Deceptively rugged and powerful, the 2017 Subaru Forester is back as a pioneer in the crossover SUV market segment. The basics of Subaru's critically acclaimed crossover haven't changed in recent years -- the Forester remains a comfortable, versatile vehicle with a rugged power plant under its hood -- but numerous upgrades were made for this model year. More features were made available across the Forester's range of trims, and new safety features make this crossover safer on the highway. The Forester's exterior styling was also tweaked to give it a slightly more modern look. With prices starting under $23K, be sure to check Edmonds, Autotrader & Local Dealers for amazing sales. Thinking of visiting your local Subaru dealership and asking about a test drive? Read on for more information about the 2017 Subaru Forester and to learn more about its top options.
Which safety features were added for the 2017 Subaru Forester?
Buyers of the Subaru Forester now have options for an improved EyeSight safety system with blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts and lane departure intervention. This is part of the EyeSight safety package which also includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking.
How as the Forester's exterior styling changed?
New headlights and taillights were added to the front and rear of the Forester to give it a more updated appearance. The front end was also restyled, including the creation of a bolder grille design.
Which performance and convenience features are new for this model year?
Other new features available for the 2017 Subaru Forester include automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, adaptive LED headlights, improved noise dampening and sharper steering.
Which trim levels are available for the 2017 Subaru Forester?
The new Forester is available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. The trim names are differentiated by their engines and options.
Which features are on the basic trim?
The base Forester 2.5i gets 17-inch steel wheels, 60/40 split-folding seats, Bluetooth compatibility, a rearview camera, Subaru Starlink, a driver information display, a four-speaker sound system, smartphone integration and more.
Which features are on the most luxurious trim?
The most luxurious Forester trim is the 2.5i Touring. This lofty trim features 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, adaptive LED headlights, driver-seat memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium sound system, a heated steering wheel and more.
What are the 2017 Subaru Forester's engine options?
The 2017 Subaru Forester has two available engines depending on trim level. The 2.5i trims get 2.5-liter engines that produce 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0XT trims get 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engines that pump out 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant upgrade.
Does the Subaru Forester still come in all-wheel drive?
Yes, all-wheel drive is a standard feature on the 2017 Subaru Forester. This is a great benefit that enhances handling and safety in most driving conditions.