There's a $500 price increase, but you're still getting value for your money.
When the all-new fifth-generation Subaru Forester was unveiled earlier this year, it was tough to tell it apart from its predecessor. The styling is strikingly similar, but you can't really blame Subaru for not wanting to jeopardize sales of the popular SUV with radical design changes. Most of the major changes can be found under the skin, however, as the 2019 Forester rides on the new Subaru Global Platform bringing improved comfort and rigidity.
Following its debut at the New York Auto Show, Subaru has announced pricing details for all five trim models. The 2019 Subaru Forester starts at $24,295 plus a destination and delivery charge, which is a modest $500 price increase over the outgoing model. But the new model is more spacious, capable, and feature-packed than ever before so you're still getting value for your money.
As standard, every model comes with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and LED low and high beam headlights. The base model also includes 17-inch steel wheels as standard, which can be upgraded to 17-inch alloys for an extra $600.
As standard, the 2019 Forester comes equipped with a Starlink infotainment package, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power windows, door locks, and side mirrors, remote keyless entry, and tire pressure monitoring.
Upgrading to the $26,695 Forester Premium adds 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, roof rails, a roof spoiler in matching body color, dark tint privacy glass, a panoramic power moonroof, and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control as standard. The Premium's interior is upgraded with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and also includes a 10-way power driver's seat, and rear seat HVAC outlets. A WiFi hotspot and the latest Starlink safety services are optional, as are blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert, keyless access with push-button start, and a power rear gate.
Sitting in the middle of the range is the Forester Sport, which is new for the 2019 model. Starting at $28,795, the trim adds several sporty enhancements such as a unique grille, stainless steel exhaust, and 18-inch wheels with a black finish. Inside, there's a unique dark gray cabin with orange stitching and accents, a "sport design" instrument cluster and a steering wheel with paddle shifters. Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and an All-Weather Package, which includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer, come as standard.
If you want more luxury, the Forester Limited starts at $30,795. It includes perforated leather seats, an 8-inch infotainment system and 18-inch wheels with a two-tone finish. It also has a dual-zone automatic climate control with voice-activated controls, while blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert now comes as standard.
Topping the range is the Forester Limited Touring, which starts at $34,295. Satin chrome mirror caps and chrome door handles give the exterior a more premium appearance, and the cabin features an 8-way power front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel and a Harman Kardon premium audio system. There's also heated rear seats and an 8-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.
Every 2019 Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.