With six trim models to choose from, there are plenty of benefits to buying the 2017 Subaru Forester. The excitingly powerful 2.0 Litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine comes standard on all models and delivers 170 hp @ 5800 rpm and torque of 174 lb-ft @ 4000rpm that offers great fuel economy. Together with plentiful cargo space it has broad appeal and is among the top offerings in the compact crossover SUV segment.
The cabin is spacious and the visibility excellent due to large windows, with the back seat elevated to enhance it further. The backseat easily accommodates two adults and a child.
Plenty of Standard Features
Although the base model of the Forester is a bit short of optional features, it still has far more standard features than often included in other base models. Among the standard features are a rear-view camera, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a 60/40-split folding backseat. There is a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Starlink technology interface, Smartphone app integration, and a sound system with an HD radio, CD player, as well as an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
For Your Safety
2017 Subaru Forester comes equipped with a collection of safety features. There are front side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbags, as well as antilock disc brakes, traction, and stability control. Through the Starlink system, automatic collision notification is delivered as well as emergency assistance and door unlocks. Also, there is stolen vehicle notification and other remote services.
Advanced Driving Assist System
Available Eyesight, a system that utilizes two cameras for monitoring road activity, helps to identify potential danger, and provide driver assistance when needed, is available for the Subaru Forester. The system features four advanced active-safety measures, Adaptive cruise control, Pre-collision braking, Pre-collision throttle management, and vehicle lane departure and sway warning. Through this feature, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Forester the highest possible front crash prevention ratings.
Are There Any Downsides to Owning One?
Even though the 2017 Subaru Forester has great fuel economy, it suffers from the high-RPM noise when hard acceleration occurs. As well, it has a tendency to not be quite as responsive as the standard automatic transmission. Because of its height and the nature of its suspension, cornering is not its best feature. Also, the base model is rather disappointing as it still lacks some prime features. However, the 2017 Subaru Forester is still a great crossover to buy if you value safety and fuel-efficiency.