The 2017 Subaru Forester builds on the reputation for responsible engineering, sure-footedness and all-conditions performance firmly established by the previous-generation models.
All 2017 Forester models come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a distinction from competitive models that come with front-wheel drive as standard and offer all-wheel drive as an extra-cost option.
The 2017 Forester exterior receives several updates including a refined front bumper cover for naturally aspirated models, along with a new hexagonal grille. The redesigned headlights have a sleeker look with Subaru’s signature C-shaped motif and a black inner bezel, while the rear combination lights also feature a prominent C shape with LED illumination.
A body-colour rear spoiler, already standard for Limited, Touring and 2.0 XT Premium models, is now also standard on the 2.5i Premium.
Inside, the revised 2017 Forester Touring offers an all-new Saddle Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery option with contrast stitching for the make. This exclusive choice also brings matching brown leather trim to the door panels, center console storage box lid and other interior details. An available Sepia Bronze Metallic exterior colour is exclusive to the 2017 Touring models. All 2017 Forester models feature an updated steering wheel design with audio, Bluetooth® and cruise control switches.
Two new aluminum alloy wheel designs have been added, each featuring a high-contrast black and machined finish. The new 17-in wheels are standard on 2.5i Premium and Limited models, while the new 18-in wheel design is standard on 2.0XT trims.
Enhanced Driver Assist and Safety
For the 2017, Forester received an updated version of EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology that incorporates new colour cameras that provide a wider, longer field of vision. The safety system, rated “Superior” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning.
Enhanced Convenience and Comfort
New features and added soundproofing provide a more comfortable ride in the 2017 Forester. Thicker door glass and restructured door seals reduce wind noise, while added underfloor insulation and an acoustic windshield contribute further sound absorption to create a quieter, more refined cabin. A heated steering wheel, a first for the Forester line, as well as Keyless Access with Push-Button Start are now standard on all Touring models
Performance, Handling and Capability
The Forester preserves the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling that have helped make this compact SUV the brand’s best-selling vehicle. The Forester’s four-wheel independent suspension system endows the vehicle with agile handling and compliant ride quality. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance for all models is greater than for many crossovers and SUVs, yet the Forester maintains a comfortably low step-in height.
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Off-Pavement Control Systems
The 2017 Forester line offers two versions of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, each of which continuously powers all four wheels and can transfer more torque to the wheels with the best grip. Both versions integrate Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) to further enhance all-weather stability and traction but do not rely on VDC to distribute torque.
- Subaru Media