The 2022 Subaru Forester returns to the “Wilderness” | News, Sports, Jobs

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The exterior of the new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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The exterior of the new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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The exterior of the new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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The interior of the new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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The interior of the new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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The interior of the new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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The interior of the new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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In 2019, in what seems like a different timeline long before all the crazy happenings in our world, Subaru introduced an all-new Forester model that was to be one of the first models built on its all-new global platform.

Most of us ordinary people have to ask ourselves: what is a global platform and why would it make a difference? In a nutshell, this global platform allows Subaru to build different cars on the same assembly line at factories in America and Japan. These cars will stay true to all the Subaru safety standards and capabilities for which they have become famous.

Aside from this new overall advantage, the new Forester is, in our opinion, the best looking Forester to date. The boxy look of the past has been smoothed out with more rounded modern edges, but Subaru has kept the identity of its best-selling model intact.

To that end, there is now even more space in the vehicle, with the rear seats folded down adding 1 cubic foot. More importantly, the peak rear opening has been increased by 5.3 inches over last year’s model. This gives the Forester the widest opening available to put your stuff in the back, and with a higher stance than most midsize SUVs, we found it even easier to load and unload our items.

Now fast forward past a few years most of us would rather not remember and Subaru has added even more reasons to step out in a Forester with the Wilderness trim. The automaker upped the ante with this design. Ground clearance as well as approach and departure angles have been improved with the addition of a higher rollover angle.

So getting into the wilderness will be much better in the now upgraded version of the Forester! We immediately fell in love with the new look, especially the gold accents of the Wilderness edition of this unique SUV.

The new Subaru Eyesight Driver Assist package is one of the best of these types of safety devices on the market today. It literally consists of two eyes (cameras) located on either side of the rearview mirror that look ahead of the Forester and warn the driver of an impending collision. If no action is taken, it will apply the brakes to avoid a collision. It will also provide a warning when the vehicle begins to drift out of the lane lines and regulate cruise control, keeping the Forester a set distance behind other traffic. It will also apply the brakes or the accelerator depending on the reaction of the traffic in front of the car.

Subaru has also introduced a new service called Starlink which is somewhat similar to the OnStar service available in General Motors vehicles. In the event of an accident involving the deployment of an airbag, a customer service representative will communicate with the occupants through the Subaru’s speakers and may dispatch police and emergency personnel if necessary while providing the exact location of the Subaru on a map. It really is a great peace of mind system.

The forester equipped with this system will also email monthly reports to the owner on the status of things like oil consumption and other systems. It can perform simple diagnostics at the push of a button, and there’s an app available that will tell the user where the Subaru is, unlock doors, and sound the horn along with other things.

Along with all that cutting-edge technology, a sleek new 8-inch touchscreen adds just the right amount of luxury to the cabin interior. We found this new system to work much better than the infotainment systems of previous Subarus we’ve driven. Connecting the phones took about 20 seconds and managing other systems was very easy thanks to the intuitive touch screen design.

Another great technology from Subaru is called DriverFocus, which is available on higher trim levels of the Forester. This system uses a near-infrared camera to focus on the driver’s eyes and head position to detect distracted or drowsy driving. It can be programmed to recognize up to five different users.

It will alert the driver if they look down or take their eyes off the road for too long, preventing them from sneaking into a text or reading or emailing. It can be turned off after the Forester starts, but we consider it great lifesaving tech, even if it’s kind of a nanny-type tech.

This year, the only engine offered in the Forester is a 2.5-liter horizontal four-cylinder boxer engine that has a 12 percent horsepower boost this year — up to 182 ponies and 176 foot-pounds of torque.

Coupled with the continuously variable transmission (CVT), it did quite well. It wasn’t like a race car, but it did pretty well in freeway traffic and just fine getting around town. This SUV is going to be a safe and reliable family and business hauler for years to come – just what the designers at Subaru ordered.

For the week, we got a very good 29.5 mpg, which we thought was really good for the driving mix we did throughout the week. The sport version was very comfortable and has a trim level that would be perfect for a growing family.

We thoroughly enjoyed our week with the new Forester and continue to recommend Subaru and the lifestyle that comes with it to anyone looking for a rugged yet refined family vehicle.

Base price: $32,820

Destination charge: $1,125

Price as driven: $36,015

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