Most small SUVs are built strictly for urban and suburban use. The 2018 Subaru Forester has the goods to venture beyond paved roads, and it owes this skill to its standard all-wheel drive and high ground clearance. This capable Subaru also impresses with its wide range of available safety technologies.
The 2018 Subaru Forester is a compact SUV that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in the following trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. A naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is standard for the 2.5i trims, and the 2.0XT models feature a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
For 2018, the Forester debuts a Black Edition package that bundles features such as adaptive LED headlights and 18-inch black alloy wheels. Also, the available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package expands to include reverse automatic braking and automatic high beams, and Touring models now come standard with this package.
The 2018 Subaru Forester brings some interesting details to its exterior design, which shows off a sophisticated front grille, a stylish upturn for its rear side windows and C-shaped headlight accents. Base models feature 17-inch steel wheels.
Standard features include halogen headlights and daytime running lights. Customers can order the Forester with upgrades such as fog lights, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, a panoramic power sunroof, a power rear liftgate, roof rails and adaptive LED headlights.
In the cabin, the 2018 Subaru Forester’s front row faces an expansive, multi-piece dashboard. A strong center stack is a highlight here, and it incorporates a deeply recessed information display at the top plus a large storage cubby toward the bottom. The Forester comes with 60/40-split folding rear seats as standard equipment, and a one-touch folding mechanism is available. Cargo capacity for the Forester varies slightly with and without the sunroof. In models without, there’s 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 74.7 cubic feet total; with the panoramic roof, capacity is rated at 31.5 and 68.5 cubic feet, respectively.
Base models come with cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and cargo-area underfloor storage. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The Forester provides handling that is capable and composed. A 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine is standard, and it produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0XT trims rely on a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine good for 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both a six-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission are available, and the Forester has a maximum tow rating of 1,500 pounds.
All-wheel drive is standard on all models, and the 2018 Subaru Forester achieves mileage of up to 26/32 mpg city/highway.
The Forester offers an impressive array of technology features. Base models come with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a 6.2-inch touch screen, HD radio, USB connectivity, a rearview camera, an auxiliary jack and a four-speaker sound system.
You can upgrade your Forester with available features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, reverse automatic braking, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, hands-free text messaging and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.