2019 Subaru Forester

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of the 2019 Subaru Forester. Base trim shown.

2019 Subaru Forester First Drive

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Fred Meier

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.

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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.

How It Drives

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2019 Forester Video

Subaru softened the lines of its Forester for 2019, but the most significant changes are all happening inside.

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Hands Down the best car I have ever owned in my

by S U B A R U 4 L I F E from Bloomington on August 12, 2018

100% CONFIDENCE IN MOTION.... I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER MANUFACTURER I AM A SUBARU OWNER FOR LIFE. NEXT TIME LOOK OUT STI . .I HAVE MY EYE ON YOU.. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2019 Subaru Forester currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Subaru Forester has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Forester received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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