A Guide to the Subaru Forester: Four Important Things to Know

Though the Subaru Forestor in Walnut Creek, CA, isn’t at the top of the heap, this AWD crossover brings practicality and refinement into the new generation. Here are a few important things to know about the Forester.

The Design Is Familiar, Yet New

Unlike some of its competitors, Subaru didn’t go through a complete redesign with the Forester. However, you may notice the taller grille, updated body cladding, a redesigned bumper, new taillights and other upgrades. On the Sport model, you’ll find blacked-out 18-inch wheels and other touches.

There’s Only One Transmission and Engine Combo

Subaru has a simplified powertrain lineup. A reworked 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder is the only engine option; it puts out 182 horsepower and 176 pounds per foot of torque. The automaker has eliminated the manual transmission once found on lower trims, and now all Foresters come with a CVT.

A Roomier Cabin

The Subaru Forestor in Walnut Creek, CA, provides plenty of cargo and passenger room. It has 1.4 inches more rear legroom than the previous model, and there’s more shoulder, hip, and head room as well. The rear lift gate opens just over 51 inches wide, which is 5 inches more than the previous model.

Increased Connectivity and Bigger Screens

The previous Subaru Forester had a 6.2-inch infotainment system with an available 7-inch screen. This model has a slightly larger screen at 6.5 inches, with an optional 8-inch screen. Finally, smartphone integration is available on the Forester.

A Dirt-Fighting Interior

Subaru owners are an active bunch, and the automaker knows they like to haul outdoor gear and bring their pets along. The Subaru Forestor in Walnut Creek, CA, fights the grime with textured surfaces on the sides, cargo floor and rear lift gate inside trim. There’s easy-to-clean PVC material on the backs of the front seats.

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