The 2025 Subaru Forester, debuting at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, presents a revamped sixth-generation design with significant updates in style, technology, and an anticipated hybrid variant. This latest iteration maintains its familiar exterior dimensions but introduces a new front grille seamlessly integrated with the headlights and more pronounced wheel arches. Its length is marginally increased by 0.6 inch, while the wheelbase remains at 105.1 inches.
Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the 2025 Forester boasts enhanced torsional rigidity, thanks to improved welding and the use of more structural adhesive. This contributes to a 10% rigidity increase compared to its predecessor.
The interior of the Forester offers increased cargo space, now 29.6 cubic feet with rear seats upright and 74.4 cubic feet when folded. Notably, the model introduces Subaru’s first hands-free tailgate for convenient cargo access. The front seats are redesigned for better visibility and rear seat access, while enhanced sound insulation and a refined climate control system add to the cabin’s comfort.
Technological advancements include an updated infotainment system. Base models feature dual 7.0-inch touchscreens, replacing the former single 6.5-inch screen. The top screen manages infotainment functions including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the bottom screen controls climate and vehicle settings. Higher trims include a larger 11.6-inch touchscreen, also offering wireless connectivity.
Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system has been upgraded with broader-view cameras and an electronic brake booster for more responsive operation. A new Emergency Stop Assist function can autonomously halt the vehicle if the driver becomes unresponsive while using adaptive cruise control.
Under the hood, the Forester retains its 2.5-liter boxer-4 engine, now delivering 180 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, paired with a continuously variable transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A Forester Hybrid model is set to follow, potentially as a plug-in hybrid, though specifics were not disclosed at the L.A. reveal.
The vehicle maintains its 8.7 inches of ground clearance and continues to offer features like hill descent control and X-Mode for challenging terrains on select trims. Although a more rugged Wilderness variant wasn’t confirmed, the 2025 Forester will be available in base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trims upon its U.S. release in the upcoming spring. Pricing details will be announced closer to the release date.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2025 Subaru Forester
What is new in the 2025 Subaru Forester?
The 2025 Subaru Forester features a redesigned exterior with a new grille and wheel arches, improved interior space, and updated infotainment systems. It also includes enhanced driver-assist technology and promises a hybrid model.
When did the 2025 Subaru Forester make its debut?
The 2025 Subaru Forester made its public debut at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Has the size of the 2025 Subaru Forester changed?
The exterior dimensions of the 2025 Subaru Forester remain largely unchanged, with a minor increase in length by 0.6 inch but maintaining the same wheelbase, width, and height.
What are the interior features of the 2025 Subaru Forester?
The interior of the 2025 Forester offers increased cargo space, redesigned front seats for better visibility, a hands-free tailgate, improved sound dampening, and a climate control system that focuses on occupied seats.
What updates are made to the infotainment system in the 2025 Subaru Forester?
The 2025 Forester features updated infotainment with dual 7.0-inch touchscreens in base models, and an 11.6-inch touchscreen in higher trims, both supporting wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
What engine powers the 2025 Subaru Forester?
The 2025 Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter boxer-4 engine, offering 180 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a continuously variable transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
Is there a hybrid model of the 2025 Subaru Forester?
Yes, Subaru has confirmed a hybrid model of the 2025 Forester, expected to launch about a year after the standard models, with the possibility of it being a plug-in hybrid.
When will the 2025 Subaru Forester be available in the U.S.?
The 2025 Subaru Forester is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the spring of the following year, with pricing details to be announced closer to the release date.
More about 2025 Subaru Forester
- Official Subaru Website
- 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show Highlights
- Subaru Forester Model Overview
- Hybrid Vehicle Innovations
- Automotive Industry News