Subaru of America today announced pricing on the 2022 Forester compact crossover, it’s most popular model. For 2022, the Forester adds Wilderness, the newest model in the Wilderness marketing name. The fifth-generation Forester also has a mildly a redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, along with new safety and convenience items. Pricing ranges from – $26,320 – $38,000+.
The 2022 Forester will be offered in six confusing trim levels when it arrives at Subaru retailers in October: Base, Premium, Sport, all-new Wilderness, Limited, and Touring. The new Wilderness trim level combines Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with a revised drivetrain, standard X-MODE, elevated 9.2-inch ground clearance1, and unique wheels with all-terrain tires.
Click to Enlarge. The 2022 Forester also comes standard with the latest version of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The system improves overall performance and operates under a broader range of conditions with a wider field of view and improved control software, it’s claimed.
For the Premium with option package, and all higher trim levels, EyeSight includes new Automatic Emergency Steering. The works in conjunction with the Pre-Collision Braking System to assist with steering control to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph when the driver is distracted, say by, a 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus system with high-resolution touchscreen, smartphone with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity as well as SiriusXM and a CD player. (Subaru Sells One-Millionth Eyesight Driver Assist)
All Forester models include seven airbags: driver and front passenger frontal airbags, side curtain airbags and side pelvis/torso airbags, as well as a driver’s knee airbag. a new ladder-type roof rail design offers a higher moving load capacity (220 lb. vs. 176 lb.) and an 800-lb. static load limit vs. 700 lb. This in theory allows safe use of a roof-top tent. Tie-down locations are also integrated into the rails.
All Forester models are powered by a 2.5-liter opposed-cylinder engine teamed with a – marketing babble alert> Lineartronic CVT and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The direct-injection engine is rated at 182 hp. and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. The Forester delivers – at least in press releases – up to 33 mpg EPA-estimated highway fuel economy. The compact also offers up to 3,000-lb. towing capacity and has standard Trailer Stability Assist.
19.2-inch ground clearance, a half-inch increase compared with other Forester models. Longer coil springs and shock absorbers provide the added road clearance, while special tuning helps maintain ride and handling performance with the increased height, according to Subaru.