As the refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester models arrived in December, the compact SUV finished 2021 in the number one spot for Subaru of America, and it’s still the best-selling SUV in the all-wheel-drive lineup. Even with its top spot, the Subaru Forester dropped 13.0 percent with 13,930 models sold and finished the year as the top-selling model in the lineup with 154,723 models delivered to customers.
Subaru could have sold more new Forester compact SUVs, but retailers could not get as many as they wanted because of the ongoing global chip shortages. Jeff Walters, Senior Vice President of Sales Subaru of America, says, “2021 was a challenging year for the automotive industry, and our Subaru retailers rallied to achieve solid results.”
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The 2022 Forester gets a refresh
The 2022 Forester compact SUV received a refresh for the new model change, and the upgrades have been received well by customers. A source close to Subaru told us 100 percent of their new 2022 Forester allocation is pre-sold or reserved through February and early March.
The 2022 upgrades include a new look with a redesigned front facia, new grille, headlights, fog light covers, new safety technology, and convenience features.
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New upgrades for the 2022 model change
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 allow customers with active lifestyles to pull a small boat or camper.
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 big news for 2022, the all-new Forester Wilderness joins the Subaru Wilderness sub-brand. Check out the complete Wilderness trim level details here.
The 2022 Subaru Forester is already a big hit with customers. The newly-refreshed Forester finishes 2021 strong, and it’s the best-selling model in Subaru of America’s all-wheel-drive SUV lineup. Check out the complete 2022 Forester model guide and which trim is best for you in the link below.
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