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The 2018 Subaru Forester returns mostly unchanged from last year's upgrades, and that's not a bad thing. Last year's tweaks helped the Forester remain attractive in an increasingly crowded marketplace for compact crossovers.
Chief among those tweaks is an available blind-spot monitoring system that also includes rear cross-traffic alert. The optional EyeSight safety package fortifies all that with an improved camera and adds reverse automatic braking and adaptive LED headlights (with automatic high beams). This can vary by trim level, so use Edmunds' purchasing tools to optimize the Forester for your needs.
Although this is fundamentally the same Forester that was introduced for 2014, the styling is more refined, the nose and bumpers a little sleeker and sharper, and the wheels have new designs. For 2018, there's a Black Edition package that adds blacked-out wheels, body trim and interior upholstery.
The interior itself enjoys a new level of solitude thanks to increased sound-deadening material. There's even the upscale option of Saddle Brown leather upholstery on the Touring model. Even in this most utilitarian of market segments, buyers demand the option of some indulgent luxury.
Always a solid performer supported by Subaru's reputation for long-lasting quality, the Forester can be tailored to practically any taste. As is true with most of Subaru's lineup (the BRZ sport coupe is the only exception), the Forester is available only with all-wheel drive, but there are two engine choices. The base engine is a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter with four horizontally opposed cylinders. Amazingly, Subaru still offers this engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but most Foresters will be equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
A more powerful 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four powers the 2.0XT model. It's fitted with a CVT that features a six-speed manual mode (via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters) for those moments when the road is open and the driver wants to exercise the sport-tuned suspension.
Models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine and CVT are EPA-rated at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway). The turbocharged 2.0XT gets 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway).
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