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Introduction:

To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
64
 overall score
Category Ranking: 36

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $32,820
Price as Tested: $34,165

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 16.6
EPA City mpg25
EPA Highway mpg28
EPA Combined mpg26

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
NHTSA Rating:

Overall Observations

Already popular with the outdoorsy crowd, the Subaru Forester’s new Wilderness variant will likely win over still more fans. Based on the familiar compact Forester crossover, the Wilderness variant adds hardware upgrades that make it more capable when driving conditions turn dicey on and off the pavement. The changes include a beefed-up suspension that bumps ground clearance to a respectable 9-plus inches and tires with a more aggressive tread to help navigate rough trails. Other notable features include a front skid plate, extensive protective body cladding, a fullsize spare tire, and a front-view camera. The Forester offers good value based on its abundant room for passengers, its good visibility, plus standard features like its improved EyeSight suite of driver-assistance features, all-wheel drive, LED headlights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and automatic climate control. That said, its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine (182 hp) and CVT transmission are loud and feel underpowered in everyday driving. The steering and overall handling lack sharpness, with excessive body roll in turns, and the infotainment system could use updating.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Rugged, all-seasoncapability
  • Ample headroom andlegroom for all passengers
  • Good visibility
  • Good value

Weak Points

  • Lackluster acceleration;underpowered drivetrain
  • Outdated infotainmentsetup
  • Noisy engine andtransmission
  • Overall handling

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3660.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 182.7 / 72.2 / 68.9
Wheelbase (in): 104.9
Number of air bags: 8
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Yokohama Geolander A/T
Front and rear tire size: 225/60 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): 3000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L 4-Cyl. BOXER
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 182 @ 5800

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

8.40

Fuel Efficiency:

4.44

EPA Emissions Score:

7.00

Acceleration:

3.06

Braking:

3.86

Handling:

6.12

Ride Quality:

6.18

Interior Size:

4.26

Easy of Entry and Exit:

7.41

Visibility:

7.16

Interior Noise:

4.69

Cargo Capacity:

2.35
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