of the 2019 Subaru Forester. Base trim shown.
The question for Subaru in creating an all-new Forester was how not to fumble a model that has famously loyal buyers (some on their second or third). The current generation has doubled its predecessor's sales and now accounts for more than 1 in 4 Subarus sold in the U.S., second only to the Outback, though not by much.
The answer is a fifth-generation Forester five-seat compact SUV that's literally new throughout but does not trumpet it. If you liked the fourth generation, you'll like this one better, but you might have trouble spotting it in the parking lot. It's not that it doesn't have a fresh look, with sharper side sculpting and a pinched waist, bigger grille and stronger face. But it's still small and tall, retaining the signature low beltline and tall windows. The still city-friendly footprint is just slightly longer and wider.
I tested the new Forester at a Subaru event on rural highways, gravel forest roads and a short off-road course near the mountain town of Asheville, N.C. (Per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its airfare and lodging at such automaker-hosted events.) I devoted most of my time to the new Sport model. The 2019 Foresters will be at dealers nationwide on Oct. 1.
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