The 2018 Subaru Forester is the automaker’s compact offering that slots just below the Outback. The Forester is one of the brand’s best sellers and this is due to the Forester’s unwavering desire to offer value to its users. Why would anyone want to own a Forester? Here’s why: the passenger space is incredible for adults whether they’re seating upfront or at the back; secondly, the fuel economy you get here is simply comparable to none especially taking its all-time all-wheel drive configuration into consideration; thirdly, it comes fitted with a brawny turbocharged engine that allows for an ecstatic acceleration whenever the pedal comes into contact with the sheet metal; finally, you’d want to own the 2018 Subaru Forester due to its non-mediocrity approach to off-road ability.
That said, the Forester still isn’t lacking in shortcomings just like every model out there but we’ll save these for the conclusion segment where we’ll also tell you some of the available options available if for whatever reason you find the latest Subaru Forester 2018 below par in terms of expectations.
So what has changed for returning users? Well, those who had anticipated huge changes are in for a shock as the vehicle returns as a carry-over model from the previous year (2017) and as such no major surgeries were made. But Subaru still made some subtle changes to help keep it fresh in this class of evergreen hostility. Most notable changes include a new Black Edition, a fresh front fascia, and redesign changes to models available with the Eyesight package.
For a premium look, the new model gets a c-shaped headlight design that now incorporates LED technology. The so-called Black Edition slightly differentiates itself from the 2.5i Premium model in terms of black badging, 18-inch black alloy wheels, black cloth seats, black gloss trim, and faux leathering. To get all these good stuff you’ll have to part away with around $1,150 though in addition to the cost of getting the 2.5i Premium model.
Last year, Subaru’s list of redesigns included changes such as a restyled grille, wheel designs, headlights, and bumper shape. As part of the Eyesight package, Premium models got a blind spot protection with rear-cross traffic alert. Additionally, Subaru also added more sound-proofing materials to make it even more-quieter during driving.
Under the hood, no changes are expected whatsoever. The base engine remains the capable 170 horsepower – rated 2.5L four-cylinder engine. Moreover, there’s still an even more potent option capable of generating a whopping 250 horsepower and 258 pounds feet of torque available for the performance-oriented XT variant. Fuel economy wise, the previous model gets an EPA rating of 28 mpg for combined city/highway cruising for the CVT mated four cylinder Foresters.
As previously mentioned above, the 2018 Subaru Forester isn’t an automotive angel and still comes with its fair share of shortcomings. Some of the most notable shortcomings you’ll discover for yourself include a not-so responsive CVT, mediocre towing capacity, average cabin fitting, and lacks a sporty feeling. But of course, the 2018 Forester so much value and anyone serious about getting it shouldn’t be fixated on the nits mentioned above as they’re clearly overshadowed.
But for those who still prefer something else than the latest offering for whatever reason the segment offers also some capable options that you can consider. These include the Honda CR-V, the Toyota Rav4, Ford Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Hyundai Tucson.
How Much Should I Pay? And When Is the 2018 Subaru Forester Release Date
Well, according to official data from Subaru this is what you should expect to be set back when you head to the dealerships to get your own Forester. The basic Forester which is a 2.5i Premium model should set you back by $27K, the well-equipped 2.0XT Premium model should set you back by $31K while the fully-loaded Forester 2.0XT Touring should set you back by $37,806.
For the returning Subaru buyer, the only difference in pricing is a slight increase of around $240. Based on production forecasts, the newest model should begin arriving in July/August 2017. The Outback and the Legacy should closely follow later.
One thing is clear from the 2018 Subaru Forester review above: value! and lots of it! The Forester is a winner in its class for its innumerable strengths and the same winning strategy should continue into the new model year uninterrupted. We highly recommend anyone shopping in this class to consider getting the Forester and especially the 2.5i Premium. But as already mentioned, there’re still some other notable options out there as well. The choice is solely yours.
Design Changes on Both The Exterior & Interior
The 2018 Subaru Forester will be available in seven trim models. Only six were available last year but Subaru has now added the Black trim. The lineup will now consist of the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, Black Edition, 2.5i Touring, 2.5i Limited, 2.0XT Touring, and the 2.0XT Premium.
As already mentioned, the 2018 Subaru Forester returns almost unchanged for the new model year. But Subaru was still kind enough to allow for some few tweaks inside and out except for under the hood. The new Black Edition trim model comes with a unique interior with black cloths seats and a black gloss trim, and 18-inch black alloy wheels.
Returning trim models return with changes such as a premium-look LED technology, upgraded interior materials, and a refreshed hood. Like before, all models return with the popular Eyesight technology that features reverse automatic braking and automatic high beams. Subaru is yet to mention whether or not the new model will come with new color options.
Uncovering What Lies Beneath The Hood
Under the hood, the new 2018 Subaru Forester returns with the same engines as before. The lighter version which is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine is rated at 170 horsepower. Also available is a 2.0L turbocharged engine able to generate a whopping 250 horsepower.
Fuel economy ratings for a four-cylinder turbo with a CVT is estimated at 28 mpg for combined city/highway cruising.
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