Subaru gave the Forester a set of mild updates for 2017: the front bumper and headlights have been redesigned, a new windshield and more sound insulation bring a more hushed tone to the interior, and Subaru's ambitious EyeSight safety-sensor suite is available on most trim levels.
A base Forester 2.5i starts at $22,595. Most buyers will probably start their considerations with the 2.5i Premium, which includes EyeSight on its short option list and has an opening list price of $25,495. The Limited adds leather, the Touring installs a few more comfort and convenience features, the 2.0XT Premium cranks up the power with its turbocharged motor, and the top-spec 2.0XT Touring brings it all together for an MSRP of $34,295.
Most Foresters carry Subaru's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes a very usable 170 horsepower. EPA fuel economy estimates come in at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder installed in XT models produces 250 horsepower and returns 23 city/27 highway.
- Subaru has taken the initiative to make an impressive array of high-tech safety gear available in its mainstream-priced products. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, obstacle-avoidance braking, blind-spot sensors, and rear traffic sensors. Should those systems not be able to prevent an impact, the Forester has earned excellent all-around crash test scores.
- If you're considering a 2.5i or 2.5i Premium, be advised that EyeSight and the All-terrain package are only available on CVT-equipped Foresters.
- Subaru knows its customers: Among the few available options is a dedicated paddleboard carrier.