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New Subaru Forester Is Again The Best And Most-Loved Around The Globe

The 2020 Subaru Forester is racking up more global awards. See where it gets the best SUV award.

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The newly-redesigned Subaru Forester is racking up more global awards. The compact SUV scores "Auto of the Year" in Russia again. Last year the new-generation Forester also took the same award in the "Modern cars” category. In the countries largest annual automotive research “Ratings of the Auto of the Year 2019”, voting took place in four segments: “Modern”, “Family”, “Reliable” cars and “Workhorses”.

The 2020 Forester was recognized as the best SUV in the nomination "Modern cars” again for the second year in-a-row. The announcement from Subaru says the main goal of the awards is to identify consumer preferences of Russian motorists in four segments: “Modern”, “Family”, “Reliable” and “Multipurpose” cars. And also to make the most complete picture of the Russian automotive market.

2020 Subaru Forester is the voted best SUV2020 Subaru Forester is the voted best SUV

In each segment, respondents were asked to choose three models that, in their opinion, were most relevant to a given topic, and also indicate the most significant parameters of the selected car from the proposed list.

According to the results of voting in the “Modern” segment and in the price range from $22,000 to $45,000 USD, Subaru Forester wins in a “landslide victory” and is the best in this category. Respondents emphasized the high level of comfort, modern design, and innovative crossover technology.

Forester received an all-new updated interior with more overall space and more legroom in the back seats. A maximum rear lift-gate opening width of 51.2 inches is larger than average for a mid-sized SUV, providing an increase in loading capacity. The drive unit for the power rear gate has been integrated with the gate stay offering more cargo storage space.

Forester DriveFocus

Forester gets new DriverFocus that provides support for the driver by providing a warning when it detects signs of distraction or drowsiness at the wheel. The safety system uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. No other small SUV offers this technology and it’s a segment-first for the brand.

The 2020 Subaru Forester is still loved the most by small SUV shoppers around the globe and is the number-one-selling all-wheel-drive vehicle for the Japanese automaker. It’s number two in the U.S. behind the popular Outback wagon.

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Digitaldoc (not verified)    December 1, 2019 - 12:12AM

In reply to by Vyoma (not verified)

Totally agree. Until Subaru stops the hate on the Forester and Crosstrek, and gives them a turbo option, I have crossed Subaru off of my list, as their larger offerings which have more power, are not serving my needs.

Digitaldoc (not verified)    December 1, 2019 - 11:21PM

In reply to by Vyoma (not verified)

I saw the current Forester, and the previous gen side by side a few days ago, and commented how I liked the more compact size of the older one. While the newer one got a little bit more power, the larger size makes the performance a wash. Quite agree that a turbo is needed, but Subaru will come up with every excuse not to provide an optional engine in either the Forester or the Crosstrek. Combined with the multiple recalls of late, and no mystery why Subaru's sales have taken a serious hit.

Sam (not verified)    December 1, 2019 - 1:34PM

I would have bought one, but unlike the ones from the 1990's, they currently don't make a version with a manual transmission...