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The Subaru Forester Wilderness is one lean, mean off-roadin’ machine. The Wilderness trim was recently introduced to give Subaru SUVs even more off-road capability. How does the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness handle deep snow?

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is ready for the winter

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is uniquely equipped to handle different types of terrain. It can battle rough trails, mud, and snow thanks to a feature known as dual-function X-Mode. X-Mode is a system designed by Subaru to choose between different settings that adapt the off-road SUV to different driving conditions.

X-Mode is especially useful when the SUV is climbing, going down steep declines, and trying to find traction on slippery surfaces. In the video above, a YouTuber takes a new Subaru Forester Wilderness on a snow-filled country road. The YouTuber drove the Forester Wilderness without X-Mode activated at first.

While driving in the snow, the YouTuber found that power was well-distributed between tires in Normal Mode. Snow/Dirt Mode created a fun driving experience in the snow while providing great handling as well. Deep Snow/ Mud Mode allowed for more wheelspin.

The Subaru Forester Wilderness was able to climb a hill covered with snow and a larger hill covered with deep snow. Even its Normal Mode is well-equipped to transfer power between wheels for maximum traction. The Subaru Forester Wilderness is one of the best SUV models to buy for driving in snow or any other tough driving conditions.

Everything you need to know about the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness compact SUV with a light blue teal color option parked within a wild forest.
2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness | Subaru of America

The Subaru Forester Wilderness starts at $32,820. It uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make 182 horsepower. The off-road SUV gets 25 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

According to MotorTrend, the Forester Wilderness has 9.2 inches of ground clearance thanks to a suspension upgrade. The Forester typically has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. It includes Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires, all-wheel drive, and a front skid plate. The compact SUV comes with enough off-roading goodies to make trails a breeze.

Should you buy a Subaru Forester Wilderness?

A blue 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is driving on a trail.

The Subaru Forester Wilderness is hands down one of the best off-road SUVs on the market. It may take a back seat to off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco, but the Forester Wilderness can hang with the wildest SUVs out. The Forester was already a capable off-roader. Now it has all-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, and a suspension upgrade.

If you’re looking for adventure, then it’s tough to find an affordable compact off-road SUV that can go toe to toe with the Subaru Forester Wilderness. Bring on the rain, mud, and heavy snow. This compact SUV can power through it all.


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