Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester

Pros: Excellent passenger and cargo room; abundance of standard safety features; nice ride/handling balance

Cons: Lackluster throttle response; observed fuel economy fails to match EPA estimates; engine stop/start system is a bit clunky

CG Says: After its redesign last year, the 2020 Subaru Forester adds a few safety features. A rear seat reminder that alerts the driver to check the back seat for children or pets is now standard on all models. The standard EyeSight safety suite now includes lane-departure warning and lane centering. With its 2019 redesign, the Subaru Forester gained more horsepower, a bit more interior room, and new technology and safety features. Rear-seat legroom grew by a little more than an inch and cargo room was increased by 1.4 cubic feet. The revised 2.5-liter horizontally opposed “flat four” engine got a 12-horsepower bump, from 170 to 182. However, the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine offered on the previous-generation Forester is no longer available. The sole transmission is a CVT automatic. Like almost all Subarus, the Forester has standard all-wheel drive. Also standard is EyeSight, a suite of safety features that includes forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and Lead-Vehicle Start Alert, which beeps to let you know if the vehicle ahead of you in traffic moves away from a stop and you don’t. Available only on the topline Touring model is Subaru’s new DriverFocus system, which gives visual and audible warnings for driver drowsiness and inattention. Other available features include reverse automatic braking, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, steering-linked adaptive headlights, hill-descent control, and panoramic sunroof. Despite a somewhat lackluster powertrain, the redesigned Forester builds on the strengths of the previous-generation model. It packs even more room inside its sensibly sized exterior dimensions, gains several desirable new features, and maintains the pleasant ride/handling balance of its predecessor. If you prefer a compact crossover SUV that’s a little bit more on the “car-like” side, the 2020 Subaru Forester should definitely be on your shopping list.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Subaru
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base: $25,505
Premium: $28,405
Sport: $30,005
Limited: $32,105
Touring: $35,605

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)