Subaru just recently sold it’s two-millionth Forester SUV in the U.S. making it Subaru of America’s second-best-selling model. The 2019 models are all gone and the 2020 Subaru Forester models are arriving now for customers. The Outback is the top-selling model in the U.S. by 9,083 units, but it’s the Forester SUV that is still number one around the globe.
2 millionth Subaru Forester sold
The small Forester SUV has won numerous awards, including Motor Trend SUV of the Year in 2009 and 2014. Forester has also been an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for 13 years running. According to IHS Market research, 97 percent of Foresters sold in the last ten years are still on American roads today.
First-generation 1997 Subaru Forester
The small Forester was added to the Subaru line-up in 1997 and was a hit in the U.S., Australia, Europe and even South Africa. It was popular because of its large capacity for hauling cargo and it had a small footprint. The first-generation Forester was an alternative for customers who wanted the same performance and versatility as the Outback wagon, but in a vehicle with a taller stance. Forester originally shared the same platform as the Impreza compact.
The new Forester came standard with many of the same features as its larger counterpart, including a Boxer engine, Symmetrical all-wheel drive, and 8.7-inches of ground clearance. Subaru was the first automaker to create the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment with Forester. The new model was marketed with the advertising tagline, “Sport Utility Tough, Car Easy.”
2020 Subaru Forester
The new fifth-generation 2020 Subaru Forester offers the most advanced safety technology, features, design, and capability in its 23-year history. For the 2020 model change Forester still comes standard with all-wheel-drive, EyeSight driver assist technology, and a new Rear Seat Reminder, which is designed to help prevent child and/or pet entrapment by alerting the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle. It has also earned the Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest possible safety rating from IIHS when equipped with Steering Responsive Headlights.
Forester is a top-seller in South Africa
It’s about as far away from any Subaru dealer in the U.S. can be, but the Subaru Forester has been a staple of the Japanese automaker’s lineup in South Africa, featuring as one of the top-selling models. Over 10,000 Forester SUVs have been sold in South Africa across its 5 generations. You can still see many first-and-second-generation models on South African roads in daily use today.
The 2020 Subaru Forester is offered in five trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring. Pricing on the Forester begins at $24,495 (+$200). The top-selling Premium trim jumps the most and is priced from $27,395 (+$700).
2020 Subaru Forester
The Sport trim adds unique appearance elements and enhanced standard equipment and is priced at $28,995 (+$200). The 2020 Forester Limited models begin at $31,095 (+$300). 2020 Touring is priced from $34,595 (+$300). Destination and delivery add $1,010. 2020 Subaru Forester models are arriving at showrooms now.
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