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Video | 2019 Subaru Forester Review: What’s New?

This is the all-new, completely redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester. And if you’re thinking it looks an awful lot like the old Subaru Forester, well, you wouldn’t be alone. So what exactly is all-new and completely redesigned? Actually quite a lot and in this video, we explain its many changes and improvements.

Let’s get the greasy bits out of the way first. The standard engine has been revised. It has 12 more horsepower for 182 total, which is basically average for the segment. It’s a Subaru, so all-wheel drive is still standard, as is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Top trim levels like this one simulate gear changes for driving fun, or when maintaining speed down hill. And if you’re wondering about the optional turbo engine, don’t. It’s not available any more. Too bad.

Now, the body structure is new and it’s stiffer. That’s good for handling and crash worthiness. The suspension and steering have also been retuned. The result is an SUV that feels pretty confident to drive, but no one is likely to say it’s fun to drive. For many, that’ll be just fine.

The Forester gets Subaru’s latest infotainment, and this specifically is the larger 8-in touchscreen available on most trim levels. It looks great, it’s easy to use and it’s easy to reach. It also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. They weren’t even available before.

Great, your kids are bound to say, what about us? Good news, as available on all trim levels are two USB ports in the back seat. Most trims can also be equipped with in-car Wi-Fi. So, there will never be an excuse to listen to whatever’s on the radio up in the front seats.

And since we’re talking about the back seat, the 2019 Forester has more back seat room than before. There’s an inch and a half more legroom, and the result is that it’s really big back there. Only GM’s Equinox and Terrain twins, plus the Honda CR-V have more, and even then, not much more.

Then there’s the visibility. It’s ridiculous in this car — it’s almost like driving the Popemobile. It’s tall, there’s so much glass and the roof pillars are very thin. Plus, all but the base trim come with this gigantic sunroof. If you live in a gloomy place during the winter, all this light can literally brighten your day.

The new Forester can also save the day. Every trim level comes standard with accident avoidance tech, including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. Most trims are also available with blind spot monitoring, and upper trims can get reverse automatic braking and a driver inattention warning system. So, a lot of stuff to keep you and the family safe.

In terms of cargo space, there’s more of it and the cargo opening is a considerably five inches wider. We also have mentioned the interior quality, which is much better than before, and more in keeping with the class best. Especially in the top trim level.

So, in the other words, although the 2019 Subaru Forester may look the same, it’s definitely been improved.

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