Turbo model gains torque vectoring
The 2017 Subaru Forester is due for its mid-cycle refresh. Updates include revised styling, more interior comfort, drivetrain enhancements, and more available driver assist technology.
For 2017, the Forester’s available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology has been updated with color cameras that capture a wider and longer area. A new Lane Keep Assist feature is now included in the package. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert have been added to the system on Limited and Touring models and on Premium models equipped with EyeSight. Other new EyeSight features include High Beam Assist and Steering Responsive Headlights, which are standard on 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring models. Subaru also added Reverse Automatic Braking to all Limited and Touring models with EyeSight.
The Subaru Forester models with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder gain a new hexagonal front grille and revised front fascia. All models gain new headlights featuring a black inner bezel and the automaker’s signature C-shaped motif, which carries over to the rear LED taillights. Forester Premium models gain a new body-color rear spoiler (already standard on Limited, Touring, and XT Premium models).
Other exterior changes include revised 17-inch (2.5i Premium and Limited) and 18-inch (2.0XT) alloy wheels with a contrasting black and machine finish. A new available Sepia Bronze Metallic paint color is exclusive to the 2017 Subaru Forester Touring model.
Touring models also gain an available Saddle Brown perforated leather interior with contrast stitching. The brown leather is used on the seats, door panels, center console lid, and more. All models gain a redesigned steering wheel with revised audio and cruise control switches.
Other interior upgrades include additional sound deadening material, thicker door glass and new door seals, and an acoustic windshield. Touring models gain a heated steering wheel (a first for the Forester) and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start. Two-position memory seats, auto up/down front windows, and automatic climate control are standard on most trims, while a power liftgate is no available on the 2.5i Premium model.
For 2017, Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system includes a 6.2-inch screen for the base system and a 7.0-inch screen for Premium, Limited, and Touring models.
Subaru claims that (undisclosed) revisions to the 2.5-liter engine with CVT now achieve 26/32/28 mpg (9/7.3/8.4 L/100km) city/highway/combined an increase of 2/0/1 mpg compared to the 2016 model. Forester 2.0XT Touring models with EyeSight gain Active Torque Vectoring from the WRX and WRX STI models. Active Torque Vectoring helps keep the vehicle on the driver’s intended course by reducing understeer. Other changes include a quicker steering gear ratio for better response. All Premium, Limited, and Touring models with CVT gain Subaru’s X-Mode with Hill Descent Control.
Power for the base naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer flat-four remains at 170 hp. That engine is available with a six-speed manual or optional CVT. Meanwhile, power for the turbocharged 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four available on the Premium and Touring models remains at 250 hp and a CVT is still the only transmission choice.