2019 Subaru Forester
- Completely redesigned for 2019
- More powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
- Subaru's EyeSight safety system is standard
- Increased passenger and cargo space
- 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been discontinued
- The first year of the fifth Forester generation introduced for 2019
- Standard all-wheel drive
- A full complement of driver assist features are standard
- Enhanced off-road capability, thanks to better-than-average ground clearance
- Generous cargo capacity
- Engine is underpowered
- Many settings are buried within different menu screens
- Modest tow rating limits maximum utility
- Handling isn't as responsive as on some other crossovers
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Which Forester does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Thanks to its high stance, standard all-wheel drive and available turbocharged power, the Forester has long been a hit with buyers who live in snowy climes or drive off the beaten path. Now Subaru fans who enjoyed the previous model, as well as just about any other consumer shopping for a small crossover SUV, will find even more to love with the redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester.
The Forester has grown marginally since last year, giving its already inviting cabin an even greater sense of space. Subaru also reworked the dashboard, giving it a new touchscreen infotainment interface and, for the first time in a Forester, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Mostly, though, owners of the previous model will find this Forester eminently familiar. The interior design is evolutionary, not revolutionary.
Safety has long been a Subaru staple, and that association is further solidified for 2019. The EyeSight suite of driving aids — which includes lane departure warning and forward collision warning — is standard on every trim, and features such as blind-spot monitoring and automatic reverse braking are available on most versions. The DriverFocus system debuts on the Touring trim; it incorporates a head-tracking feature and sounds an alert if it senses the driver isn't paying attention to the road. It also uses facial recognition software to store memory settings for up to five drivers. Simply sit down and the seat and exterior mirrors automatically adjust to your liking.
Of course, there are some other top models to consider as well, including the roomy Honda CR-V, the sporty Mazda CX-5 and the redesigned Toyota RAV4. But considering its expanded availability of advanced safety systems and tech features, along with its roomier interior and improved all-wheel-drive system, the 2019 Subaru Forester should be an ideal choice for anyone looking at small crossover SUVs.
2019 Subaru Forester configurations
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a five-passenger compact crossover sold in five trims: base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring. Each trim is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (182 horsepower, 176 pound-feet of torque), paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive.
The base Subaru Forester trim kicks things off with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, a rearview camera, automatic brake hold, automatic climate control, a driver information display, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, push-button start, selectable drive modes, a height-adjustable driver seat and 60/40-split rear seats. On the tech front, you get Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker audio system with satellite radio, a CD player and Subaru's Starlink app suite.
Also standard is the EyeSight bundle of safety systems, composed of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and pre-collision warning with automatic braking. The only optional features on the base Forester are alloy wheels, which are bundled with roof rails.
Next up is the Premium. It adds the alloy wheels and roof rails, along with a panoramic sunroof, rear spoiler, tinted windows, hill descent control, color driver information display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable driver's seat, rear air vents, cargo cover, Wi-Fi hotspot, six-speaker audio system and selectable traction modes (X-Mode).
Optional for the Premium is the All-Weather package, which brings a windshield wiper de-icer, heated mirrors and heated front seats. You can order it by itself, with keyless entry plus a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert system, or with those features plus a power liftgate.
The new Sport trim includes 18-inch black-painted wheels, automatic high-beam control, LED foglights, keyless entry, orange interior and exterior accents, an upgraded driver information display, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles with seven simulated gears, an additional driving mode, an additional traction setting for the X-Mode system and the All-Weather package.
A package pairs the blind-spot monitor with automatic reverse braking and an 8-inch touchscreen. This package can be ordered by itself or in conjunction with a nine-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system and the power liftgate.
The Limited nixes the Sport's orange trim, LED foglights and paddle shifters, but keeps the rest of its goodies. On top of those features, it adds self-leveling and adaptive headlights, foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped shifter, leather upholstery, and the 8-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring and power liftgate. An optional package pairs the Harman Kardon audio system and automatic reverse braking with a navigation system.
The top-trim Touring model includes all of the previously mentioned optional features, along with the LED foglights, a heated steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, driver-seat memory settings, an eight-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats with remote-folding levers, and the DriverFocus system.
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Forester safety features:
- EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
- Helps prevent accidents, with features such as lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking.
- Reverse Automatic Braking
- Helps reduce collisions by applying the brakes if a vehicle is detected crossing the Forester's path while in reverse.
- Sounds an alert when the head-tracking system detects that the driver is distracted.
Subaru Forester vs. the competition
2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru Outback
Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback
The Forester and the Subaru Outback are similar and closely priced, so for many, the decision will come down to styling. The Forester is shaped like a traditional SUV, while the Outback is a lifted station wagon. Trim against trim, the Outback is more expensive than the Forester, but each Outback level is slightly better equipped. If the Forester's sluggish acceleration doesn't impress you, you might be swayed by the Outback's optional V6.
Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V
The Forester and the Honda CR-V are pretty evenly matched in terms of size and fuel efficiency. The CR-V's cargo area is slightly larger, though the Forester has more maximum cargo room if you don't opt for the sunroof. Though we haven't performance-tested the Forester yet, it probably isn't as quick as the CR-V with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. Don't expect the CR-V to match the Forester in terms of off-road ability.
Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Crosstrek
Like the Outback, the Subaru Crosstrek is a lifted wagon that has no problem holding its own when venturing off the beaten path. The Crosstrek is much less expensive than the Forester, but it's also much shorter and there's not as much passenger or cargo space.
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2019 Subaru Forester Overview
The 2019 Subaru Forester is offered in the following submodels: Forester SUV. Available styles include Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT).
What do people think of the 2019 Subaru Forester?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Subaru Forester and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Forester 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Forester.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Subaru Forester and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Forester featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Subaru Forester?
2019 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,970. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,935 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,935 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,035.
The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Forester Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is5.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,406. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,372 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,372 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,034.
The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Forester Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is4.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,469. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,059 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,059 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,410.
The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is4.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
The 2019 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,672. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,853 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,853 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,819.
The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Forester Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Subaru Forester?
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