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2017 Subaru Forester: Tech Loser Like Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4

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There is a lot to like about the 2017 Subaru Forester but there is one thing that hasn’t gone down so well and this is the fact that it doesn’t offer support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. This may be forgiven though as there are other big named SUVs that don’t offer the tech, such as the RAV4 and the CX-5.

What it does offer is a turbocharged engine that is lively, lots of the latest safety technology and all-wheel drive as standard. Another bonus for fans of SUVs is that the 2017 Subaru Forester comes with a cabin that is quiet and the carmaker has done a superb job in quieting down the cabin.

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT offers up the same turbocharged engine of years ago and this is the four-cylinder offering 250 horses. However it has been given tweaks and refreshes to the interior and exterior, with Subaru improving the vehicle rather than reinventing the wheel.

It offers updated looks, thanks to the front and rear fascia which has been redesigned. It comes with a new trim on the interior and different wheel designs. The 2.0 XT Touring offers plenty of technology tricks and these help to set the 2017 Subaru Forester from the competition.

The 2017 Subaru Forester comes with a new steering wheel with the rethought control scheme and this means the button layout is less daunting. There is an optional 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system, however don’t expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you only get the optional Starlink system.

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Touring is the top spec and it starts at $34, 295. You can add on such as the Eye Sight package and Starlink navigation and these bundled together will add on another $1,595. If you go for the lower trim the price tag drops down by a lot but then the 2.5 litre naturally aspirated does show shortcoming in the drive train, which you don’t see in the engine of the 2.0 XT.

But can you forgive the 2017 Subaru Forester for not offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

1 Comment

  1. Nick_Rein

    February 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    No, I bought Subaru Forester Touring model with all accessories and navigation package. I feel that I am cheated with lack of Android Auto. I am an avid user of google maps. This was my first and probably last Suabru