Subaru Forester History - Era of First Compact Crossovers

The first Forester got released almost 20 years ago. How far has it changed comparing to the 2019 Subaru Forester? The model history is here.

1998-2000 - The Beginning

This five passenger was something between a wagon and a compact SUV. It had AWD system by Subaru. Its productivity was 165 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

The next model arrived in 1999 and it didn’t have any spectacular changes. It could boast about 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

When 2000 variant arrived it had mostly cosmetic changes. Its body became taller. There was a lot of head room inside while its ground clearance was increased. It used four-cylinder engine.

2001-2003 - First Generation Facelift

2001 model could ride anywhere. It was extremely maneuverable. There were L and S trims available. It included a 4-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission.

The following year generation had a wide selection of features. Among them were air conditioning, keyless entry, adjustable steering, cruise control, airbags, safety locks and ABS brakes.

When 2003 came, Forester fans could enjoy design upgrades. There was more leg room as well. There were X and XS trims with standard 165-hp engine.

2004-2008 - Design Search

2004 model was loyal to its compact traditions and classical engine. There were new trims such as 2.5 X and 2.5 XS. XT variant had a powerful turbocharged unit. Each trim offered manual or automatic transmission. The vehicle was equipped with AWD, ABS brakes and lumbar seats.

2005 generation was more aggressive and offered perfect handling. It was almost the same but also included 2.5 XS L.L trim. There also was Bean Edition made for comfort of buyers.

2006 Forester combined all the best features of previous cars. It was practical, comfortable and efficient. Its suspension system got renovated.

Forester 2008-2013 - Size Matters

New Forester arrived in 2008. It included sporty XT version. Its engines ranged from standard 173-hp unit to a turbocharged 224-hp drivetrain. There was something luxurious as well: auto climate control, keyless entry, lumbar seats and leather steering.

In 2009 Forester was redesigned. It became larger. It offered more attractive exterior and more useful interior.

2010 variant stayed almost the same but it was made bearing safety features in mind.

New Forester had X trim producing 170 hp while the turbocharged variant generated 224 hp. It was equipped with 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic and 4-speed automatic with a manual shift mode.

2012 model didn’t have anything new. It ratings were 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

2013 generation offered USB port and hands-free phone capabilities as standard. It was AWD with typical engines. It was equipped with moonroof, dual-zone climate control and HID headlamps. VDC, TCS, ABS and TPMS were responsible for safety.

Subaru Forester 2012-2016

2014 was a redesign era. It came with 6-speed manual transmission as standard and offered CVT as well.

In 2015 Forester came as Limited and Premium trims. It had an ultra-efficient engine and a turbocharged variant of 250 horsepower. Bluetooth connectivity was standard.

The following year offered six trim levels. Standard equipment included: 17-inch wheels, tilt/telescope steering and 4-speaker audio system. You could also opt for larger wheels, panoramic sunroof, foglamps and premium 8-speaker audio system.

Subaru Forester 2017

History of Subaru Forester would be incomplete without 2017 model. Once again it is a compact SUV. It comes with 17-inch wheels of steel and telescoping steering. Its features resemble the previous generation a lot. You can also opt for alloy wheels of bigger size, roof rack, collision mitigation system and more. As for engine, there’s 2.5-litre unit with four cylinders which provides 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. It can be upgraded.

2017-02-22 by Luke Widmeyer