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2019 Subaru Forester: Welcome improvements for an already solid SUV

Subaru's 2019 Forester is new from the ground up, but doesn't stray too far from its already successful formula.

Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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The new Subaru Forester is... a lot like the old one.

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But considering how successful the Forester was in its fourth generation, it's no surprise that this fifth-gen SUV doesn't stray too far from that formula.

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The Forester rides on a brand-new platform, though it's less than an inch longer and wider than its predecessor. 

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All Forester models are powered by a 2.5-liter flat-4 engine with 182 horsepower.

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Both the turbo and manual-transmission models are gone for 2019, but that's fine, considering both of them represented about 5 percent of overall Forester sales... combined.

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Depending on trim, the Forester rides on either 17- or 18-inch wheels.

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All Foresters use a continuously variable transmission with "shift" logic that mimics that of a conventional seven-speed automatic.

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Like most Subarus, the Forester comes standard with the company's Symmetrical all-wheel drive.

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Forester pricing starts in the mid-$20,000 range, and goes into the mid-$30,000s for higher trims.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2019 Subaru Forester from our first drive in Asheville, North Carolina.

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