2020 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Subaru Forester
2020 Subaru Forester 2019 Subaru Forester


2.5L 4-cyl 2.5L 4-cyl


182 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Subaru Forester

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To mark its 5th generation of production, the 2019 Subaru Forester underwent a major comprehensive design overhaul, receiving all-new contemporary exterior styling, along with a spacious new sporty cabin, packed with tech and premium features. Also included as part of its fifth-generation refresh, the 2019 Forester is outfitted with an updated 2.5-liter AWD Boxer engine as well as Subaru’s Eyesight advanced suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist safety technologies.

Entering year two, following the launch of its 5th generation model line, the 2020 Subaru Forester remains relatively unchanged, aside from a slightly higher sticker price, which adds more hi-tech advanced safety features to Subaru’s award-winning Eyesight cutting edge package of safety amenities. Also new for 2020, some available premium options on the 2019 Forester now come standard equipped.


When looking under the hood, both the 2019 and 2020 Foresters are powered by the same standard-equipped, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine, featuring Subaru’s acclaimed symmetrical all-wheel drive and CVT automatic transmission. The Boxer-equipped Forester delivers 182-horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque at a highly efficient, up to 33 mpg highway fuel economy. All 2019 and 2020 Foresters also include an impressive 8.7-inch ground clearance, which blends seamlessly with its vaunted all-wheel-drive capability, resulting in rugged, efficient all-terrain performance that has been synonymous with the iconic Subaru SUV for more than two decades


Following its 5th generation model refresh, the 2019 and 2020 Forester both come outfitted with the same revamped, 182.1-inch x 71.5-inch, exterior body, featuring sleek contemporary styling with a hint of outdoor ruggedness. Aside from the aforementioned 8.7-inches of ground clearance, both Forester model years come standard with LED headlights, 17-inch steel wheels, and all-season tires. Both Forester model years also include a myriad of available premium options including raised roof rails, an assortment of 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel choices, LED fog lights, heated mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer and the dedicated Sport trim level, that adds stylish racing inspired orange trim to the versatile Japanese SUV, giving the Forester that extra pop.


The 2019 Forester garnered the NHTSA’s 5-star overall safety rating, as well as IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus honors on the strength of its state-of-the-art, standard equipped Eyesight suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist safety technologies. The Eyesight group includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking; lane keep assist, tire pressure monitoring, and a rearview camera. Available blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and rear automatic emergency braking come as available options. Upgrading to the new 2020 Forester adds all-new, lane center capability and enhanced lane departure warning to Subaru’s advanced Eyesight safety group. The 2020 Forester also introduces the rear seat reminder warning system, issuing an alert when children or pets are accidentally left in the car.

Stepping inside its spacious cabin, featuring an impressive 119.8-cubic feet of overall passenger room, both Forester models come loaded with the same exceptional standard-equipped amenities such as a brilliant 4.2-inch color digital gauge cluster, 6.5-inch touchscreen Subaru Starlink infotainment with Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration, automatic climate control, the Eyesight advanced safety suite and more. Both Foresters also offer the same available upgradeable options such as leather upholstery, a panoramic moonroof, 8-inch color Starlink touchscreen infotainment with Apple Car Play & Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, Harman Kardon premium audio, a power liftgate, 4G wifi hotspot capability, and 10-way adjustable power & heated seats, among others.

So what are you waiting for? Come check out the iconic Subaru Forester in action for yourself. Our staff of friendly Subaru professionals are standing by to get you into the Forester that’s right for you. Contact us today or stop by for a test drive. Your next adventure is waiting just around the corner.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.