2017 Subaru Forester Features, Specs, Price: To Buy Or Not To Buy?

2017 Subaru Forester Features, Specs, Price: To Buy Or Not To Buy?
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The new 2017 Subaru Forester features revised styling, new driver assist technology, a comfortable interior, better fuel economy and enhanced performance in terms of driving. With the new features offered the driver gets a better peace of mind , more engagement and comfortable driving experience.


The new Forester now features an upgrade which you will not find in a Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4 which is the addition of a brake-based torque vectoring.

This active Torque Vectoring system which is also a feature of WRX and WRX STI is now available on the top trim version of turbocharged, 250-hp Forester 2.0XT. It makes sense for XT to gain this technology since it already shared its 2.0 turbocharged 4 cylinder engine with the WRX.This version of Subaru does not have the true torque vectoring technology but a brake based feature which snubs the inside front wheel during cornering which reduces understeer.

According to Car and Driver, only the priciest Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim comes with the torque vectoring bundled with Subaru’s EyeSight which is its active safety suite. Previously, Forester was saddled with an older version of this technology and now it is thoroughly updated in the 2017 model which includes lane-keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection.

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The previously available adaptive cruise control technology , lane departure warning and forward collision warning are retained. EyeSight comes as an option on all the models of Forester except the base model 2.5i trim

The visual changes in the new 2017 Subaru Forester are pretty hard to call out and  include new LED accent lights for headlights and taillamps, revised designs of wheels and a reshaped hexagonal grille. The base engine is the 2.5 ltr flat four engine and the revisions to this engine resulted in improved EPA fuel economy rating of 26/32 mpg city/highway. The base and premium models will offer a six-speed manual transmission unlike its competitors.

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