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2020 Subaru Forester Overview

The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover that competes with the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan. For 2020, Subaru adds new standard safety features.

All Foresters come with a 2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder engine under the hood, which makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and standard symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD). Subaru also packages its drive mode selector with Intelligent and Sport modes. An off-road-oriented X-Mode, with single and dual programs, is available. A 1,500-pound towing capacity and trailer-stability assist are yet more standard features. The Forester’s fuel economy sits at 26 mpg city, 33 highway, and 29 combined on regular fuel.

Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trims make up the Forester’s range, just like last year. The Base trim gets 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires, welcome lighting, a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, dual USB ports, and individual tire-pressure monitoring. Other trims get you things like a sunroof, a larger infotainment system with navigation, leather upholstery, a windshield wiper de-icer, a 10-way power driver’s seat, responsive LED headlights, LED fog lights, and Harman Kardon premium sound.

The Forester includes the full Subaru EyeSight driver-assistance suite. That includes a reversing camera, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision throttle management. For 2020, EyeSight includes a rear-seat reminder, lane centering, and lane-departure prevention. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection, automatic high beams, and lane-change assist come on higher trims. Like most Subaru models, the Forester achieved a Top Safety Pick+ designation the last time it was tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


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Proper Way To Check Engine Oil Level In 2020 Subaru Forester

I have a 2020 Subaru Forester SUV. I had it serviced in March 2020 at my Subaru dealership (oil change). I recently checked the oil level and noticed that the oil level on the dipstick was about 7/...

2020 Subaru Forester Hatch Won't Open Some Times

Sometimes my hatch closes and won't open. Is there a way to fix this?

When My Subaru Forester Idles Why Does My AC Warm Up

My AC seems to warm up while I wait at at traffic light, is this common or a problem?

2020 Subaru Forester Locked And Will Not Open With Key Fob

So I have a brand new 2020 Subaru Forester. Twice in the past two months this has happened: *Backed into driveway to unload groceries, got out to unload (left car running) and realized I was too ...

My Cd's Won't Play. Anyone Else Have That Issue?

I just tried to play a cd in my 2020 Forester, and it would not play, said there was no media. I tried 3 different cd's. Anyone else have this issue.?