ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester looks similar to the generation it replaces. The new version kept its predecessor's large windows and high ground clearance, as well as its easy-to-maneuver steering.
But that's no disappointment. The previous generation was nothing to mess with.
The Forester, a crossover pioneer, went on sale in 1997. Since then, Subaru of America estimates that nearly a fifth of its U.S. sales since 1968 have been Foresters — or more than 1.8 million vehicles.
With the Outback, the Forester has been a catalyst for Subaru's continuing U.S. growth.
"The fourth-generation Forester was a huge home run for us," said Todd Hill, car line planning manager, during the Forester's media introduction last month here.
But while playing it safe, Subaru has included several changes in the redesign. Some are more subtle than others, such as the word "Forester" appearing in the headlight unit.