Latest News And Rumors About The 2017 Subaru Forester

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.

2017 Subaru Forester auto show, exterior

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 front view, red color, headlights and grille

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.

2017 Subaru Forester engine

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

2017 Subaru Forester leather seats, dashboard and lcd screen

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.

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Only Similar To The Concept? 2017 Subaru Impreza News And Rumors

We got the first glimpse of how the new 2017 Subaru Impreza looks like during the 2016 New York International Auto Show, and judging by the its redesigns, we think it’d be judicious to say that there’s a lot to be interested in. for 2017, the Impreza gains all sorts of new available safety features, a standard all-wheel drive system, a fuel-efficient and powerful engine, and a roomier interior.

By the time you’re finished reading this review, we vouch you’d definitely find the Subaru Impreza a great choice for a small sedan or hatchback. Its release date has been set for the early 2017, according to credible sources.

2017 Subaru Impreza exterior, side view, alloy wheels

Short Summary

Well, in addition to the above features, the Subaru Impreza 5-door also gains more power, a standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a spacious interior. For starters, the Subaru Impreza primary appeal has always been its all-time AWD system, and its spacious interior that provides ample leg- and headroom for its front and rear-seat passengers. Things have even gotten better with the new model thanks to an addition 1-inch wheelbase increment that means an even more spacious cabin.

It’s Slowly Growing

The exterior hasn’t been left out in the new equation, too. The width and length grow by 1.5-inches and 1.6 inches respectively. Although Subaru is yet to make the curb weight information known, rumors have it that it hasn’t changed over the model it replaces. What we do know however, is that the body structure is now stiffer than before for purposes of improving occupant protection and handling.

2017 Subaru Impreza Sport trim aficionados will also find the Active Torque Vectoring feature an added boost to its lively performance. Even with such an immense all-rounded growth in multiple facets, the Subaru Impreza still faces a lot of serious competition. The rivals include the Mazda 3, and the Honda Civic.

2017 Subaru Impreza Release Date & Price

The entire pricing structure hasn’t been released by Subaru, with only the base price expected to start from an MSRP of $20,000. If so, then that will be an increment of around $1,705 over the existing model that goes for sale for $18,295. As regards the release date, the new model is expected to head to dealerships for sale sometime in early 2017.

Some Of The 2017 Subaru Impreza Exterior Details

Some of the standard accessories and features available for the Impreza hatchback include a gloss black trim on the rear gate, turn-signal mirrors, a black-finish front grille, body-colored side skirts, and LED daytime running lights. 15- and 16-inch wheels are available depending on the trim configuration desired. In addition to flossing 16-inch wheels, the Impreza Premium Hatchback also comes with automatic headlights, heated exterior mirrors, and heated windshield. Roof racks are also standard for the Impreza Premium model, as can be seen on the images.

The Impreza Limited takes things a notch higher with items such as seventeen-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, “Konoji” LED running lights, and LED headlights. Opting for the Impreza Sport model gets you even larger eighteen-inch machine-finish alloy wheels.

Faithful To The Concept?

As it is apparent on the photos, the new model’s overall design looks similar to that of the concept albeit toned down significantly. Around back, a dominating overhang is the most notable add-on. While most of the body work seems identical to that of the Impreza sedan, a distinct-looking body line beneath the taillights makes it different from the hatchback.

2017 Subaru Impreza Interior

2017 Subaru Impreza interior, steering wheel, dashboard and lcd screen

The interior of both the sedan and wagon are, by and large, incomparable except for the small nitty-gritty details. Some of the available accessories include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated front seats, an eight-inch touchscreen display, a six-way power driver seat, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, and a slew of driver-assist technology systems.

Available Trims Are…

Two body styles are available for the 2017 Subaru Impreza: Sedan and Hatchback. Four trims are available for each body style: 2.0i base, Sport, Premium, and Limited. The 2017 Subaru Impreza WRX STI review is separately offered.

Better Engine Specs?

2017 Subaru Impreza engine

In terms of performance, the familiar 2.0L four-cylinder engine now gets direct injection necessary to boost the power and fuel efficiency. To wit, the souped-up engine will now be able to generate an extra power of 4 horsepower to bring the total output to 152 horsepower. The transmission department has also seen new changes. A seven-speed manual mode now replaces the Continuously Variable Transmission system available for the upper trim models.


Subaru’s EyeSight system comes with safety features such as adaptive cruise control, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure alert, and automatic emergency braking. Government crash impact safety protection ratings are yet to be announced. Updates on that will be available on its release date.

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