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The new standard for compact SUVs.

Common sense would dictate that a genuine SUV filled with all-road/all-weather capability would not be so capable when that road was immaculately paved, bone dry and twisting like a kite in the wind. Luckily, the 2017 Subaru Forester has a more refined ride than ever before, so it’s a completely uncommon SUV. Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD creates responsive handling, remarkable stability and a distinct feeling of being in control. Combined with X-MODE (on CVT models only), it’s also highly capable in the roughest of off-road conditions. And either of the two SUBARU BOXER engines available generates smooth power, genuine driving satisfaction and sparkling fuel efficiency. Of course, the new Forester is also incredibly versatile, loaded with desirable features that wrap you in complete comfort, filled with infotainment options and armed with even more advanced safety technology. To top it all off, the new front fascia and other exterior enhancements have led to a sportier and more progressive look. All things considered, then, the 2017 Subaru Forester simply delivers more of what should be expected in a compact SUV.

Key Benefits

Sharper handling, enhanced ride

The Subaru Forester, renowned for its extraordinary performance, is even better for the 2017 model year. Steering response time and handling have received a boost by adopting a revised steering angle. The liberal use of aluminum has created a lightweight vehicle with incredible responsiveness, stability and ride quality. Of course, the Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system generates exceptional traction and superior control, while enhancements to the suspension system provide a smoother, more refined ride and lift the driving experience by keeping the Forester planted to the ground. Lastly, the low-profile SUBARU BOXER engines deliver smooth, continuous power to all four wheels and enable the Forester to corner flatter, a very uncommon trait for the typical SUV. (Of course, the new Forester is anything but typical.)

All-road, all-weather capability

The world-renowned Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system is even more formidable with X-MODE, available on models equipped with the CVT only. With the push of a button, this ultra-smart system takes over control of the engine, transmission, AWD system, brakes and other critical components to safely navigate the roughest roads and the slickest surfaces. In addition, the Hill Descent Control system automatically maintains a constant speed on the steepest declines for even more all-road capability. The 2017 Subaru Forester is ready to tackle the toughest of navigational challenges, regardless of the driving conditions.

Superior efficiency

Engineered to maximize fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance, the Subaru Forester benefits from lightweight engineering, optimized aerodynamics and advanced thinking. Under the skin, both SUBARU BOXER engines now feature improved combustion and reduced internal friction, while the available Lineartronic® CVT has also been fine-tuned to boost efficiency of 2.5i models. In fact, these Forester models equipped with the CVT deliver best-in-class fuel economy among full-time AWD vehicles and are equal to many two-wheel drive compact SUVs. They also now feature PZEV equipment, which makes them among the cleanest gasoline-powered vehicles on the road today.

Undeniable versatility

The Subaru Forester takes a back seat to no other compact SUV when it comes to flexibility. Cargo space expands up to a cavernous 2115 L (rear seats down) and the dedicated cargo area is easy to access through a wider, lower opening and optional power tailgate. The towing capacity of 680 kg is substantial for a compact SUV and far more than some others in this segment. And the raised profile roof rails and 60/40-split flat-folding rear seats are perfect for taking larger items along for the ride. For everything from weekend adventures to longer journeys, the Subaru Forester simply fits.

Class-leading safety standards

A super-strong frame incorporating the extensive use of high-tensile strength steel is just one measure needed to secure class-leading safety standards. A full suite of seven airbags provides another layer of protection. But it’s the keen focus on preventative safety as an overall concept that elevates the Subaru owner’s feeling of confidence behind the wheel. Just consider advanced features such as Steering Responsive Headlights and Fog Lights designed for greater visibility. Or the superior engineering of Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque Vectoring for better control in unexpected situations. Or the Side/Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD) system, the new Reverse Auto Braking system and a new version of the available EyeSight™ driver-assist system, now featuring full-colour cameras that project a 40% wider and longer view. All of this thinking contributes to what Subaru considers 360 degrees of safety and what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designates a Top Safety Pick+, the highest possible safety rating.*

Assured comfort

The passenger compartment has been designed for maximum comfort and convenience. The doors open wide for easier access, the rear seat is roomy enough for three adult passengers and the massive sunroof delivers extra doses of vitamin D. For the 2017 model year, new trim materials and accents contribute to a higher quality feel overall, while the infotainment systems incorporate more advanced features for increased convenience, entertainment and value. Optional features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power driver’s seat with memory function and a new rich brown leather treatment.

2.5i Selected Features **

  • Naturally aspirated 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine (170 hp; 174 lb-ft)
  • Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) + X-MODE + Hill Descent Control
  • 6-speed manual transmission or Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) + manual mode + paddle shifters
  • 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels
  • Power rear tailgate
  • Extra-large sunroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Bluetooth® connectivity/streaming audio
  • MediaHub for iPod®/USB audio integration
  • Premium cloth or leather upholstery

2.0XT Selected Features **

  • Direct-injected, twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine + SI-DRIVE (250 hp; 258 lb-ft)
  • Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) + X-MODE +Hill Descent Control
  • Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) + manual mode + paddle shifters
  • EyeSight® Advanced Driver Assist System
  • 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, black and machined finished
  • Dual exhaust with stainless steel tips
  • LED headlights
  • Multi-reflector fog lights
  • Infotainment system: Audio/nav with XM® NAVTraffic (subscription required) + Harman Kardon® speakers + Bluetooth® connectivity/streaming audio + social media/SMS text messaging capability
  • Premium cloth or leather upholstery


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