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Who Says The Aging Outdated Subaru Forester Needs A Remodel

Subaru of America has a surprise hot model, and it's the model that needs a remodel the most. Check out the results of the aging and outdated Forester. It's hot, while other all-new models are not.


Forester's numbers are impressive again, considering it needs a complete remodel. The Forester was scheduled to get a redesign for the 2024 model year, but it's a carry-over with no changes. It's looking like a brilliant decision by Subaru Corporation. 

Subaru of America had six models that were up in percentage of increase in October compared with the same period in 2022. The hot Forester led all models and is the number one selling model in Subaru of America's all-wheel-drive lineup. 

2024 Subaru Forester arrives now

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The Subaru Forester, surprisingly, is the hottest model, and it needs a remodel, but don't tell compact SUV customers. Forester has been the number-one model for four consecutive months. 

Just as in July, August, and September, the 2023 Subaru Forester compact SUV is again the number-one selling all-wheel-drive model for Subaru of America. Forester was the top performer by volume in October for the fourth month, with 15,479 model sales and an increase of 29.5 percent over October 2022.

2024 Subaru Forester needs a remodel

The 15,479 Forester models delivered to customers compared with 11,954 in October 2022. Forester is now up 33.4 percent in the first ten months of 2023. Forester has 121,824 models sold in 2023 and remains in third place and inches closer to the new Crosstrek.

The Forester's 121,824 models sold in 2023 are just a short distance from the Crosstrek, with 128,400 models sold in the first ten months of 2023. 

2024 Forester recall alert.

The 2024 Subaru Forester is arriving now from Japan and already has a recall. You can check out the new Forester recall report here for more information. 

The 2024 Subaru Forester is a carry-over model and has received no additional upgrades over the 2023 model. Subaru Corporation chose to wait another year before the next-generation compact SUV is launched around the globe.

For customers looking to purchase a 2024 Forester, here is the new pricing and how much all trim levels increased.

All 2024 Forester trim levels increased by $770 in price, including destination and delivery. The Forester comes in six trim levels: The Base Forester starts at $28,190, Premium ($31,390), Sport ($32,960), Limited ($35,070), Wilderness ($36,015), and Touring ($38,490). Pricing includes destination and dealer fees ($1,295).

The aging and outdated Subaru Forester is Subaru of America's surprise hot model, and it's the model that needs a remodel the most. The Forester needs upgrades, but don't tell compact SUV customers. It's SOA's top-selling model for four consecutive months. 

I will inform customers of the all-new 2025 Subaru Forester when details are announced or leaked. Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru Forester story. See you tomorrow for my latest Subaru Report.

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gearhead4 (not verified)    November 4, 2023 - 9:18PM

Maybe the Forester is the best selling model because all the other AWD models have fussy, touchscreen based HVAC controls. The current Forester generation has simple, intuitive climate controls that can be adjusted without taking your eyes off the road. The current Outbacks, Crosstreks, and Imprezas have big touchscreens with integrated HVAC controls that are impossible to adjust without taking your eyes off the road for several seconds.
I think I will hold on to my 2019 Forester for a long time.

Steven Russick (not verified)    November 5, 2023 - 4:39PM

In reply to by gearhead4 (not verified)

Nothing needs to change on the Subaru Forester, except for the only problem it has!!! That is the lack of power!! Consumer Reports and other customer surveys say this is the number one problem. My wife has been putting off buying a new Forester
Waiting for the much anticipated 2024 with turbo. But no after getting peoples hopes up they pull the plug at the last minute.
Now after waiting a year and a half for the 2024 turbo we feel betrayed by Subaru!!!

Rod McCracken (not verified)    November 6, 2023 - 8:23PM

In reply to by Steven Russick (not verified)

I have a 2018 Forester and have been waiting for more powerful engine. If it doesn't happen in the 2025 model I will never buy a Subaru again. I like the Forester, but hate that I can't tow anything. Give us some power or we are done with Subaru

Denny (not verified)    November 18, 2023 - 8:51AM

In reply to by gearhead4 (not verified)

Exactly the reason I purchased a 2022 Forester and might trade it for a 2024 model. I like "old school" knobs, switches, and buttons. I've driven many cars with the new iPad inspired mission control setup including Outbacks, Grand Cherkees, BMW 3 Series, and a MB C Class. They all were distracting, not intuitive, glitchy, and took more time to operate. Come is navigating through two to three screens to operate the heated seats or steering wheel more convenient than a single switch? Let's not even discuss the reflection and glare if you attempt to open even the sunscreen on the sunroof!!! Depending on the angle of incoming light the screen can either be hard or impossible to see. I found the Outback and MB I drove at night very distracting from the constant light coming off the screen and the dimming capabilities are a joke. My current Forester has a much smaller screen at eight inches and I have the option of turning it off but still have the good old switch gear to operate the essentials. A vehicle should be simple and enjoyable to drive, not needlessly complex and frustrating. I wonder how many accidents have been associated with these television size interactive screens? I'm sure there will be studies soon by the IIHS on the topic. Be safe and kind on the roads as you travel 👍.

JdV (not verified)    November 6, 2023 - 4:27PM

Bought a new 2020 Forester and have loved it (although a bit more power would be nice.) If they ruin the look of the front end in the Forester redesign like they did with the Outback, I’ll keep what I have. I loathe the vertical hard rubber on the Outback front end.