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Executive Summary:

2023 Subaru Forester release date at Planet Subaru: December of 2022.

On its volume products, Subaru typically introduces all-new models on a five-year product cycle. Take a look at the way this cycle unfolds on the Forester:

Model year (and sequence in product cycle):Change:
2019 (first year)
All new design from the ground up
2020 (second year)
Very similar to prior year
2021 (third year)
Very similar to prior year
2022 (fourth year)
"Refresh" of the exterior and interior
2023 (fifth year)
Very similar to prior year
2024 (first year)
Cycle repeats...all new design from ground up

Since the 2023 model is the fifth year of the model cycle, Subaru published very few changes. Here's the complete rundown:


The 2023 Forester is offered in six trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, and Touring.

Standard across the model line is EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The latest version of the award-winning active safety system, which debuted last year, has improved overall performance thanks to a wider field of view and updated software. Automatic Emergency Steering is included on models equipped with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The safety feature works with EyeSight and Blind-Spot Detection to assist with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph.

As in prior model years, all Forester models come standard with seven airbags: driver and front passenger frontal airbags, side curtain airbags and side pelvis/torso airbags, as well as a driver's knee airbag.

All Forester models are powered by a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine teamed with a Lineartronic® CVT and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The direct-injection engine produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. The Forester is a highly efficient SUV, delivering up to 33 mpg EPA-estimated highway fuel economy. The compact SUV also offers up to 1,500-lb. towing capacity (3,000-lb. for Wilderness) and features standard Trailer Stability Assist.

The Subaru Forester continues to be one of the manufacturer's most awarded vehicles. This year, Forester earned two awards from Kelley Blue Book in its segment: 2022 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award  and 2022 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own. The compact SUV also won in its category for the U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Best Cars for Teens.

The Subaru Forester received the 2022 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. This marks the 16th consecutive year Forester has earned an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK (2007-2022) - more than any other small SUV.

Introducing the 2023 Forester
The 2023 Forester (Base) continues the model's tradition of offering top-safety, durability, and capability at an incredible value. Priced at $26,395, the compact SUV comes standard with a long list of features including power windows, door locks, and side mirrors; dual USB-A input/charge ports in the front center console; multi-function display; remote keyless entry; and combination meter with color LCD.

Also standard is the SUBARU STARLINK® 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus system with high-resolution touchscreen, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; SiriusXM® and TravelLink® (4-month free Platinum Plan subscription); and CD player.  

An option package upgrades the Base model with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels in silver finish and a ladder-type roof rail design with convenient tie-down points. The rail system offers a dynamic load capacity of 176-lb. and a 700-lb static load limit, allowing safe use of a roof-top tent. The option package has an MSRP of $625.

Forester Premium
The 2023 Forester Premium, priced from $29,395, adds a considerable upgrade over the Base in comfort, convenience, and available tech. The standard All-Weather Package includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer. The Premium also adds a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support; 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels in black with machine finish; ladder-type roof rails; dark tint privacy glass; panoramic power moonroof; and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start.

For improved off-pavement performance, the Forester Premium trim features standard X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control. The Premium trim's interior is upgraded with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching; center dash panel trim in black with silver metallic finish; and chrome inner door handles.

The Premium offers a single option package that includes Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; Automatic Emergency Steering; dual USB-A charge ports in rear center console; and a Power Rear Gate with automatic close and height memory. The MSRP for the package is $1,165.

Forester Sport
With a starting price of $30,965, the 2023 Forester Sport offers unique exterior and interior elements for a youthful and sporty appearance as well as enhanced standard equipment over the Premium, including Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Automatic Emergency Steering as well as and dual USB-A charge ports in rear center console.  

The exterior of the Sport trim is adorned with exclusive gloss black trim as well as black-finish 18-inch wheels and a black rear roof spoiler. Orange accents are featured on the side and front lower valances and roof rail mounts. An orange SPORT badge adds a striking yet complementary contrast on the rear of the vehicle. The exclusive Sport interior features a unique dark gray color scheme with orange stitching and accents throughout the cabin.

In addition, the Sport trim features dual-function X-MODE for increased capability in a wider range of conditions.

With an MSRP of $1,645, the single option package for the Sport trim includes Reverse Automatic Braking; SUBARU STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system; Harman Kardon® premium speaker system; and Power Rear Gate.

Forester Wilderness
Building on the extensive feature content in the Premium trim, the 2023 Forester Wilderness uniquely adds a slew of exclusive mechanical, design, and functional enhancements for added capability on the roads and trails less traveled. Critically, the rugged model preserves the Forester's renowned blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling. The Forester Wilderness has a starting price of $34,020.

Exclusive chassis suspension components give the Wilderness 9.2-inch ground clearance, a half-inch increase over the other Forester models, which already had among the highest in their segment. Longer coil springs and shock absorbers provide the added road clearance, while special tuning helps maintain the Forester's exceptional ride and handling performance with the increased height.

The Wilderness comes equipped with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for increased traction on muddy or gravel roads.  Mounted on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels in matte black finish, the tires are embossed with raised white letters. A standard full-size tire is stored under the cargo the area, giving owners confidence while on the trails.

