The 2019 Subaru Forester is redesigned and has more space and standard advanced safety features

2019 is a big year for the Subaru Forester. It's the start of the fifth generation, and the compact SUV has some exciting changes for its buyers to enjoy. Let's look at the 2019 Subaru Forester and its performance and cargo specs, technology, safety features, and premium amenities.

Performance & Cargo Specs

Subaru dropped the Forester's turbo engine from the previous generations, so all trims are now powered by a 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® engine with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft torque.  This engine also got a little strong for 2017 and gained 12 additional horses.  One area that definitely hasn't changed is that the Forester still comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive!

Another update you'll find across the Forester lineup is more cargo space. The 2018MY had 74.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space and it's up to 76.1 cubic feet for 2019! Not only that but the rear gate is wider, which makes loading and unloading bigger items or getting pets into the back much easier. And don't forget that you can hide valuables (like your laptop or DSLR camera for nature photos) in the cargo-area underfloor storage.

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In this day and age, it's expected that vehicles of a certain price point have a standard touchscreen, and that's an area where the Forester doesn't disappoint. Depending on the trim, your Forester will come with either a 6.5- or 8-inch touchscreen. You can choose to use the STARLINK® infotainment system by Subaru or you can use Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integrations. There's also a host of apps to check out, like Yelp, Pandora, iheart Radio, and Magellan, to name a few.

Other available technologies include a smart key with a push buttons start and PIN code access, 4G WIFI capabilities, and ample USB ports for charging your devices.


Subaru's EyeSight® package was available on most Forester trims in the past, but Subaru has made it standard across the entire Forester lineup for 2019! With EyeSight® you'll get adaptive cruise control which is great when you're on the highway, pre-collision braking with throttle management, and lane keep assist with sway warning. Bluetooth for hands-free calling, a backup camera, and LED lights are standard safety technologies.

We like that all shoppers automatically get these fantastic features that help you avoid a collision, but there are a few extra safety technologies on the higher trim levels:

  • High beam assist
  • Blind-spot detection with rear cross traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Responsive steering on the LED headlights + LED fog lights

All-new for 2019 is Subaru's new DriverFocus™ system. Using facial-recognition software, DriverFocus™ can tell if you're fatigued or distracted and alert you. It's also a system that stores preferences for climate, mirror position, and seating for up to five profiles. Think of it as the perfect co-pilot who will tell you to pay more attention or pull over when you need a break but won't complain about your music choices.

Premium Amenities

The Forester has its rugged charm, but it also has features that appeal to discerning shoppers who want an additional sense of refinement and premium amenities. All trims except for the base come with 10-way power-seating for the driver. Get the top trim and you'll also get lumbar support plus power-seating for the passenger.

If the morning is feeling a little chilly you can heat up the steering wheel for maximum comfort. For an edgier vibe you can get sport cloth with orange contrast stitching on the Sport trim, or you can get the top two Foresters for their standard leather seating. The cherry on top is an available Harman Kardon premium speaker system.

To see which 2019 Subaru Forester is right for you, stop into our dealership this week for a test drive! We carry most of the trims and will go over each option's standard and available features. We'll even have you meet with a finance rep to discuss monthly payment structures for buying or leasing that fit your budget, helping to ensure that you can drive away with the Forester you love!

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