The biggest changes to the Forester for 2019 aren't visible. Subaru switched it over to the same underpinnings as the Ascent. This change streamlines your powertrain choices. The 2019 Forester will also be slightly bigger than the 2018 model. There's been an upgrade to the infotainment system with a bigger touchscreen and more standard features. There will be a new trim level, and new safety features will come standard. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the newly renovated 2019 Forester.
Will there be a trim level with a more powerful engine for the 2019 Forester?
No, Subaru has done away with the 2.0XT trims that came with a 250-hp turbo-charged boxer engine. All 2019 Forester trims will come with a 182-hp 2.5-L boxer-four engine. It will be equipped with Auto Stop/Start and paired with a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission. Paddle shifters will be an available option.
What will the new trim levels be for the 2019 Forester?
The five trim levels will be the base trim, Premium, Limited, Touring, and Sport. The Sport trim is new for 2019. It looks a little more bold and rugged than the other trims. It will have its own exclusive 18-inch wheels, trim-specific LED lighting and roof rack tie-down points. The Sport trim also comes with trim-specific SI-Drive tuning and a dual-function X-Mode.
Will prices for the new Subaru Forester be reasonable?
Suggested MSRP for the 2019 Forester has not been announced yet. It's expected to be available for order later this year. Prices will probably not be announced until closer to that date. The Forester has been one of the more reasonably priced CUV's in its class, though, with a base-trim starting price of $22,795 for the 2018 model. It is likely to be one of the least expensive CUV's in 2019.
Will the 2019 Forester get a new infotainment system?
The infotainment system got some nice upgrades for 2019. The touchscreen is slightly larger, stretching from 6.2 or 7 inches to 6.5 or 8 inches. The STARLINK Multimedia system comes standard in all trims. It includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Aha and Pandora smartphone integration, Bluetooth streaming, SiriusXM All Access Radio, iHeartRadio, Yelp and Magellan navigation. An AM/FM/CD player, USB ports/iPod control and hands-free phone connectivity will likely also come standard. 4G LTE WiFi capability will probably be available, too. Stereo system options will probably be a four-speaker or six-speaker system with an available Harman Kardon premium upgrade.
Will the new Forester have all-wheel drive?
Subaru's Symmetrical All-wheel Drive system is standard on all 2019 Forester trims.
How fuel efficient will the 2019 Forester be?
The 2019 Forester will be one mpg more efficient on the highway than the 2018 model. It should get 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Those are respectable numbers for a CUV this size.
How many passengers can ride in the new Forester?
The Subaru Forester is a five-passenger CUV. The 2019 model will still seat five, but those five people will have even more room than they did in the 2018 model. Two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors are installed in the outer positions of the rear seat. They aren't the easiest to use in the 2018 model, though. Hopefully, this problem was addressed in the 2019 model.
Will the 2019 Forester have lots of room for cargo?
The new Forester will have even more room than the 2018 model, and the rear lift-gate opening is wider, too. Subaru increased the overall length of the Forester by just over an inch. Cargo space has increased by about 1.5 cubic feet to a total of 76.1 with the back seat folded. With the back seat in place, the new Forester should have 35 to 36 cubic feet of cargo room. The back seat has a 60/40 split, too, making it easier to haul longer items with a passenger in the back seat.
What kind of active-assist safety systems will be standard in the 2019 Subaru Forester?
Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology system will come standard in all 2019 Foresters. Lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control are included in that system. A rearview camera is also standard. Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Reverse Automatic Braking are available options.DriverFocus safety technology is an exciting new active-assist safety feature that will be available on the 2019 Forester Touring. This system monitors the driver's attention with infrared technology and sounds an alert when signs of distraction or fatigue are detected. This system is also a nice convenience feature, especially when there are multiple drivers who regularly drive the Forester. It stores each driver's preferred settings like seat positioning and climate control. When it recognizes the driver, through the use of facial recognition technology, the Forester automatically adjusts the settings.
Are there any small SUV's that are as good as the new Forester?
That question can't really be answered with certainty since the 2019 Forester isn't available yet. If you don't want to wait for the 2019 model to come out, give the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape a look. The 2018 models are a little more expensive, but they are better CUVs than the 2018 Forester. The 2018 Honda CR-V ranges in price from $24,250 to $34,150. The 2018 Ford Escape costs between $23,940 and $33,490.