Everything You Need to Know About the Subaru Forester

Combining practicality and performance can be a difficult task for some vehicles. Luckily, this is not an issue for the popular Subaru Forester. With a bundle of highly-useful driver aids and standard all-wheel-drive, this SUV is a smart choice. Plus, it has the performance and tech features to make it a lot of fun. Let's break down what makes the latest Subaru Forester so spectacular here at Subaru of Macon.

Georgia drivers can find this new midsize crossover available for sale in our new inventory, with some high-quality Forester SUVs in our used car inventory as well. You will find Subaru of Macon located less than 35 minutes outside Warner Robins, GA using our handy directions.

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What's New?

A couple of driver aid upgrades are found in the newest models of the Subaru Forester. Drivers now get a handy lane-centering feature for the standard adaptive cruise control as part of EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. Each trim level also gets a rear seat reminder. The Forester makes life a bit easier by adding an individual tire display to the tire pressure monitoring system, to keep you better informed of when and which tires need inflation. Buyers who opt for the Premium trim level also get a long list of features that used to be optional, including heated front seats, a windshield wiper de-icer, and heated side mirrors.

2019 Subaru Forester Touring For Sale in Macon, GA


All of the trim levels of the new Forester have the same great Subaru engine underneath the hood. Using a 2.5-liter four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine, this SUV generates 182-horsepower. Your ride stays smooth as a result of the standard Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission. One of the biggest reasons that drivers in Milledgeville, GA, turn to the Forester is for its standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, something that is quite unusual for the compact SUV class.

The new Forester manages to be an incredibly fuel-efficient vehicle, thanks to its engine design and energy-saving all-wheel-drive system. It will travel an estimated 26 mpg in the city along with 33 mpg on the highway. Those are extremely respectable numbers for a non-hybrid vehicle of this size, especially a midsize crossover.


With its high ground clearance, the Subaru Forester is not only ready for off-road adventures, but it is also striking in appearance. The athletic yet sophisticated appearance gets further enhanced by the eight paint options available. Choose from things such as Jasper Green, Crimson Red, Horizon Blue, and Crystal Black. Wheel sizes and styles vary from trim level to trim level, with the entry-level model sitting on 17-inch steel wheels and upper trims showing off 18-inch aluminum alloy ones instead.

LED headlights are standard across the board. Upper trims take things even further by giving you steering responsive LED headlights. Except for the base model, all Forester models give you raised roof rails, a roof spoiler, and a panoramic power moonroof. Other available exterior design features include LED fog lights, a chrome exhaust outlet, and integrated turn signals in the side mirrors.

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2019 Subaru Forester Sport Driving in Georgia


Drivers in Perry, GA who go with the Forester will find easy-to-use technology meant to make your life easier and more fun. The popular SUBARU STARLINK™ infotainment interface is standard and includes both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility. Touchscreen sizes range from 6.5-inches up to eight inches, depending on the model you decide is right for you. Standard across the board are useful tech features, such as dual USB ports as well as HD Radio™ and combability with internet radio apps like Pandora®. Available tech features include a Wi-Fi hotspot, premium sound system, and STARLINK™ Multimedia Navigation.


The Forester is a great choice as a family vehicle for many reasons, including the standard Subaru EyeSight® driver-assist features. Within this bundle are applications aimed at keeping your loved ones safe, such as Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. You also will find the newly-standard rear seat reminder, as well as a rearview camera, equipped on all models. There are a few extra features found on higher trim levels as well. Examples include automatic high beams, Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking, and Blind-Spot Monitoring.

Trim Levels

The knowledgeable team here at Subaru of Macon can help you decide which of the five available Subaru Forester models is perfect for you. The base model, titled the "Forester" has features such as automatic climate control, smartphone integration, durable cloth seating, and the full Subaru EyeSight® suite of features.

Option number two goes by the name Premium. It earns this title by adding things like a moonroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Comfort gets increased thanks to the heated front seats and reclining rear ones. On the outside, this trim upgrades from steel to lightweight alloy wheels and gets the roof rails.

You may also find yourself in the Sport trim. Choosing this option will give you a manual mode as well as fun paddle shifters. It further adds extra USB ports, automatic high beams, and LED fog lights.

For some drivers, the Limited trim will be the right choice. This trim loses some of the touches found on the Sport trim, but more than makes up for it with things like leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an eight-inch touchscreen. You also get a few more safety features, including Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic.

Finally, consider selecting the top-of-the-line Touring model. Doing so will give you the most luxurious Forester possible, adding things like heated rear seats, power-adjustment for both front seats, and a heated steering wheel. There are some pretty nice tech upgrades, including the STARLINK™ Multimedia Navigation and nine-speaker audio system. Safety features get better, too, with the addition of a driver distraction mitigation system and Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking.

2018 Subaru Forester

The Right SUV at the Right Price for Georgia: The Subaru Forester

Versatility, comfort, efficiency and convenience: all of these are what people like you look for in their new SUV. Subaru is one brand that prides itself on bringing all of these qualities to their SUVs and the Subaru Forester is one of the best examples of this SUV excellence. It's two available engines are built with efficiency in mind, it's onboard safety features keep this SUV moving as smoothly and well protected as possible, and its wide range of convenient amenities make it the ideal car for technophiles and novices alike. Let's check out some of the best features of the Subaru Forester, then you can come test drive one for yourself here at Subaru of Macon and see what this SUV can do for you!

