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2020 Subaru Forester

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What you must know before buying the Subaru Forester

John Diether
Automotive Editor - November 6, 2019
  • 2020 Forester arriving; 2019s still widely available
  • No factory rebate, but dealer discounting possible
  • Lease a 2019 from $257 for 36 months
  • Get 2.9% APR for 48 months on either model year

Revamped Forester arriving:

The redesigned 2019 Forester remains in good supply nationwide. Along with a more powerful engine, all models get Eyesight as standard. A Sport version joins the lineup, replacing last year's XT.

As usual, the base 2.5i and mid-level Premium trims are most common, but you should be able to find any model you want.

The carryover 2020 Forester began arriving at dealers last month. Supplies will firm up over the next few months.

Current lease and APR offers vary by region and will remain in effect through December 2, 2019. Examples shown here are for California. No special offers are expected for Black Friday.

Shop and compare:

As usual, there's no uniform cash incentive program on the Forester, so you'll have to drill down to individual dealers in search of a discount.

You're more likely to get one at a high-volume dealer, but keep in mind that you might not find any specials at all.

Leasing looks the same:

Customers in Los Angeles can lease a 2019 Forester in base 2.5i trim from $257 for 36 months (12,000 miles a year) with $2,057 due at signing. That's virtually identical to previous offers.

The effective monthly cost is $314, which falls just short of a good value for this price class. Everywhere else in the country, payments may be $10 to $20 higher.

The initial offer the 2020 Forester 2.5i is $279 a month with $2,479 at signing. That's even worse in terms of value, so we'd wait for something better to come along.

If you're currently leasing a Subaru model, your first payment will be complimentary, up to $500. This loyalty perk is available throughout the lineup.

Snag a low rate:

Subaru now offers 2.9% financing for 48 months on all 2019 and 2020 Forester models.

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2.5i Base
$279Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $2,479
Mileage: 12k
MSRP: $25,505
Deal Valid in: Los Angeles
Expiration: 12/2/19

This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.

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2020 Subaru Forester Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor

What's New

The 2020 Subaru Forester is one of the more capable compact crossovers on the market. Along with standard all-wheel drive, the Forester boasts 8.7 inches of ground clearance, enough for light off-road duty.

Following last year's total redesign, the Forester gets a boost in safety technology. The EyeSight suite of driver-assist active safety features is now standard on all trims. This equips the Forester with lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, among others. A new rear seat reminder helps prevent leaving children and pets in the car.

Choosing Your Subaru Forester

Once again, the Subaru Forester is offered in five trim levels: Forester, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring. Pricing starts at $25,505 including destination for the base Forester and tops out at $35,605 for the Touring.

Engine Choices

Every Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, along with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Sport mode.

The Forester earns EPA ratings of 26 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. Towing capacity is just average at 1,500 pounds, but trailer stability control comes standard.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Last year's redesign brought a larger cabin with room for up to five adults. There's 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and up to 76.1 cubic feet with it folded. This capacity matches some larger, more expensive crossovers.

Additional storage is available under the cargo floor. The wide tailgate and rear doors make loading less of a chore.

Safety Features

The standard EyeSight suite furnishes all Foresters with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning.An audiovisual alert reminds drivers to check the backseat before exiting.

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the Premium and Sport and standard on the Limited and Touring. Reverse automatic emergency braking is standard on the Touring and optional on the Sport and Limited.


The Subaru Forester starts out with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, two front USB ports, four audio speakers, HD radio, a four-month trial of SiriusXM, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Dual rear USB ports cost $199 on the base and Premium, but are standard everywhere else.

Trims above the base Forester get six speakers — or nine with the Harman Kardon system that's standard on the Touring and optional on the Sport and Limited. The upgrade includes an 8-inch touchscreen. Navigation can be added to the Limited and comes standard on the Touring.

Forester - From $25,505

The base Forester model comes with automatic climate control, LED headlights, body-color exterior trim, and 17-inch steel wheels. Silver alloy wheels and roof rails are available together for $600.

Premium - From $28,405

The Premium carries a comprehensive bundle of upgrades, including a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats with 10-way driver power, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a color LCD driver info display, heated side mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The exterior appearance is enhanced by black wheels, a body-color rear spoiler, and rear privacy glass. The all-wheel drive system gains hill descent control and X-Mode, which optimizes performance in low-traction situations.

Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry, and push button start are bundled for $795. Buyers can add a power liftgate to that same mix for $1,345.

Sport - From $30,005

The Sport is the only model with Dual X-Mode, which optimizes traction for the front and rear wheels independently. The CVT gets a Sport Sharp driving mode and a seven-speed manual model with paddle shifters.

The interior comes in gray sport cloth with orange stitching, and now includes push button start and the dual second-row USB ports. The outside wears gloss black trim with orange accents and 18-inch black wheels, and gets LED fog lights and a single chrome exhaust outlet.

Here, the 8-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic emergency braking are bundled for $795. Tack on a nine-speaker Harman Kardon auduio system and the power liftgate, and the cost of the bundle grows to $2,045.

Limited - $32,105

The Limited comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, the power tailgate, and the larger touchscreen. Additional features include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control with voice operation, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, and chrome exterior accents.

The single option package for the Limited, priced at $1,695, furnishes the Harman Kardon system, navigation, reverse automatic emergency braking, and a heated steering wheel.

Touring - $35,605

The Touring comes loaded with everything in the option packages, plus the Sport's manual shift mode for the CVT. Exclusive to the Touring is DriverFocus, which remembers seat, mirror, and climate settings for up to five drivers. Other newly standard features include a 10-way power passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, and chrome side mirrors and badging.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Subaru Forester Premium carries an impressive load of standard equipment for the price. Although further upgrades are worthwhile, value drops off as you move up the trim levels.

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