The 2017 Subaru Forester may not have many visual updates for this year (limited to headlight and taillamps receiving an LED accent light upgrade, a new hexagonal grille, and revised wheel designs), but there are some internal changes, including a new steering wheel and the option of a Saddl Brown leather package in the touring model.
The Forester comes with two options for engines. The base of the engine is a 170-hp, 2.5-litre flat-4, a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, or continuously variable transmission. The more powerful models feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-4, increasing to 250-hp, and drivers can use the SI-Drive system to reprogram transmission and throttle settings. These settings allow the Forester to behave like it uses a 6 or 8-speed automatic, and the shift paddles are capable of producing quick, simulated gear changes.
The 2017 Forester is available in nine different trims, and there are several available active-safety features that utilize Subaru’s EyeSight camera system to spot road hazards and apply breaks in order to either avoid an accident entirely, or reduce the impact should a collision occur. The EyeSight system received colour cameras for this year’s model, providing a wider and longer field of vision.
The model will also have the availability of automatic high-beam assist, reversed automatic braking, and steering linked headlights pointing into turns.
Higher line models of the 2017 Forester will include an infotainment system version featuring a 7-inch screen, an 8-speaker, 440-watt stereo, rear power-liftgate, and perforated leather seats.
Pricing for the 2017 Subaru Forester begins at $25,995.