2017 Subaru Forester Review

The Tokyo Motor Show is already prepared to introduce to us the 2017 Subaru Forester which is going to be a facelifted version of the car and is going to be a continuation of the current fourth-generation vehicle. The 4th-gen was actually introduced in 2014 so the model is not that old but in order to bridge the gap between a new generation model or a much more serious reshaping, the 2017 version was introduced with some tweaks here and there which are going to keep the car afloat and help it look fresh for a whole while longer.

2017 Subaru Forester side view

Unfortunately, the update is for now going to be available in Japan only while we expect it crossing the pond and coming to America next year. But some people are wondering does the car need a US introduction as the sales have skyrocketed already for the Forster in the Asian market already. The vehicle has been selling well here and although the US debut might also bring a lot of good to the brand some thoughts are that it does not need it. But it will make the fans in America happy as they receive another vehicle to glorify.

2017 Subaru Forester front angle, headlights and grille

The current updates are not as extensive as you would expect as the car mainly updates the current model in some small details. There is a possibility that the changes become greater once the car reaches the U.S. but for now it remains like this. There are going to be some subtle changes under the hood of the car and the model is going to enable better fuel efficiency now but all of the changes are reserved for a CVT for turbocharged models.

2017 Subaru Forester rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

This review will help you get to know the car in more details until its debut on the shores of America and you can find out thoroughly if the 2017 Subaru Forester has what you need.


The exterior of the 2017 Subaru Forester is mostly going to carryover the design from the last year but will still make some subtle changes to it. For instance, the front fascia has been made a bit wider compared to before as it includes some newer and fine details. It sports a new grille design and some updates placed on the headlights which now feature a U-shaped look. The same kind of a design is shared with the taillight part which also repeats the same kind of a design. This is also the first time Subaru gains a LED high/low beam setup which is responsive to steering. The update also adds the use of  17- and 18-inch size wheel options, that also have a new aerodynamic look to them.

2017 Subaru Forester side angle, alloy wheels

The car is going to make some changes with the addition of some new paint colors as well. The car gains a Dark Blue Pearl and Sepia Bronze Metallic, which are a refreshing new change and bring a sort of a premium look to the appearance of the car. Once the Forester stopped being a wagon-like vehicle and continued on as a full on crossover it became a family car and gained some handsome features. This model is going to be the same and will add a more premium feel to it. The new 2017 Subaru Forester can certainly be viewed as a luxury mainstream crossover vehicle now.


The changes made on the interior of the 2017 Subaru Forester are mild as well and are not going to change the shape of the car in a grand way. The vehicle is going to be upgraded as the style is being offered in a high grade manner now. First of all, the materials have been upgraded and there are some high class ones given. The central armrest, door grips and center console have been wrapped in leather. It is a  minor change but is what actually makes the car look cool and premium looking.

2017 Subaru Forester interior

The instrument panel has been updated as well and now includes a color screen placed in the center. But the screen is going to be used as a display mainly and you do not get to control any other features via it. But it does help immensely when it comes to checking the details about your driving and the situation of the car. The navigation system has been updated and now has a better voice recognition feature. The Harmon Kardon stereo system is offered as optional, but it is something that you will certainly want to include in your car anyway.


The facelift version of the 2017 Subaru Forester is not going to make any engine changes. In fact it is going to carryover the setup that we have had already before. The offer includes two engine variants, both four-cylinder boxers which is perhaps something rare these days but something that help in lowering the center of the gravity as the engines are placed closer to the ground. The entry level engine is a  2.5-liter one which produces 170 horsepower, while the other is a turbocharged 2.0-liter which makes 250 horsepower. The CVT is something that is available in a wide spread of vehicle like this so it is no wonder we are getting it here as well. Additionally the six-speed manual is going to be available as well but only comes for the base version.

2017 Subaru Forester engine

Release date and price

The model starts sales in Japan this summer and is immediately going to be available in all of its Asian markets. The release date for the American and generally North American market is going to be next year. The information states that it is going to be showcased at a major auto show first and they offered for sale later in the year. The estimated price based on the current price in Japan is around 22,500 dollars.





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