Entering the fourth model year on sale for the current-gen model, the Subaru Forester receives a refresh for 2022. The compact SUV arrives with an updated design, a new Wilderness trim, and new tech features. With the compact SUV scene continuing to be one of the more competitive ones on the market, the upgrades come at a good time for the Forester. Here’s a preview of what to expect from the 2022 Forester.
On the outside, the 2022 Subaru Forester gets more dramatic styling. The front end features a redesigned front fascia, a new grille, updated headlights, and new fog light coverings. These elements differ depending on trim level, giving different models a different look. Around back, the 2022 model doesn’t change that much from the current Forester.
The new Wilderness trim joins the Forester lineup with the most rugged design of the bunch. It has a bespoke front fascia, a unique grille, larger fenders, a heavy-duty front skid plate, an anti-glare hood decal, 17-inch black wheels, all-terrain tires, 9.2 inches of ground clearance, and hexagonal LED fog lights to portray its off-road-ready nature.
On the inside, the 2022 Forester’s refresh doesn’t bring any noteworthy changes. That’s not a bad thing as the current model’s cabin has a straightforward, clutter-free design. The center console has large, clearly labeled buttons and dials that sit below the center touchscreen. The Wilderness trim comes with water-resistant upholstery, while the Sport trim features orange stitching and accents.
When it comes to tech features, the 2022 Subaru Forester continues to come with the same features as the current model. That means the base Forester comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other standard features include four audio speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Higher trim levels come with an 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hot spot, a Harman Kardon audio system, and navigation.
Subaru hasn’t made any changes to the new Forester’s powertrain. All models will continue to come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a CVT that routes power to all four wheels through a standard all-wheel-drive system. The Wilderness trim comes with an updated CVT and X-Mode system.
The 2022 Forester will come with Subaru’s EyeSight suite of advanced safety features as standard. The extensive safety suite includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the Premium trim and standard on higher trims.
Subaru has come out with Automatic Emergency Steering for 2022. The new feature assists with steering control at speeds of less than 50 mph to avoid a collision. The current Forester earned a five-star rating from the NHTSA and was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. We expect these ratings to remain the same for the 2022 model.