The 2019 Subaru Forester is a good 2-row compact SUV with a long list of pluses. 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with full-wheel drive and gets excellent fuel economy estimates. The cabin is exciting, it offers a lot of cargo room, and its infotainment system is responsive and intuitive. This Subaru also has a long list of standard safety features that make it ideal for families. In fact, named the Forester the 2019 Best Compact SUV for Families because of its superior combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews of car journalists, and available family-friendly features.
2019 Subaru Forester Interior
The 2-row Subaru Forester seats up to five people on standard clothing upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front, and rear seats, and a warm and leather-equipped steering wheel are available. A 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an eight-way adjustable passenger seat are also offered. If you’re looking for a 3-row SUV, check out the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent, which we reviewed separately. With the extended wheelbase, the new Forester has a bit more legroom than previous models. The cabin is spacious and the doors have wide openings that provide easy access.
The 2019 Forester has two full sets of LATCH seat back connections and an additional rear center seat tether anchor. The whole setup deserves the highest score from Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Subaru Forester SUV has a nice interior with some high-quality material and soft plastic. Upper trims can even be called luxurious.
2019 Subaru Forester Features
The 2019 Forester has 35.4 cubic feet behind the seats and a maximum of 76.1 cubic feet while the rear seats have folded. It’s above average for the class, exceeding both Ford Escape and Honda CR-V in total cargo space. The Subaru Forester features the StarLink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a speaker sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. A Wi-Fi hotspot, a 6-speaker stereo, a Harman Kardon nine-speaker sound system and a larger 8-inch touch screen with a built-in navigation system are available.
The intuitive infotainment system features clean graphics, and the touch screen responds quickly to input. Large buttons and buttons for controlling climate and sound functions are clearly marked and easy to reach, although some secondary functions may initially be a bit confused. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a plus.
2019 Subaru Forester Engine
All Forester models have a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 182 horsepower. It is linked to a continuously variable transmission (a type of automatic). This is the only car offered for this SUV: The previously available turbo-powered engine or the former standard manual transmission is not available. The 2019 Forester deserves an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. These figures are pretty good for the class, bringing this Subaru in line with the Nissan Rogue and Chevrolet Equinox. However, the Forester looks even more impressive when considering its standard wheel drive, which typically lowers fuel economy estimates.
2019 Subaru Forester Safety
The Highway Safety Insurance named the 2019 Forester a Top Safety Pick, which gives the highest score of Good in six crash tests and the second highest score of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. The national highway traffic management gave it a five-star overall rating, with five out of five stars ahead and attacks and four stars in roll tests. The rearview camera is standard in the Forester as well as the Eyesight range of driver assistance. Eyelash includes a collision braking system, lane maintenance, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. A few other security features are available, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning, lane change, automatic braking, adaptive headlights, and Subaru’s new 2019 Subaru Forester Driver Focus Distraction Mitigation system, monitor drivers for signs of inattention.