The Subaru Forester gets some slight upgrades for the 2022 model year, and it continues to remain one of Subaru’s best-selling models. While it looks small on the outside, the Forester offers plenty of room on the inside. It also offers ample exterior capabilities with more than 8 inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive.
For 2022, Subaru has added the all-new Forester Wilderness model, which offers 9.2-inch ground clearance. This has increased by half an inch over the standard 8.7 inches. The set also includes all-terrain tires. Another novelty is the automatic emergency steering. This system is a new driver assistance feature that operates at speeds of up to 50 mph and facilitates avoidance maneuvers. It comes as an option in the Premium finish and becomes standard above.
Passenger space and comfort
The 5-seater Subaru Forester 2022 is narrower than some of its SUV rivals, but still manages to incorporate plenty of shoulder room in the front seats. Legroom is generous too – four 6-foot people can comfortably fit in a Subaru Forester thanks to the generous 39.4-inch legroom in the rear. One thing to keep in mind is that the optional moonroof encroaches on headroom by an inch or two, and it reduces cargo space slightly by 28.4 cubic feet.
The quality of the materials inside is high. The center console houses either a 6.5-inch infotainment screen on the lower trims or an 8-inch touchscreen in the upper trims.
Features and technology
The 2022 Forester base comes with integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones and a range of driver aids under the EyeSight banner. The system gets an updated camera for this model year. Other features include automatic climate control, adaptive LED headlights, 6.5-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, CD player, two USB ports, selectable drive modes, active grille flaps (for optimum fuel efficiency), 60/40 folding rear seats. , plus a washer for the reversing camera.
Upgrading to the Premium version brings heated exterior mirrors, a power panoramic sunroof, keyless entry / ignition, heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, illuminated vanity mirrors, reclining rear seats and Wi-Fi. This model is eligible for Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Steering, Enhanced Driver’s Display, Power Tailgate with Auto-Close and Height Memory, and a rear center console with two additional USB ports.
The sport trim benefits from additional driving aids, 18-inch alloy wheels and hill descent control for the all-wheel drive system. Additional options include a power tailgate, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, rear parking sensors with automatic reverse braking and a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The Limited offers 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, and an electric tailgate. Eligible extras include the Harman Kardon system, heated steering wheel, voice-activated navigation and automatic reverse braking.
Touring has all the additional features listed so far, plus the DriverFocus distraction mitigation system. New for 2022 is the temperature control by gesture control.
Forester Wilderness Specifics
The Wilderness model is new for 2022 and has a dedicated drivetrain and all-wheel drive system. It offers driving modes for deep mud and deep snow and automatic low slope control. Wilderness sports 17-inch alloy rims with Yokohama Geolander off-road tires, a 180-degree front display and an 8-inch touchscreen. The power tailgate, Harman Kardon system and a navigation system are also optional here.
Materials and design
The materials and design haven’t changed much for the 2022 model year. The only difference is the Wilderness model, which receives StarTex padding. This material is waterproof, durable and easy to clean.
The Limited comes standard with perforated leather-trimmed upholstery and shiny silver and black metallic accents on the center dash. Limited also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter grip, dual-zone automatic climate control and two rear USB ports. There is also an electric tailgate with automatic closing and height memory.
The Forester Touring level offers black or saddle brown perforated leather upholstery and a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-position memory (for side mirrors and seat). The trim also includes power lumbar support, an 8-way power front passenger seat and heated rear seats. LED ceiling and ceiling lights have an off delay.
Cargo space and flexibility
Behind the rear seats of the Forester is a spacious 28.9 cubic foot luggage space. Fold down these seats to reveal a maximum cargo area of 74.2 cubic feet. The optional moonroof cuts off those two numbers a bit. At 51.3 inches wide, the Forester’s rear opening is massive, 6 inches better than the closest competitor.
You can also opt for a variety of roof and hitch accessories to haul everything from bikes to cargo boxes. Additionally, the Forester offers plenty of pet-friendly accessories, including collapsible crates, seat covers, and food bowls.
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