Fourth generation of Subaru’s compact crossover is still rather green. The 2016 Subaru Forester will basically continue unchanged, but some differences will be noticed straightaway. For instance, beginning this summer, Japanese maker starts with new multimedia system sales which should finally fix car’s current lagging infotainment cluster.
Unchanged powertrain lineup still consists of base 2.5L 4-cylinder unit and optional 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with direct injection. Base models deliver 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, while latter, optional ones make 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Lineatronic CVT transmission is standard across the most of the board, but entry-level models with base engine and 2.5i Premium models which are next in Forester’s hierarchy, get standard 6-speed manual gearbox. However, even they can be fitted with CVT units which come as a part of optional package.
Design remains unchanged; that much we already know. Sleek frontal fascia with small trapezoidal grille and somewhat outdated headlamps will be looked upon for at least one more year. Unlike most of its competitors, 2016 Subaru Forester executes boxier finish and looks slightly bigger thanks to it. Rear end is also, almost retro. Small, cubicle tail-lights are mounted alongside the large tailgate which leaves roof-mounted spoiler out of the picture. Yet another reason to confirm Forester’s outdated design language.
Interior Of 2016 Subaru Forester
Interior will be carried over as well. Cloth seats will be standard on lower grades, while Limited and Touring grades get leather seats with a few additional perks like heated front seats and 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Dashboard remains rather heavy for a compact and still features busy control panel which now, as we have mentioned above, gets new multimedia system. Updated Starlink system will now offer built-in AT&T 4G LTE capability together with satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, two USB ports, an MP3 jack, Pandora and Aha app integration. All this will now be supported by 7-inch touch screen display, while former 4.3-inch unit will be moved downwards, to lower grades of 2016 Subaru Forester.
Top trim level will continue to offer optional panoramic power moon roof, together with standard premium Harman Kardon sound system consisting of eight speakers and 440 watts of power. Safety features should remain intact, but we wouldn’t be surprised if some options found themselves available in lower grades as well as in top models. In any case, expect 2016 Subaru Forester to offer a rearview camera, forward-collision protection system, hill descent control and adaptive cruise control.
Fuel economy ratings will remain intact. Base engine in 2016 Subaru Forester is rated at 24/32 mpg with CVT transmission, while manual gearbox lowers the figures considerably to 22/29 mpg. Optional turbo four unit returns similar figures as 2.5L unit with manual shifter; 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway but significantly better performances. Prices should also stay where they are, hence entry-level models should be available from slightly more than $22,000. Touring grade with turbo four engine, on the other hand, cost slightly above $33,000.
2016 Subaru Forester Review
The 2016 Subaru Forester is a fine compact crossover which somewhat resembles larger SUV’s thanks to its boxier styling. It offers solid fuel efficiency for its power, but don’t expect class-leading figures. It is quite safe this is evident from its new small-overlap frontal test where it also received top marks by IIHS. In fact, they say that Forester is the only small SUV with these kind of grades and since it will be bought by many drivers that need these for families it is a great recommendation.