Compare 2020 vs 2019 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Subaru Forester
2020 Subaru Forester 2019 Subaru Forester


2.5L 4-cyl 2.5L 4-cyl


182 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Subaru Forester

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The Subaru Forester was completely redesigned in 2019, which means that it only gets a small series of changes for 2020. Its long list of standard driver safety aids now includes a lane-centering function. All Premium editions now get a useful all-weather package as a standard feature, too. This Forester is part of the fifth Forester generation that debuted in 2019. While the 2020 Subaru Forester got minor changes, the 2019 Forester got a complete makeover. For the 2019 model year, the Forester received a more powerful 2.5L, four-cylinder base engine. It also got Subaru's EyeSight technology as a standard amenity. With an increase in interior space, passengers and cargo got more space in the 2019 model year. For its impressive new debut, the 2019 Forester earned the title of “Best Compact SUV for Families” by US News & World Report. Both editions get standard all-wheel drive, an abundance of standard driver-assist safety amenities, and exceptional off-road capabilities matched by an impressive steering and handling system. Above-average ground clearance lets you take the Subaru Forester wherever adventure calls.


Although the Subaru Forester might look like a family-friendly vehicle, its performance rivals that of any SUV. In 2019, the Subaru Forester gets a more powerful standard engine, which is a 2.5L engine with four cylinders. The Forester's engine generates up to 182 HP at 5,800 RPM and 176 LB-FT of torque at 4,400 RPM. This engine is paired with an automatic continuously variable automatic transmission. Symmetrical all-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain. It is paired with vehicle dynamic control for precise steering and handling. The same innovative Boxer engine and drivetrain powers the 2020 Subaru Forester. With this engine, the Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds.


The Subaru Forester gets stylish chrome accents, roof rails, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance in 2019. The cabin is updated as well with a new touchscreen interface. For the first time, the Forester's entertainment system received standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. LED headlights add to the Forester's sporty new look and make it more visible to other drivers on the road. Some trims, such as the Forester Sport, also get LED fog lights. Extra features like roof rack tie-downs add to the Forester's adventure-ready appearance.


A highlight of both Foresters' interiors is the Starlink multimedia system. Wireless connectivity and hands-free access enable smart and safe use. With these features plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, it is easy to access your favorite music and apps on the go. An advanced touchscreen with voice-activated navigation and a larger eight-inch screen is available. Safety is a priority in both the 2020 and 2019 editions of the Subaru Forester, as evidenced by the fact that both are recipients of the IIHS's Top Safety list. Blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking provide awareness on all sides. The Forester also comes standard with EyeSight technology to reduce rear-end crashes.

Both the 2020 and 2019 Subaru Forester models are designed to please. If you want to try out one or both, don't hesitate to contact our friendly, helpful staff today. Call or visit our website to arrange a test drive when convenient.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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