2017 Subaru Forester Release Date, Review and Info

To be quite frank, it can’t get any better! With great safety scores, a spacious and well-appointed interior, an obvious AWD system, a stout turbocharged engine, and an off-road ready capability, the redesigned 2017 Subaru Forester will certainly be a sold choice in its class once it is released into the market sometime in February 2017.

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The Forester has managed to gain a substantial fanatic following despite the intense competition existing in the small crossover SUV category. Nothing is super flashy about it lest you think it is the best, but its combination of performance, mid-level luxury, and superior handling with functional simplicity will make you fall in love with it.

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And thanks to the standard all-wheel drive system and generous ground clearance, the new 2017 Subaru Forester is as comfortable in the desert as it is on the highway. Better fuel consumption and safety are some of the defining attributes the Forester has been able to leverage upon. For 2017, upscale features such as the blind-spot monitoring are provided in addition to the existing slew of safety technologies such as forward warning and mitigation, rear-cross traffic alert, and hill-assist.

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In terms of fuel superiority, the CVT is a big help especially during highway cruising. However, nitpicking has revealed the Forester isn’t a saint either. One notable drawback that seems to haunt the Forester, and which Subaru either chooses to ignore or lets it pass is the lackluster acceleration. Therefore, it may seem wise to shop around first before putting a period on the 2017 Subaru Forester.

2017 Subaru Forester front angle, headlights and grille

Rivals include the 2017 Mazda CX-5, the 2017 Ford Escape, the 2017 Toyota RAV4, the 2017 Honda CR-V, and the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

Offered Trims – Subaru Forester

Six trim models are offered for the 2017 Subaru Forester: base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.51 Touring, 2.0XT Touring, and the 2.0XT Premium. All these models are offered with an AWD system. The STI review is separately covered.

2017 Subaru Forester Engine Specifications

The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine which Subaru says can produce about 170 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque. Buyers have the option of either opting for the standard six-speed manual or the optional CVT transmission system. The engine is equipped under the skins of both the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models.

2017 Subaru Forester engine

EPA projections put the fuel economy numbers for the CVT-equipped 2.5i model at 32/24/27 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 29/22/25 mpg for the manual transmission system. Impressive ratings considering the models are also equipped with a standard AWD system.

For those looking for more trouble beneath their hoods, Subaru has offered them with the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine if you choose the 2.0XT model. With this you get 250 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is paired exclusively with a CVT. A time of 6.3 seconds is required to get the 2.0XT Touring past 60 mph. EPA ratings put its fuel economy at 28/23/25 mpg.

Interior Changes & 2017 Subaru Forester Exterior Colors

2017 Subaru Forester interior, dashboard, steering wheel

Standard accessories and features available on the base model includes adaptive cruise control, a 6.2” display, full power accessories, USB port, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 17-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Subaru’s StarLink technology interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, a six-speaker sound system, and HD radio.

2017 Subaru Forester interior, leather seats

Optional items available for the base model include reclining rear seatbacks, a rear privacy glass, satellite radio, dual USB ports, a rear armrest, roof rails, an eight-way power driver seat, a larger 7-inch touchscreen interface, a panoramic sunroof, heated side mirrors, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, and voice commands.

2017 Subaru Forester interior, steering wheel, suny roof

Stepping up to the 2.5i Limited gets you hill descent control, automatic headlights, a cargo area tray, an adjustable-height power liftgate, foglights, a leather upholstery, an upgraded instrument cluster, automatic dual-zone climate control, a rear roof spoiler, and an adjustable-height power liftgate.

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The 2.5i Touring model gets an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and rear folding seatbacks.

Opting for the 2.0XT Premium allows you to have a rear roof spoiler, 18” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the upgraded instrument cluster, a sport-tuned suspension system, and an upgraded instrument cluster.

2017 Subaru Forester front view, silver color, headlights and grille

At the top of the trim lineup is the 2.0XT Touring trim which only differs with the Premium version in terms of the exclusive options it gets.

