New 2018 Subaru Forester Release Date and Review

 

Are you looking for a crossover that has a full range of talents? Look no more! The 2018 Subaru Forester can virtually handle whatever life throws at it. It delivers in terms of the impressive ground clearance, spacious interior accommodations, and a standard all-wheel drive system. Also, it is thrifty at the pump regardless of whether you decide to stick with the base engine or take things a notch higher with the turbocharged one. The pricing estimates have been released by Subaru, so have other crucial info such as the 2018 Forester release date. Read on to keep abreast!

Once again, Subaru saw an opportunity and delivered hands down. The facelifts the new model gets will inevitable aid it maintain its high acclaim as one of the most capable and versatile SUV in its class. Virtually everything has been upgraded, ranging from slight exterior redesigns to full blown upgrades to its interior refinement, and convenience, comfort, and safety technologies.

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To be quite specific, here’s what has made it to the roster of new features: quicker steering response, additional noise insulation, upgraded EyeSight safety system (a blind spot monitor and lane-departure intervention are now added), reverse automatic braking, adaptive LED headlights, new taillights and headlights, freshened grille, brown leather contrasting, a heated steering wheel, and a rear spoiler. There you have it folks! That’s what makes the 2018 Forester unique in a nutshell.

Moving on, the aforementioned features are just facelifts and come nothing close to a full redesign. It is also imperative to note that the existing model poised for replacement by the new one also underwent redesign changes. Most often, Subaru only reserves major redesigns when updates to crucial elements such as performance, and revolutionary design changes are inevitable. To this end, it seems the success of the Forester has kept such a drastic makeover from happening, and by the look of things, seems like the design will stay out for quite some time.

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Despite the myriad of changes previously mentioned, the 2018 Subaru Forester still remains the same Forester that has been with us since 2014. One feature that is almost often associated to be unique with the Forester is perhaps the all-time AWD system. It is a Subaru hallmark feature that is provided as a default system on all models. We also particularly love the excellent exterior visibility, airy cabin, and spacious cargo and passenger space it affords.

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There’s a reason why the 2018 Subaru Forester isn’t the decisive factor in its class – priorities! Shoppers looking for a capable crossover SUV should particularly put their priorities in order. Which features should I prioritize and which ones should I forego – should be the question one should ask their selves. Alternatives to consider include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and the Kia Sportage.

2018 Subaru Forester Release Date USA & Price Estimates

Planning to buy one? Here’s what you should know – the Forester 2.0XT Touring will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $34,295, the Forester 2.0XT Premium – $29,295, the Forester 2.5i Limited PZEZ – $29,195, the Forester 2.5i Touring PZEZ – $31,295, the Forester PZEZ – $23,595, the Forester 2.5i Premium PZEZ – $25,495, and the Forester 2.5i Premium PZEZ – $25,995. Its release date has been set for the first half of 2018.

2018 Subaru Forester Exterior Review

The exterior has had a refresh over the existing model. Some of the features to look out for include the 17-inch steel wheels for the Forester 2.5i models, 17-inch alloy wheels for the Forester 2.5i model, roof rails, body-color side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, and a rear roof spoiler.

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The color palette, as you will later see, hasn’t received any updates over the previous model.

2018 Subaru Forester Interior Pictures

The new model continues with the simple-is-better design philosophy that Subaru offers. This shouldn’t however insinuate that the Forester lacks a premium feel and look. On the contrary, even the base model comes equipped with upscale features such as a larger 7-inch screen, smartphone app connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, a CD player, cruise control, a four-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, and a rearview camera.

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Available Trims

Six trims should be expected for the 2018 Subaru Forester: 2.0XT Touring, 2.0XT Premium, 2.5i Touring, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Premium, and the 2.5i.

Engine Specs

Two engines should be expected for the new Subaru Forester 2018: a 170 horsepower, 2.5L four cylinder; and a 250 horsepower, turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine.

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Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 7.9 in. (103.9 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 0.9 in. (180.9 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.7 in. (70.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 108 cu. ft.
Cargo volume: 34.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3296 lbs
Top Speed: 133 mph
0-60: 6,3 sec
MPG: 22/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Burnished Bronze Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Jasmine Green Metallic, Dark Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs

Safety

Safety technologies have improved in leaps and bounds especially those bundled by the Eyesight safety package. These availability of specific features are however dependent on the level of trim model. Crash impact assessment by the USA feds is still ongoing, and a final report should be expected some few weeks prior to USA release date.

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