The 2019 Subaru Forester has a reputation for reliability and utility as well as a great value, particularly when you factor in its fuel economy. The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year, and the crossover SUV maintains its good fuel economy, extensive safety tech, and spacious interior while providing plenty of interior storage and featuring new underpinnings. There are also five trim levels, making it easy to find a Forester that meets your specific requirements.
Every single 2019 Forester uses the same 2.5-liter flat-4 engine that generates 182 horsepower. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission. The Forester has 8.7 inches of ground clearance to help those who plan to adventure off-road. The convenient button that adjusts traction control is also useful, as it lets the Forester deliver better four-wheeling capability than the competition.
Overall Structure and Exterior
The dimensions of the latest Forester are very similar to its predecessor. However, it has a stiffer platform you will also find on the Impreza sedan and the Crosstrek and Ascent crossover SUVs. Thanks to the new architecture, the Subaru Forester has a more composed and smoother ride with precise, lively handling.
The 2019 Forester has a two-box shape that is angular. It features bird-like headlights poking into the fenders and a large, vertical grille. The tall windows on the side deliver great visibility, and the tailgate is wide for easy access to cargo.
The interior of the Subaru Forester is very similar to other Subaru models, with a nice layout and good level of equipment. The standard 6.5-inch touchscreen includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, or you can upgrade to enjoy the 8.0-inch touchscreen. The driver and front passenger will appreciate the firm, supportive seats with height adjustment while rear-seat passengers will appreciate the extra space that the longer wheelbase provides. Higher trims feature 10-way power-adjustment for the driver and eight-way power for the passenger, the latter of which is a rare find in compact crossover SUVs.
The cargo space has 35.4 cubic feet with all seats occupied or 76.1 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seat. If you opt for the power moonroof, those figures drop by around 5 cubic feet. However, drivers will feel it is worth the trade-off. Whether or not you opt for the moonroof, you should be able to fit an upright bike without its front wheels as the cargo area is 32 inches tall. Accessing the cargo area is a breeze thanks to the wide-opening tailgate with its low lift-over height. There are also numerous storage bins throughout the vehicle for extra storage.
As is always expected from a Subaru, the 2019 Forester comes loaded with standard safety features. They include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. You can also add on rear cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot monitors. The Touring trim even adds a driver attentiveness monitor that relies on facial recognition software. All models also get LED headlights, with the top trims featuring headlights that move along with the Forester’s steering wheel.