Buyer's Guide

2022 Subaru Forester
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Fuel Economy $ 26 / 33 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 29/74 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 182@5,800
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2022 Subaru Forester MODEL OVERVIEW

Subaru has refreshed its compact SUV for the 2022 model year, giving it an updated exterior design and a new off-road-ready trim level, among other upgrades. The 2022 Subaru Forester hits dealerships in October 2021.

What's New

  • Redesigned exterior with updated grille, LED headlights, and bumpers
  • Wilderness model joins the lineup, promising improved capability off the beaten path
  • Updated brake system
  • Updated EyeSight safety system with newly available automatic emergency steering function
  • Available Driver Monitoring System adds hand gesture controls for HVAC system
  • Base model adds LED cargo area light and a brighter LED interior dome lamp with off-delay
  • Premium trim gets larger 12.4-inch front disc brake rotors
  • Cargo area headliner hooks
  • Eight-speed manual mode on CVT for Wilderness models
  • Touring gets new gloss black window moldings

What We Think

Practicality is a hallmark of the Subaru Forester. Boasting a spacious interior and a smooth, quiet ride, thisĀ small crossover is a strong contender in its segment. It's not the quickest or most exciting SUV to drive, and sometimes it could use more power, but our tests reveal acceleration from 0-60 mph is competitive with the segment.

The Forester's boxy styling ensures excellent outward visibility, as well as plenty of headroom inside the cabin. There's ample legroom for three people in the rear, and cargo space is similarly generous. The rear doors open wide, making it easier to load child seats. We've also praised the responsive touchscreen with large, easy-to-read icons.

Like most other Subarus, the Forester comes standard with AWD. The SUV can easily handle sand, gravel, and unpaved surfaces, but the soft engine can sometimes hinder its off-road prowess. In our 2019 SUV of the Year testing, when the Forester was named a finalist, we got stuck after a hard stop on a slushy-silt slope. We're excited to see how the new Wilderness trim performs off the beaten path.

Buyers who prioritize a cavernous interior over quick acceleration will be well-served by the Forester. Before you sign on the dotted line, we'd recommend also test-driving the spacious, fun-to-drive, all-around-awesome Honda CR-V.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Subaru didn't change everything with the redesign. The 2022 Subaru Forester sticks with the same 2.5-liter flat-four engine as last year. Once again, this engine produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque, and it's mated to a CVT automatic. AWD is standard. In our tests, the Forester hit 60 mph in 8.3 seconds.

Fuel economy comes in at 26/33 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the 2022 Honda CR-V AWD's rating of 27/32 mpg. Wilderness models are less efficient than other Foresters, rated at 25/28 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Features

The 2022 Subaru Forester earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. This score consists of five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The 2021 Forester earned a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.

The Forester comes standard with Subaru's latest EyeSight safety system. Thanks to improved camera technology with an expanded field of view, it should be able to recognize different traffic situations more accurately. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, lane departure and sway warming, and adaptive cruise control.

For 2022, some models receive automatic emergency steering to help avoid crashes at speeds under 50 mph. Blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert is also available.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Subaru Forester is a spacious SUV, but so is the Honda CR-V. This competitor beats the Forester when it comes to cargo space.

Cargo space (behind first/second rows):

2022 Subaru Forester: 74.2/28.9 cubic feet
2022 Honda CR-V: 75.8/39.2 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

2022 Subaru Forester: 43.3/39.4 inches
2022 Honda CR-V: 41.3/40.4 inches


The Forester comes standard with a CD player and a small 6.5-inch touchscreen running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buyers can upgrade to an 8.0-inch screen. A Harmon Kardon premium audio system is also available.

For the new model year, the available Driver Monitoring System adds HVAC gesture controls. This means that drivers can adjust the cabin temperature with the wave of the hand instead of pressing a button.

What Is the Subaru Forester Wilderness?

Subaru introduced a new Wilderness trim for improved off-road performance. Ground clearance increases from 8.7 inches to 9.2 inches, and approach, departure, and breakover angles have also improved. More low-end torque is available on the Wilderness because it has 4.11:1 differential ratios compared to 3.70:1 for regular Foresters. To increase traction, it comes fitted with Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch black wheels. Inside the cabin, you'll find water resistant seats.

This model also features a unique exterior design complete with bolder body cladding, updated front grille, front skid plate, anti-glare black hood decal, and other changes. Prices start around $34,000.

Trim Levels

The 2022 Subaru Forester is available in six trim levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Wilderness, and Touring. Prices range from around $26,500 for the base model to around $36,500 for the top trim.

Base: remote keyless entry, 6.5-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, CD player, dual USB ports in front center console

Premium: heated front seats and exterior mirrors, 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar, panoramic moonroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel

Sport: gloss black exterior trim with orange accents, gray/orange interior color scheme, blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency steering

Limited: leather upholstery, dual USB ports in rear center console, power rear gate with auto close/height memory

Wilderness: unique exterior with larger wheel arch cladding, additional ground clearance, Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires

Touring: LED foglights with chrome trim, roof rails with silver finish, heated outboard rear seats, driver distraction mitigation system with gesture controls for temperature settings

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$500 Subaru announces a Lease Loyalty program which allows current lease customers to have their first payment and disposition fees waived when leasing a new vehicle through SMF. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 12-31-2022
$500 Subaru announces Military Discount program to active-duty and reserve members of the US Military. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 12-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48 Months - Subaru announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 63, 72 Months - Subaru announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022