2020 Subaru Forester Price Rises Slightly, But it Gets More Features

Subaru has announced pricing for the 2020 Forester. While it brings a modest bump over the 2019 model, the 2020 Subaru Forester comes with a few extra features that drivers will appreciate out on the road.

Those comprise of enhancements to the standard EyeSight driver-assist suite, which now includes lane centering and lane departure prevention, as well as a rear seat reminder to alert drivers to check the second row after a drive. The 2020 Forester starts at $25,505 in base trim, a $235 increase over last year’s $25,270 starting price.

That vehicle, like all other Forester trims, is powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four engine sending 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque through a CVT to Subaru’s signature all-wheel-drive system. The entry-level Base trim is shod with 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, LED headlights, and black side mirrors.

Sport trim does what it says on the badge by adding sporty drive modes and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Inside, LCD displays are upgraded with performance data and the cargo area gets convenient LED lighting. Sport models can be distinguished by their blacked-out fascia and red trim on the lower body edges and roof rack, LED foglamps, and side mirrors with turn signals. Technology upgrades include keyless entry with push-button start. The Forester Sport starts at $30,005, which also represents a $235 bump.

Topping the Forester range is the Touring trim. Trim-specific 18-inch wheels and chrome exterior trim set it apart from lesser models. Inside, a larger 8.0-inch infotainment display, upgraded audio system, and additional upholstery colors to choose from are added. Driver monitoring with facial recognition and reverse automatic braking are added as standard. It’s the most expensive Forester at $35,605, which like the Limited is up $335.

Despite the price hike, it’s unlikely Subaru will see any slowdown in Forester sales. The brand has enjoyed six consecutive years of selling more than 10,000 Foresters monthly, with the 2 millionth Forester sold in July 2019. That’s not surprising, given all that it has to offer.