To visually communicate the more capable off-road performance, the Wilderness has a unique front fascia with hexagonal front grille and hexagonal LED fog lights as well as an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish. The Wilderness is also kitted with larger wheel arch cladding and a front skid plate.

Numerous interior details including water resistant StarTex® seating surfaces, all-weather mats, and cargo tray make the Wilderness especially suited to carrying outdoors gear, even when wet or muddy. The Wilderness is also equipped with ladder-type roof rails that can support up to 800 lb. when parked, a capacity increase of 100 lb. that allows for larger roof tents.

A single option package is available for the 2023Wilderness that includes SUBARU STARLINK® 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Harman Kardon® premium speaker system, and a Power Rear Gate. The option package has a MSRP of $1,850.

Forester Limited
Priced at $33,075, the 2023 Forester Limited includes all features from the Premium and is visually distinguished with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels in black with machine finish; exterior mirrors in matching body color with integrated turn signals, and dark gray accent trim for the fog lights.

The Limited comes standard with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Its roster of upgraded features includes STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia Plus; perforated leather-trimmed upholstery; silver metallic with gloss black finish center dash panel trim; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle; dual-zone automatic climate control with voice-activated controls; dual USB-A charge ports in the rear center console, and a power rear gate with auto close and height memory. The Limited adds Automatic Emergency Steering and 1-Touch Folding Rear Seatback.

The Limited offers a single option package with Reverse Automatic Braking, STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia with Navigation powered by TomTom®, Harman Kardon premium speaker system and a Heated Steering Wheel. The MSRP of this package is $1,695.

Forester Touring
Continuing as the top of the model line, the 2023 Forester Touring is priced at $36,495. The Touring includes the full list of standard and optional features from the Limited and adds the innovative DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System that includes gesture control capability, allowing the driver to raise and lower the set temperature of the automatic climate control system through hand gestures.  

The exterior of the Touring is distinguished by 18-inch alloy wheels in dark gray with machine finish, satin chrome exterior folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, and LED fog lights with chrome trim. This flagship trim level features roof rails with a silver finish, corresponding to the silver finish on the front, rear and side valances as well as the chrome exterior badges.

The Forester Touring cabin offers a choice of exclusive Black or Saddle Brown perforated leather trimmed upholstery; 10-way power driver's seat with 2-position memory (includes power lumbar support); 8-way power front passenger seat; and heated outboard rear seats. LEDs are used for cargo-area and dome lights with off-delay, as well as the rear gate.
 
2023 Subaru Forester
Trim Transmission Applicable Options MSRP MSRP + Destination & Delivery ($1,225)
Forester CVT 01, 02 $26,395 $27,620
Forester Premium CVT 11, 15 $29,395 $30,620
Forester Sport CVT 21, 24 $30,965 $32,190
Forester Wilderness CVT 21, 22 $34,020 $35,245
Forester Limited CVT 31, 32 $33,075 $34,300
Forester Touring CVT 41 $36,495 $37,720
 
2023 Subaru Forester Option Packages
Forester
CODE 01: Standard Model N/A
CODE 02: Alloy Wheel Package + Roof Rails $625
Forester Premium
CODE 11: Standard Model N/A
CODE 15: BSD/RCTA + Power Rear Gate $1,165
Forester Sport  
CODE 21: Standard Model N/A
CODE 24: RAB + 8-inch Multimedia Plus + Harman
Kardon Speaker System + Power Rear Gate
$1,645
Forester Wilderness
CODE 21: Standard Model N/A
CODE 22: 8-inch Multimedia Plus + Harman
Kardon Premium Speaker System + Power Rear Gate
$1,850
Forester Limited
CODE 31: Standard Model N/A
CODE 32: RAB + 8-inch Multimedia with Nav + Harman Kardon Speaker System + Heated Steering Wheel $1,695
Forester Touring
CODE 41: Standard Model N/A





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Foresters through the years:   


2019 and up
 
The first Forester built on Subaru's "Global Platform," handling agility improves and cabin noise decreases. It's Subaru's safer-ever Forester, loaded with technology including first-in-its-class DriverFocus, a driver-distraction mitigation system. Eyesight active safety suite is standard. Horsepower increases to 182 and fuel economy lifts to 33mpg highway.


 
2014 through 2018



Slightly larger inside and out than the generation it replaces, Subaru literally cannot build enough to satisfy demand as their factories are running extra shifts.  Introducing a continuously variable transmission lifted fuel economy to 32 mpg from 27.  Other new features include the Eyesight driver assistance system, power tailgate, and X-Mode traction control.  Outward visibility remains tops in the industry.  







2009 through 2013





Prior Foresters felt a little cramped, but sales took off with this larger Forester, bigger than its predecessor in every dimension. 
Subaru poured on the technology, with standard Vehicle Dynamics Control and six airbags.  Optional equipment included touchscreen navigation and Bluetooth.



2003 through 2008






Size remained the same, but Subaru modernized everything.  Side air bags became standard on every model, the interior moved upscale, ride quality improved, and appearance moved from utilitarian to stylish. 



1998 through 2002

Subaru created the Forester on the Impreza platform, installing a square body and bigger engine.  Along with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V (both introduced in 1997), Subaru pioneered the "Small Crossover" segment.  It combined the  ride height, style, and versatility of a truck-based SUV without the poor fuel economy and sloppy handling.











        





 





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