Subaru has updated the Forester for 2017, giving it a new face, more safety features and improved handling on some models.
The styling changes at the front end are subtle, but just enough to keep the Forester looking fresh. Inside, new saddle brown leather seats are available, while brown leather trim can be had on the center console lid and door panels. A new available heated steering wheel has been added to the Forester as well, while new aluminum alloy wheels complete the new look.
In the safety department, Subaru has added new color cameras to its Eyesight suite of safety technology that provide a wider, longer field of vision. The new system includes lane keep assist which will actively steer the vehicle to keep it in the center of the lane, while new high beam assist can automatically work the headlights. The headlights can also now turn with the steering wheels. Finally, reverse automatic braking has been added to stop the Forester from backing into obstacles.
Under the hood, the 2017 Forester offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 horsepower as a base option, mated to either a CVT or a six-speed manual. Buyers can also get a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo under the hood.
Slight revisions to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain result in improved fuel economy, up by 2 mpg in the city to land at 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.
But what’s most exciting with this update is the addition of torque vectoring on Forester 2.0XT models which can actively distribute power through the vehicle’s four-wheel drive system to reduce understeer.
The 2017 Forester will begin arriving at dealers in early July.
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