Never one to rest on their laurels, the design and engineering team at Subaru maintains a five-year cycle for significant changes to the Forester. The latest generation just introduced in 2019 means there are minimal changes to the 2020 models. However, there are several new features that create plenty of opportunities to engage drivers.

  New for the 2020 Forester

The 2020 Subaru offers enhancements to the 2019 EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. Already a standard feature, the award-winning equipment now features additional cruise control functions, such as lane centering and Lane Departure Prevention.

The rear seat reminder helps ensure that children and pets aren't forgotten when you exit the vehicle. If the rear doors were opened before driving, the sensor will alert the driver to check the back seat prior to departing the vehicle.

One of the aspects of routine maintenance that can be easily overlooked is checking the tire pressure. The 2020 Subaru now features a tire-pressure monitor that displays on the dash and alerts the driver of low tire pressure. Also, each model is equipped with a long-lasting license plate illumination feature thanks to the new LED lamp.

An upgrade to a premium 2020 Subaru Forrester trim provides such standard features as a windshield wiper de-icer, as well as heated front seats and exterior mirrors. The touring models also include an LED cargo area dome light package.

Forester Safety Rating

Studies on the Driver Assist Technology with automatic pre-collision braking found a reduction of "rear-end crashes and injuries by up to 85%." The same feature also helps manage the stress of driving by assisting with steering, braking, and throttle control. Momentarily losing focus and drifting out of the lane is fairly common, but with the inclusion of lane departure, you're immediately alerted.

In fact, the adaptive cruise control and lane departure assistance are just two of the reasons the 2019 and 2020 Forester earn top honors with both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Other notable safety features include the following:

  • High beam assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Trailer stability assist
  • Automatic power door lock/unlock system that includes a locking fuel door

Forester's Touring package delivers Subaru's proprietary DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System as a standard feature. In an effort to reduce distracted driving-related accidents, the system not only includes EyeSight Driver Assist, but it also includes the DriverFocus system. Should the vehicle's driver become drowsy or distracted, it steps in as the alert co-pilot. The driver receives an immediate notification to correct. As an added convenience, the DriverFocus package also identifies up to five drivers and their preferences, such as climate, seating position and mirror adjustments are automatically configured.


The 2020 Subaru Forester is all about roominess, comfort and versatility. The cabin's spaciousness offers greater headroom as well as hip and shoulder space. Wider rear door openings provide greater ease with child seat installation. Other welcome changes include the following:

  • Textured interior material in the cargo area to resist dirt
  • Front and rear seat pocket dividers for easier organization
  • Subaru's proprietary Global Platform's noise resistance
  • Electronic parking brake provides console space savings and added room
  • Automatic climate control
  • Three-stage heated front seats
  • Push-button start
  • Squared-off and flatter cargo area to optimize carrying capacity

Subaru Forester Fuel Economy

The 2020 Forester delivers on efficiency for drivers seeking to get the most out of their compact-crossover SUV. Car and Driver's "200-mile highway fuel-economy test" returned an EPA fuel-economy rating of 32 mpg.

All Subaru Forester models feature a new powertrain version of the 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that offers the following:

  • Direct fuel injection
  • Higher compression
  • Active valve control system

Additionally, Subaru's Boxer engine provides 182 hp with 176 lb-ft of torque. That's a considerable upgrade from the previous models' 170 hp and 174 lb-ft.

Depending on the road conditions, the driver also has the flexibility to opt for SI-Drive. The new powertrain performance management system provides the option of intelligent or sport mode throttle characteristics.

Subaru's characteristic all-wheel-drive system is achieved by routing the engine's power through the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Performance and Standard Features

After running it on their test track, Car and Driver found the 2019 Forester Touring model reached 60 mph at a respectable 8.5 seconds. Add competent handling, accurate steering, a refined ride, and ample emergency braking capacity and the Subaru checks off all the performance boxes.

Off-Road Performance

All Subaru models feature the standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, and the Foresters now also provide the standard active torque vectoring system. The 8.7-inch ground clearance of the Forester affords generous off-pavement driving capability.

Standard wheels according to model:

  • Forester base model comes standard with 17.5-inch steel wheels
  • Premium is equipped with the standard 17-inch alloy wheel package
  • Sport, Limited and Touring models feature 18-inch wheels

Difficult driving condition handling, including mud and snow, break out the following features according to trim packages:

Sport, Limited, and Touring models offer the following standard features:

  • Dual-mode version of X-Mode with snow/dirt as well as deep snow/mud modes

Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring present a standard package that includes the following

  • Driver-selectable X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. Engaged for optimal control of the engine and transmission.
  • Active AWD front and rear clutch force and braking
  • Vehicle dynamics control system optimizing wheel control on slippery or steep road conditions

2020 Forester Packages and Pricing

Subaru provides a range of trim packages to accommodate a variety of lifestyles and pocketbooks. The following price list for the 2020 Subaru Forester is presented as an estimate.

Base Forester: $26,000

  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
  • Rear-seat Reminder System

Premium: $28,000

  • Subaru Starlink Safety and Security
  • Power-tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
  • All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats

Sport: $30,000

  • 18-inch black-finish alloy wheels
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • SI-DRIVE engine management system

Limited: $32,000

  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Blind-Spot Detection / Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

Touring: $36,000

  • SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia Navigation
  • DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System
  • All-Weather Package with heated front and rear seats

If you're in the Highland Park, IL, area, stop into Muller Subaru and take a 2020 Forester for a test drive. You'll quickly appreciate the quality features Subaru's crossover SUV has to offer. Options are available for each trim package, so customization to suit your needs and preferences is just a question away.

Subaru delivers each model based on the highest caliber of comfort, performance, and safety. The 2020 Forester exemplifies Subaru's continued commitment to excellence and quality.

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