2019 Subaru Forester

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Subaru Forester highlights

Customer rating


  • High cargo capacity
  • High ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive
  • Plenty of driver-assistance features


  • Unappealing exterior design
  • Turbo engine and manual transmission no longer offered
  • No upscale or luxury interior options

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 33 highway, 29 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)

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All Subaru Forester years

What is new for the 2019 Subaru Forester?

  • The Forester is available in a new trim called the 2.5I Sport.
  • The 2.0XT Touring and 2.0XT Premium trims have been discontinued for 2019.
  • Forester trims have been upgraded with Rear Seat Heaters, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Rockford Fosgate Sound features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The 2.5I Premium trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The 2.5I Limited trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The 2.5I trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2019 Subaru Forester trims

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2.5I Limited:

2.5I Touring:

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Subaru Forester

1. Ready for any weather

There's a reason why Subarus are endlessly popular in snowy climates. With standard all-wheel drive on every 2019 Subaru Forester, you can feel confident driving in any conditions the road throws at you, year-round. Whether you're navigating snow and ice or bumping along dirt roads to get to your favorite campsite, the 2019 Forester is up for the job.

2. Family-friendly

The 2019 Forester may be a compact SUV but has space for all your friends and family inside. The Forester was redesigned for 2019, adding even more interior and cargo space. Even when all five seats are full on long road trips and weekends away, everyone has plenty of elbow room—maybe even enough to keep the kids from arguing. If your little ones are still in car seats, you'll appreciate that the 2019 Forester can fit three in the back row.

3. Driver-assist features

Everyone likes a little extra peace of mind on the road, and the 2019 Forester can deliver. Subaru's EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which provides emergency braking, is standard on all 2019 Foresters. Higher trims also offer distracted- and drowsy-driver monitoring to ensure you're in tip-top condition to drive.

4. Ready to off-road

If you love to camp or kayak away from others, the 2019 Forester can get you to all your favorite hidden spots; the standard all-wheel drive is helpful here. All but the base trim also come with hill descent control to provide extra stability during off-road adventures. You'll find roof racks—perfect for kayaks or ski gear—on all 2019 Foresters except the base model, making it easy to take all the equipment you need, no matter your hobbies.

5. Standard tech features

The 2019 redesign added more standard technology features to the Subaru Forester. All 2019 Foresters come with a display screen that's at least 6.5 inches. The infotainment system also includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration to keep you connected to your favorite podcasts and playlists. Plus, two USB ports ensure you never run out of charge.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Subaru Forester an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Subaru Forester 22nd out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Subaru Forester features and specs

2.5I Sport 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Remote Start
  • Rockford Fosgate Sound
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 43.3"/R 39.4"

Head room

F 40.2"/R 37.7"

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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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