2019 Subaru Forester Is Better Where It Counts

Even for a brand not known for dramatic redesigns, the fifth-generation Subaru Forester doesn't look radically different than the one it replaces. It's not even changed as much as in other generational turnovers of the Forester, which was easy to see because Subaru brought previous generations to the 2018 New York International Auto Show unveiling of the redesigned 2019 Forester compact SUV.

Not that the 2019 isn't better looking than the outgoing model, particularly in person. It has a dash more style, with crisper lines and a bolder grille. It won't ruffle Subaru loyalists, and why would you want to do that anyway?

It might look like a mild-mannered fashion makeover, but under the Forester is a new foundation that's very much changed in almost all good ways. Getting the disappointment out of the way first, the 250-horsepower, turbo 2.0-liter engine — the fun option — has been dropped in favor of a slightly more powerful version of the current base 2.5-liter boxer four for all models. But to be honest, most buyers likely will be perfectly happy with it. Read more about the 2019 Subaru Forester...

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10 May 2018

By Fred Meier