2017 Subaru Forester Gets Improved MPG, Torque Vectoring
Detail Changes Improve Brand’s Best-Seller
A lot of companies have cashed in on the crossover craze, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of the trend has been Subaru. The relatively small manufacturer saw the trend coming early and took advantage of it with the Legacy-based Outback in the late ’90s. But its real windfall came with the introduction of the Forester compact crossover in 1997. The model has gone on to become Subaru’s best-seller in the states by far, with only the Outback coming close. To keep the momentum going, Subaru has made some changes to the 2017 Forester to keep it competitive in the white-hot compact crossover segment.
Highlighting the updates is an enhanced version of the EyeSight system, now incorporating color cameras that offer a wider, longer field of vision. The system also now features a lane-keep-assist function to help guide the vehicle back to the center of its lane. Blind spot detection and rear-cross-traffic alert are now included on Limited and Touring trims. A new high-beam-assist option automatically switches between high and low beams based on driving conditions. Also available on the 2017 model are steering-responsive headlights, which aim in the direction of vehicle travel for improved illumination around curves. All 2017 Forester models receive enhanced soundproofing, thicker door glass, and improved door seals for a quieter ride.
For buyers who step up to the 250hp turbocharged XT model, the hi-po Forester gets an Active Torque Vectoring system, similar to that used on the WRX and WRX STI models. Finally, the 2.5i models get an improvement in city fuel economy, from 24 mpg to 26 mpg. EPA-rated highway fuel economy remains at 32 mpg. Forester XT models remain at 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The updated Forester will be at Subaru dealerships starting July 2016.