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Auto review: Subaru remakes its compact Forester for 2019 with lots of new technology

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Business News

The Subaru Forester has been completely redesigned inside and out for its fifth generation, bringing the best-equipped, roomiest, most-capable, and most-versatile Forester ever built.

Technology upgrades include the all-new DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation system, for the first time and only on the 2019 Forester.

New features include EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, LED headlights, auto start/stop, SI-Drive Engine Performance management, Active Torque Vectoring, Automatic Climate Control, Electronic Parking Brake, Trailer Stability Assist, and welcome lighting.

EyeSight is standard on all versions of Forester, and includes automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure and sway warnings, lane-keep assist, pre-collision throttle management, and lead-vehicle start alert.

Pre-collision braking can apply full braking to completely stop the vehicle in emergency situations. Pre-collision throttle management restricts engine output if the driver accelerates when EyeSight detects an object in front of the vehicle. Lead-vehicle start alert prompts the driver that the vehicle ahead is moving away after being stopped. Lane-keep assist helps avoid lane drifting by gently steering the vehicle back to the proper lane.

EyeSight has been found to reduce rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85 percent.

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Brake assist increases braking pressure in emergency braking situations, while brake override reduces the likelihood of unintended acceleration by cutting engine power if the gas pedal and the brake pedal are pressed at the same time.

Built on the Subaru Global Platform architecture with extensive high-strength steel, Forester offers durability, rigidity, and vibration resistance, along with enhanced crash safety, a quieter interior, better driving feel, agility, and confidence for many years.

Forester is available in standard ($24,295), Premium ($26,695), Limited ($30,795), Touring ($34,295), and new Sport ($28,795) trim levels, each adding more features and amenities, while maintaining the vehicle's rugged capability.

My 2019 Touring is the most luxurious Forester ever, with new heated rear seats and steering wheel, memory for the exterior mirrors and driver's seat, and downward-tilt mirror function when reversing.

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