2019 Subaru Forester

MSRP $26,695 - $34,295

Ranked #8 in Midsize Suv

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2019 Subaru Forester Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2019 Subaru Forester is an excellent option for every family that is looking for an SUV on a budget. It is a very well-equipped and affordable crossover SUV and comes with a lot of options that make it all the more exciting. Thanks to standard all-wheel-drive which is not the case with some of its rivals, it is quite capable everywhere you take it.

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Pros

Nice ride and handling

Excellent all-wheel drive

Good off-roading capabilities

Cons

Engine is underpowered

Touchscreen can cause distraction

Towing capacity is a little low

What's New?

All-new for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26695

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

176 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

CVT

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105 in.

length

182 in.

width

72 in.

height

68 in.

curb weight

3516 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

70.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/33 mpg

highway range

547.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Premium$26,695 onwards

  • Hill descent control
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear spoiler
  • Tinted windows

Sport$28,795 onwards

  • Keyless entry
  • Led foglights
  • Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles

Limited$30,795 onwards

  • 8-Inch touchscreen
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Foglights
  • Leather-Wrapped shifter
  • Led foglights

Touring$34,295 onwards

  • Driver-Seat memory settings
  • Eight-Way power passenger seat
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Colors and Styles

2019 Subaru Forester in Crimson Red Pearl color
Crimson Red Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

8.4

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.4

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


For the 2019 model year, the Forester is all new and gets a more powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Apart from this, the car gets a long list of features and upgrades in terms of technology. For this year, the Forester's price starts at MSRP $22,795, and it competes against the Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru Forester

8.5/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.4/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.4/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2019 Subaru Forester Features

8.5/10

There is an actual availability of five trim levels in the lineup. These are mainly - Base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring. The prices start at $22,795 and go all the way up to $36,090 for the highest trim without options. However, everything comes with an all-wheel-drive and that is a huge plus for all the cars from the Subaru lineup. The complete distribution of comfort, safety, and tech features across the trims is given in the table below.

Trims

Base

Premium

Limited

Sport

Touring

MSRP

$22,795

$25,695

$29,395

$29,495

$36,090

Features

All-Wheel Drive system 

Includes Base trim key features and adds:

Includes Premium trim key features and adds:

Includes 2.5i Premium key features and adds:

Includes Premium trim key features and adds :

 

Subaru Starlink Multimedia

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats.

18-inch black-painted alloy wheels

Leather-trimmed upholstery

 

17-inch steel wheels

Power- tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof

Blind-Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic aLERT

Sport design front fascia

Dual-zone automatic climate control.

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle

Automatic high-beam control

Heated steering wheel

 

Power Rear Gate

Automatic climate control

LED Steering Responsive Headlights

LED fog lights

Power driver's seat w/ memory

 

6.5-inch touchscreen

Subaru Starlink Safety and Security.

Leather-trimmed upholstery.

 

One-touch folding rear seatback

Which trim should you buy? 

We find the base trim level well equipped, but it is not the one we would go for. However, the trim right above it, the Premium, is offered at just $25,695 and comes with 17-inch wheels, rear roof spoiler, body-colored exterior mirror caps, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and so on. For this reason, we believe that the Premium trim level is the one that makes the most sense. There are also optional packages that add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry, and more.

2019 Subaru Forester Engine and Performance

7.5/10

All models of the Subaru Forester are powered by a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine that is based on the traditional Subaru horizontally opposed platform. This engine makes up 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. This is then mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. It also has an impressive towing capacity of around 1,500 pounds.

The acceleration figures from the engine are decent, with it taking 8.5 seconds of 0 to 60 mph time as well as 17.3 seconds for the quarter-mile timing. These are not the most interesting figures we have seen in the category but definitely remain competitive. The Subaru powertrain has more advantages than sheer horsepower numbers, all thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive.

Model

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Nissan Rogue

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP

$24,295

$25,795

$25,190

$24,795

Engine

2.5L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.0L inline-4

1.5L inline-4 Turbocharged gas

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

182 hp@ 5800 rpm

170 hp@ 6000 rpm

184 hp@ 4400 rpm

170 hp@ 5600 rpm

Torque

176 ft-lbs@ 4400 rpm

175 ft-lbs@ 4400 rpm

221 ft-lbs@ 1600 rpm

203 ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

0-60 MPH

8.5 sec

9.6 sec

8.8 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter mile

17.3 sec

17 sec

16.3 sec

15.2 sec

Top Speed

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

It is very clear that the Chevrolet is the fastest car in real life even though it is quite not so on paper. In terms of price, however, all cars are pitched in the exact same range. In terms of performance, the Nissan Rogue is the most unimpressive but has the highest sticker price on it. The Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Tiguan are nearly on par in terms of performance as well as price, but the Tiguan happens to have a better torque figure.

How well does the 2019 Subaru Forester handle?

For years, it has been an SUV that has always had excellent ride quality but also great off-road as well as on-road capability. The car is in fact very pleasant to drive. The tires can be much better, but the handling is definitely a strong suit of the Forester. The steering is also equally good and remains responsive. The ride quality is also excellent, especially when you consider the fact that there is not much NVH inside. Overall it is a car that manages to strike an excellent ride and handling balance and is very pleasurable to drive.

2019 Subaru Forester Braking Performance

Even though the Forester is not exactly a heavy car in its segment, weighing 3,449 pounds, braking performance definitely needs to be good to bring the car to a stop. Fittingly, the car is fitted with 11.6-inch rotors in the front and 11.2-inch rotors in the back which are definitely sizable in the category. These rotors are enough to bring the car to a halt from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is very impressive.