Release Date & 2017 Subaru Forester Price

Latest news allege the new 2017 Subaru Forester is set for release in February 2017, at least for the Japan market and about a month later elsewhere. As for the price, it was established during the Tokyo Auto Show the Forester SUV will offer a window sticker displaying a base MSRP of $22,395.

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2017 Subaru Forester front view, red color, headlights and grille

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2017 Subaru Forester front view, alloy wheel and headlights

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2017 Subaru WRX Release Date, Review and Specs

You’ll realize the new 2017 Subaru WRX has the right stuff when you take it out for a spin. For starters, the WRX is a blast to drive thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive system, sharp handling, and turbocharged power. Some of the notable features that make it appealing include tons of premium safety equipment options available, an enhanced all-wheel drive system for added traction, superb handling and steering responses, and impressively quick acceleration. Its release date and price structure are already out, read on to keep abreast.

2017 Subaru WRX exterior, blue color, grille

First things first though, what has really changed? As a first, the new model gains automatic headlights and auto-up front window switches, and a reverse automatic braking system that joins the rest of the technologies bundled under the EyeSight safety package. The 2017 WRX appeals to shoppers looking for a wide range of uses, such as those interested in: a grocery-getting sedan, reserved demeanor, exhilarating driving experience, comfortable everyday drivability, and fuel efficiency. All these features are made possible by WRX’s group of virtues – precision handling and steering, beefy turbocharged power, and a raucous rally-based heritage.

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Under the hood, the new 2017 Subaru WRX comes with a brawny turbocharged 2.0L, horizontally opposed inline-4 engine good for 268 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. With this power tucked beneath its hood, the Subaru WRX 0-60 mph takes just 5.4 seconds with the manual transmission, and 5.9 seconds with the CVT-equipped versions. Those looking for even more power have the 2017 Subaru WRX STI option that gets its motivation from a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower and 290 lbs. ft. of torque. 5.0 seconds is all you need to get from 0-60 mph. Even with such a mind-boggling performance, fuel economy rating for the STI stands at 19 mph for combined city/highway cruising, and 23 mpg for the regular model.

2017 Subaru WRX STI rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

See, the 2017 Subaru WRX is performance oriented and that comes with several detriments more often than not. Creature comforts suffer the most, as is the interior build quality. But if you’re willing to live with those shortcomings, rest assured of an all-rounded performance from the 2017 WRX. As is evident, the simple question that you should ask yourself before heading down to your local Subaru dealer is: Does trading a bit of practicality and comfort for fun make any sense?

2017 Subaru WRX front angle, headlights and grille

If it does, then go ahead and have some fun. But if it doesn’t, we highly recommend you look at the available competition that includes vehicles such as Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus ST. rivals for the more powerful 2017 WRX STI include Volkswagen Golf R, and Ford Focus RS.

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2017 Subaru WRX Release Date & Price

According to Subaru, pricing for the 2017 WRX is as follows: WRX STI Limited Sedan – $39,995, WRX Premium Sedan – $30,195, WRX STI – $35,195, WRX Limited – $30,000, and WRX Base – $26,695. All pricing is based on MSRP and is inclusive of the destination charge.

2017 Subaru WRX release date

2017 Subaru WRX Exterior

As can be seen from the pictures, the exterior design of the new model is aggressive yet refined. The WRX Base comes with 17-inch wheels, and a trunk lid spoiler. The WRX Premium gets eighteen-inch wheels, a sunroof, and foglights. The WRX Limited gains LED low-beam headlights, while the top-of-the-line WRX STI model gets unique eighteen-inch BBS wheels, a sunroof, Brembo brakes, and rear limited-slip differentials.

2017 Subaru WRX rear angle, blue color, taillights

2017 Subaru WRX Interior

The interior evokes a performance spirit with the driver’s seat design like a cockpit. Some of the standard features available include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, a CD player, HD and satellite radio, Subaru’s Starlink six-speaker infotainment system, and a 6.2” vehicle information display.

