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2019 Subaru Forester: New York Auto Show

author photo by Colin Ryan March 2018

What Is It?

The 2019 Subaru Forester marks the beginning of the fifth generation for this compact crossover. We say "compact," but the new Forester is bigger than ever before.

Its wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear axles) has stretched almost a couple of inches to 105.1 inches, resulting in an impressive rear legroom figure of 39.4 inches. Most midsize sedans don't offer that much. Head, hip and shoulder room have all expanded, and maximum cargo space is now a capacious 76.1 cu ft. What's more, the rear doors and tailgate are wider, making entry/exit and loading/unloading easier.

Subaru's EyeSight array of driver assistance features (including things like adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation and lane-keep assistance) is standard in all trim levels.

The top trim, Touring, also receives a brand-new system developed to combat distracted driving: DriverFocus. It's a driver monitoring system using facial recognition software that looks for signs of tiredness or distraction. It will recognize up to five individuals and remember (among other things) their seating positions, heating/air conditioning preferences and how they like their driver information displayed.

The 2019 Forester will be available in base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring trims. An all-wheel drive system with Active Torque Vectoring is standard throughout, along with LED headlights, automatic engine stop/start and trailer sway control.

Every version is propelled by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (in Subaru's hallmark horizontal configuration) developing a respectable 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The company claims greater levels of refinement, agility and protection than the previous model, thanks to the use of a new platform.

How Much?

Pricing will be announced near to the on-sale date. For a rough indication, the 2018 Forester starts at $23,710.

When Can You Get It?

The 2019 Subaru Forester should be at dealerships later this year.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because …

There really isn't a good reason for buyers of compact crossovers not to consider it. All that space, technology and standard all-wheel drive is pretty compelling.

Other Cars to Consider

2018 Honda CR-V -- One of the highlights of this class. Good at so many things.

2018 Ford Escape -- A useful all-rounder with a hint of driving fun.

2018 GMC Terrain -- All-new for 2018. Comes with a decent amount of technology, and a good package overall.

2018 Kia Sportage -- Much improved over previous generations to the point where it's a star of the segment.

2018 Mazda CX-5 -- More entertaining to drive than most rivals, yet gets the basics right as well, with a smart cabin and great fuel economy.

2018 Toyota RAV4 -- Extremely popular and rightfully so. There's also a hybrid version.

Used Toyota Highlander -- Comes with Toyota's famed dependability, plus seating for up to seven.

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