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5 Reasons Why The New Subaru Forester Sport Is Your Best Trim Option

What 2020 Subaru Forester trim is the best choice? See why the new Sport trim is your best trim option.


When Subaru dropped the Forester 2.0XT turbocharged model, no one could believe the Japanese automaker would get rid of their sporty model. But two years after Subaru Corporation replaced it with the Forester Sport trim, it looks like it was a brilliant move. New 2020 Forester sales are up and selling better than the outgoing 2.0XT model. Why is the Sport trim your best option?

Subaru has been known for its sporty models going back to the Impreza WRX when it was winning rally stages around the globe. But current customers don’t care about what happened in the 1990s. They are looking for sporty models that fit their lifestyle now. Subaru hit a home run with the new Forester Sport.

2020 Subaru Forester, Forester Sport5 reasons why shoppers pick the Sport trim over other models

Compact SUV shoppers aren’t looking for fast, they want sporty but also fuel-efficient, all-weather capable, safe, and a vehicle that offers the features that will make their life easier. The Forester Sport offers all five.

On the outside, the biggest thing you notice is the orange accents in multiple places from the lower body cladding to the front under-spoiler. It also has 18-inch alloy wheels with a black finish to set it off. Regardless of body color, which Subaru offers it in black, white, silver dark blue or gray, it comes with the same orange accents.

2020 Subaru Forester, Forester Sport

Inside it also gets a sporty motif with orange stitching on the seats and orange on many trim pieces, and accents on the air conditioning vents. It also gets sport gauges with a color display and leather sides on the seats, so you don’t wear out the sides getting in and out. Heated from seats come standard.

What customers also like is the improved fuel mileage in the new-generation Forester Sport. EPA estimates come in at 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. Another strong point is that the compact SUV uses regular unleaded fuel and does not require a higher-priced premium.

The Forester Sport also offers upgrades you won’t find on any other Forester trims. It comes with the sport-tuned SI-DRIVE for improved driving performance and the upgraded dual-function X-Mode for off-pavement and extreme weather.

One often overlooked feature is the Forester Sport’s paddle shifters that allow the driver to make upshifts and downshifts with the push of a paddle located on either side of the steering wheel. You can use them to easily pass a slower vehicle, and slow down on a steep hill without wearing out your brakes.

You can load the Sport up with options like a Harmon/Kardon premium sound system, a heated steering wheel, or a panoramic sunroof. It comes standard with grocery bag hooks, and under-floor cargo storage for things you want to keep out of sight.

2020 Subaru Forester, Forester Sport

Sporty sells, and that’s what customers want when shopping for a compact SUV. My grandson Ben just bought a 2002 Subaru Forster and the first thing he did was paint the ugly white wheels black to give it a sporty look. The 2020 Subaru Forester ($30,050 including destination) hits the sweet spot because it offers the sporty feel shoppers are looking for coupled with the features that make your life easier.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Reginald Sandiford (not verified)    June 19, 2020 - 10:51AM

In reply to by Kristen Diegan (not verified)

Kristen I 1,000,000% agree with you!!! I have an 09 Subaru Forester which I love. It's going on 12 years old. It's not turbo and I guess I could buy a 2018 Forester XT but I want all the new features and Styling of the New Sport but want the performance of a turbo. I don't want to leave Subaru but the competition offers turbo SUVs of this size. I.E. Mazda 5 Turbo. I'm stuck. The Accent is way too big for my daily needs but maaaaan does it move!!!! I'm stuck.

Michael Smith (not verified)    June 18, 2020 - 2:43PM

I will drive my 09 XT until the wheels fall off. If Subaru has not come to their senses and started offering a turbo Again by then I will be switching to something else

Michael Smith (not verified)    June 18, 2020 - 2:44PM

I will be driving my 09 XT until the wheels fall off. If Subaru has not come to their senses and started offering a turbo by then I will be switching to something else

mazbaru (not verified)    June 18, 2020 - 7:06PM

I would want one. I could care less about the XT turbo so as long as I save $$$ from the gas pumps weekly. It'll be my next car; I would want a Forester Sport in silver paint job. For now I can only afford 1 car in my CX-5. :D

Trinidad Parada (not verified)    June 18, 2020 - 8:19PM

It’s the orange trim that keeps a lot of people away from the sport model. Change that color to maybe gray or silver and then it will move even faster from the dealerships

Forester Premium (not verified)    June 18, 2020 - 10:09PM

There seems to be some errors here - I have features in my 2020 Premium that this article claims "you won’t find on any other Forester trims" (than Sport).

Su-BOO-ru (not verified)    June 19, 2020 - 8:01AM

Paying more for an ugly orange stripe and "drive mode" is not only stupid, it encourages Subaru to make more non-turbo automatic crap wagons with fancy stickers. This article is shill garbage.

Aaron (not verified)    June 21, 2020 - 2:18AM

Sport trim with no turbo. Lol subaru. One of my worst nightmares is the thought of waking up and I no longer like Subaru
Will stick to the SF5 and SG5 turbos