These 5 things are worth upgrading to a 2019 Subaru Forester

17. 2019 Forester Sport

If you currently own a Forester, you know all its faults. Still, you love it. Loaded with high-tech features, the bigger, redesigned fifth-generation 2019 Subaru Forester is giving current Forester owners a reason to upgrade to the model.

1.) Baby’s got back. The liftgate of the 2019 Forester features an opening that is wider than the previous generation. It can fit a bag of golf clubs, sideways. Still, the Forester doesn’t look incredibly wide.

2.) If you’re hot and you’re cold, you’re yes and you’re no. Thankfully, Subaru is giving the Forester’s climate control system some much needed attention. All models now come with automatic climate control, which has more settings to choose from than the previous generations’ limited options. Limited and Touring models get dual-zone climate control. There are now vents in the center console that force air into the second row. The system is also smart, directing more or less air flow depending on which seats are occupied.

As part of its redesign, the car’s heated seats are available in the rear as well as the front, in the Touring grade.

3.) You can see me ridin’ dirty. In the fifth-gen Forester, X-Mode is standard equipment on most grades. There’s a new knob behind the shifter on the reconfigured center console. Forester Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring come standard with driver-selectable X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. New for 2019, Sport, Limited and Touring models come standard with a dual-mode version of X-Mode that offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes. Active Torque Vectoring is also standard on all 2019 Foresters.

4.) Ah yes, the safety dance. Every 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Pre-Collision Throttle Management and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available. Forester Sport, Limited and Touring also come standard with High Beam Assist while Limited and Touring models get standard Steering Responsive Headlights.

5.) Can I get a connection? By jove, you can! The standard Forester comes with the 6.5-inch touch screen while 8.-inch screens are in upper trims. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM come standard in all but the base model. Aha, Pandora, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a navigation system powered by TomTom are available. Some models come equipped with a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

The 2019 Subaru Forester starts at just $500 more than the outgoing model. The Base grade starts at $24,295 with the Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring models starting at $26,695, $28,795, $30,795, and $34,295 respectively. A $975 destination and delivery fee applies.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
Eileen is the writer of the nationally syndicated column Automotive Minute in The Business Journals, which explores the automotive industry focusing on news, reviews, and interviews. She loves finding out about the business strategy, design, and drivability of vehicles. Eileen is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report Best Cars.