The Complete 2022 Subaru Forester Model Guide - Which Trim Is Best
The 2022 Forester gets a refresh in the fourth year of its life cycle. It includes a new look with a redesigned front facia, new grille, headlights, fog light covers, new safety technology, and convenience features.
What is the price of the 2022 Forester?
For the 2022 model change Forester comes in six trim levels; The base Forester starts at $26,320, Premium ($29,320), Sport ($30,890), Limited ($33,000), new Wilderness ($33,945), and Touring ($36,420). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,125). The 2022 Forester base trim price increases +$475, Premium +$475, Sport +$445, Limited +$555, and Touring +$475.
What is new for 2022?
New for 2022, Forester gets a new ladder-type roof rail design offering a higher load capacity (220 lb. vs. 176 lb.) and an 800-lb. static load limit (vs. 700 lb.), allowing safe use of a roof-top tent. New tie-down locations have been integrated into the rails. Inside, two additional utility hooks have been added to the roof of the rear cargo area, and a brighter LED interior dome lamp with off-delay is now standard.
New safety technology
The EyeSight driver assist technology is upgraded on the Premium trim with the option package and all higher trim levels; The next-generation EyeSight now includes new automatic emergency steering. Subaru says the new feature works in conjunction with the pre-collision braking to assist with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph.
Increased towing capacity
All 2022 Forester trims now offer up to 3,000-lb. towing capacity (vs. 1,500) and features standard trailer stability assist. The additional tow rating will now allow customers with active lifestyles to pull a small boat or camper.
The top-of-the-line Touring trim offers a new gesture climate control capability, allowing the driver to raise and lower the automatic climate control system's temperature through hand gestures.
2022 Subaru Forester standard features
All 2022 Forester trims come standard with a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, X-Mode with hill-descent control, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and the next-generation EyeSight driver-assist safety technology.
What is the fuel mileage of the 2022 Forester?
The 2022 Forester gets an EPA estimated 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The EPA rated the new Forester Wilderness with an estimated 25/28 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.
2022 Subaru Forester trim levels
The 2022 Forester base trim ($26,320) features a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity, SiriusXM, and a CD player. The base also comes with dual USB ports in the front center console, multi-function display, remote keyless entry, and combination meter with color LCD.
New for 2022, the Premium ($29,320) has enhanced roof rails and additional tie-down points for improved versatility. The Premium trim has steering responsive LED headlights, keyless access with push-button start, fog lights, heated seats and mirrors, a leather steering wheel, and windshield wiper de-icer.
Premium also comes with a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in black with machine finish, roof rails, dark tint privacy glass, and a panoramic power moonroof.
The Forester Sport ($30,890) adds exterior and interior treatments. Outside it gets black-finish 18-inch wheels and a black rear roof spoiler, and orange accents. Inside Sport features a dark gray material with orange stitching and accents. Sport also features dual-function X-Mode for increased capability off-road and extreme weather conditions.
The Sport also comes with blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Limited trim ($33,000) adds leather seats and leather steering wheel, power rear tailgate with auto close and height memory, dual USB ports, and voice-activated climate control. Outside it comes with 18-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, and chrome accent trim for the fog lights. Limited comes with a 7-speed manual mode for the Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission.
Outside, the Limited comes with machine-finished black 18-inch wheels, chrome door handles, chrome folding mirrors with integrated turn signals and LED fog lights with chrome trim. It also features silver metallic finish mounts on the roof rails and a silver finish on the front, rear, side valences, and chrome badges.
All-new for 2022, Forester joins the Subaru Wilderness sub-brand. Check out the complete Wilderness trim level ($33,945) details here. See the new Subaru Forester Wilderness video below.
New for 2022, the top-of-the-line Touring trim ($36,420) offers a new gesture climate control capability, allowing the driver to raise and lower the automatic climate control system's temperature through hand gestures. 2022 Touring trims add gloss black trim on the B- and C-pillars for a Premium appearance.
Forester Touring features black or saddle brown leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver's seat with 2-position memory, an 8-way power front passenger seat, and heated rear seats. The cargo area comes with LED lights in the tailgate and dome lights with off-delay.
When will the 2022 Subaru Forester arrive in U.S. showrooms?
Subaru did not announce when the 2022 Forester will arrive, but it will likely be in U.S. showrooms this fall. Stay tuned.
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