2022 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Subaru Forester


Subaru describes the Forester as the SUV for all you love, and there is a lot to love about this well-designed and beloved SUV. It's perfect for the commuter, the weekend warrior or the small business owner who needs a little more room than a compact car has to offer. It's also decent for taking off-road. While Subaru has seen a lot of popularity with its Forester, that doesn't mean that they don't always aim to improve their models, and the 2022 Forester is no exception. If you have owned previous models or want to buy a used model, you are also in luck. For example, the 2018 Subaru Forester has a lot going for it. Here is a comparison of the 2018 Forester VS the 2022 Forester.

The 2018 Forester has many strengths that make it a formidable choice in the ever-crowded and very popular SUV market. It has a lot of cargo space, two rows of seats that are comfortable for full-grown adults, standard AWD and plenty of engine power along with a balanced ride and handling. The 2022 Forester has even more room and a little more power than the 2018 version, and it doesn't sacrifice comfort or nimbleness. Both the 2018 Forester and 2022 Forester are fun to drive.

Both the 2018 and 2022 versions offer decent gas mileage, though of course your mileage may vary depending on how fast you drive and what engine you get. Both also offer comfortable seating for five passengers. However, the 2022 does win with more cargo space and rear legroom, which may be a point to consider if you have tall kids or plan on hauling full-grown adults around. 

One thing that changes very quickly in cars is the technology. There was a time when cars didn't have computers, GPS or other systems. However, those times are long gone. The 2018 Forester base model features a 6.2-inch multimedia system and a standard rear camera. The Premium, Limited and Touring models come with a 7.0-inch LCD-screen Multimedia Plus system. This offers Siri eyes-free mode and an optional Starlink 7.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system, which gives the drive voice activated controls as well as SiriusXM traffic, all-access radio and travel-link. 

If you get the top three trims of the 2018 Forester, you will enjoy Starlink Safety Plus. This offers maintenance notifications, a monthly vehicle health report, enhanced roadside assistance and SOS emergency service. Naturally, in the world of electronics, four years is a long time, and it shows with the 2022 Forester. The STARLINK Multimedia system that offers both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration comes standard for all 2022 Forester trims. With Wireless Bluetooth® pairing and hands-free smartphone, drivers can safely navigate the road and stay connected. With available STARLINK apps and SiriusXM®17, drivers can access music, navigation and podcasts. Buyers can choose an 8-inch touchscreen.

As far as safety, the 2022 Forester wins again. The 2022 Forester offers standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This acts like an extra set of eyes on the road for you, as well as an extra foot on the brake when you are on the road. With EyeSight, there are a number of advanced safety systems that protect you and your family when you are on the road. According to Subaru, EyeSight has been found to reduce rear-end crashes injuries up to an astonishing 85 percent. The 2022 Forester can spot potential issues from occurring even further away. Along with the available Automatic Emergency Steering, and you can see why the 2022 Forester offers more security for drivers and his or her passengers. Simply put, the 2022 Forester is much safer than the 2018 Forester, but this shouldn't be a surprise as most cars have improved in safety over the last few years.

When measuring safety, the best way to do it is by checking out crash test ratings. This will give you the best picture to know if your car is going to protect you in the event of an accident. The 2018 Subaru Forester does well. The NHTSA gives it a five-star overall rating for crash safety. The insurance industry confirms it as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it top rating as well, which isn't easy to get by the way, making the 2018 Forest a Top Safety Pick Plus. The 2022 Subaru Forester also ranks well when it comes to safety, although it isn't the top pick. The IIHS gave the 2022 Subaru Forester an acceptable rating, though that puts it in the category of Audi, Chevy, Honda, Nissan and many others, so it's not bad company. Part of the reason is that the IIHS introduced a new, stricter, side crash test, and only one out of 20 compact SUVs got a "good" rating. Needless to say, the 2022 Forester is still a very safe SUV and scored well, and in fact, it did not receive any poor ratings, so you can buy with confidence.

Whether you want to buy the 2018 Subaru Forester or the 2022 Subaru Forester, you can't go wrong. The great thing about the Subaru brand is that they are always improving on greatness. While it's obvious that the 2022 Forester is the better choice when it comes to style, efficiency, power and safety, that doesn't mean you can go wrong with either. If you want to check out a 2022 Forester, you can do so at Granite Subaru. You can also take a look at their pre-owned selection and see if there is something for you.

If you buy a 2022 Forester, you will be able to enjoy a reliable car that retains a high resale value. Of course, if you purchase a pre-owned 2018 Forester, you also can't go wrong. By taking either one for a short spin at Granite Subaru, you are guaranteed to find the ideal SUV for you and your family. Remember, Subaru makes quality, and you will surely find that they offer a better experience than the competition.