The Subaru Forester is one of the most hotly anticipated two-row, five passenger midsized SUVs arriving for the 2020 model year. With its all-new lane centering function added to the EyeSight suite of driver aids and the standardization of the All-Weather Package for the Premium trim, it's sure to give the competition, from the Toyota RAV4 to the Ford Edge to the Honda CR-V, a run for their money.


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Trims and Convenient Amenities


The '20 Forester is available in five trim grades: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring. Each of these trims receives a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is standard on every Forester, and even with that the EPA estimates its fuel economy at 33/26 mpg city/highway.


If you opt for the Base trim, you'll be glad to find that it includes automatic LED headlights, folding side mirrors, a 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat, cloth upholstery, and automatic climate control. Stepping up to the Premium means you'll get a roof spoiler, a panoramic sunroof, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, raised roof rails (optional for the Base), a power-adjustable driver's seat, a reclining back seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated front seats. The Sport trim adds keyless entry with push-button ignition, LED fog lights, sport cloth upholstery with orange stitching, and paddle shifters.


The Limited does away with the sportier equipment, although it retains keyless entry and push-button ignition. It adds steering-responsive headlights, leather-trimmed upholstery, a power liftgate, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A heated steering wheel can be included as an option. The top-trim Touring bundles all of these features on top of turn signals for the side mirrors, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, a one-touch folding rear seatback, memory functions for the driver's seat and outside mirrors, a heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, and the LED fog lights that are also found on the Sport trim.



Safety & Technology


Every Forester comes with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keeping assist. The Premium includes the same features, although the buyer can add blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert for an additional cost. The Sport gets the same eligibility, plus the option for reverse automatic braking. With the Limited, blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert is standard, although reverse automatic braking remains an option. The Touring gets all of the safety equipment mentioned as standard equipment.


The Base is outfitted with a 6.5-inch multimedia screen, a four-speaker audio system, dual front-row USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. The Premium upgrades to a six-speaker audio system and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. Dual second-row USB ports can be included as an add-on. The Sport gets the second-row USB ports as standard, and as far as options go, it's eligible for an 8-inch multimedia unit and a premium nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Limited receives the larger screen, but it can be had with integrated navigation as an option (the Harman Kardon audio system remains optional as well). At the top of the heap, the Touring receives all of the standard and optional items mentioned in this paragraph.

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