2019 Subaru Forester Evolves Without Leaving Its Audience Behind

In the auto biz hyperbole often outpaces horsepower as the driving force behind new model updates. And then there’s Subaru where understatement backed up by great value and reliability pays big dividends in fierce customer loyalty.

The new fifth generation 2019 Subaru Forester precedes itself with 20 years on the roads in US and an amazing ability to mature with its audience. The latest Forester is more robust and assertive with a modern sculpted square-ish front grill and complex headlamps — but still well within the distinctive profile of this small SUV Crossover pioneer.

Priced from the base $24,295 on up to the handsomely appointed Touring edition for just over $34,000, the Subaru value equation is inescapable. Powered by a surprisingly enthusiastic 182 horsepower 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine the 12 horsepower boost from the earlier model is duly noted.

The Forester Interior space is expansive, with a full intuitive info-tech array, easy access wide door openings, exceptional all around visibility and a smooth car-like ride, despite a truck-like 1,500 lb towing capacity. And the legendary standard Subaru All Wheel Drive and high-riding 8.7 inch clearance give the Forester enough height and heft for modest off-roading.

For the most valuable human cargo the comprehensive Subaru Eyesight system sets the safety standard for the industry with auto braking, lane departure, sway control and adaptive cruise control.