2017 Subaru Forester Review
The Subaru Forester is a compact utility vehicle with station wagon-like practicality and standard all-wheel drive. It has the abilities of a crossover, the ride and handling of a car, and loads of all-weather security and even off-road capability. It’s the Japanese brand’s best-selling vehicle line, not to mention the winner of our Best Car To Purchase 2014 award.
2017 Subaru Forester Redesign
Most changes to update the Subaru Forester crossover for the 2017 model year are par for the mid-cycle refresh class, including slightly revised front and rear fascias, a few interior upgrades, and some new active-safety gear. But Subaru being Subaru, the Forester also sees one upgrade that you simply won’t find on a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda CR-V: the addition of brake-based torque vectoring.
2017 Subaru Forester Engine
The Active Torque Vectoring system from the WRX and the WRX STI is now available on the top-trim version of the turbocharged, 250-hp Forester 2.0XT. The XT already shared its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the WRX, so it makes sense that it now gains this technology. Subarus version isn’t true torque vectoring (which works through the differential) but a brake-established characteristic that can snub the inside front wheel during cornering to reduce understeer. It’s only on the priciest Forester 2.0XT Touring trimming, where torque vectoring comes bundled with Subarus active safety suite called EyeSight.
2017 Subaru Forester Exterior
The exterior takes the same recognizable sheet metal as before, but with a few subtle changes. Starting from the front, the fascia has been changed to seem wider. This includes a new grille, but many of the updates are in the headlights, which have a U shape that is also duplicated in the taillights. The headlights also come with Subaru Subaru s first LED high/low beam set up, and the units are guiding reactive too. The wheels still come in the same 17- and 18-inch size options, but they’ve been redesigned for a brand new appearance and better aerodynamics.
There are a couple of new paint colors as well, including a Dark Blue Pearl and Sepia Bronze Metallic, both of which are a refreshing change of pace from the normal paint colors offered for family cars. The Forester has always been a fairly good looking vehicle, at least since it stopped being an abnormally tall wagon and gave in to become a full-on crossover, and the upgrades give it a higher-end sort of a look. It’s still not really exciting in any way, and you’d never mistake it for a high-end version, but for a mainstream crossover, it does its job good.
2017 Subaru Forester Interior
All 17 Foresters include a rearview camera and the automakers Starlink infotainment interface for hands-free smartphone linking and streaming, integration of programs for example Pandora, and USB iPod control. Premium variations build on Base models by supplanting a 6.2-inch Starlink dashboard screen with a 7-inch display and text messaging capability. Additionally, they replace 17-inch steel wheels with 17-inch alloys and add such standard features as automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, and the panoramic moonroof. On Premium versions, the All-Weather Package (heated mirrors and front seats and a windshield wiper deicer) is standard with manual transmission and discretionary with the CVT.
Limited include all that, plus leather upholstery, silver-and-black interior accents, and body-coloured mirrors with integrated turn signals. Touring models contain all that, plus a high-watt Harman/Kardon-brand audio upgrade, pushbutton ignition, and more. EyeSight-equipped Premiums and Touring have automatic braking while reversing, plus steering-linked LED headlamps with automatic high beams.
The entry-level engine is a 2.5-liter that generates 170 horsepower, while the other option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter that makes 250 hp. Nearly all Foresters sold in North America is going to have a CVT. There’s an available six-speed manual, but just for the base engine. The CVTs software has had a going-over, and it’ll mimic an eight-speed transmission, but these simulations are never quite the same as the real thing.
The suspension and steering system have been tweaked as well, and Subaru guarantees better treatment. However, management has always been a weak point of the Forester, and it’d take a lot of advancement to get to where it should be. Subarus iconic AWD is still offered, and it stays one of the best systems around, particularly in this budget.
2017 Subaru Forester Price
The 2017 Subaru Forester is offered 2.5i and 2.0XT versions, with foundation, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels for the 2.5i, and simply Limited and Touring trims for the 2.0XT. Prices vary from just over $23,000 to close to $35,000. Even the base model includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, audio streaming, a rearview camera, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen for fundamental infotainment functions.
2017 Subaru Forester Video
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