Lots of Convenience, Same Subaru Versatility

Here at Subaru of Macon, we would definitely describe our inventory of all-new Subaru Forester Models as "diverse," from their trims to their available packages. The Forester comes in six different trims: the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and the 2.0XT Touring. Each trim has a lot to offer where powertrain, convenience features and entertaining technology are concerned. Fortunately, the one thing they have in common is their size: each Subaru Forester SUV has about 108.3 cubic feet of interior passenger volume, which gives the front and rear passengers a lot more head and leg room than can be found on your average SUV. When you fold in the rear seats, you'll find that the trunk volume increases to a total of 75 cubic feet and the Forester SUV can also tow up to 1,500 pounds, making it a very versatile SUV.

With that being said, there's no reason why a useful and practical SUV can't be without its charms, and the Subaru Forester has a lot to offer there, thanks to its wide range of convenient amenities. As you go through the trim levels, you'll find that the range of conveniences only increases as you go from trim to trim. Whether you're more int simplicity or you're a lover of all high-tech gadgets, you're sure to find something you like. Available amenities include:

  • A power panoramic moonroof (standard on the 2.5i Premium and above)
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery (standard on 2.5i Limited and above- base trims feature cloth upholstery)
  • A voice-navigated GPS system (available on 2.5i Limited, standard on 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring)
  • A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support (standard on 2.5i Premium and above- 2.5i base trim features a six-was manually adjustable driver's seat)
  • Heated front seats (available on 2.5i Premium with All-Weather Package, Standard on 2.5i Limited and above)
  • And a heated steering wheel (standard on 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring)

A Proven History of Safety

This year, the Subaru Forester earned its place on the prestigious 2018 Top Safety Pick list by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and it's easy to see why. The Forester SUV is reinforced with a high-strength steel cage and features such active safety features as Brake Assist, four-heel antilock braking system (ABS), Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System. These features help protect the Forester SUV while driving through virtually any terrain and are why IIHS gave the Forester the highest "Superior" rating in the category of "Front Crash Prevention."

If you like a little more peace of mind, when it comes to keeping you alert on your surroundings as you drive, other trims of the Forrester (such as the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited or 2.5i Touring) feature a variety of technologies to assist you. Such are provided by EyeSight® Driver Assist Technologies and include Adaptive Cruise Control, the Pre-Collision Braking System, Lane Departure and Sway Warning and Lane Keep Assist.

Performance and Stability in One Engine

The Subaru Forester has a couple different options to choose from, each one gives you a lot of power anf efficiency due to their lightweight builds and Active Valve Control System (AVCS). The first engine, which gives the 2.5i trims their name, is a 2.5-Liter, 170 Horsepower DOHC SUBARU BOXER® 16-Valve I4 engine which generates 174 pound-feet of engine torque. The 2.0XT Premium and Touring trims feature a 2.0-Liter, 250 Horsepower DOHC Direct Injection Turbocharged 16-Valve I4 engine that generates 258 pound-feet of torque and features the Dual Active Valve Control System (DAVCS) which regulates air flow into the engine more rigidly for increased fuel efficiency. Both are made from aluminum alloy, thus making the Forester SUV more efficient by decreasing its overall curb weight. /p>

Find a Forester that Fits Your Needs!

The Subaru Forester is one SUV that definitely gives you a lot to choose from but, no matter which trim you choose, there's no right or wrong answer as each one has something in it for everyone. Come find yours today and test drive the Subaru Forester here at Subaru of Macon! We're located at 4775 Riverside Drive in Macon, GA. See you soon!

Trim Levels

Subaru Forester 2.5i

The base model sets the bar for the rest of the Subaru Forester family. It packs a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine that filters its power through a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Vehicle Dynamics Control. Inside, it seats five people comfortably in over 100 cubic feet of space with a SUBARU STARLINK(™) Multimedia System that features Bluetooth®, and USB and iPod® control capability.

Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

Building upon that base, the Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium adds more standard and available features. It comes standard with a power-tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof, an automatic climate control system, and it sits on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. It also comes standard with SUBARU STARLINK(™) Safety and Security and is available with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology as well as a power rear gate.

Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited

Hosting all of the same standard features as the 2.5i Premium, the Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited adds more interior comforts and safety features. Inside, this model features leather-upholstered seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle. Safety-wise it adds standard features like fog lights and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.

Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring

Continuing to build the driving experience the Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring adds more standard interior and exterior features. Inside, it features a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, and one-touch folding rear seatbacks. Outside, it adds standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights, and it sits on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium

This model boosts the driving experience of the Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium. Under the hood, this model packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine that unleashes 250 horsepower. It sits on standard 18-inch alloy wheels and features a sport design front fascia.

Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

Packing the same engine and features as the 2.0XT Premium, the Subaru Forester 2.0XT adds leather-upholstered seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, as well as LED Steering Responsive Headlights.

Contact Subaru of Macon Today

Now that you know all about the new Subaru Forester, the only thing left to do is take one for a spin! Our team at Subaru of Macon is here to answer questions and will be happy to arrange for a test drive. We have a feeling you will love the Forester as much as we do once you have taken a seat behind the wheel.

After you complete the test drive, our financing team can discuss the best loan or lease options here in Macon, GA. When your new Forester SUV needs maintenance, Subaru of Macon provides a one-stop-shop, with an on-site service center for maintenance and a genuine Subaru auto parts store. Schedule a test drive and visit us today!


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