviewer talk us through some of the strong and weak points of the vehicle.


  • MarkoS

    No Turbo, No Deal.

    • danno

      At what a 5% take on the old XT model? Dev cost and support costs probably did not add up to missed profits
      They can probably put the Ascent 4 cyl turbo in this model to make a hot hatch, if they choose to in the future.

      • Momogg

        Yes, the previous model has 241hp with turbo.

    • Momogg

      Really, no turbo?

    • J4W5

      That’s why I bought one of the last Touring XTs in my area two months ago.
      I love the thing!

  • Everett Jones

    The meetings at 8, Welcome to the collective

  • alexxx

    Do you need more from a car….think not

    • Bash

      True, people who buy this, tend not care about the look and focus on practicality only. I’m not like that, I take the car as a whole package.

  • Jason Miller

    If you like boring and mundane.

  • Paul

    Nice car here, after all it still is really a car in spite of what they call these things from Subaru. I liked that part at 3:30 -open the sunshade and Uh Oh, there’s bird doo doo up there.

  • charlotteharry57

    But most reviewers are noting the fact that this vehicle is WAY underpowered. Not that Subie fans, as a whole, will care, but some reviewers have gone as far as to say that it’s dangerous. Subaru has work to do, which is a bit unusual.

  • Bash

    It is a wining car for the most boring looks.

  • Momogg

    Looks not bad at all. Maybe with a bigger engine it could be better.

  • macg5guy

    The engine and power are fine. We drove one a few weeks ago and the alarmist comments about lack of power being dangerous are absurd. The Forester has plenty of power and is not wanting at all, unless you have dreams of rally racing or towing a trailer. If you want a hot hatch, get a VW GTi, or Subaru WRX .The one thing that is wrong with its performance is too light of steering and lack of road feel. It was sufficiently numb that we passed on it and ended up with a VW Sportwagen for the wife. I really wanted to like the Forester but the over boosted steering was a deal breaker. Other things that missed the mark are the abundance of garish chrome trim around fog lamps, mirrors ( for the Touring model) , plus some odd interior dash features, which IS typical for Subaru. If the steering offered more road feel and less boost, we would have ended up with it as my wife really liked it. BTW- the Green color in person is hideous…looks like baby food, or the result of baby food.

  • Bo Hanan

    Only if I didn’t care about cars and I gave my credit card to another person and told them “go buy me a car.”

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