Subaru is having a full year, with major upgrades for the Legacy, Crosstrek/XV and the Outback, but it hasn’t forgotten one of its most popular models – the Forester sport utility vehicle.
Starting off, the Touring trim will get Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assistance system as standard equipment, and all models packing the suite now have high beam assist and reverse auto braking, as well. The turbocharged 2.0XT versions when selected with the Touring also incorporate Active Torque Vectoring – a feature that brakes the inside front wheel to automatically aid the crossover’s cornering skills. The powertrain options come unmodified, though – there’s a 170-horsepower (127-kilowatts) 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 250-hp (186-kW) 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the base and Premium trims getting a six-speed manual, while the CVT is optional for them and standard for the Limited and Touring versions.
The new Black Edition for America is a $1,150 exclusive option for the Premium trim when the buyer goes for the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine with a CVT. The pack includes black trim for the mirror caps, badges, center of the grille, and fog-light trim as well as blacked 18-inch wheels and steering-responsive LED headlights. The model can be had in Crystal Black Silica, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, and Ice Silver Metallic and inside the owner has black cloth upholstery, silver metallic trim and a gloss black center stack. The Black Edition also adds heated front seats and side mirrors, as well as a windshield wiper de-icer.