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When you look at the 2017 Subaru Forester, you won’t be wowed by its physical transformation. It’s boxed-like structure will raise eyebrows, though not for long as soon as they enter and be amazed with a spacious interior and no-nonsense technology.
In today’s automotive world, it’s hard to find a crossover with a boxier appearance than the Forester. Its 34 cubic cabin space is not the best in the segment (that belongs to Honda CR-V), but the boxy aesthetic allows owners and passengers to exploit the spacious interior more easily.
There Are Six Trim Levels
According to a Car and Driver, the 2017 Subaru Forester will be offered in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.0XT Premium, 2.5i Touring, and 2.0XT Touring. The 2.5i models will enjoy a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter flat-four engine with 170 horsepower and 174 lb. ft. of torque while the 2.0XT models will have the turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque.
Standard on the 2.5i and the 2.5i Premium models is the six-speed manual transmission. All the others will use the CVT as standard. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 2.5i Touring models have a 2017 EPA fuel-economy ratings of 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
There Are New Front And Interior Elements
On the front of the 2017 Subaru Forester, you’ll find a new grille, front fascia, and headlight design. These highlight the changes on the car’s exterior, as well as the redesigned taillights at the rear side. All trim levels, except for the base model, have new wheels. Standard to all models is the rear spoiler and optional power rear liftgate that is available from the high-end models down to the 2.5i Premium.
The Interior Remains The Same, But With Better Spacing
Inside, things are almost the same as its predecessor. The minor changes are the updated steering wheel and the available Saddle Brown interior color in the Forester Touring. In terms of cabin, it has a 34-cubic capacity for the cargo that is situated behind the rear seats. No compromise has to be made even if the forester has a sloping roofline and angled hatch.
The Subaru Forester made a name for itself in the past years, especially with the completely revised 2014 version. For next year, Forester is getting a few updates for a mere $200 on top of the current prices according to a report.
It’s a bargain from Subaru considering that the 2017 Forester is getting these slew of new features: a revised front grille, bumper, and new headlights.
Also upgraded is the EyeSight system. It now includes a Lane Keep Assist while Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Reverse Automatic Braking have become standard.
In particular, the Forester 2.0XT Touring offers an available Active Torque Vectoring system.
Basically, we can expect everything in the 2014 Forester being carried over, except it’s so much better. The engines and transmissions remain unchanged, too.
Base models still get the 2.5-liter flat-four mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which is good for 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. CVT is optional.
There’s the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine too that is capable of 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. If you want the turbo, you have to choose the CVT option.
Trim levels still include 2.5i, Premium, Limited, and Touring for the 2.5-liter while the more-upscale 2.0-liter turbo is adorned with the Premium and Touring trims.
In all, the new Forester is a kill in terms of performance, although you have to look pass the very generic exterior.
There are a few changes on the front end—grille, lower fascia, and the headlights with LED accents main beams. The taillights also have that C-shaped LED element to tie it together with the headlights.
On certain trim levels, there are new alloy wheel designs that contribute to the Forester’s more mature and sculpted look.
Both wheel designs have a high-contrast black and machined finish look. The 2.5i Premium models get the 17-inch wheels while the 2.0XT receives the 18-inch rollers.
The base model 2.5i starts at $22,595 while the 2.0XT Touring begins at $33,295, both including an $850 destination charge.
Choosing the CVT in either the 2.5i or 2.5i Premium costs $1,000 or $500 more, respectively. Otherwise, the CVT’s cost is included in the other 2.5i trim packages.
Subaru of America Inc. has announced an update to the 2017 Forester. This mid-cycle refresh course includes a slight revised front and rear fascias, a few interior upgrades, and a new active safety equipment.
According to Subaru, the main changes can be found on the styling, the new driver assist technology, interior comfort, enhanced driving performance, and a better fuel-saving feature.
What Subaru is most proud of in its revised 2017 Forester is the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which incorporated color cameras to provide a wider and longer field of vision. The system also includes a Lane Keep Assist, which detects when a vehicle sways and would gently guide it to the center of the lane.
The Forester Limited and Touring models will also have the Blind Spot Detection and Red Cross Traffic Alert, both of which can help the driver prevent accidents on the road. The Premium models that are equipped with the EyeSight also get the Blind Spot Detection and Red Cross Traffic Alert features.
More, the safety feature packs the High Beam Assist, Steering Responsive Headlights, and the Reverse Automatic Braking on the 2017 Limited and Touring models.
The exterior was redesigned with a refined front bumper cover, a new hexagonal grille and headlights, and a rear spoiler that matches the body color will now come standard on all Premium, Limited, Touring and XT Premium models.
Inside, the new Forester has an all-new Saddle Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery with contrast stitching. You can also choose a matching brown leather trim to the door panels, center console storage box lid, and other interior details.
The new 17-inch wheels are standard on the 2.5i Premium and Limited models while the new 18-inch wheel design will come standard on 2.0X trims.
Known for being a decent choice among the crossovers of the modern days, the amazing Subaru Forester has now received a complete makeover! The company has released the 2014 version of the vehicle recently. There have been extensive changes made to the SUV, and one can easily notice the gorgeous new interiors and the spacious cabins. The exterior looks have also been enhanced significantly. However, the major changes that have been made include amazing performance and safety statistics. The vehicle now features a much improved fuel economy and impressive safety features!
Subaru apparently focused on increasing the fuel economy of the vehicle quite strongly, as the poor fuel economy of the old version of the Forester was perhaps the most hated feature among SUV lovers and critics. The company has now incorporated new transmission systems in the 2014 version of the SUV, which have led to the significant rise in the fuel economy. The older version featured a manual transmission of five gears while the models with automatic transmissions came with ancient four speed transmissions. The 2014 version makes use of six gears for the models with manual transmissions. The models with automatic transmissions sport the company’s new “Lineartronic” continuously variable transmission.
Also, the designing on the new Forester is quite efficient, as the company has used much better packaging options in the new version. The length of the vehicle has been increased by an inch, and hence the distance between the front and rear seats has been increased by an inch as well. However, the cramped up leg space for the rear passengers has been increased by 3 inches as the rear seats have been elevated a bit. Further, the new version is higher than the older ones, and the all-wheel drive system has been packed under the floor, increasing the foot space as well. The vehicle also features an impressive cargo space.
Subaru has decided to use the same engine in the new version as is in the older one. The 2500cc flat four engine produces a total power output of 170 horsepower and sends a torque of 174 lb. – ft. to the wheels. This engine is rated at 22 miles per gallon for city and 29 miles per gallon for highways. However, add in the continuously variable transmission system and enjoy a fuel economy of 24 and 32 miles per gallon respectively! If you wish for more power, then you can go for the turbocharged 2000cc flat four engine, which is capable of producing a power output of 250 horsepower and a torque of 258 lb. – ft. The engine is capable of pushing the vehicle from rest to 60 miles an hour in just 6.2 seconds, and boasts of fuel economies of 23 and 28 miles per gallon for city and highway respectively.
The 2014 Subaru Forester was also given the ‘Top Safety Pick +’ designation by the IIHS recently as it scored the highest among all the crossovers in a new test recently incorporated in the protocols. Who knows, the SUV might just have become the best crossover out there!