CHERRY HILL, New Jersey — The 2017 Subaru Forester SUV is bound for Subaru dealerships in early July with several improvements, including new driver-assist technology and better fuel economy, Subaru of America said on Thursday.
Pricing will be announced in mid-May.
The exterior of the 2017 Forester receives a few subtle tweaks, including a redesigned front bumper cover for naturally aspirated models, redesigned headlights and a new hexagonal grille.
A body-color rear spoiler is now standard on all Premium models. The 2017 Forester Touring adds Sepia Bronze Metallic exterior paint.
Two new wheel styles are available. New 17-inch wheels are standard on 2.5i Premium and Limited models, while the new 18-inch wheel design is standard on 2.0XT trims.
Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology is updated with color cameras that provide a wider and longer field of vision. The revised system also includes lane-keep assist.
All Forester Limited and Touring models now include blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. Premium models equipped with EyeSight also get blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
EyeSight now incorporates automatic high-beam headlights.
The Forester cabin edges closer to premium territory, with the addition of a heated steering wheel — a first for the Forester line. This feature is standard on Forester 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring models.
Powertrain revisions on the 2.5-liter four-cylinder models with a continuously variable transmission helped to improve fuel economy. Subaru said this model now achieves a fuel economy rating of 26 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway, up from the outgoing model's 24 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway.
The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers on the 2017 Forester.
Special attention was paid to soundproofing the cabin. Thicker door glass and restructured door seals cut wind noise. Additional underfloor insulation and an acoustic windshield are designed to create a quieter interior.
Edmunds says: If you're in the market for a compact SUV, you'll want to put the Forester on your consideration list.