2018 Subaru Forester Review and Release Date

After making its debut in 2014, the Subaru Forester became an overnight sensation in the compact crossover segment. Over the years, several imitators have appeared on the scene but none of them actually succeeded in stealing its thunder. However, the 2018 Subaru Forester is getting a facelift which will expectedly help it retain the sales records. The standard all-wheel drive and wagon-like practicality have helped the Forester become and remain the de facto choice in this segment. It is also the bestselling vehicle in the lineup of Subaru.

2018 Subaru Forester front

2018 Subaru Forester – Visible Changes:

Nowadays, any vehicle revamps, whether it is SUV or sedan, comes with visible changes in exterior and in the cabin. The same is true about 2018 Subaru Forester too. The fascia now looks somewhat wider. The grille is now quite enticing and even the headlamps have been changed. Taillights have also been spruced up to an extent. You can opt for 17 or 18-inch wheels and they come in several options. The new paint hues include Sepia Bronze Metallic and Dark Blue Pearl.

The in-cabin changes are not drastic but they certainly deserve applauds. The first thing you will observe is an abundant use of quality leather inside. There is a plenty of soft-touch materials with metallic trim have also been used. Another thing that grabs your attention immediately is the revamped instruments panel which looks quite classy and trendy. The navigation system now comes with enhanced voice recognition features. What will be liked by many buyers is Subaru’s use of several noise suppression mechanisms including an acoustic windshield. Both legroom and cargo space are enough.

The 2018 Subaru Forester scores high on safety quotient. The active-safety features include the superb EyeSight camera system of Subaru, reverse automatic braking and automatic high-beam assist. The rearview camera, the usual set of airbags, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control are also there. However, not all safety features are available in all trims, as expected.

All models get Bluetooth, 6.2-inch touch screen, and climate control system. Upgrade options include 7.0-inch screen touch screen, enhanced an eight-speaker sound system and perforated leather seats.

2018 Subaru Forester interior

2018 Subaru Forester – Engine and Transmission:

The 2018 Subaru Forester is likely to come with the same drivetrain as that of its predecessor. The driving experience is good and you will feel the engine is sporty and has enough power to let you cruise on the highway even with full load. The entry level engine is a 2.5-liter which makes 170 hp. The sportier turbocharged 2.0-liter version generates 250 hp. The models have CVT and a six-speed manual transmission and it varies from one region to another. Fuel economy is quite good with the AWD.

2018 Subaru Forester rear

2018 Subaru Forester – Expected Price and Date of Arrival:

There will be 4 trims. The Base, Premium, Touring, Limited trim levels. The base model has a price tag close to $23,500 while the top trim comes for $35,000. It will reach showrooms in in late 2017.


The 2018 Subaru Forester is a well-rounded package for this segment with the right type of enhancements. It scores very well in safety and amenities as well. It will stave off rivals like Mazda CX 5 and Honda CR-V well.

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