Subaru Forester 2022
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE26 MPG City / 33 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2498 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
Combining Subaru's outdoorsy image with the practicality of a compact crossover has made the Forester SUV a success, but its middling flat-four engine delivers tepid acceleration that tempers its desirability. The 2022 Forester benefits from a styling makeover that gives it a more trucklike appearance, but the cabin remains as comfortable and practical as ever—exceptionally airy and rife with convenient storage cubbies. Like most other Subarus, the Forester is fitted with all-wheel drive as standard. Key rivals such as the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 offer similar traits, but both are offered with more powerful gasoline and hybrid powertrains that leave the Forester feeling underpowered by comparison. Still, for buyers who find Subaru's adventurous aura appealing, the Forester will be a satisfactory choice.
What's New for 2022?
Subaru has refreshed the Forester SUV for 2022 with blockier-looking front headlamps, a reworked grille, and new wheel designs. A Wilderness trim joins the lineup and, like the Outback Wilderness, it adds additional ground clearance and a rugged appearance package. Inside, the Forester benefits from new optional gesture controls for the climate control system and a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment on all but the base trim. The EyeSight suite of driver-assistance features gets upgraded camera sensors, which Subaru says broadens the system's field of view, expands its operating range, and introduces a new Automatic Emergency Steering system to the mix. All models now come with a torque-vectoring system, Subaru's SI-Drive driving mode selector, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold, and an auto start-stop feature for the four-cylinder engine.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Base - $26,570
- Premium - $29,320
- Sport - $30,890
- Limited - $33,000
- Wilderness - $33,945
Touring - $36,420
While the Limited and Touring trims are much fancier, we think the Premium model offers the best mix of value and features. The exterior upgrades—17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and body-color sideview mirrors—make it look less like a rental car and the interior includes luxuries such as a panoramic sunroof, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, reclining rear seatbacks, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
All models come standard with Subaru's EyeSight suite of camera-based driver-assistance features. For more information about the Forester's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
The Forester's warranty is basic, and buyers will be paying out of pocket for maintenance visits. Rivals such as the Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson—both of which offer a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty—and the RAV4—which offers two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance—provide more value here than the Subaru.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance