Subaru Forester gets revised look, more tech for 2017

April 15, 2016

Subaru is making a few improvements to the Forester for the 2017 model year.

The company’s EyeSight suite of electronic driving aids now relies on color cameras that provide a longer and wider field of vision. It has also been upgraded to include Lane Keeping Assist, a technology that automatically brings the car back in its lane if it begins to sway. Limited and Touring models gain a blind spot detection system, as well as an innovative Reverse Automatic Braking software that warns the driver if he or she is about to hit an obstacle while backing up, and automatically applies the brakes if necessary.

All Foresters equipped with EyeSight can be upgraded with Steering Responsive Headlights and High Beam Assist at an extra cost.

Subaru hasn’t made any major mechanical modifications, but it has improved fuel economy in the city and in a combined cycle by making tweaks to the CVT transmission. Additionally, turbocharged 2.0XT Touring models benefit from an active torque vectoring system borrowed from the WRX STI.

The exterior updates are minor at best. Eagle-eyed observers will notice the Forester receives a redesigned bumper, sharper-looking headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lamps. Premium models receive a body-colored spoiler, and Touring models get a new available paint color called Sepia Bronze Metallic (pictured).

The Forester’s cabin is made quieter by thicker glass, additional sound-deadening material, an acoustic windshield, and added underfloor insulation. Available Saddle Brown leather upholstery and a new multi-function steering wheel round out the changes for the upcoming model year.

The 2017 Subaru Forester will go on sale nationwide in the coming weeks. Pricing information hasn’t been published yet.

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