2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

For 2019 Subaru completely redesigned the Forester, its popular two-row compact SUV. With a bevy of new safety tech, handsome styling inspired by the mid-size Ascent, and more attention paid to refinement, Subaru really leveled up with this update to make the Forester a very compelling choice within its segment.

Prices for the 2019  Subaru Forster start at $24,295 for the base model and go up to $35,270 for the top Touring trim, with all-wheel-drive being standard across the board. In terms of efficiency, the 2019 Forester beats all non-hybrid competitors with all-wheel-drive, achieving 29 highway/33 city gas mileage. 

Pros: With class-leading efficiency and a more refined driving experience, the 2019 Forester is an excellent choice within its segment. The Forester’s buttery-smooth ride sets it apart from competitors that struggle to isolate their cabins from harshness.

Cons: There is no hybrid model to compete with the Toyota RAV4 for shoppers seeking peak efficiency in a compact SUV. The Forester is smaller than some vehicles in the segment, like the Volkswagen Tiguan which offers a third-row seat. The Subaru Forester is not exciting to drive and could prove to be boring for driving enthusiasts.

Looks Best In: Subaru offers several great exterior paint options, like the bright Crimson Red Pearl and soothing Horizon Blue Pearl. However, it’s Jasper Green Metallic, a light-medium green that best suits the Forester’s low-key and outdoorsy vibe. Inside, the Saddle Brown leather available on the top-end Touring trim creates a rich and earthy ambiance.

2019 Subaru Forester exterior in Jasper Green

2019 Subaru Forester interior in Saddle Brown

Competition: Top compact SUV competitors with strong safety scores include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson,  Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, Nisan Rogue, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5.

The Toyota RAV4 stands out for its aforementioned available hybrid powertain, while the Volkswagen Tiguan offers the added versatility with seating for up to seven passengers. The comfort-oriented Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue most closely match the Forester’s character. For shoppers looking for a sporty and engaging driving experience, the Mazda CX-5 makes a much better dancing partner on winding country roads than the Forester.

Safety Score: The 2019 Subaru Forester has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the 2018 model received a Top Safety Pick designation from the organization. Based on that precedent it’s expected that the 2019 model will perform well.

Summary: Efficient, comfortable and practical, shoppers cannot go wrong with the 2019 Subaru Forester. If an effortless driving experience is prioritized over sportiness, this is a top contender in the compact SUV segment.

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 [Images: Subaru]


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