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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness: At home on the dirt

The latest Forester stands taller, rides smoother and looks pretty darn great, too.

Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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This is the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness.

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Yep, you can three-wheel in the Wilderness.

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The mid-trim Forester gets a half-inch lift over its standard brethren.

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The suspension was retuned for an exceptionally smooth off-road ride.

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The Yokahama Geolander tires are sized 225/60R17, which translates to about 27.5 inches of wheel and tire package.

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Under the hood is the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder flat-4 engine with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque found in the standard Forester.

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However, the continuously variable transmission's ratios have been revised and the final drive is lower.

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As for underbody protection, the Wilderness gets an aluminum skid plate standard, but drivers can opt for a beefier one as a dealer-installed accessory. 

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The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness starts at $33,945 including $1,125 for destination. Look for it in dealerships this December.

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