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Notable Features in 2019
Fully redesigned for 2019
All-wheel-drive, five-seat compact SUV
8.7-inch ground clearance
Standard all-wheel drive
182-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine
Continuously variable automatic transmission

Price Range     $24,295–$34,295
Consumer Rating     (4.8)246 reviews
MPG (Miles per gallon)     29
Body Styles     SUV

The Good
Roomy interior with quality materials
Smooth ride, quiet cabin
Standard safety and driver-aid tech
Picture-window visibility
Excellent all-wheel drive
Huge liftgate opening

The Bad
Just adequate power
Engine noisy at higher revs
Power liftgate isn’t hands-free
Blind spot/rear cross-traffic alerts optional on middle trims
Plastic wheel covers on base model
Turbo engine upgrade dropped

The verdict:
Practicality and all-wheel drive still define the Forester, but the redesigned 2019 is quieter, more civilized and classier.

Versus the competition:
Just as capable, the redone Forester can now take on compact SUV leaders in terms of materials quality and comfort.
The first goal for Subaru with its all-new, fifth-generation Forester was not to screw it up. The five-seat compact SUV has loyal buyers, and the past generation doubled its predecessor’s sales.
The company came up with a 2019 Forester that’s literally new throughout, but doesn’t trumpet it. If you liked the fourth generation, you’ll like the new one better — you just might have trouble spotting it in a parking lot. The Forester’s defining characteristic remains practicality. The 2019 Forester is quieter and smoother and has higher-quality materials inside. The Subaru shot from being a laggard to finding a place among the leaders in multimedia technology, even on the base trim level. The automaker’s EyeSight safety tech with automatic braking is now standard on all models.

The Forester continues to offer Base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels. New for 2019 is a mid-level Sport trim with sportier details and a price between the Premium and Limited. I drove a Sport as well as a top-of-the-line Touring.

Subtle New Look
If you were hoping for trendy, swoopy new styling, you’re out of luck. It’s not that the 2019 Forester doesn’t have a freshened look, but it’s a subtle change, with sharper side sculpting and more of a pinched waist, a bigger grille and a stronger face.

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     36 months / 36,000 miles
Powertrain     60 months / 60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
Maximum Age/Mileage     5 years/80,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms     Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain     7 years/100,000
Dealer Certification Required     152-point inspection
Roadside Assistance     Yes


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