2017 Subaru WRX STI steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

Premium features include auto-dimming rearview mirror, interior lighting accents, carbon fiber trim, premium audio system with navigation, and a 7-inch Starlink touchscreen display.

2017 Subaru WRX interior, leather seats

Available Trims

Five trims are offered for the 2017 Subaru WRX Hatchback: Limited, Premium, Base, WRX STI, and the WRX STI Limited.

2017 Subaru WRX STI side angle, alloy wheels and headlights

Engine Specs

Powering the base WRX is a 268-horsepower – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired to a manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system. The performance-oriented WRX STI gets a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 305 horsepower and 290 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Subaru WRX engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 0.9 in. (180.9 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.7 in. (70.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 108.6ft³
Cargo volume: 12.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3269 lbs
Top Speed: 144 mph
0-60: 5.0 sec
MPG: 17/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Lapis Blue Pearl, Pure Red, Crystal White Pearl, WR Blue Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Safety Review

2017 Subaru WRX lcd screen

In Subaru’s own conducted crash impact safety assessment, the Subaru WRX achieved a five out five star rating. Well, inasmuch as we have to wait a bit longer to get official results from the NHTSA, shoppers who’re eyeing the WRX should rest assured it offers upscale safety to all occupants.

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2019 Subaru Ascent

News About the Release Date of the 2019 Subaru Ascent

The newest 2019 Subaru Ascent should bridge the gap missing in the US market. Namely, there was a growing interest with snowmobile vehicles that at one point Americans had interest in. This brought a lot of car manufactures’ attention into the market and caused them to give their own ideas and release vehicles there. This of course resulted in the market getting over-stored. And if  they don’t release them in a specific time, the vehicles would fail. Thus Subaru’s last attempt which featured the Tribeca model did not go so well.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is another go in order to make it in the American market. It is built on the same global platform that the latest Impreza model is and is supposed to continue the momentum that the newest Subaru models have been making. All in all, the Ascent is a lot different compared to the Tribeca and has fixed all the flaws which the previous model has received critics for.

The release date of the 2019 Subaru Ascent could be the start of 2019. However, latest information state that we might get it even earlier than that. You can hope to see the release of these vehicles maybe even by third quarter of the 2018 model year, but it will still carry the label of a 2019 version.

What is the Price of the 2019 Subaru Ascent?

A new vehicle also means a new price and the 2019 Subaru Ascent is going to change a little bit. Because they added some new elements and decided to go with an entirely new platform, price changes were bound to happen. Whether this is good or not it remains for us to see. But there is no doubt that the car has great potential. The starting price estimate goes to about $35,000. This is not that expensive for the segment. But it also remains to see if the fans are going to show interest in it so much. Keep out on the lookout for the new model and we are certain that it will be a popular choice about the newest buyers.

2019 Subaru Ascent Latest Rumors

The rumors about the 2019 Subaru Ascent emerged once the car maker decided to update their roster of vehicles. The Ascent will be a part of a vast and innovative setup of cars which are supposed to grace the pavement of the streets throughout the world. Subaru is launching an all new lineup of cars. Much of it are updated vehicles but it is still an improvement which benefits the car industry and the manufacturer.

The Ascent’s update was probably not an initial model and was not in plans for Subaru. But once they decided to update and bring a completely new line of new cars they include it as well. The cars will be characterized with a completely new platform and a specific design language which Subaru is using and entering into the coming period.

A Unique Exterior Style for the 2019 Subaru Ascent

With the newly introduced 2019 Subaru Ascent, there are going to be some changes for the exterior. First of all, the outer part of the car is going to be based on the recent “Dynamic x Solid” theme. This will distinguish the Ascent when compared to other Subaru products. The front end of the car is going to add a massive grille with some C-shaped headlamps on the side. The bumper will be flared and will include a different kind of an arrangement and will make this model look like more of an SUV car.

