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What Crazy Cargo Will You Carry In Your New Subaru Forester?

The new 2019 Subaru Forester gets an expanded cargo area and easier-to-use power rear gate. What crazy things will you carry in your Forester or small SUV?


Urban-adventurers who use their small SUV for weekend get-aways, often don’t have enough cargo room for all their gear. Subaru Corporation says they’ve addressed these issues in the all-new 2019 Forester that arrived earlier this fall. Many might want to use their small SUV like a pickup truck because it can carry so much cargo. We’ve heard of some Forester owners using their all-wheel-drive vehicle to haul up to 100 boxes for their small business, firewood, furniture, bicycles, Christmas trees, and even use their small SUV as a camper and sleep inside for weekend getaways.

Forester’s new design brings added versatility

When you need to carry extra cargo, you’ll need as much room in the back as possible for your gear and cargo. The 2019 Subaru Forester comes with 35.4 cubic feet of cargo-carrying room behind the rear seats which is tops among small SUVs. The load floor sits flatter, and the cargo area’s squared-off shape has been further optimized in the 2019 model for ease of carrying large objects.

Subaru Forester has long been known for its “go-anywhere” attitude, and many owners use their SUV to go on camping, hiking, and mountain biking excursions. Because the fifth-generation Forester rides on the new Subaru Global Platform, the architecture increases total cargo volume to 76.1 cubic ft. with the 60:40 split rear seatbacks lowered, a gain of 1.4 cubic ft. over the outgoing model.

Forester now offers a power rear gate allowing opening and closing when your hands are occupied, and now opens, closes, and locks the entire vehicle with the touch of a button. Another Forester improvement increased the maximum width for the rear gate opening to 51.2 inches wide, a 5.3-inch increase over the outgoing model, and the new Forester rear liftgate is up to 8-inch wider than on some competitive SUVs. This makes it easier to carry some crazy cargo.

READ: Compare New Subaru Forester With Competition’s Cargo Room

We asked one of our senior Torque News journalists, John Goreham to tell us how he uses his 2016 Forester. "One of my favorite things about my Forester is that it is practical. It can haul long items with one seat dropped, haul bulky items in the rear cargo area and it is tough enough that if you throw a load of firewood in back it isn't going break anything. Even better, under the cargo floor is even more space and of course the compact spare. The Forester is comfortable and sophisticated on the highway, but it is always ready to go to work when called upon."

Subaru Corp increased the all-new fifth-generation 2019 Forester’s interior cabin room, improves ingress/egress, and brings added versatility for active families. Tell us about some of the crazy things you’ve carried in your Subaru or small SUV.

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Photo credit: John Goreham


Jo bakalar (not verified)    December 16, 2018 - 6:43AM

Was going to trade in my 2014 Touring -----BUT where's the turbo-charged engine? Do I have to look for another car?

Jon (not verified)    December 16, 2018 - 8:04AM

So far In mine I've hauled a recliner, an entire branch network , (switches, routers etc) and 200 pds of dive gear.

J (not verified)    December 16, 2018 - 4:57PM

The 2019 Forester = Slow/heavy. It's heavier than outgoing models and is now without a turbo option. Can you imagine a family of 4, plus cargo lumbering along on a freeway onramp?

Jason Clark (not verified)    December 16, 2018 - 9:17PM

I can't help but wonder if this thing would take in a
commercial rototiller the way my Volvo 850 wagon did? That's my gold standard.

Mbareba Paul rukwira (not verified)    December 17, 2018 - 12:06AM

Am a Ugandan but now on studies in Japan, Subaru is my make, I have driven Subaru for eight years now since my first job, I keep on upgrading, I left back a 2008 model, but I want to get a good used 2014 model eye sight. I request for your guidance. But that 2019 is superb, very spacious indeed