Subaru Canada has upped the price and made a safety suite standard on the 2020 Forester, the company’s second-best selling vehicle in Canada.
The entry-level price for the vehicle is $30,420, including shipping. That’s up $700 over the outgoing 2019 model.
However, Subaru will make its rear-seat reminder and EyeSight suite of safety features standard. The package includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management and lane departure warning.
The new rear-seat reminder assists drivers by providing audible and visual reminders to check the rear-seat area before leaving the vehicle.
The automaker is also making its Subaru Starlink Connected Services available in Canada for the first time.
Starlink allows owners to stay connected to their vehicles while also providing them safety information.
Integrated directly into the vehicle, the system uses voice-response technology with the addition of live assistance for features such as advanced automatic collision notification in the event of a collision, SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and concierge service.
Starlink will be standard on all but the entry-level trim.
The Forester is powered by a 2.5-litre direct-injection engine that offers 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired to a continuously variable transmission that works seamlessly with Subaru's full-time all-wheel drive.
The Forester comes in six variants: Forester, Convenience, Touring, Sport, Limited and Premier. The top-of-the-line Premier starts at $41,720, including shipping.
Forester sales of 7,386 vehicles were essentially flat through the first seven months of 2019, down just five vehicles from the same period a year ago.