From the side, the 2019 Subaru Ascent seems similar. But there is a part which will help it to be unique compared to other models in the lineup. The beltline is different and designed quite awesomely. It descends from the front fenders and goes all the way underneath the door handles as a deeply sculptured crease. It finally disappear somewhere in the rear haunches.

The rear end of the car has quite a dominating chrome strip just above the license plate. There is also a very sporty looking spoiler which is placed on the top of the tailgate. The bumper is made to look like your standard SUV one and is very stylish and sporty. The back end of the new Ascent helps it be one of the better looking crossover models in the class.

Newest Color Pallets

With the announcement of the 2019 Subaru Ascent coming, there were no news about the potential color changes. This is something which is bound to happen and in order for the fans to become happy it will most probably need to. We are not going to get a care without a color change and the Ascent is probably going to offer a few choices which will be innovative and which will update the vehicle’s look. For now we are expecting a few color palettes to be added in order to update the vehicle’s look and demeanor.

Is the 2019 Subaru Ascent Going to Change Dimension?

The general news about the 2019 Subaru Ascent is that it is not going to tamper with its size. The vehicle is pretty much established and its size has been rewarding with the customers and all the people alike. We have been really happy with how the previous generations of the Ascent models have updated and decided to adapt the dimensions.

This is not going to change now as why would you change something which fits perfectly. All in all, the car is going to be work really well and provide the passengers with the necessary spacing inside. The length of the car is 198.8 inches. The wheelbase is going to be 117 inches. While the height and width also remain the same at 72.4 inches and 78.3 inches respectively.

Newest 2019 Subaru Ascent Interior Redesign

The pictures of the 2019 Subaru Ascent’s interior have only been recently released. Through them we are able to see that this car is going to have a very modern look on the inside. The dashboard has a stylish design and the tall center console is there to separate the passenger’s and the driver’s side. The center of the dashboard should house a big lit screen. They designed it so it does not takes away from the spacing. And there is enough room for the passengers in the front to set their feet.

The company also changed the new digital cluster and this is very helpful. It helps to display all kinds of information and is really useful to have now. The buttons on the door panels have also been replaced with touch controls. You will also notice the high quality appearance of the inside of the cabin with is further made with the two-tone upholstery which is designed in a very exquisite way.

The part which makes the 2019 Subaru Ascent special is its seven seat configuration. There is quite enough room and the passengers in the front have quite enough of space to use. The second row is the most comfortable part of the car with enough headroom and legroom. As for the back end, the two seats are as comfortable s the front ones are.

2019 Subaru Ascent Engine Specs

Because of the fact that the latest 2019 Subaru Ascent is using the same platform as the Impreza, it makes it a bit limited. It will probably fit the 2.0-liter flat-four which the Impreza has. Although there were mentions of an all-new turbo boxer engine that they will add. But the revised engine from the Impreza is enough to power the vehicle and give it everything it needs. The model is going to throw in a CVT automatic and will also use an all-wheel-drive which should be available as standard.

2019 Subaru Ascent 0-60 mph and Top Speed

The information about the output and the speciation for the 2019 Subaru Ascent are still not available. It will take some more time until they decide to make these information public. But it seems that it is fairly certain that the model is probably going to have similar specs as the Impreza in terms of output. These numbers are going to translate in a different way to acceleration capabilities and the top speed. But we might just get a better mode if the information about the improvements and the updates about the engine are true. For now it seems that the 2019 Subaru Ascent has taken a good path.

Fuel Economy Specifications for the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Another thing that we are waiting for is the fuel economy for the 2019 Subaru Ascent. It is not mystery that the current car has a decent range. But it could be better. There is always time for improvement and with the vehicle released in America there could be more. For now the fuel economy is probably not going to be as impressive as you would hope it would. But it is seemingly enough to satisfy the average buyer.