posted in Autofan New Vehicles section February 22, 2017
2017 Subaru Forester - Updated for Improved Safety and Comfort
||Up to 26 city / 32 highway
||182' L x 71' W x 66-68' H
|2.5i Premium Manual
|2.5i Premium CVT
||31.5 to 34.4 ft³, 68.5 to 74.7 ft³ seats down
2017 Subaru Forester’s design continues to be in-line with previous versions. The Forester is extremely popular in parts of the country which gets lots of rain and snow. Sales of the Forester are especially high in the Northwest and Northeast Regions. Due to the dependability, reliability and all-weather practicality of the Subaru vehicles, Forester, same as its sibling, Outback, is the ultimate choice for families looking for everyday vehicle.
In 2017 Subaru Forester received revised styling, new driver assist technology, improved comfort, and better fuel economy. All 2017 Forester models come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, makes a big difference when you see the competition offer their SUVs with FWD standard and charging extra for the AWD models.
The 2017 Forester exterior receives several updates including a refined front bumper cover for naturally aspirated models, along with a new hexagonal grille. The redesigned headlights have a sleeker look with Subaru’s signature C-shaped motif and a black inner bezel, while the rear combination lights also feature a prominent C shape with LED illumination. A body-color rear spoiler, already standard for Limited, Touring and 2.0 XT Premium models, is now also standard on the 2.5i Premium.
New features and added soundproofing provide a more comfortable ride in the 2017 Forester. Thicker door glass and restructured door seals reduce wind noise, while added underfloor insulation and an acoustic windshield contribute further sound absorption to create a quieter, more refined cabin. A heated steering wheel, a first for the Forester line, as well as Keyless Access with Push-Button Start are now standard on all Touring models. A power rear gate with automatic close and height memory, already standard on Limited and Touring, is now standard on the 2.5i Premium for 2017.
Interior of the 2017 Forester Touring offers an all-new Saddle Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery option with contrast stitching. This exclusive choice also brings matching brown leather trim to the door panels, center console storage box lid and other interior details. An available Sepia Bronze Metallic exterior color is exclusive to the 2017 Touring models. All 2017 Forester models feature an updated steering wheel design with audio, Bluetooth® and cruise control switches.
Two new aluminum alloy wheel designs have been added, each featuring a high-contrast black and machined finish. The new 17-in wheels are standard on 2.5i Premium and Limited models, while the new 18-in wheel design is standard on 2.0XT trims.
Safety and Driving Technology Updates
The Forester is built around the company’s proven ring-shaped reinforcement frame design. Safety features that debuted on the new-generation model include anti-whiplash front seats, a driver’s knee airbag, Brake Override and an impact-sensing fuel system cutoff. The Brake Override System cuts engine power if the driver applies both the brake and accelerator beyond a certain threshold.
All Forester models feature as standard equipment front seat side impact airbags and side curtain airbags that offer additional head protection for front and rear occupants. Intelligent dual-stage deployment front airbags use sensors to determine airbag deployment strength for optimal occupant protection. A rollover sensor activates the seat belt pre-tensioners and deploys the curtain airbags if it detects potential vehicle rollover.
This year the Forester received an updated version of EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology that incorporates new color cameras that provide a wider, longer field of vision. The safety system, rated “Superior” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Forester Limited and Touring models now include standard Blind Spot Detection / Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns of potential danger from a vehicle entering the driver’s blind spot or approaching from either side when backing up. Premium trims equipped with optional EyeSight now receive Blind Spot Detection / Rear Cross Traffic Alert. 2017 Forester Limited and Touring models equipped with EyeSight also include Reverse Automatic Braking. This new preventative safety technology is designed to assist the driver by detecting large objects and to help avoid a possible collision when the vehicle is reversing at low speed. The system uses four ultrasonic sonar sensors in the rear bumper cover and can automatically stop the vehicle if the driver does not respond to audible and visual warnings.
Subaru’s driver-selectable X-Mode is standard on all Premium, Limited and Touring models with CVT and incorporates Hill Descent Control. When engaged, X-Mode optimizes control of the engine, transmission shift pattern, Active AWD front/rear clutch force, brakes and VDC to optimize wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines.
Performance, Handling and Fuel Economy
The Forester continues to keep the tradition of riding like a car with its four-wheel independent suspension system enables the vehicle with agile handling and compliant ride quality. and the 8.7 inches ride height. It’s one of the only SUVs in the market passengers can easily climb in without needing any running boards.
Engine stays the same with a small increase on MPG department for fuel economy. The 2017 Forester 2.5i is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trims and is powered by a 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, with the Lineartronic® CVT optional for those models and standard for 2.5i Limited and Touring. New improved fuel economy for 2.5i CVT models, which now achieve EPA fuel economy ratings of 26 MPG city / 32 MPG highway / 28 mpg combined versus 24 city / 32 highway / 27 combined for the 2016 model. The turbocharged 2.0XT model is rated at 23/27/25 mpg, though should note that premium fuel is required in 2.0XT models.
A quicker steering ratio gives the 2017 Forester better handling and response to driver inputs. New for 2017, Active Torque Vectoring, first introduced on the Subaru WRX® and WRX STI® performance models, is now standard on the Forester 2.0XT Touring with EyeSight. The system helps reduce understeer and keeps the vehicle on the driver’s intended cornering path.
2.0XT: A Complete Performance Package
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine in the 2.0XT, available in the Forester Premium and Touring trims, uses a combination of direct fuel injection, high compression, Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) and turbocharging with an intercooler to achieve outstanding performance and efficiency. The engine produces 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, accompanied by a broad torque curve that peaks at 258 lb-ft over a 2,000-4,800 rpm engine speed range.
The Forester 2.0XT models feature Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s driving characteristics by choosing from among three selectable modes – Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp – using a switch on the steering wheel. With Intelligent mode selected, SI-DRIVE provides a more relaxed throttle response curve, making it useful for commuting in traffic, for example. Sport mode provides quick throttle responses and powerful, linear acceleration and also accesses a 6-speed manual mode for the CVT, via steering wheel paddle shift control switches. In Sport Sharp mode, SI-DRIVE modifies the engine’s electronic throttle mapping to deliver even quicker throttle response and provides an 8-speed manual mode.
The 2.0XT models deliver even sharper handling responses from a sport-tuned suspension, with front springs that are 10-percent stiffer and rear springs 20-percent stiffer than those on the 2.5i models, along with exclusive chassis reinforcements. In addition, the 2.0XT models use larger brakes than the 2.5i models, with ventilated rotors front and rear.
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Off-Pavement Control Systems
The 2017 Forester line offers two versions of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, each of which continuously powers all four wheels and can transfer more torque to the wheels with the best grip. Both versions integrate Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) to further enhance all-weather stability and traction but do not rely on VDC to distribute torque.
Forester 2.5i models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission utilize a viscous-coupling locking center differential that distributes torque 50:50 and transfers more torque to the wheels with the best traction should slippage occur. In Forester models with the Lineartronic CVT, an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch – proprietary Subaru technology – actively manages torque distribution based on acceleration, deceleration, cornering and available traction. This Active All-Wheel Drive system automatically transfers more torque to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.