The 2023 Subaru Forester is finally coming to U.S. showrooms in December, and it was the last of Subaru of America's SUVs to be announced. Why did the Forester take so long to launch? The supply chain issues and microchip shortages are still causing Subaru Corporation problems with production.
Does the 2023 Subaru Forester get any new upgrades? The 2023 Forester and Forester Wilderness is a carry-over model and remains unchanged with no new upgrades. It's also because of shortages of new parts for the compact SUV.
What is the price of the 2023 Forester?
All 2023 Forester trim levels increased by $550 in price, including destination and delivery. 2023 Forester comes in six trim levels; The Base Forester starts at $27,620, Premium ($30,620), Sport ($32,190), Limited ($34,300), Wilderness ($35,245), and Touring ($37,720). Pricing includes dealer fees ($1,225).
Which new Forester trim is best for you? Check out the complete 2023 model guide here.
All 2023 Forester trims come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The Forester compact SUV comes with Subaru's 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 2023 Forester?
The Forester gets an EPA-estimated 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The EPA rated the Forester Wilderness with an estimated 25/28 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.
2023 Subaru Forester trim levels
The 2023 Forester base trim 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, a multi-function display, remote keyless entry, and a combination meter with color LCD.
The Premium has enhanced roof rails and added 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 a 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 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 in extreme weather conditions.
The Sport also comes with blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Limited trim adds leather seats, a leather steering wheel, a 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.
Forester Wilderness is designed for customers who want to get further off the grid. It offers 9.2-inches of ground clearance, longer coil springs, and shock absorbers, Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, more prominent wheel cladding, and ladder-type roof rails that can support up to 800 lb. for using a rooftop tent. Inside, the Wilderness trim comes with water-resistant StarTex seating surfaces, all-weather mats, and a cargo tray for carrying outdoor gear.
The top-of-the-line Touring trim offers a gesture climate control capability, allowing the driver to raise and lower the automatic climate control system's temperature through hand gestures. 2023 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 has LED lights in the tailgate and dome lights with an off-delay.
The EyeSight driver assist technology is upgraded on the Premium trim with the option package and all higher trim levels. The next-generation EyeSight includes automatic emergency steering. Subaru says the feature works with pre-collision braking to assist with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph.
How much will the 2023 Subaru Forester tow?
All 2023 Forester trims offer 1,500 towing capacity and feature standard trailer stability assist. Forester Wilderness comes with up to 3,000-lb. towing capacity allowing active customers to pull a small boat or camper.
When will the 2023 Subaru Forester be available in the U.S.? Subaru says customers who order the Forester this month will see it arrive in December. Stay tuned for reports on the next-generation 2024 Subaru Forester coming soon.
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