The Forester is available in dealerships this month, and as Subaru's volume leader, it looks to keep up the company's hot sales pace in 2018.
The Subaru Forester is the reigning Canadian Car of the Year, and to help the new 2018 model stay competitive in its segment, the Japanese automaker has kept prices the same as last year. While last year's Technology Package has been dropped, the company's lauded EyeSight safety technology is now available as a package for the first time on the Forester, on four trim levels.
The 2018 Forester is available in a total of 10 trims, ranging in price from $25,995 for the 2.5i, up to $39,495 for the 2.0XT Limited with optional Eyesight Package.
In terms of new features for 2018, there aren't a lot in the Forester, though it does get what Subaru describes as improved child seat anchors and updated seatbelt reminder warnings. The seven-inch infotainment system on the Limited models, meanwhile, get new Starlink apps, including Yelp, Best Parking, and Glympse, the latter of which allows you to share your location in real-time with friends and family.
All 2018 2.0XT Foresters come with windshield wiper de-icers - something you'll surely come to appreciate once the cold weather comes. Limited models with the EyeSight Package get a new High Beam Assist feature that automatically detects oncoming vehicles and adjusts the headlights as required.
As the trim names suggest, two engine options are once again available in the Forester for the 2018 model year. The 2.5i models get a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0XT models meanwhile, are equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine with twin-scroll turbocharger. It makes 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although the turbo Foresters are more powerful, they can only be equipped with a continuously variable transmission. The base 2.5i and 2.5i Touring can be had with a six-speed manual transmission, or the CVT.
The Forester is available in dealerships this month, and as Subaru's volume leader, it looks to keep up the company's sales pace in 2018. As of June, the company has recorded its best ever year-to-date sales numbers.