The all-new 2018 Subaru Forester review- The Forester has been leading the charge for Subaru massive sales gains over the last few years. By the end of 2016 Subaru sold more than 178,000 units of the Forester for a mid-cycle refresh. So this 2018 model was left mostly unchanged. That is besides for some extra standard equipment and a new Black Edition. Like always, this review will cover not just forester but all of the trims and engines available.
Under the hood, things say the same most 2018 Subaru Forester will find 2.5 litre Boxer 4-cylinders. It produces 170 horsepower and 175 pound feet of torque. Those thinking more power can upgrade to a 2-litre turbo floor which puts out 250 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. Of course present on all models is Subaru's signature symmetrical all-wheel drive system and most transparent. Capable of simulating a six or 8-speed automatic a 6-speed manual.
The new 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT touring models now have standard torque vectoring. Regardless of what combination you choose, efficiency is near the top of the class the 2.5 liter engine paired with the CVT that's the best rating of 26 city, 32 highway and 28 combined. While the manual drops back to 22 city, 28 highway and 24 combines. The Turbo engine which can only be pairing with the CVT produced net 223 on the city, 27 on the highway and 25 combines. These ratings best things like the Toyota Rav4 and Nissan Rogue and are almost class lead.
Every version of the 2018 Subaru Forester comes with a 15.9 gallon fuel tank. This gives the base CVT model a range of 445 falling to 382. For the manual the XT turbo get 398 premium fuel is recommended for the turbo
The 2018 Subaru Forester Touring model has a completely different and more aggressive design. In area ground clearance comes in at 8.7 inches which is one of the best in the class. That makes sense considering that the 2018 Subaru Forester has more off-road.
Heading over to the wheels there are several different designs for the different trims this being. The 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring gets unique 18-inch alloy wheels and of the XT trims also get 18 inch wheels. But black accents finally limited in premiums have 17 inch alloy wheels, and the base model gets 17 inch. The 2018 Subaru Forester has ventilated front disc brakes and solid disc brakes in the rear and the tires are of course all season.
The 2018 Subaru Forester is basically the same size as a typical compact crossover. What’s different is that it has a more practical boxy shape than a lot of rivals. Subaru makes very safe vehicles as they are sure to remind you many times in their advertisements. The Forester is no different scoring the best rating of a top safety pick+ from the insurance institute for highway safety, part of that score has to do with the eyesight. Active safety technology that is:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Pre-collision braking
- Lane keeps assist
- Auto high beams
This package is optional on premium and limited models but now standard on the 2018 Subaru Forester Touring model.
Exterior and Towing Capacity
Around back the Forester is no-frills. Some people will appreciate that lack of styling gimmicks the taillights are partially LED. which I think was added last year. All models also have clear lenses down below, that you'll find a single chrome exhaust on 2.5i limited and Touring on lower trims there's no chrome and on the XTS you get dual exhaust. For towing capacity you only get 1500 pounds, which is about what most of the competitors get.
2018 Subaru Forester Interior
So, the 2018 Subaru Forester can be had in a variety of different colors and material. The highest and Touring trim you get either this black leather or an exclusive brown color going down one notch to the limited, but the brown option is replaced by platinum. The base premium trims get black or gray cloth only. The armrest is padded leather and this area gets special stitching for the Touring.
The first thing I notice about the cabin is just how spacious it feels. The design itself is simple but it's made with high quality materials. All the upper dash is made of solid feeling soft touch plastic.
The base model get this 7-inch startling display that model instead gets a 6.2 inch. You do have a multi-function display in the center. You can scroll through a couple of things but the rest is on the other screen. For steering the Forester has electric rack-and-pinion power steering. The leather steering wheel comes on the limited and higher trim.
Above the shifter you have an EX mode on CVT equipped models. It’s pretty complicated and how it operates but basically it coordinates the throttle response transmission all-wheel-drive system, and vehicle dynamics control for easier and smoother off-road driving.
You have two-stage heated seats standard on limited version and above ventilation is not available now that brings us to the climate. The 2018 Subaru Forester have dual zone automatic on Touring model, but most will have single zone automatic. The Touring trim also upgrades the audio system, with have the 440 watt 8 speaker Harman Kardon and it has very full sound. The StarLink system is super easy to use and at least in the Forester it is basically a redesign version of Toyota Entune. So if you used to that this of course would be no problem. So overall the cabin of the 2018 Subaru Forester is a pleasant place to spend time. The Forester has a padded armrest and more leather up the windows. You'll find 38-inches of legroom and 39.8-inches of headroom in the back.
Price and Release Date
We hope you all enjoyed our first review on the 2018 Forester. The all-new 2018 Subaru Forester going on sale this summer and will start at $23,700 including destination. Stay follow and share to your media social for a quick look at the rest of the Subaru lineup, like 2018 Subaru Ascent and Outback review.
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