Subaru of America revealed the all-new 2025 Forester at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The sixth-generation SUV offers advanced features, modern design and improved ride comfort, according to the company, and comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Highlights include a tablet-style, 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. The 2025 Forester will be available in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring trim levels when it arrives in Subaru retailers nationwide in spring 2024.
ALL-NEW EXTERIOR & INTERIOR DESIGN
The 2025 Forester has an all-new, sleek, contemporary design aesthetic while retaining the trademark looks of its classic, rugged predecessors. The front of the vehicle features a bold grille that merges into the compact LED headlights and creates an integrated shield effect.
The all-new fascia also debuts the updated Subaru star cluster emblem, and several functional aerodynamic improvements enhance the SUV’s performance and stability. An air outlet at the trailing edge of the front wheel opening allows air to exit from the wheel well more freely, contributing to reduced lift on the front tires and improved driving stability.
STRUCTURE & SAFETY
Standard on all 2025 Forester models is the latest version of the award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. EyeSight can identify cyclists and pedestrians at intersections sooner and, when necessary, alerts the driver and applies braking to avoid collisions.
Additional active safety features are available for Forester including Reverse Automatic Braking as well as Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
For the first time on a Subaru, Emergency Stop Assist activates if the driver becomes unresponsive to warnings while using Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control. The new standard safety feature will stop the vehicle, activate the hazard lights, and unlock the doors. SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services will then place a call to emergency services.
CAPABILITY & VERSATILITY
The 8.7-inch ground clearance for all Forester models is taller than many SUVs, yet it maintains a comfortably low step-in height for both front- and rear-passenger entry.
Standard across the model line is a revised Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with a faster response time, more agile handling, and better control both on- and off-road. Standard on Forester Premium is driver-selectable X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, which maximizes wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines.
Forester Sport and higher trim levels upgrade to dual-function X-MODE for increased capability in a wider range of adverse conditions. All models feature Incline Start Assist, which briefly holds the vehicle while the driver pulls away from a stop on a hill.
PERFORMANCE & HANDLING
All 2025 Forester trim levels come standard with a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine delivering 180 hp and 178 pound-feet of torque.
Standard on all Forester models is a Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with smoother and quieter performance. The Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring trims feature a manual mode with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the driver to control the transmission via eight preset ratios.
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
The front seats feature slimmed-down shoulder areas for better visibility and access to the rear seats. With a concentrated effort on sound dampening, the all-new SUV has a quieter and more comfortable cabin including approximately 39% reduction in rate of noise attenuation from the roof panel.
Available for the first time on a Subaru model, a new kick sensor-activated Hands-Free Power Rear Gate enables owners to open and close the rear gate automatically by placing their foot under the rear bumper cover.
For the first time, the SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus system is available for Forester. The multimedia system also works as a center information display with combination meter integration and on-screen controls for audio, climate and vehicle functions.
Additional features include Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; rear vision camera; SiriusXM All-Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link (4-month free Platinum Plan); HD Radio; and over-the-air updates.
The 11.6-inch STARLINK Multimedia Navigation system is also available and includes voice-activated navigation powered by TomTom and SiriusXM Travel Link (3-year free subscription). The navigation system includes what3words (W3W) integration, an innovative location technology that provides a simple way to communicate precise locations using just three simple words.
Standard on base Forester model is the SUBARU STARLINK dual 7.0-inch high-resolution touchscreens.