Subaru redesigned the fifth-generation Forester for 2019 and will roll the compact SUV into 2020 largely the same, but with price increases for all trim levels along with the addition of lane-centering steering and lane departure prevention assist to the standard EyeSight suite of safety and driver assistance technology. The 2020 base model starts at $25,505, up $235 from 2019 (all prices include a $1,010 destination charge, up $35 for 2020).
Also new for 2020, all Foresters get a standard backseat reminder that warns if you opened a rear door during the trip for a child, pet, backpack or whatever else and did not reopen it when you parked and got out.
The 2020 Forester again offers base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring trim levels. All variants add lane-centering steering to their standard EyeSight system, which otherwise includes full-speed forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available on all but the base model. Reverse automatic braking at speeds up to 9 mph is optional on the Sport and Limited and standard on the Touring. Also standard on the Touring is a camera-based DriverFocus safety system that monitors driver attention and recognizes up to five drivers to remember seat, mirror and climate settings.
Other trim-level pricing and changes for 2020 include:
- The Premium trim, a popular level that adds many features and options over the base model, gets the biggest price increase (up $735) to start at $28,405. In addition to the new safety features, the Premium for 2020 adds heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield de-icer — all features previously relegated to an optional All-Weather Package.
- The Sport model, which includes a sportier exterior and interior, increases $235 to start at $30,005.
- The Limited starts at $32,105, an increase of $335.
- The top-of-the-line Touring trim level also gets a $335 increase to start at $35,605. New for 2020 are LED cargo area and dome lights with a delayed shutoff, plus a rear liftgate light.
All Foresters have standard torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. That’s despite the hopes of some (including us) that 2020 would bring the more powerful, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder used in the Subaru Ascent and redone 2020 Outback.
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