Whats New 2020 vs 2019 Subaru Forester

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Vehicle Overview

The fifth generation introduced for the 2019 Subaru Forester rolls on with the arrival of the 2020 Subaru Forester at Flatirons Subaru in Boulder Colorado. The Forester was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year and boasted a more powerful engine, offered increased passenger and cargo space and made the EyeSight driver assistance suite standard equipment. With the 2020 model, Subaru aims to improve on that design by improving EyeSight with a lane centering feature, adding an All-Weather group as standard on the Premium and more. Let us have a closer look at all of these changes through a 2020 vs 2019 model comparison, and then, we encourage you to visit us for a test-drive.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Forester's Overview

Exterior - 2020 Subaru Forester

The Premium Forester now gets heated side mirrors and a windshield deicer thanks to the standard All-Weather group. Subaru has added a new tire pressure monitoring system that can tell you which tires are low. The manufacturer has also added LEDs in the cargo area, and while that is technically an interior feature, its greatest benefit is when accessing the cargo space at night from outside the vehicle. Otherwise, the 2020 and 2019 exteriors are quite similar. All the body color options return. The wheelbase is 105.1 inches. Ground clearance is 8.7 inches. The base Forester has 17-inch steel wheels that can be upgraded to alloy.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Forester's Exterior

Interior - 2020 Subaru Forester in Boulder CO

Improving passenger volume and cargo volume were focal points of the redesign. The base Forester provides 111.9 cubic feet of passenger space, and that includes 41.2 inches of front headroom, 39.4 inches of rear legroom and 57.2 inches of rear shoulder room. The base cargo volume is 35.4 cubic feet, but you can lower the rear seat to claim up to 76.1 cubic feet. The All-Weather group was added as standard equipment to the second-tier Premium, and among other items, it includes heated front seats. All Forester models have a 60/40-split rear seatback, but in the Touring edition, that seat offers one-touch folding.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Forester's Interior

Mechanical - Subaru Forester specs in Boulder

Not much has changed between the 2020 and 2019 Subaru Forester when it comes to the mechanical aspects. Every Forester is a compact crossover SUV with symmetrical all-wheel drive. The engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. This powertrain makes 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 pound-of-torque at 4,400 rpm. A tow package is available, and a properly equipped Forester can tow as much as 1,500 pounds. The Subaru Intelligent Drive system provides driver-selectable modes. The engine also features an automatic start-stop system that improves fuel performance in certain driving scenarios. X-MODE is an aspect of the Lineartronic CVT that lets the vehicle maintain traction on low-friction surfaces.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Forester's Mechanical
Safety - 2020 Subaru Forester dealer

As mentioned in the opener, the big change for the 2019 Subaru Forester was that EyeSight became standard equipment. This suite includes adaptive cruise control, collision detection with pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning and lane keeping assist. You also get STARLINK, which includes Pandora, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and numerous apps for navigation, news and more. The new addition for the 2020 model is a lane centering mechanism that is part of the lane departure avoidance system. What this feature does is make minor steering adjustments in real-time that keep the vehicle centered in its lane. The base Subaru Forester also features a rearview camera and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen. The Sport has an upgrade package available that includes an 8-inch touchscreen, integrated navigation, a blind-spot monitor and reverse automatic braking. This package is included standard with the Limited and Touring, and the Touring adds the DriverFocus feature.

The 2020 Subaru Forester is a thrilling new crossover, and there is no better way to experience it than to do it in person at Flatirons Subaru in in Boulder Colorado. You can visit us for test-drive at your convenience, or schedule an appointment via our website or by phone. Online shoppers can check out our inventory, and our team is available via live chat. Through chat, we can answer questions, provide quotes, assist with leasing, help you get preapproved for a loan and much more!