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2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Test Drive Review

Subaru’s award-winning compact SUV returns for the 2017 model year with a new look and the same can-do, adventure-seeking attitude.

The 2017 Subaru Forester boasts new safety technology, enhanced convenience and comfort, and increased fuel economy.

Find out why the Forester retains its value better than any other vehicle in its class with a closer look at our 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring test model.


2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Exterior

The Forester gets an updated look for the 2017 model year, featuring a refined front fascia with a new hexagonal grille. Sleek, redesigned headlights now sport Subaru’s signature C-shaped motif with a black inner bezel, and the rear LED taillights also get the same C-shape treatment.

Our Forester 2.0XT test model came in an elegant Sepia Bronze Metallic paint — an exclusive color for the Touring trim — and was paired with a body-colored rear spoiler. Black cladding on the front bumper and along the bottom edge of the vehicle add a rugged feel to the Forester, further enhanced by the standard roof rails and dark-tinted privacy glass.

The 2017 Forester 2.0XT Touring stands out from the other models in the Forester lineup with a more aggressively styled front-end and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. A large power moonroof and wide-opening power rear liftgate come as standard equipment to round out the stylish exterior.


2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Interior

Inside the cabin, our test model featured the Forester’s all-new Saddle Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery option with contrast stitching. This premium appointment gives the interior a luxurious look and feel, especially when combined with matching brown leather accents on the door panels and center console area.

The driver is treated to a power 10-way adjustable bucket seat as well as an updated steering wheel design complete with convenient buttons for audio, cruise control, lane departure assistance, and Bluetooth. For your passengers, additional soundproofing and thicker door glass provide a much quieter ride with reduced wind noise and enhanced sound absorption.

One of the main highlights of the interior is the STARLINK 7.0 Multimedia Plus system that uses a high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen to deliver the best in entertainment and connectivity. This intuitive system features Siri EyesFree mode, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free text messaging, and a suite of smartphone-powered apps like Pandora and Aha. Our test model came with the optional STARLINK navigation system, adding voice-activated controls, three years of complimentary map updates, and a 3-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link along with four months of SiriusXM All Access Radio.

And for the times when you need to haul large items, the rear cargo area boasts 31.5 cubic feet of storage space, and is expandable to 103.3 cubic feet when the rear 60/40 split seats are folded forward.


2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Performance

The 2017 Forester 2.0XT Touring gets its on- and off-road capability from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that pumps out 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of low-end torque. A Lineartronic CVT (Continually Variable Transmission) keeps the engine in its optimum performance range, and also features a 6- and 8-speed manual mode that can be operated via paddle mounted shifters.

Additional performance can be accessed via Subaru’s Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) system which offers three unique modes — Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp — to best suit your driving needs. With the push of a button, SI-Drive will modify the throttle response for quick and linear acceleration, and also apply a more aggressive transmission profile. We found Intelligent mode to be perfect for daily commuting, and enjoyed Sport Sharp’s improved engine response during sessions of spirited driving.

When you’re ready to take the Forester off-road, Subaru’s legendary symmetrical all-wheel drive gives you the confidence to tackle some of the harshest environments. Our Touring test model came standard with a driver selectable X-Mode, which optimizes grip on slippery surfaces or steep inclines by managing engine power, transmission profile, torque distribution, brakes, and vehicle dynamic control.

Fuel efficiency for the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring is an EPA estimated 23 mpg city and 27 mpg highway**.


2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Safety

Subaru has always been known for its pursuit of vehicle safety, and the 2017 Forester continues that quest with the addition of new features like anti-whiplash front seats, brake override, an impact-sensing fuel system cutoff, and more.

Our test model featured the available EyeSight Driver Assist System, which received an update for the 2017 model year with new color cameras and improved field of vision. EyeSight combines adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, and lane departure and sway warning to help keep you out of harm’s way.

Blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert are now standard on the Forester’s Touring trim, as well as steering responsive headlights that aim in your direction of travel. When backing up, a rear view camera lets you check for obstacles, and the reverse automatic braking system will stop the vehicle if its sonar system detects an impending collision.


2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Overall

If safety, versatility, and cutting-edge driver assist technology are at the top of your wish list, then look no further than the Subaru Forester.

MSRP for the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring starts at $34,295, and our test model came well-equipped at $36,765*.

Experience this award-winning compact SUV for yourself by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Subaru dealership.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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