2020 Subaru Forester at Subaru of Las Vegas

The Forester is the SUV for all you love, taking over the small crossover SUV segment with features and capabilities that other models just can't compete with. Standard all-wheel-drive makes it possible to take on even the toughest trails and weather while a full suit of safety features protect passengers from whatever the road may hold ahead. Entering the 2020 model year, the Forester adds a new lane centering function to the standard list of safety features and the Premium model gains the All-Weather package as standard. Keep reading the rest of our 2020 Subaru Forester model review to learn more about this capable and sleek SUV!

Safety for All

Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology

The 2020 Forester features standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with automatic Pre-Collision Braking. New for 2020, EyeSight includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, which can take some of the stress out of driving by helping with steering, braking, and throttle control - both in daily traffic and on long road trips. It also features Lane Departure Prevention, which can help you steer back into your lane.

All-Around Awareness

A suite of safety technologies is available on the 2020 Forester to help protect you and your passengers. The Blind-Spot Detection system warns you with a visual indicator in each side mirror if it senses a vehicle in your blind spots. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert helps warn you of traffic approaching from the side as you are backing up, and a standard Rear-Vision Camera enhances visibility when reversing. And with available Reverse Automatic Braking, your vehicle can even stop itself to help avoid objects behind you.

A Versatile, Capable SUV

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive + 33 MPG

The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive creates uniform stability and delivers an optimal distribution of power for maximum traction in virtually any weather or road condition. The 2020 Forester is the only non-luxury compact SUV to include standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which delivers better handling, improved efficiency, and a quicker response to road conditions. The durable SUBARU BOXER engine combined with the standard Lineartronic® CVT allows the Forester to get up to a fuel-efficient 33 MPG** highway.

Plenty of Cargo Room with Extra-Wide Rear Gate Opening

Haul more gear for your adventures with up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and an extra-wide rear gate opening makes loading and unloading large items easier. A Power Rear Gate is available to allow opening and closing even when your hands are occupied, and now opens, closes, and locks the entire vehicle with the touch of a button. The Forester adapts to bring longer items by simply adjusting the 60/40-split fold-down rear seat.

Quality That Lasts

Power Panoramic Moonroof

Giving the interior an even more expansive atmosphere, an available power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof lets you feel the breeze, brighten the day, and check out the stars.

Spacious, High-Quality Interior

The 2020 Forester offers plenty of room for comfort, with up to 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. That's more interior passenger room than Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Mazda CX-5. With ample rear legroom and an available panoramic moonroof, the Forester provides an open, airy experience for all.

Technology For Everyone

SUBARU STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere

The STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere package is available to make every trip in your Forester even more enjoyable. With iPad®, you and your passengers have endless opportunities to stay connected, engaged, and entertained. Passengers can also utilize the built-in Wi-Fi capability to stream their favorite content or search the web. This premium entertainment experience is a great value and can be enjoyed in the backseat of your Forester or wherever else your travels take you.

Built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot Connectivity

With available Wi-Fi connectivity built right into the 2020 Forester, passengers can stream and share their favorite content online using the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. From the moment you start your Subaru, up to eight devices can connect. Then everyone can easily stream their TV shows, movies, and music, or play games, check email, and much more.

Advanced Safety Features and Equipment

Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System

The 2020 Forester features a state-of-the-art system to help reduce distracted driving for both new and experienced drivers. Each day in the United States, more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes reported to have involved a distracted driver. Working with our award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, the DriverFocus system is like having an attentive co-pilot along for the ride, available to give a helpful alert if a driver becomes distracted or drowsy. For added convenience, DriverFocus can also recognize up to five different drivers and remember their preferences, including seat position, climate settings, and outside mirror position.

SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security

The latest STARLINK Safety and Security system features include Advanced Automatic Collision Notification to alert first responders when an airbag deploys, and SOS Emergency Assistance to lend a hand when you encounter trouble on the road. Remote Engine Start with Climate Control, accessible via your smartphone, ensures your Forester is ready and comfortable. There's also STARLINK Concierge service for personal assistance with tasks like navigation, restaurant reservations, and scheduling service appointments.

2020 Subaru Forester Trim Levels


  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance


  • SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security
  • 10-way power driver's seat
  • 17-inch alloy wheels


  • 18-inch black finish alloy wheels
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • SI-DRIVE® engine management system


  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels
  • Blind-Spot Detection / Rear Cross-Traffic Alert


  • Exclusive Saddle Brown Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia Navigation
  • DriverFocus® 

Can you tell me about the trim levels and their features?

There are five Forester trim levels to choose from in the 2020 model year. The entry-level model is called the base and it comes with Apple and Android smartphone integration, keyless ignition, all-season tires, Subaru's Starlink app suite, a rearview camera, 17-inch steel wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and the EyeSight driver assistance system. The upper trims add a power-adjustable driver's seat, raised roof rails, heated seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, LED fog lights, navigation, adaptive headlights, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, a driver distraction monitoring system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power liftgate. The Sport trim level comes with the X-Mode traction system and paddle shifters that simulate seven gears.

What kind of powertrain does the Forester utilize?

All Forester models are powered by the same capable engine in the 2020 model year. This 2.5-liter Boxer 4-cylinder engine generates 176 pound-feet of torque and 182 horsepower. Subaru mates this engine to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Each Forester model also comes outfitted with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that delivers uniform stability and an optimal distribution of power for the best traction in any road or weather condition.

Can you talk about the Forester's safety features?

Safety is a top priority for the Forester model. Every model comes with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as standard. This technology has been proved to reduce rear-end crashes by up to 85%! This suite of safety technologies include Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering which helps with throttle control, braking, and steering which is great for long road trips and even daily traffic. Lane Departure Prevention is also included which helps to steer the Forster back into the intended lane if it veers over the line. The Forester can also be outfitted with DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System which helps reduce the distraction of both experienced and new drivers, it can even recognize up to five different drivers and even remember their preferences like outside mirror position, climate settings, and seat position.

Drive Home a 2020 Subaru Forester

There is a Subaru Forester trim level for every driver in the market for a new vehicle! When you have determined which trim level best suits the needs of your busy lifestyle, come on down to Subaru of Las Vegas and our sales associates will help you locate it on our lot. If you don't have the time in your busy day to swing by the dealership today, you can still check out our entire Forester inventory from the comfort of your home with our new model inventory. We love the 2020 Subaru Forester and we know that you will too!

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