Subaru is revamping its popular Forester crossover for the 2017 model year with subtle exterior changes, such as a new grille, headlights and front bumper cover, and additional cabin refinement designed to reduce the road noise that was a common complaint on previous models.
The base 2.5-liter boxer four ekes out 2 more city MPGs, bringing the total to 26. Highway efficiency remains the same at 32, but the more efficient city figure raises the combined EPA rating to 28 mpg. Aside from the slight bump in fuel economy, the naturally aspirated engine remains unchanged at 170 hp. The turbocharged 2.0-liter H4 found in the Forester XT sticks around with the same 250 hp and fuel efficiency figure for those who want some more skip in their lifted wagon’s step.
Subaru stepped up the Forester interior, adding additional weatherstripping and thicker glass to alleviate high levels of noise that plagued previous models. More sound deadening and an acoustic windshield further attempt to quiet the cabin. On the convenience front, the Forester will offer new-for-2017 intelligent high beams, which work with the Eyesight driver assist system to automatically dim the lights for oncoming traffic. Also, Subaru will include its Starlink infotainment system as standard equipment across the trim levels.
Those trim levels are broken down the same as in previous years, with the Forester available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring spec. The only way to plop the hilariously-fun-to-drive 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood is in Touring trim -- other than that, you’ll get the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated unit.
The updated 2017 Subaru Forester will roll into dealerships in July.
Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2016