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If you’re old enough, you likely look back on the 1990s with fond memories. Subaru might be feeling just as nostalgic, considering the latest version of the Forester still comes with what most consider to be a totally 90s feature. So, what does the 2023 Subaru Forester offer that makes it worth a look, and what is this 90s infotainment feature that most other vehicle models have essentially phased out of production? You might just be eager to buy this latest Subaru Forester model, especially if you’re still nostalgic for the good old days.

Have you met the 2023 Subaru Forester yet?

The interior and dashboard layout of a 2023 Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV
2023 Subaru Forester interior and dashboard | Subaru of America, Inc.

It’s that time of year again when automakers introduce their newest models for the upcoming year. Subaru has released details about the 2023 Forester, and there’s plenty to love about this versatile crossover. Car and Driver says it “gets nothing new,” but why fix what isn’t broken? The latest Forester brings all the segment-leading standards you love, including off-road chops and unrivaled ground clearance.

Subaru outlines the key features and specs of the Forester, including a base MSRP of $26,395. Expect the Subaru basics, including top-notch standard safety equipment with its EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology and all-wheel drive. Every Forester comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine capable of achieving 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. If you want more from your new Forester, you can choose from six available trims: the base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, and Touring models. So, you can outfit your Forester with whatever suite of extras you need, from adventurous and outdoorsy to luxurious and comfortable.

The infotainment system and the 90s throw-back feature

Edmunds says the 2023 Subaru Forester comes with all the infotainment features even non-tech-savvy consumers can appreciate. There’s a dual-screen center layout that’s incredibly easy to use. The navigation system operates effortlessly and accepts voice commands well. There are also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options and plenty of USB ports throughout the vehicle.

In addition to the impressive Subaru STARLINK Multimedia system, you get one pretty cool 90s infotainment feature. The 2023 Subaru Forester still comes with a CD player. Whether you’re clinging to your 90s grunge rock or upbeat country on disc, you can still play your favorites the old-fashioned way in the newest Forester.

A modern crossover in every other aspect


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Don’t let the presence of a CD player fool you. Everything else about the 2023 Subaru Forester is modern and state-of-the-art. With the hands-free connectivity and voice command options alone, you’ll feel like you’re driving a vehicle of the future. Subaru’s STARLINK® Safety and Security provides a host of high-tech extras, including remote engine start, advanced automatic collision notification, operator connection in the event of an accident, and SOS emergency assistance. 

Subaru’s DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System is equally impressive, working with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. It’s like having a digital co-pilot with distracted driving alerts. Meanwhile, the awareness technology, alerting to blind spots, rear cross traffic, and braking automatically in reverse, makes driving the 2023 model year Forester safer than ever.

The interior materials are high-quality, and the panoramic roof is perfect for those adventurous nights off-road. As Kelley Blue Book points out, the proven formula for this Forester, despite being unchanged from 2022, still means Subaru’s selling “every Forester it can build.” That’s why the 2022 Forester took home KBB’s coveted awards for both ‘Best Resale Value’ and ‘5-Year Cost to Own’.

If you’re a fan of the 90s and need a new vehicle that still allows you to enjoy those classic CDs, consider the 2023 Subaru Forester. You can enjoy your favorite 90s music the old-fashioned way without compromising any of today’s must-have technology and infotainment.