Subaru Forester is a five-door five-seater Japanese compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Subaru since 1997.
The Forester was firstly introduced on the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show and by early to mid-1997 it was available on the Japanese and American markets.
The first-generation Subaru Foresters were produced from 1997 to 2002. This generation captured the hearts and minds of car enthusiasts and would-be owners as there was nothing like it on the market then, it was a “hybrid” that blended attributes of a passenger car and an SUV. The Forester was much better than small SUVs in its category then as it was designed by utilizing data and technology gained from rally cars that were racing on rough roads of Africa, Europe, and Asia and the result was the Subaru Forester a car capable of maneuvering on slippery roads, ice and muddy terrain with ease that other SUVs could only dream of thanks to its All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system that constantly shifts (redirects) power to the tire that has better grip.
First-Generation (2000 Model) Subaru Forester
The First generation Subaru Forester came with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and 4-speed automatic transmission optional. Most First-generation Subaru Foresters were equipped with a 4-cylinder (EJ25D) horizontally opposed (boxer) 2.5-liter 123kW at 5600rpm engine that has an average consumption of 10.4L/100KM. A few of the first-generation Subaru Foresters were equipped with a 2.0-liter 190kW at 6500rpm 4-cylinder (EJ20 available in about 4 varieties with varying power also has the option of a turbo) with an average consumption of 12.1L/100KM.
Second-Generation (2005 Model) Subaru Forester
The Second generation Subaru Forester was produced between 2002 and 2009. This model was displayed for the first time in the 2002 Chicago Auto show.
The first model in the second generation Forester is the 2003 model which came out with some enhancements but with overall weight reduction in mind. The model came with an upgraded body that was equipped with new aluminum roof racks (hood rails), new interior, and a front sub-frame that underwent hydroforming to make it stiff but also reduces weight in the process, and apart from weight reduction safety was also considered with the introduction of four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel antilock, electronic brake-force distribution, side airbags, front-seat active head restraint system, front seat-belt pre-tensioners, and improved chassis rigidity.
This model came with the previous generations 2.0 L (EJ20) 2.5L (EJ25) aspirated engines and a new turbo option on the 4-cylinder 2.5L (EJ25) engine. The Subaru XT (EJ25 with Turbo) engine has the same block as the Subaru WRX STI with the only difference being its intake manifold, its turbo and the intercooler (if interested you can later tune it to the WRX STI mode). This 2.5L (EJ25) with turbo (won engine of the year award 2006) engine transformed the Forester to a performance sports wagon, as the turbo gave it an average power of 157 kW at 5600rpm and a consumption of 13L/100KM.
Third-Generation (2012 Model) Subaru Forester
The third-generation Subaru Foresters were made between 2008 and 2012.
In this generation, Subaru came with a completely different car as the 2008 Subaru Forester, which looked more like a crossover SUV. It was around 11cm taller than the second-generation model, 4.5cm wider, 7.6cm in length and its wheelbase was also increased by 8.9cm. The interior got a boost as well, as the legroom for rear passengers was increased, a 450-liter boot that can be extended by folding the rear seats. In this third-generation, Subaru kept using the EJ series engines but also introduced a 4-cylinder 2.0L (FB2) petrol engine that uses 10% less fuel than the EJ20 and is more eco-friendly. This engine produces an average power of 110kW at 6200rpm and an average consumption of 8L/100KM. Subaru also introduced a diesel with a new diesel engine that gives 110kW 2.0-litre (EE20) diesel and has a much superior consumption compared to petrol engine of 5.2L/100KM and also is very friendly to the environment with less CO2 emissions. The diesel engine is available in non-turbo (aspirated) and a turbo.
Fourth-Generation (2012-2018 Model) Subaru Forester
The fourth-generation Subaru Foresters were made between 2012 and 2018. The first of these models were introduced at the 2012 Guangzhou motor show.
The fourth-generation Subaru Forester came with a 4-cylinder 2.0L (FA20 is a derivative of the FB20 designed to reduce weight while maintaining durability) engine that produces an average power of 200kW at 5600rpm and an average consumption of 7.8L/100KM. Also, the fourth-generation Subaru Forester continued using 4-cylinder 2.0L (EE20) diesel engine with both engines coming with an option for turbo and non-turbo. With these engines, Subaru made use of 4-speed automatic CVT and a 6-speed manual transmission.
The body of the fourth-generation Subaru Forester was tuned a bit by increasing its length by 3.6cm, width by 1.5cm and wheelbase by 2.5cm. With these extensions, the interior space also got increased by getting 450 boot liters extendable to 1610 liters by folding the rear seats and if that is not enough, the front passenger seat can be flattened for more space, a generous legroom that can accommodate four full-size adults comfortably or 5 midsize adults with good visibility, thanks to the huge glasshouse. The dashboard got an upgrade as well, the steering wheel was redesigned.
Fifth-Generation (2019 Model) Subaru Forester
The Fifth-generation Subaru Forester was produced from 2018 to the present time. The first of these models was revealed at the New York International Auto show on the 28th of March 2018. In this fifth-generation, the Subaru Forester was moved to the Subaru Global Platform which is the underlying platform that will underpin the next generation of Subaru vehicles and has a slogan “More “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind for All.” This is the next-generation platform that was developed by Subaru and deployed using all the technological know-how and expertise that Subaru has acquired over the years. In this technology, they have achieved making the Subaru Forester “a fun driving experience for all passengers regardless of the roads and weather conditions.“
Subaru Forester 2018 comes with 2 petrol engine choices which are the 127KW at 5800 rpm, 2.5-liter (FB25) flat-four as standard which is paired to either a six-speed manual or a CVT with an average consumption rate of 8.3L/100KM. The 110KW at 6200 rpm, 2.0-liter (FB20-T) turbo-four which is paired to a Continuous Variable Transmission, and has an average consumption of 8.0L/100KM. But also there are a few models that came with the Subaru boxer 2.0-liter (EE20) diesel engine.
The Subaru Forester came in four/five trim levels, but the common ones for all markets are the touring, limited and premium. The Subaru Forester 2018 is comfortable, quiet, spacious, and capable of taking you places, thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and its boxer flat-4 engine. It has been fitted with projectile headlights and LED taillights that give it a stylized up-to-date look. Inside the Forester has some user-friendly controls that are easy to get around using instincts without need for going through the manual which is a significant improvement from previous Foresters.
The Forester 2018 model comes with a pleasant high driving position, good enough elbow room and the dashboard at a distance, giving a spacious interior feeling for the driver, but also for the passenger and the rear passengers have some ample space, with good enough feet and legroom for the rear passengers. The upright design and low windows give the Subaru Forester a good outward view, a lightly interior and an airy condition.