Redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester Adds Room, Drops Turbo

2019 Subaru Forester Sport

A new roomier Subaru Forester is on the way and with it comes a new Sport model and standard Eyesight safety technology across the model lineup. But what it will no longer have is a turbo engine, or a manual. Those are some the immediate need-to-know highlights of the fifth-generation SUV.

2019 Subaru Forester

The 2019 Forester rides on Subaru’s new stronger, lighter and quieter global platform. A longer wheelbase means a lot more room pretty much everywhere inside – from leg- and head-room to cargo space. It comes in five trim: Standard, Premium, Limited, Touring, and Sport.

Now the good and the bad (depending on whether you’re an enthusiast or mainstream buyer.) Under the hood, you get one engine choice. An updated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 182-horses (12 more than the current engine). It’s mated to a CVT and comes with Auto Start/Stop.

As we mentioned earlier, there is no turbo on the menu anymore, at least as things stand now. Subaru’s killed off the one offered in the former XT.  There’s also not a six-speed manual like the one currently offered on the base and Premium trims.

Both of the above are bound to make enthusiasts unhappy. The bright side is that the Forester does get some performance updates you find on the WRX Namely, Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) throttle control and the WRX’s brake-based torque-vectoring system.

Sport, Limited and Touring models also now come standard with two snow modes: a dual-mode version of X-Mode that offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even more capability to go virtually wherever necessary.  So perhaps all of that is enough to appease some buyers.

All-In On Safety

We’re big fans of Subaru’s terrific EyeSight safety system, so it’s good to see it now standard across all trims.  Subaru is also debuting new technology on the Limited called DriverFocus. It can alert the driver if they are fatigued or distracted and warn them as well as automatically adjust many driver settings at start-up.

Cabin and Infotainment

Subaru says the new Forester maintains its ruggedness while adding more features.  For one, that means all trims now feature standard automatic climate control (dual-zone on Limited and Touring models). A new electronic parking brake also does away with a traditional handle, freeing up space on the center console.

The top-of-the-line Limited gets you a 10-way power driver’s seat, new 8-way power front passenger seat, new heated rear seats and heated steering wheel.

The standard Starlink multimedia touchscreen is 6.5 inches. Higher trims get a boost to 8-inches. Standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth.

A new power rear lock button is available on the rear liftgate that will close and lock the gate and all doors on the vehicle. It’s standard on Limited and Touring trim levels and available as an option for Premium and Sport.

The new Forester will arrive this fall.

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2 Comments
  1. Steve Muders 6 months ago

    I am highly disappointed with the disappearance of the XT Forester model for 2019 lineups. Also, was the removal of the standard transmission for the lower models! I for one was planning on buying a turbo model at the end of the year on the new platform. Subaru’s excuse was only that 5 percent were sold in the turbo model which I don’t buy. A new Sport model which arrives in 2019 with added fluff larger wheels, paint, stitched red seat trim , and a lousy air foul. All show and no go. I guess these options makes the car looks faster. Joke! I see more sagging sales for Subaru. Who ever came up with these decisions should be fired!

  2. MJMNEWJERSEY 6 months ago

    I totally agree with Steve. If you’re going to do a “Sport” model, offer a peppier engine. The XT would have been my only choice because the base 2.5 is SLOW. Almost all automakers are using turbos now, for a boost in performance and fuel economy. Subaru will need to bring this engine choice back. I know, I was considering a new Subaru, but not with that 2.5 and no turbo…sorry…

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