All-New 2025 Subaru Forester Makes Canadian Debut

The redesigned, sixth-generation 2025 Subaru Forester, which we first saw in Los Angeles last November, made its Canadian debut today in Toronto. The Car Guide was on hand to take another look at this compact SUV that will try to get out of the shadow cast by the smaller and more popular Crosstrek.

We can’t say the new Forester is the prettiest in the segment, that’s for sure. Not everyone will love the result, especially when it comes to the front grille. The fenders are more sculpted and feature extra cladding around the wheel arches (so do the rocker panels) for a more rugged look. The headlights and taillights sport a new design, as well, while ground clearance is unchanged at 220 mm.

Just like before, visibility is outstanding when stepping inside the Forester. Subaru has made clever use of contoured dash elements and textured trim pieces to avoid visible damage from daily grind. As for cargo, maximum capacity is slightly increased—now up to 2,107 litres with the rear seatbacks down.

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Unfortunately for some drivers, the 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine remains the only option for now. Curiously, output is down to 180 horsepower (-2) and torque is increased to 178 lb-ft (+2). We’re still waiting for official fuel consumption ratings, but they should be very similar to the outgoing model’s (combined 8.2 L/100 km). Same thing for prices, which will be announced closer to launch in the spring.  

The big news will be the addition of a Forester Hybrid for the 2026 model year, using a Toyota-based system. Alas, details about that one are even harder to come by.

What else can we tell you about the 2025 Subaru Forester? Well, the Subaru Global Platform has been enhanced with 10 percent stiffer torsional rigidity, handling is improved with a version of the WRX’s dual-pinion electronic power steering rack, and the drivetrain gets standard Active Torque Vectoring and SI-Drive performance management system. There’s more safety content, too, plus a larger 11.6-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard (except in base Convenience trim where dual 7.0-inch touchscreens can be found).

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2024 Subaru WRX RS

Speaking of the WRX, the new-for-2024 RS model also made its Canadian debut in Toronto today. Starting at $41,895, this car brings suspension, steering, braking and tire upgrades for improved track performance. There are no changes under the hood, however, which is a shame.

More specifically, the Subaru WRX RS gets stiffer springs, revised damping rates and a retuned steering rack for better body control and steering response. It rides on 245/35R19 Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires delivering increased wet and dry grip and improved braking performance.

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A definite highlight of the WRX RS is the high-performance Brembo braking system including six-piston front calipers and two-piston rear calipers, larger pads and rotors. Look for enhanced stopping power, but also better fade resistance and pedal feel.

The exclusive 19-inch wheels in a satin grey finish are nice, though we’re more excited about the new Recaro seats offering extra support. They are wrapped in black and grey Ultrasuede with contrasting red stitching. The power sunroof has been deleted, not only to reduce weight but also to provide additional headroom for drivers wearing a helmet during track sessions.

The Car Guide will get the opportunity to test drive the new 2025 Subaru Forester and 2024 WRX RS in the coming months, so don’t miss our reviews.

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