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Breaking - Subaru Forester Wilderness Gets a 2.5L Engine Not a 2.4L Turbo

The EPA reveals the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness engine, and the compact SUV stays with a 2.5-liter engine.


The EPA just revealed the 2022 Subaru Wilderness trim’s engine, and it’s not a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine like the Outback Wilderness. The EPA just revealed it’s a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine just like the regular Forester. The environmental agency let the information slip ahead of the U.S. Forester Wilderness reveal.

Outdoor enthusiasts were hoping for the Outback’s 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 260 horsepower and 277 lb. ft of torque under the hood of the more rugged 2022 Forester Wilderness. But it will be powered by the 182 horsepower 176 lb-ft of torque 2.5-liter Boxer engine.

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, features, specs, engine, fuel mileage

What is the fuel mileage of the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness?

The EPA says the Forester Wilderness will get an estimated 25/28 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg. That’s down from the regular Forester’s 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg.

Like the Outback Wilderness, the drop in fuel mileage is because the Forester Wilderness will come with extra cladding, skid plates under the transmission and differential, a full-size spare tire, and all-terrain tires.

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, features, specs, engine, fuel mileage

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness has more wind drag, and the all-terrain tires and full-size spare all add weight to the rugged vehicle.

When outdoor enthusiasts load up their new Forester Wilderness with camping gear and put on a rooftop carrier or rooftop tent, the lifted compact SUV will be even heavier and less fuel-efficient. When you factor in the off-pavement use, the amount of fuel used will be even more.

Fans will be disappointed the all-new 2022 Forester Wilderness will come with the same 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine as the standard model. It’s not a surprise the Forester Wilderness drops five mpg highway mpg and three mpg combined fuel mileage.

Subaru of America and its retailers asked for the more rugged 2022 Forester Wilderness, and Subaru Corporation delivered. Retailers saw that owners were modifying their vehicles for off-road use and asked the Camden, N.J. automaker to offer a more rugged model from the factory. Subaru Corporation delivered but without a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine upgrade.

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Eric Barber (not verified)    August 14, 2021 - 7:19PM

Shouldn't be considering ANY Subaru for purchase. They're so unreliable and have so many recalls all the time. Unfortunately Subaru no longer provides reliable vehicles, very sad....

Griz (not verified)    September 2, 2022 - 4:10PM

In reply to by Eric Barber (not verified)

You're full of it. I have a 2016 Subaru Forester and it has been absolutely problem free. Can't say that about my last Oyota, which was the most unreliable vehicle I have ever owned.

Stephen Taylor (not verified)    August 15, 2021 - 6:33AM

That was legitimately the main selling point, what a wasted opportunity. That was the top of my list to replace my wife's rav4 and I bought my own wrx a few months back. Oh well.

Tim Whynot (not verified)    August 15, 2021 - 10:13AM

I'm disappointed that its not the 1,8 turbo and that the drop in mileage is that much. But still a good move over the 2.4 turbo in my opinion. Should be lower cost and better mileage than the 2.4 turbo. I'm anxious to see if the they managed to get any more torgue out of the 2.5 and if it will be given a higher tow rating like the RAv4 ADVENTURE/TRAIL. I will likely wait to see what the 2024 redesign brings before making a move, Subaru may bring a hybrid with some real capability - I hope. They are certainly behind in the hybrid/electric game.

Dave M (not verified)    August 16, 2021 - 9:31AM

In reply to by Ron (not verified)

The article is talking about the new Forester Wilderness that is yet to be sold to the public or even unveiled to the public. You own an Outback Wilderness which is the only Wilderness model available for sale currently.

SD (not verified)    August 21, 2021 - 2:48PM

In reply to by Ron (not verified)

Did you read any part of the article? If you have a Wilderness it is an Outback Wilderness. This article is about the upcoming Forester Wilderness. Please actually read the article if you are going to comment in the future.

Robert B (not verified)    August 17, 2021 - 5:10PM

I've been waiting a few years for the Forester XT to return so I could trade in my 2014 Forester XT for a newer model with even more features. I really had hopes that Subaru would get it right this time, so I am saddened to hear they once again missed the boat. At least I get to continue driving a great car for now.