2022 Subaru Forester

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The Subaru Forester was built with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. With its standard all-wheel drive and outstanding ground clearance, it’s able to get you places where other crossovers can’t. For the more adventurous driver, the debuting Wilderness trim takes the Forester’s rugged outdoorsy status to a whole new level. The Wilderness is technically a trim, but it’s distinct enough that we also cover it in full detail on its own page.

The Forester has been refreshed a bit for model year 2022, getting redesigned headlights and fog lights, a restyled grille, and a new ladder-type roof rail design that can hold more than ever. Every trim also includes the latest EyeSight Driver Assist Technology system, which boasts improved control software and enhanced camera sensors. With the Sport and higher grades, EyeSight now comes standard with new automatic emergency steering, which works alongside the pre-collision braking system to automatically steer the vehicle clear of an oncoming collision at speeds lower than 50 mph. To top it off, new gesture controls for the climate control system now come standard on the highest trim.

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Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Economy

The ’22 Forester is offered in Base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, and Touring versions. A 182 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the standard powertrain. The Sport, Limited, and Touring are enhanced with a 7-speed manual mode, while the Wilderness gets an 8-speed manual mode. In true Subaru tradition, all-wheel drive is standard across the range. The Forester has been EPA-rated to return 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for all trims but the Wilderness, which achieves 25 city/28 highway. While most Forester trims can tow up to 1,500 pounds, the Wilderness is twice as capable, as it can pull a maximum of 3,000 pounds.


The Base gets LED steering-responsive headlights (a rare feature for an entry-level trim), folding side mirrors in black, a rear-window wiper, cloth seats, two USB ports, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback, and automatic climate control. Its infotainment system has all of the necessities: a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and an audio unit with four speakers. The Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package comes standard and has been improved for model year 2022. It contains a pre-collision braking system, lane departure and sway warning, and advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. Automatic high beams are standard as well. This trim is also eligible for the available roof rails.


The Premium gets the roof rails as standard, but it really earns its name with a panoramic power moonroof, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated exterior mirrors (in body color), fog lights, a roof-mounted spoiler, and keyless entry with a PIN-code entry system. It also has a power driver’s seat, push-button ignition, and a fold-down rear-seat armrest with two cupholders; the infotainment system adds another pair of speakers and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Buyers can order the available color multifunction display, dual rear USB charge ports, removable cargo tray, and power liftgate; the optional advanced safety technologies are a blind-spot monitor, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.


The Sport gets the color multifunction display, rear USB ports, and cargo tray as standard features (the power liftgate remains optional). Other items on the standard equipment list are LED fog lights, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (black finish), body-colored exterior mirrors with turn-signal indicators, paddle shifters, and orange contrast stitching for the cloth upholstery. The infotainment system can be upgraded with the available 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, and a Harman Kardon sound system with nine speakers. The driver-assist roster is boosted with standard lane change assist and the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, but reverse automatic braking is optional.


This rugged version maxes out the ground clearance with 9.2 inches and puts forward a distinguished look with hexagonal LED fog lights, hexagonal side mirrors (with integrated turn-signal indicators), and all-terrain Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels that are finished in matte black. Inside, the seats are enrobed in water-repellent StarTex, and anodized copper accents add flair in the cabin, just as they do on the exterior. The Wilderness also features X-MODE with hill descent control for optimal traction on uncertain terrain. It gets a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and 180-degree front-view monitor as well. Perhaps the most unusual feature of the Wilderness, though, is its high-capacity roof rails. These can support up to 800 pounds when the vehicle is parked, meaning that you can pitch a tent up there for a convenient camping site.


The Limited goes back to regular fog lights and swaps in a machined finish on its 18-inch alloy wheels. The power liftgate and 8-inch infotainment touchscreen are standard fare, as are leather seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Harman Kardon audio setup remains optional, and a heated steering wheel, integrated navigation, and reverse automatic braking can be added as well.


At the top of the Forester hierarchy, the Touring returns the LED fog lights and shows off a pair of chrome-finished exterior mirrors with position memory. Also coming standard are the heated steering wheel, navigation, Harman Kardon sound system, a power front passenger’s seat, heated rear outboard seats, and driver’s-seat position memory. Reverse automatic braking and Subaru’s distraction mitigation system, DriverFocus, are standard as well.