Should You Buy a 2019 Subaru Forester? Dude, I Love (Or Hate) My New Ride!

Is the 2019 Subaru Forester a stud or a dud?

The new 2019 Subaru Forester is in dealers now, but should you buy one?

After it debuted at the New York Auto Show last year, the 2019 Subaru Forester also went on sale near the end of 2018. TFLcar viewer Steve bought his brand new Forester in October 2018, and since has a few months and miles under his belt. In this episode of Dude, I Love (Or Hate) My New Ride, we go through Steve’s Subaru to see what he likes the most about it, and where it could be better.

This particular 2019 Subaru Forester is a Touring model in Horizon Blue Pearl. The Touring model starts off at $34,295 before options and a $975 destination charge. Steve’s own car has $1,067 of port-installed accessories, including auto-dimming mirrors, all-weather floor liners, a rear bumper cover and LED dome lights. After factoring all that in, the car comes out to $36,337 MSRP.

2019 Subaru Forester Touring: Dude, I Love (Or Hate) MY New Ride!
2019 Subaru Forester Touring. [Photo: Subaru]

Now, the dealer he went to didn’t end up selling the car to him at MSRP. The actual purchase price of the car was $32,400, plus a clear paint protection film on the hood for $489 and window tint for $249. After all was said and done, Steve bought his 2019 Subaru Forester for $34,400 after destination charges.

Under the hood of every 2019 Subaru Forester is the same engine. All models pack a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated Boxer engine with 182 horsepower and 176 lb–ft of torque. Unlike older models, that engine only comes mated to a CVT — the six-speed manual is no longer available. The EPA rates the new Forester at 26 City / 33 Highway / 29 Combined mpg.

Model pricing

Prices on the 2019 Subaru Forester start at $24,295 for a base model. From there, the Premium starts at $26,295; the Sport runs from $28,795; and the Limited starts from $30,795 before reaching the top of the line Touring.

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