AutoWeb shoppers had a clear preference this year, and they chose the 2019 Subaru Forester as the Buyer’s Choice Best Midsize SUV Award winner. Far from going stale, the Forester is roaring out of the gate after five generations of production. It received huge upgrades to its design, technology, and convenience features for 2019.
When the Forester debuted in the US in 1998, it was completely unique and, frankly, kind of an oddball. It had a tall, boxy greenhouse set on the Impreza's compact car platform. But the functional design caught on, especially since it came with a zippy powertrain and standard all-wheel drive. Generations followed, each with incremental refinements that smoothed the Forester’s rough edges and dampened its quirkiness without compromising its appeal and competence. Now we have 10 reasons buyers preferred the 2019 Subaru Forester over the others in the Midsize SUV class.