2019 Subaru Forester Limited: A New Generation

Published: Monday, July 1, 2019 | 9:53 PM

2019subaruforester475It’s 2019 and Subaru introduces it’s fifth Forester generation, giving the compact crossover a greater sense of space for passengers and cargo. Besides being a great car to drive in inclement weather, safety has always been job one for Subaru and the new Forester is no exception. Added safety features include the EyeSight suite of driving aids with lane departure and forward collision warning, plus on most trims blind-spot monitoring and automatic reverse braking. All models now include a new touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at last.

Available in five trims: base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring, this review will focus on the Limited trim.

2019subaruforesterintThe five-passenger 2019 Subaru Forester Limited has goodies like an upgraded driver information display, self-leveling and adaptive headlights, foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped shifter, leather upholstery, and the 8-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring and power liftgate. An optional package pairs the Harman Kardon audio system and automatic reverse braking with a navigation system, which was not included on my test model.

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the Forester producing 182 horses and 176 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) and as is with most Subaru’s it has all wheel drive. Expect to get 26/city, 33/highway, and 29/combined mpg.

Inside the cabin, it is buttoned-up and comfortable for all passengers. Tech features are user-friendly and plentiful. Fit and finish is well-done with plenty of soft-touch materials. The Forester is plenty comfortable for long trips with lots of cushioning in the front seats and adequate padding in the back.

2019subaruforesterseatI liked the way the Subaru EyeSight worked along with the adaptive cruise control. On long trips it was nice to have the car adjust its speed to prevailing road conditions, and the DriverFocus is good for those long drives making sure the driver is awake and alert.

The cargo area has a good amount of space at 35.4 cubic feet with the backseats up and 76 cubic feet with them down.

While the Forester will not break any speed records it’s a consistent performer, just don’t expect to get from 0 to 60 mpg quickly. All the rest of driving the Forester is good and dependable from the responsive steering to the sturdy breaking. You can also take the car off-road due to it’s all-wheel-drive. This is not an after though like it is in many cars, you really can take the Forester off-road.

If you are looking for a family compact crossover with plenty of safety features, give the 2019 Subaru Forester Limited a test drive.