Although other small crossover SUVs may try to outdo it in individual areas, the new 2017 Subaru Forester is well rounded in nature and makes a solid choice for anyone looking for a spacious and well-appointed cabin, great safety scores, a potent turbocharged engine, and great off-road capability. Read on for more updates on its exterior and interior changes and materials, engine specs, price estimate, and release date rumors.
The small crossover segment is a battleground for many SUVs which are trying to outdo each other in many aspects for one ultimate goal:”Customers”. For 2017, Subaru has offered some practical changes and updates that will certainly catapult the Forester to the top of the segment (or so Subaru thinks).
More Space But The Same Engine
For instance, the new Forester is now offering more cargo, and passenger space over the previous model. Engine wise though, there aren’t new updates and the same engine in the previous model will have its way in the new one. But who’s complaining? The engine has some of the best specs in the segment and offers solid EPA figures despite featuring a full-time AWD system.
Playing It Safe
Nothing is super flashy in the new model, but Subaru’s designers and engineers nonetheless managed to combine unique interior and exterior furnishings and designs with a flawless performance. However, combing through the faulty areas reveals a disappointing acceleration system. This is the only grey area that Subaru has decided to completely ignore entirely, and which may turn out to be their worst nightmare – maybe.
Don’t Worry About Safety And Fuel Consumption
It ride and feels comfortable whether you are cruising it on the highway or in the desert, thanks to the obvious AWD system and a decent ground clearance. Many buyers, in this class, are concerned about safety and fuel economy ratings. These worries however, can be laid to rest if you opt for the 2017 Subaru Forester. It offers some of the best scores in terms of government conducted crash-test scores which cover a slew of safety tests on different areas.
Fuel consumption is minimized even further with the CVT system despite offering a full-time AWD system. But even for those who opt for the six-speed automatic transmission can hold their heads high with overflowing confidence whenever it’s time to fill up.
2017 Subaru Forester Cons
You will barely find any major drawback on the 2017 Subaru Forester after exhaustively completing your fault-finding mission. As already said above, the only downside would probably be the dreary lackluster acceleration system. Cautious and wise buyers would probably want to shop around first before heading to the Subaru dealership for the Forester.
These buyers will likely come across these rivals: the more engaging and classier 2017 Ford Escape, and the 2017 Mazda CX-5. For a more visual panache, you might want to check out the 2017 Hyundai Tucson. The 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk might appeal to the outdoor recreation enthusiasts while buyers who want a bit of performance and mid-level luxury may find the 2017 Honda CR-V and 2017 Toyota RAV4 their perfect choice.
Even in the face of these bogeys, we are confident the new Subaru Forester is hard to beat in the small crossover SUV category. At the end of the day it all depends on your priority as a consumer.
New Subaru Forester Trim Levels Are…
Six trims are offered for the five-passenger Forester crossover SUV ranging from the sprightly equipped 2.0XT Touring to the base 2.5i trim model. In between them you’ll find the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, and the 2.0XT Premium model.
What Are The Engine Specs For The New Subaru Forester?
The 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, and all 2.0XT models are provided with various functions that improve traction on slippery surfaces via the additional driver-selectable mode. Hill assist is also provided.
A 2.4L four-cylinder engine is offered underneath the hood of the new Subaru 2.5i model. This engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission which sends the power produced – 170 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque to all the wheels. EPA says we should look forward to fuel economy ratings of 27 mpg combined.
Choosing the 2.0XT gets you a more powerful engine – a turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder engine capable of churning out 250 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. A time of 6.3 seconds is needed to get from 0-60 mph with the 2.0XT Touring.
Exterior, Interior And Colors
Some of the standard accessories offered include 17-inch steel wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, full power accessories, a CD player, a four-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split rear folding seatbacks, a 6.2-inch touchscreen display, and adaptive cruise control.
Price Estimate & Subaru Forester 2017 Release Date
The new Forester should probably be expected in early 2017 at least that is according to our mules. Once available, it will likely ask about $25,000.