Zip Code: 20149

2019 Subaru Forester: Redesign Info, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 23, 2018
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Model Preview

The Forester was due for a complete overhaul, and Subaru was happy to oblige by revealing the redesigned 2019 Forester at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Like most Subaru redesigns, there is nothing overwhelmingly different, but there are plenty of subtle upgrades.

First, the 2019 Forester’s looks. The shoulder lines are more pronounced, giving the Forester a more substantial look, the wheel arches are a bit more flared, the LED headlights wrap around a bit more, the grille is slightly tweaked, and the front and rear bumpers are all new. Additionally, the 2019 Forester is larger, as its platform is 1.1 inches longer at 105.1 inches.

Inside, the style is more upscale than before, thanks to its new seats, new dashboard, and reworked center stack and infotainment system. The best changes though are dimensional, as the Forester gains 1.4 inches of rear leg room, putting it at 39.4 inches, and its cargo area can hold up to 76.1 cubic feet, which is a 1.4-cube increase. Buyers will also find loading cargo easier with its liftgate growing 5.3 inches in width to 51.2 inches.

Another style note is the new Forester Sport model, which will boast unique styling, like a unique grille with a gloss-black frame, black 18-inch wheels, and a rear roof spoiler.

The 2019 Forester also gets a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that injects 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, which are 12-hp and 2-lb-ft gains over the previous model. In addition, Subaru expects the Forester to deliver up to 33 miles per gallon highway, which would be a 1-mpg improvement.

2019 Subaru Forester

There is no mention yet of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which powered the cult-favorite XT variant, so this may be the end of the line for this wild sleeper crossover. We'll update this page as new info becomes available, so stay tuned.

As for safety, the 2019 Forester will come standard with select EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, pre-collision throttle management, and more.

Buyers can also opt for more safety in the form of reverse automatic braking, blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic detection. This should all qualify the 2019 Forester for IIHS Top Safety Pick+ status if its headlights and structural integrity meet the IIHS’ requirements.

Pricing & Release Date

Based on production estimates, we anticipate the 2019 Forester will have a release date in October.

Expect a small uptick in pricing from the current lineup’s base price of $24,710 (destination fees included).

Competitors will include the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue.

Learn about the current Forester on sale now »


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2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

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