2023 Subaru Forester in Rhode Island

2023 subaru forester


As a versatile compact crossover, the 2023 Subaru Forester enables you to accomplish everyday tasks and engage in various outdoor getaways with ease. Fans of the Forester love it for a lot of reasons, starting with its dependability, standard all-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and spacious cargo area. It’s an overall great choice for those who value practicality and functionality, and with its diverse trim lineup that ranges from budget-friendly to upscale, there’s something for everyone. Add to the fact that the ‘23 Forester comes with a full array of standard active safety features and modern multimedia technologies, and you have yourself one seriously desirable adventure vessel.

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Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Economy

Subaru sells the ‘23 Forester in Base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, and Touring trim levels. Under the hood of each is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that whisks out 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. Every trim gets a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but the CVT in the Sport, Limited, and Touring has a seven-speed manual mode, while the Wilderness’s has eight speeds. As mentioned above, all-wheel drive comes standard.

According to the EPA’s official fuel economy estimates, the ‘23 Forester achieves 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With its additional equipment, the Wilderness is the outlier, returning 25 city/28 highway. If you plan on towing, note that most trims can pull up to 1,500 pounds, except for the more robust Wilderness, which can tow up to 3,000 lb.

Amenities by Trim Level

The Forester Base comes with LED steering-responsive headlights, keyless entry, automatic climate control, dual front USB ports, a 60/40-split rear seatback, and a cargo-area underfloor storage compartment. The Premium is sweetened with fog lights, a panoramic moonroof, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, raised roof rails, proximity entry with push-button ignition, heated front seats with driver’s power adjustments, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a fold-down rear armrest with cupholders. The Sport has a livelier edge with its LED fog lights, single stainless-steel exhaust outlet, leather-wrapped shift knob, sport cloth upholstery with orange contrast stitching, a removable cargo tray, and transmission paddle shifters. Not only that, but its side mirrors have integrated turn-signal indicators and the backseat passengers get their own pair of USB charging ports.

The Wilderness takes a more off-road-oriented approach with its higher ground clearance (9.2 inches vs. the other trims’ 8.7 inches), stylish matte-black wheels with all-terrain tires, hexagonal LED fog lights, stronger roof rails that can carry up to 800 lb., and water-repellent upholstery. This trim also compels with its one-touch folding rear seatback and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Limited mostly builds off the Premium, but it also has the single exhaust, along with the dual-zone automatic climate control and one-touch folding rear seatback. On top of those amenities, the Limited adds leather upholstery and a power liftgate. As expected, the Touring gets the most with a heated steering wheel, LED fog lights, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, heated rear outboard seats, and position memory for the driver’s seat and side mirrors. Several of those high-level amenities are optional on the less expensive trims.

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

The Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite is standard in every 2023 Forester. It consists of a pre-collision braking and throttle management system, lane departure and sway warning, and advanced adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist. Automatic high beams are standard across the board as well. The Sport and higher trims are issued blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. Meanwhile, the Wilderness gets a 180-degree front-view monitor, while the Touring adds a driver attention monitoring system. Both the Wilderness and Touring also come with reverse automatic braking, which is optional for the Sport and Limited.

Infotainment and Connectivity

For infotainment, the Base, Premium, and Sport each receive a 6.5-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The sound system in the Base has four speakers, but the other trims receive an additional pair of speakers. The Wilderness, Limited, and Touring move up to an 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition. The other bonuses on the Touring are navigation and a premium nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. A Wi-Fi hotspot is included in all trims but the Base. It’s also worth mentioning that most of those more upscale multimedia features can be ordered on the lower trims as options.

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