2020 Hampton Roads International Auto Show
STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - Subaru's best-selling model receives praise for its tough-when-it-needs-to-be attitude, passenger comfort and reliability. On good roads and bad, the standard all-wheel-drive system operates virtually unnoticed. But when required, which is frequently in snow-belt regions, the Forester's mountain-goat capabilities make it a popular choice. Although the current model appears similar to the previous Forester, it's built atop Subaru's stronger and lighter Global platform. There's sufficient distance between the front and rear wheels for plenty of legroom, while the tall roofline and a low-rise load floor make for generous storage space with the split-folding rear seat folded flat. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque and operates through a continuously variable transmission that administers power to all four wheels. Subaru's optional Eyesight driver-assistance technology package includes lane-keeping assist and can also be ordered with automatic reverse braking that stops the car to avoid hitting obstacles when backing up.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,500
Type: Midsize utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 2.5-liter H-4 (182)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Base mpg (city/highway): 26/33/29
Base weight (lb.): 3,320