2019 Subaru Forester Walk Around

Little-changed in appearance and enlarged only modestly, the 2019 Forester carries on an angular overall design. Though short of shapely, the Forester looks appropriately purposeful.

Bracketing the large, vertically-oriented grille are trim headlights that extend well into the fenders. At the rear is an unusually wide (52.3-inch) tailgate, within C-shaped taillights.

Tall windows provide unimpaired vision. The Forester Sport’s 18-inch wheels and orange accents impart a snappy tone, but the only true sporty element is its Sharp driving mode.

Interior

In addition to exceptional space, the Forester cabin benefits from fine materials and finishes. Standard cloth upholstery looks tough and includes vinyl bolsters. Brown leather, exclusive to Touring trim, extends to the doors and dashboard, imparting a warm feeling.

Door panels and the dashboard pleasantly blend soft-touch materials with low-sheen surfaces and contrasting stitching. Sport models get black/gray cloth with orange stitching.

Front seats are comfortably firm and supportive, with height adjustment for both occupants. Helped by a slightly lengthened wheelbase, the back seat is especially roomy. Legroom approaches 40 inches, with easy entry/exit. Wide and amply padded, the back seat handily holds three passengers.

A 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, sitting high with large volume and tuning knobs. Upper trim levels get an 8.0-inch display.

A relatively high seating position yields good outward vision. Liftover height for the boxy, tall cargo compartment is low. Cargo volume in non-moonroof models totals 35.4 cubic feet with the rear seatback upright, expanding to 76.1 cubic feet with seatback folded. A rubber cargo mat and grained plastic surfaces ensure easy cleaning.

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