The 2019 Subaru Forester doesn’t come with a turbo variant – that should be known by now and we should all move on from that loss. However, the departure from a sporty crossover and to the now more family-oriented vehicle comes with a rather welcome combination: heavy tech features at a relatively affordable price point.
Here’s a closer look at the Forester’s tech and safety features, along with the things that could have been better.
What’s included: Motorized seat adjustment with memory function, auto-up and down for the front windows, auto-headlights with manual levelizer, power-folding and power-adjustable side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, electronic parking brake, brake hold, automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push start ignition, EyeSight tech (adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision mitigation), power tailgate, 8-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers.
The list above is quite a handful, right? That’s what you’ll get in spending P1,698,000 in a roomy, 5-seater compact crossover. All of these features work like a charm, except maybe for the brake hold which can be improved by softening its launch from a standstill. Other than that, you’re pretty much covered, which brings us to the next part.
What you won’t like: No speed-sensing door locks, no Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Yes, the Subaru Forester doesn’t have speed-sensing door locks for its mid-2.0i-L variant, not even in its top-level premium trim. Considering how important we see this tech in modern cars, it’s quite surprising for a fully-loaded vehicle to not have this feature.
Another thing I wish the Forester has for its price is Apple Carplay or Android Auto. This day and age, these connectivity apps make for an easy smartphone connection – something younger car owners would really appreciate.
Safety: Filling out the spec sheet
What’s included: EyeSight tech (adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision mitigation), seven airbags, five 3-point seatbelts, front seatbelt reminder, ABS with EBD, brake assist system, brake override system, and ISOFIX child seat tethers.
The EyeSight technology may be classified as a convenient thing to have but it’s also a safety system for obvious reasons. Aside from that, the multitude of safety features pretty much fills out the rest of the Forester’s spec sheet, plus it also has Subaru’s famed all-wheel-drive system that improves traction, especially during the rainy days. There’s no blind-spot monitor, however, but the Forester’s huge greenhouse and generous visibility don’t really warrant for one.
156 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Subaru Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight CVT
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Max Output (HP)
156 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque (nm)
196 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Economy & Environment
Number of Doors
Number of Seats
Safety & Security
Front Passenger's Airbag
Electronic Brake Distribution
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Electronic Door Locks
Speed Sensing Door Locks
Lane Departure Warning System
Blind-Spot Detection System
Front Parking Sensors
Rear Parking Sensors
Push Start Button
Wheels Metal Type
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
8-inch Audio and Multi-Information Touchscreen Display
Aux, Bluetooth, and USB
3 Years (100,000 km)
Electric Adjustable Seats
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Active Park Assist
Hill Start Assist
Active Torque Split S-AWD
Tire Pressure Monitoring
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