The 2020 Subaru Forester gets a few updates and arrives in dealerships in September with a starting price of $28,695
When shopping in the now large-compact SUV segment, the top options are Japanese. The Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester are your absolute best bets with emphasis put on the Toyota and Subaru. Other players include the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
The segment then, is one that is hotly contested and where updates and refreshes can make a serious dent in the competition’s bottom line. Alienating your established clientele could hurt yours so it can be wise to stick with a known and established recipe. It is with both of these points in mind that Subaru is introducing the new 2020 Subaru Forester.
The big news for the 2020 model year is that all Foresters will include, as standard, EyeSight technology which now incorporates Lane Centring Assist and rear seat reminder. As well, from the $32,295 Convenience trim, or the 2nd one, Subaru will throw in SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services, Reverse Automatic Braking and proximity key with push-button start.
Every 2020 Subaru Forester will be powered by a 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque 2.5-litre boxer-4-cylinder engine. It will be mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive will also a standard feature.
For nearly 25 years now, the Subaru Forester has been a go-to compact SUV for those looking for robust reliability, design and value. It has also stood for capability and versatility. For models with a sunroof, boot volume is a generous 935 litres, without the sunroof, the number rises to 1,003 litres. In its segment, the
What the 2020 Subaru Forester Does Well
- The Forester is built upon Subaru’s excellent Global Platform which now underpins nearly all Subaru products. Its strength and rigidity guarantee safety and a good drive.
- Driving the Forester is pleasing and rewarding. The ride is refined and comfortable.
- The Forester’s fuel economy rating of 2 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 7,1 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway make it one of the most economical in the segment.
- All 2020 Forester model feature X-Mode endowing it with real off-road capabilities. SI-Drive is also included. Its various drive modes make the Forester that much more fun to drive.
- Reliability and resale value are very strong.
What the 2020 Subaru Forester Doesn’t Do So Well
- The sole powertrain does not make for a very quick SUV. When loaded with a few adults and gear, the power is adequate at best.
- The 5th generation redesign is timid at best. It can be difficult to pinpoint differences between it and the 4th generation. Some buyers are more interested in purchasing the latest newcomer – this could be an issue.
- Although the Forester’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission is the best ever, it remains a deal-breaker for some. Make sure you test drive a Forester for more than 10 minutes before signing on the dotted line.
What We Tell Our Friends
As we noted, in this segment, the current options truly reside between the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester. If we were to make a choice, we’d look to the Toyota. Its slightly more adventurous styling and various versions (Trail and Hybrid) make it more appealing.
Waltzing over to a Subaru dealer and picking a new Forester will never be a mistake, however.