Subaru revealed the redesigned Forester on Thursday, and it certainly looks different.
The company has opted for a more aggressive front end on one of its core crossovers, a departure from the play-it-safe style of recent Forester models. But Subaru is moving on to a new generation of design, and with it comes a slightly revised version of its star-cluster emblem. The new look is a welcome risk from a company that usually plays it safe, though we can't say the risk paid off. The large grill makes the front end look bulky, giving the Forester a protruding-chin look. The rear end is akin to a melty Toyota.
There's more of a payoff inside, where the Forester receives a full redesign. It's simpler and more elegant than the previous model. The whole cabin hinges around 11.6-inch Starlink infotainment system in the top trims. Opt for the basic trim and you get a split-design system, with one screen for climate and controls and another for media. We don't love either system in its functionality, but we'd definitely opt for the higher trims on looks alone.
All Foresters get Subaru's latest generation of the EyeSight driver safety system, with things like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring with lane-keep assist is optional, and that package includes a new Automatic Emergency Steering system that will help drivers avoid obstacles within their lane. Forester Tourings also get Subaru's DriverFocus system. It monitors for driver attention and fatigue, and the system's camera can also be used for basic gesture control. Using only their hands, the driver can raise or lower the temperature in the cabin.
Don't expect a lot more space, though. The new Forester 0.6 inches longer (183.3 inches) and 0.5 inches wider, but has the same wheelbase, track, height, and ground clearance as the outgoing model. Passenger volume is down 0.8 cubic feet, and maximum cargo volume with both seats folded is up just 0.2 cubic feet higher, at 74.4 cubic feet.
The lone powertrain option is a carryover from 2024, a 2.5-liter Boxer four that makes 180 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque in this tune. That's down 2 hp and up 2 lb-ft of torque, so pretty much a wash. Subaru's continuously variable transmission remains the only gearbox on offer, and Subaru says it's been retuned for smoother and quieter performance. Fuel economy hasn't been announced yet. Expect it to land close to the outgoing model's 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway EPA rating.
Pricing and additional specs will be announced closer to the 2025 Forester's launch in spring of 2024.
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