2023 Subaru Forester Arrives Largely Unchanged, Costs Slightly More

2023 Subaru Forester Arrives Largely Unchanged, Costs Slightly More The Subaru Forester’s compact SUV enters the 2023 model year largely unchanged with a savings of $550 — $50 of which comes from the destination fee, which goes up from $1,175 to $1,225. Starting at $27,620 (all prices include destination) for the base model, the Forester remains one of a dwindling number of vehicles with a starting price of less than $30,000.

2023 Subaru Forester Arrives Largely Unchanged, Costs Slightly More:

The Forester will be available in six models, all of which are $550 more expensive than their corresponding 2022 models:

  • Base: $27620
  • excellent: $30,620
  • sports: $32,190
  • Limited: $34,300
  • wild: $35,245
  • touring: $37720

All Forest 2023 vehicles come with the same 182 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, continuously variable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include Subaru’s EyeSight suite of advanced driver assistance technology, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, 17-inch wheels and keyless entry.

An upgrade to Subaru’s Premium X-Mode with Hill Descent Control adds additional features such as heated front seats and side mirrors, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an electric panoramic sunroof and high-quality interior materials. The $1,165 options package adds Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Collision-Avoidance Assist, an electric tailgate and rear USB-A charging ports.

Based on the Premium, the Sport gets a more advanced version of the X-Mode and a more aggressive exterior appearance, including black 18-inch wheels and orange exterior accents. The interior also gets orange accents to go with the dark gray color scheme. A larger 8-inch touchscreen display, reverse automatic emergency brake, electric tailgate, and Harman Kardon premium stereo are available as part of the $1,645 package.

The Limited also builds on the Premium but takes a more upscale approach than the Sport – no orange accents here. An 8-inch touch screen is standard, as are leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, rear USB ports, automatic emergency steering, and one-touch rear seat folding. Plus, an extra $1,695 for buyers gets built-in navigation, reverse automatic emergency brakes, a heated steering wheel, and a Harman Kardon stereo.

Also based on the Premium, the Forester Wilderness is intended for off-roading with 17-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama Geolandar off-road tires, a front skid plate, suspension and improved 9.2 inches of ground clearance and waterproof interior upholstery. The Wilderness’s towing capacity also doubles to 3,000 pounds, and it comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen. Integrated navigation, power tailgate, and Harman Kardon stereo are available in an $1,850 option package.

At the top of the Forester lineup, the Touring comes fully loaded with heated, power-adjustable front seats, heated steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, 8-inch touchscreen with built-in navigation, all of the above safety features, 18-inch wheels, and exterior accents of chrome and silver. Exclusive to the Touring is what Subaru calls the DriverFocus mitigation system, which allows gesture-based controls to adjust climate settings.

With a starting price of less than $30,000 and a fully loaded model that leaves some breathing room before hitting $40,000, the 2023 Forester is one of the more value-oriented options in a busy season that includes the all-new and always popular.

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