If you carefully consider all the attributes and features of the 2024 Subaru Forester, you could find yourself scratching your head and wondering how they fit so much into such a compact package. Whether you think it looks more like a five-seat station wagon or a compact crossover SUV, the 2024 Forester boasts interior space, flexibility, on- and off-road capability, safety credentials, and value for money that beats anything in its class.
There are six models for discerning SUV shoppers to choose from in the 2024 Subaru Forester lineup, which starts with the entry-level Forester Base. The rest of the lineup consists of the Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, and top-of-the-line Touring trim levels. The Base Forester looks tremendous value for money with its standard all-wheel-drive and attractive MSRP. But there’s plenty of value available throughout the range, including the higher specifications.
It’s impossible to mistake the Forester for a model from any other brand. Still, different trim levels have their own unique characters, such as the Wilderness models with high-riding suspension, unique front fascias with improved approach angles, and brightly colored accents.
The 2024 Subaru Forester follows a familiar Subaru theme with a powertrain that’s simplicity itself. All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup, and all models utilize the same powerplant and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine powering the 2024 Forester is a 2.5-liter flat-four producing 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. Although the power gets to all four wheels through a CVT in all cases, there are three different versions of the CVT, depending on the chosen trim level.
The Base Forester and Premium trim levels come with a Lineartronic CVT with Adaptive Control. At the same time, Sport, Limited, and Touring versions of the Subaru feature a Lineartronic CVT with Adaptive Control and a 7-speed manual mode. The last of the three CVT variants is a Lineartronic CVT with Adaptive Control and an 8-speed manual mode, and this unit is exclusive to the Wilderness trim level. The Wilderness trim can also boast a maximum trailer rating of 3,000 pounds, but the rest of the Forester lineup gets rated at a more modest 1,500 pounds.
Safety isn’t the main reason for choosing the Forester for most shoppers, but it has to be worth pointing out that the Subaru Forester boasts a crash-test record that’s second to none. The NHTSA gives the Forester a five out of five rating for overall safety, and the IIHS bestows its coveted Top Safety Pick+ accolade on the compact Subaru. Every version features standard adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking, while Premium models and higher get automatic emergency steering as part of their standard specification.
Automatic climate control, 17-inch alloys, cloth upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, a split-folding rear seat, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are all included with the Forester Base. But you only have to go up one grade to the Premium to get standard power-adjustable heated front seats, reclining rear seats, keyless access with push-button start and PIN-code access, a six-speaker audio system, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. The Forester Sport is the first trim level with a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen upgrade option. The larger screen is standard for Wilderness, Limited, and Touring versions of the Forester.
The 2024 Subaru Forester is something of a Swiss Army knife of compact crossover SUVs. If a task doesn’t demand something bigger, it’s hard to think of a challenge beyond this excellent little Subaru SUV. Put the Forester through its paces yourself with a test drive from Nelson Subaru located at 4730 Virginia Ave, Bassett, Virginia, or call us at (276) 647-1775 for more information, and we can book an appointment for a time that’s suitable for you.