2022 Subaru Forester Gets Major Updates

The Subaru Forester has been around since the late ’90s. Subaru has manufactured and produced five generations of the Forester thus far, and the nameplate doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Thankfully, the next Forester has received some major design updates reinvigorating the nameplate and adding some much-needed flair to the exterior. As a result, the 2022 model is exactly the change that the Forester needs.

Subaru’s old faithful crossover

A Green Subaru Forester is displayed during the second press day at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show.
The Subaru Forester | Robert Hradil Via Getty Images

The Subaru Forester has never been the flashiest crossover on the market. Some consumers would even call its simplistic exterior design boring compared to some emerging crossovers like the Honda-HR-V. The Forester is decades old and far from the new kid on the block, but it does have history on its side.

With that history comes a strong reputation of reliability. The Subaru Forester is a dependable, all-around crossover with off-road capabilities. It was never meant to be the fastest or flashiest vehicle in its class. Its job is to deliver a predictable experience that consumers can trust and have trusted for a very long time.

What the Subaru Forester has done well

A Green 2021 Subaru Forester driving in the rain.
The 2021 Subaru Forester | Subaru

The popular crossover comes equipped with standard safety options like lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning. These features are optional on most crossovers, making the Forester one of the safest SUVs in its class. The biggest complaint consumers have is its lack of power.

The 2021 Subaru Forester receives high ratings amongst consumers. It boasts many standard driver-assist features. It also gets major kudos for including standard all-wheel drive. Ranging from $24,795 to $34,895, the 2021 Forester is also affordable, with enough trim options to satisfy all types of consumer wants and needs. But has the Forester become boring?

The Forester reinvigorated

The 2021 Subaru Forester Sport | Subaru

The 2021 model was recognized as reliable by consumers and experts alike, but few have considered the crossover to be exciting. That’s where the redesign comes in. According to Car and Driver, the Japanese automaker is ready to spice things up with the crossover’s latest exterior design.

The first noticeable change on the small SUV is its reworked grille. The automaker deviated from the flat lines it formally used and transitioned to a sportier honeycomb design. New wheels and chunkier headlamps also give the Forester an updated look. Subaru’s newest iteration will be offered in three new colors: Brilliant Bronze, Cascade Green Silica, and Autumn Green.

But wait, there’s more

The exterior isn’t the only update on the 2022 Subaru Forester. The new Forester will offer upgraded camera sensors as well as even more driver-assistance features. It is expected to use the same unimpressive powertrain that some consumers dread, but Subaru is definitely keeping the crossover relevant with these welcome new improvements and additions.

The 2021 Subaru Forester was the crossover that reminded auto enthusiasts why the nameplate has been around so long. The 2022 Subaru Forester will show consumers that the crossover is here to stay and can keep up with the times. Things are looking up for Subaru’s popular off-road crossover vehicle.

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