The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year change and the 2020 Subaru Forester is still getting accolades. The most recent recognition comes from Edmunds who picked their favorite high-tech vehicles priced under $36,000. They picked the Forester compact SUV and says it gets you the most for your money and still comes in under the average transaction price.
Along with Forester, the five vehicles picked needed to have the following features: traffic-adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch infotainment screen or bigger, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, and a suite of advanced driver safety features to even make the list.
The 2020 Subaru Forester excels in most areas of safety technology
The top 5 models with the best high-tech under $36,000 are the 2020 Nissan Versa SR with convenience package ($19,465), Kia Forte GT with GT2 package ($25,655), Mazda CX-30 Premium package ($29,300), Hyundai Tucson Ultimate ($33,020), and Forester Touring $35,605). All pricing includes destination and delivery fees.
The 2020 Forester excels in safety features offering Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology that includes an automatic braking system to help avoid a front collision and lane departure warning alerts. EyeSight is standard on all trim levels including its base model.
Forester needs a larger touchscreen like Outback
Edmunds says the 2020 Subaru Forester makes the top-5 list and meets most of their criteria even in its base configuration, but lacks two things. Forester doesn’t offer a big enough touchscreen, and it doesn’t come with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The new Outback and Legacy have been upgraded with a larger tablet-style 11.6-inch full HD multimedia display, but Forester only has a 6.3-inch color multifunction display. The top-of-the-lineup Forester Touring trim still comes in under the $36,000 price and comes with extra like steering-responsive headlights, Subaru’s DriverFocus driver distraction monitor and reverse automatic braking.
More positive attributes and one negative
All Forester models come standard with all-wheel drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and X-Mode for off-pavement excursions. Edmunds says the 2.5-liter Boxer engine is “underpowered” compared with other compact SUVs.
Even with its flaws, the 2020 Subaru Forester still makes the Best-5 High-Tech Vehicles Under $36K list. It offers compact SUV shoppers advanced technology found on more expensive luxury vehicles. Edmunds says, “The best tech is no longer relegated to the high-end cars.”
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