For 2016, the Subaru Forester received some great new touchscreen technology. Even the base trim level offers it, although the higher-end trim packages do have larger screens and more features. As a small crossover SUV, the Forester is roomy, quick, and fun to drive. It handles well, and with all-wheel drive and plenty of ground clearance, it will travel on- and off-road with relative ease. It also has top safety scores and good fuel economy along with options for a turbocharged engine to add to the power. As a daily driver, it is comfortable, easy to handle, and a smart choice for many people.
Subaru has been making the Forester for several years, and it has generally always been a solid SUV. The 216 model does not represent a major overhaul, but there were some enhancements. The 2016 brought with it:
The only real downside to driving the Forester is that it is not as sporty as some of the rivals in its class. Still, the steering is tight and well-controlled, and the acceleration is strong. That is true even without the turbocharged option for the engine. When taken off-road, the Forester generally performs better than other small crossover SUVs, making it one of the best options in its class. Overall, driving the Forester is easy. While there is no blind-spot monitoring offered, it is easy to see out of the vehicle to determine where other cars are on the road, making it a good choice even without the additional monitoring option.
Since the 2016 Forester specifically and Subaru in general have a great reputation, you can expect the Forester to hold onto its value when compared with its rivals. The Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape, and Mazda CX-5, along with the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk are all competitors, as are the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. They all give the 2016 Forester a run for its money in different areas, and also fall short in some areas, as well. While some of the vehicles look fancier or have more high-end features to add to their price points, the Forester should do a great job of holding onto its value.
Very little has changed in the 2016 Subaru Forester's design when compared to the previous model year. There is still plenty of room, and it continues to be a solid, quality crossover SUV that bases its popularity on doing the basics just right. While it does not have a lot of flash, there are some important components that add to the overall experience of driving this vehicle. These include:
The 2016 Subaru Forester offers a 2.5L, four-cylinder engine creating 170 hp. Base models have a six-speed manual transmission standard, while higher trim levels are an automatic CVT transmission only. Choosing the turbocharged engine, which is a 2.0L, four-cylinder option, gives the Forester 250 hp. It is available only with CVT, and not with a manual transmission. One downside to the powertrain and engine of the Forester is that it is only able to tow 1,500 pounds. Many people may want to tow something heavier than that and would need to choose a different vehicle to do so.
The body style has not changed from the previous model, but there was no need to update it. While the Forester is clearly an SUV, its clean, subtle lines keep it from looking boxy. That also helps with fuel economy, as the gentle slope of the vehicle's roof line lowers wind resistance. Inside, the 2016 Subaru Forester offers:
Whether choosing a simple base model or the top-of-the-line option with everything available, the 2016 Subaru Forester is a quality small crossover SUV and can provide drivers with an excellent experience both on and off the road.