2019 Subaru Forester Wows the Crowd at the New York International Auto Show

Having debuted March 28 to fanfare, the fifth-generation compact SUV, billed the "roomiest, most capable, most versatile Forester to date," looks to come available not only in the hallmark Subaru base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trims but also a new Sport trim level bound to exceed expectations for rugged performance. So, what will this mean for Surprise, AZ drivers when the two-decades-celebrated crossover finally appears on the market? Well, there'll be plenty to look forward to.

For one, 2019 Forester will be built on the Subaru Global Platform for improved agility, impeccable crash protection credentials, and a quiet, comfortable ride. Secondly, it'll be a touch more capable than its predecessor, not only offering Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring standard for all-terrain and cornering prowess but also a more powerful 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine, with Auto Stop/Start functionality for remaining efficient in traffic around Avondale and able to shell out 176 pound-feet of turning and pulling power.

Further, the new Forester will be an adept handler, pairing its powerplant with a standard Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) for smooth gearshifts, but with a sporty manual mode that simulates an eponymous seven-speed for the hands-on enthusiast. That's not to mention the availability of X-Mode® with Hill Descent Control and Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes on select models, excellent for the landscape around Goodyear and Buckeye.

But better yet, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology will come standard across the board, with the Automatic Pre-Collision Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist features of yore alongside Pre-Collision Throttle Management and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.

Plus, it'll be the first instance of segment-exclusive DriverFocus, a safety technology that employs facial recognition software to identify driver fatigue or distraction and works with EyeSight to reduce the chance of an accident. The feature can recognize up to five drivers, remembering everything from seat position presets and climate settings to multifunction display readouts and more, automatically adjusting many at start-up.

Needless to say, we at Subaru Superstore of Surprise can't wait for 2019 Subaru Forester to drop. But until then, we wait, albeit excitedly. However, that doesn't mean you have to. Take the short drive out to visit us here at 13090 N. Autoshow Ave., and take the latest 2018 Forester for a ride. We're sure it'll get your engines revving. And stay tuned for further details!

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