For 2017, the new and refreshed Subaru Forester is set to come featuring a standard all-wheel drive system, great safety scores, a solid turbocharged engine, and a spacious interior. Novelties include a 7” touchscreen interface for top trims and a 6.2” screen for the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i trim. Its release date should be expected sometime next year according to reliable sources.

The Forester has been able to hold its own quite well considering the small crossover segment is one of the most fiercely fought over category. Undoubtedly, the 2017 Forester returns with a stout engine that is among the most powerful in the segment, spacious interior room that outmatches most of what other vehicles offer, and a sure-footedness of a standard AWD system for all its trims.

Buyers should not expect something super flashy about the crossover, however, Subaru’s are known for their functional simplicity. That is exactly what the new 2017 Subaru Forester offers. Additionally, the vehicle comes with impressive fuel economy ratings and safety features. Sadly, though, the blind spot monitoring system is conspicuously unavailable from the Forester’s list of safety technologies.

On the flipside, though, the vehicle’s designers haven’t offered anything beyond the rational that can woo you. Therefore, you can shop around the segment to search for the perfect vehicle you wish to ride. Alternatives worth considering include Jeep Cherokee, Ford Escape for 2016, 2016 Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Hyundai Tucson for 2016.

Exterior Changes & Interior Colors – Subaru Forester For 2017

The new 2017 Subaru Forester comes in a whopping six trims ranging from the sprightly equipped base 2.5i to the well-equipped 2.5i Touring trim.

Some of the standard equipment and features to expect from the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i compact crossover include telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auxiliary audio jack, full power accessories, 60/40-split folding rear seats, height adjustable driver seat, smartphone app integration, HD radio, 17” steel wheels, 6.2” touchscreen interface, premium audio system, CD player, Subaru’s StarLink technology interface, and cruise control.

2017 Subaru Forester side

2017 Subaru Forester rear

Additionally, the above trim is offered in several options including 17” wheels and roof rails.

As for the 2017 Subaru Forester Premium trim, buyers should look forward to a panoramic sunroof, reclining rear seatbacks, heated side mirrors, 7” touchscreen interface, voice commands, rear privacy glass, premium audio system, a rear armrests, heated front seats, StarLink Safety Plus, an eight-way driver’s seat, satellite radio, and dual USB ports.

Opting for the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited gets you automatic climate control, hill decent control, automatic headlights, an adjustable-height power liftgate, an upgraded instrument cluster, a rear roof spoiler, standard CVT, foglights, leather upholstery, and a cargo area tray.

Expect the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring to come equipped with one-touch folding aft seatbacks, keyless entry, xenon headlights, 18” alloy wheels, keyless ignition, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.

Continuing to move up the trim ladder gets you the 2.0XT Premium trim that brings everything on the Premium trim aboard plus a sport tuned suspension system, a leather wrapped steering wheel, 18” alloy wheels, and a rear roof spoiler.

Some of the optional features for the above trim include the EyeSight driver assist, cruise control, and a navigation system.

2017 Subaru Forester interior

2017 Subaru Forester inside

Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru Forester

All trims will come standard with an AWD system. Additionally, they will be equipped with a driver selectable mode that will maximize various functions in order to improve stability and traction especially on slippery surfaces. Also, the vehicles come equipped with hill descent control.

The base model comes equipped with a 2.5L 4-cyl engine good for 170 hp and 174 pounds of torque. Standard for both the base and Premium trim is the 6-speed manual transmission system.

As per the EPA ratings, expect the base to come with a laudable fuel economy ratings of 24/32/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the AWD system, and 22/29/25 mpg for the manual transmission equipped Forester.

Opting for the 2.0XT gets you more power and performance standing at 250 horsepower and 258 pounds of torque. During our performance testing of the vehicle, a 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT was able to sprint to 60 mph from standstill in 6.3 seconds. Its fuel economy ratings stand at 23/28/25 mpg.

2017 Subaru Forester rear side

Date Of Release & Price – 2017 Subaru Forester

Expect the base 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i to set you back by an MSRP of $22,395, and $33,795 for the top-of-the-line 2.0XT Touring. We should expect its release date sometime next year, according to reliable sources.

2017 Subaru Forester grille

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