Subaru has given its popular and best-selling crossover a thorough interior and exterior makeover for the Model year 2022. That’s the reason why the 2023 Subaru Forester doesn’t get any significant changes except for higher base prices. The Forester joins a bandwagon of new vehicles with higher acquisition costs, not thanks to a lingering pandemic, a European war and a chip shortages.
The entry-level 2023 Forester now starts at $27,620 (including the $1,225 destination charge), about $1,300 more than the 2022 Forester. It’s worth noting that Subaru has implemented a mid-year price hike for 2022, adding $500 to Forester’s base price. The outdoor-ready Forester Wilderness returns for 2023 and continues to offer 9.2 inches of ground clearance, heavy-duty suspension and 17-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain rubber.
2023 Subaru Forester: Engine and Transmission
The 2023 Subaru Forester continues to be driven by a 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft. of torque. The numbers may look good on paper, but we sorely miss Foresters’ fire-breathing turbocharged boxer-fours of yore, especially the rally-ready STi versions of the early 2000s. Typical of a Subaru (except the BRZ), all Foresters have symmetrical all-wheel drive, while a Lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the only gearbox option.
Despite the lack of punch, the 2023 Forester offers good fuel economy. EPA-estimated numbers are 26 city, 33 highway, and 29 combined (though the more rugged Wilderness version not do as well in the fuel economy department). The Forester can tow up to 1,500 lbs, but the Wilderness version is rated at 3,000 lbs. when properly equipped.
Standard Security Features
The 2023 Subaru Forester comes standard with the automaker’s EyeSight driver-assist technology. The package includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation.
Trim levels and prices
The 2023 Subaru Forester is available in six versions: Base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited and Touring. Below is a general overview of the standard equipment and prices for each trim level. Our free and easy research tools* show which Subaru dealers have the most competitive prices on a new Forester.
As mentioned earlier, the entry-level Forester starts at $27,620. It has almighty gear, dual USB ports, 17-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, and a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity. Auto. Bluetooth, automatic climate control and LED headlights are also standard. There’s a $625 option package that adds ladder-style roof rails and 17-inch silver-finished alloy wheels.
The premium starts at $30,620. It features a 10-way power driver’s seat (with lumbar support), roof rails, panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, keyless entry system, a leather-wrapped bar, two rear USB ports and a start button. The all-weather package is standard and adds heated front seats, heated side mirrors and wiper de-icer among the list of upgrades.
Subaru offers the Forester Premium with an optional package ($1,165) that includes more advanced driver aids like automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane change assist and traffic alert rear transverse. Plus, Forester Premium has X Mode with Hill Descent Control to deliver more driving intelligence when the going gets tough. A power tailgate with automatic closing and height memory is also included.
The 2023 Subaru Forester Sport starts at $32,190. It features dual-function X mode (for enhanced off-road capabilities), gloss black exterior trim, 18-inch black wheels, rear roof spoiler and orange accents on the inside. inside and outside. It also has more driver assistance features such as blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency steering, rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist.
An optional package ($1,645) adds an eight-inch touchscreen with Subaru Starlink, a premium Harman Kardon audio system, power tailgate and automatic reverse braking.
With a starting MSRP of $35,245, the Wilderness builds on the Premium trim and is well-equipped for exploring the wilderness. Along with thick rubber and increased ground clearance, the Wilderness gets a custom hex grille, ladder-style roof rails, unique LED fog lights, front skid plate, wheel arch liners and decal matte black anti-glare hood. Plus, it features all-weather floor mats, a cargo bed, and StarTex padding.
Subaru offers an $1,850 option package for the Wilderness that includes a power tailgate, a Harman Kardon audio system and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The Limited starts at $34,300 and has all the benefits of the Premium trim, but comes with plenty of upgrades like 18-inch black alloy wheels, body-color mirrors with integrated turn signals, eight-inch infotainment touchscreen , dual-zone climate control and perforated leather upholstery.
The Limited has a $1,695 option package that includes a heated steering wheel, Tomtom navigation, reverse automatic braking and a Harman Kardon sound system.
The top-of-the-line Forester starts at $37,720. It has custom 18-inch dark gray alloy wheels, satin chrome mirror caps, LED fog lamps, silver roof rails, silver rear and side skirts and chrome badging. Additional convenience and luxury features include a 10-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory, an eight-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats, LED interior lighting and premium leather upholstery. black or brown cow saddle.
Subaru Factory Warranty
The 2023 Subaru Forester is backed by a three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. An extended warranty could prove beneficial if you drive more miles than average. Our comprehensive guide will help you discern if a Subaru Extended Warranty Worth to be considered.
Alvin Reyes is a columnist on Automoblog and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his youth and is still very fond of his old Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.
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