Model

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Nissan Rogue

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Brake Rotors Front

11.6"

11.7"

13.4"

11.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

11.2"

11.5"

11.8"

11"

Curb Weight

3449 lbs

3580 lbs

3721 lbs

3274 lbs

60-0 MPH

118 ft

127 ft

131 ft

121 ft

The Chevrolet Equinox is the lightest vehicle in this category but does not manage to have that performance in terms of braking. Even though Volkswagen has the largest brake rotors in its class, its heavyweights make it have bad braking performance. The Subaru is the one that sets the class benchmark. One can definitely see that the Subaru is decent in terms of performance in all aspects.

2019 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy

7.9/10

For all these years, one of the worst parts of the Subaru Forester has been its low fuel economy. However, one of the good things about the new 2019 Forester is that it manages to change that. It returns 26 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on the highway, and 28 MPG combined. As a result of this and having one of the biggest fuel tank capacities of the category at 28 gallons, it has the best range as well.

Model

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Nissan Rogue

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

MPG (city)

26

26

22

26

MPG (highway)

30

33

29

32

MPG (combined)

28

29

25

28

Fuel tank capacity (gal)

16.5

14.5

15.3

15

Range (city/highway (miles)

431.6/547.8

377 / 479

337 / 444

387 / 477

Fuel efficiency is single-handedly the department of the Forester because even though it does not have the best numbers in terms of efficiency, it definitely has in terms of range. The Nissan Rogue has excellent fuel efficiency figures but does but puts us down with a small fuel tank. Volkswagen has the worst numbers in terms of fuel efficiency at 25 mpg combined.

2019 Subaru Forester Interior

8.4/10

The interiors of the Forester have been designed while keeping the ingress and egress in check. The design is based on functionality and hence is very easy to grow a liking for. It has a very nice space inside, offers capacity for five people, and performs well in terms of cargo capacity with 35.4 ft.³ of storage. One major letdown from the SUV is that the interior material quality is not exactly as great as some of its rivals, but not something that will feel all-out cheap for the segment.

Model

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Nissan Rogue

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.0/57.2/40.9

41.6/56.6/43.0

39.6/57.0/40.2

40.0/57.2/40.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/55.6/39.7

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.1/55.9/36.5

38.5/55.5/39.7

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

35.4

39.3

12.0

29.9

We find that the Chevrolet also has excellent interior space inside. The Nissan offers the best cargo capacity, while the Subaru is the best of the rest. The Volkswagen Tiguan manages to seat two more passengers, but the cargo capacity takes a huge hit due to this. In terms of features, however, the Forester impresses a lot. Some standard features include:

  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Manual Reclining Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Being a brand-new model for 2019, the Forester is packed with the latest technology. It provides the best connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Forester is a truly modern car and hence it does not skimp on its infotainment features. The system is very easy to operate, and the snappy response is very much appreciated. The touchscreen is very large, measuring eight inches in size. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Two USB ports
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 4-speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • HD Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system (optional)

2019 Subaru Forester Exterior

8.0/10

In terms of looks, the Forester looks very sedate for something that is designed very recently. It not only gives the impression that it is a much larger car, but it also provides most of that sophisticated nature of the brand at a very competitive price tag. It does not look premium but definitely commands a lot of attention on the road and speaks of functionality.

Model

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Nissan Rogue

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Curb weight (lbs.)

3499

3456

3721

3274

Length(in)

182.3

184.5

185.1

183.1

Width(in)

72.4

72.4

72.4

72.6

Height(in)

65.4

66.3

66.3

65.4

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

7.8

7.9

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

107.3

106.5

109.8

107.3

It is not very hard to find that the Forester is smaller than any of its competitors, and yet, it manages to provide a well-loaded cabin and a spacious one too. It also manages to be not much heavier than the competitors, which is an impressive feat. The Volkswagen is the largest car out of the lot and also stands tallest to the ground with a clearance of 7.9 inches. Some standout features include:

  • 17" x 7.0J Black Finish Aluminum Alloy wheels
  • Express Open/Close Sliding Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper and Rear Bumper
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access

2019 Subaru Forester Safety

9.4/10

In terms of safety, the Forester has scored an excellent five stars overall safety rating from the NHTSA, which is the highest honor. It also performs very well in the IIHS crash test and has been named as a Top Safety Pick, which is also the second-highest honor. It has not only passive safety features but even active safety as standard such as automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and so on. Some of the standout safety features include:

  • Airbags
  • 4-Wheel ABS w/Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Traction Control
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist

2019 Subaru Forester Competition

7.0/10

2019 2019 Subaru Forester Vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

The advantages the Nissan Rogue offers on top of the Subaru Forester are that it has better fuel efficiency and a better cargo capacity. But in every other aspect, the car fails to impress when you compare it with the Forester due to its lackluster performance and more. The Rogue fails to have the performance, features, or technology despite being priced at the premium, thus the Forester gets our vote between the two.

2019 2019 Subaru Forester 3 Vs. 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is an excellent option for someone who has a large family of seven people and is looking for a small crossover SUV. Despite being priced at a slight premium over the Forester, it fails to offer anything of value. However, it has arguably better design as well as the convenience of offering better ground clearance. 

2019 2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox has the straight-line acceleration that is deemed the best in the category. However, its interiors are not as well equipped or comfortable as that of the Subaru. It also happens to be a lot inferior compared to the Subaru when it comes to off-roading. Also, the better cargo capacity at the back in the Subaru helps in achieving more practicality which is an important factor in the segment.

2019 Subaru Forester Final Verdict

The 2019 Subaru Forester is an excellent buy because it provides an entry into the brand without having to spend much. It promises a very capable car that also manages to be very much modern. It has managed to perform better than its rivals in almost every single segment that it has competed in and is pretty reliable as well. It makes for an excellent buy for a family looking for a crossover SUV.

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