The 2018 Subaru Forester is a spacious SUV that is comfortable and capable with its all-wheel-drive system. Subaru continues to maintain its well-designed safety features and also its appreciable fuel economy. With its flat-4 engine, it was recognized as the ‘Best Car to Buy’ in the year 2014, the same year it was launched. Undoubtedly, it is the best selling car from Subaru, with four different trim levels of Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring.
The Forester is one of the best all-round cars in its segment, and one can experience notable fuel efficiency and an enhanced performance across different terrains and various driving cycles. The car has managed to earn good ratings in most of the tests conducted so far, and Subaru is supposed to come with a revised model next year, with more sophisticated features. However, 2018 Forester too includes outstanding features that are worth mentioning.
The Subaru Forester adopts a handsome design, although there is no attempt to make it sleeker and more stylized. The car’s projector headlights as well as LED taillights have been updated to modernize the looks. The hood features character lines, both in the center and on the sides. However, the chiseled front-end is now scaled down to some extent in order to make way for a comprehensive detailing.
Performance - The Forester with its car-like handling and the standard AWD lift is often rated for its top performance. One can have two choices of engines, 2.5-liter flat-4 engine with 170-horsepower or 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 250 HP. Most low-end models of the Subaru Forester come equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, although higher trim levels give you an option of choosing the 2.0XT turbo. Such models offer the convenience of 8-speed automatic quick gear change using the drive modes.
Fuel Economy –
The 2018 Forester is the most fuel efficient version by far, with the base 2.5-liter flat-4 engine that accompanies a continuously variable transmission. The Subaru Forester mpg
is 26 in cities, 32 on the highways and 28 combined. However, the same engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox can exhibit a far lower mpg.
Comfort & Quality -
The 2018 Forester provides an ample elbow room and comes with a significantly high driving position. The dashboard is at a pretty distance and which makes the interior more spacious. A low window line makes the interior airy, while offering an outstanding outside visibility.
Subaru's well-known reputation of offering great safety features can also be witnessed in the 2018 Subaru Forester
. The car includes front airbags, side airbags as well as an airbag for protecting the driver’s knees. The IIHS gives this car a top safety rating on the basis of all crash tests. The car also has earned a five-star rating from the NHTSA. With its rearview camera and rear cross-traffic alert features, the 2018 Subaru Forester is much safer to drive it on the road.
If you are not in the mood of waiting for the Subaru’s revised version to be launched sometime in 2019, the 2018 Forester is worth a buying car with its great fuel economy, safety features and spacious interiors at a starting price of $22,000+.