New for 2019:Subaru

Christian Wardlaw | Aug 27, 2018

Subaru is on a record sales streak, and the arrival of the 2019 Ascent, an 8-passenger 3-row SUV, ought to boost the company’s fortunes even further. A redesigned Forester arrives this year, too, along with a plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek. Otherwise, Subaru makes its EyeSight safety technology available on anything that doesn’t have a stick shift.

Detailed changes for each 2019 Subaru car and SUV model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.


2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

  • New 8-passenger crossover SUV
  • Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels
  • Turbocharged, 260-horsepower 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Standard all-wheel drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, X-Mode traction system, hill-descent control, and brake-induced active torque vectoring
  • Tows up to 5,000 pounds, carries up to 86.5 cu. ft. of cargo
  • Standard EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems

2019 Subaru BRZ


  • Over-the-air updates now available for navigation system
  • New Series.Gray special edition, limited to 250 copies

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

  • New plug-in hybrid version debuts with Toyota-sourced components
  • Base version with a CVT now available with EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology
  • Premium trim receives an updated infotainment system with a free 3-year subscription to Starlink Safety Plus services, including automatic collision notification and SOS emergency calling
  • Limited trim adds EyeSight, reverse automatic braking, automatic high-beam headlights as standard equipment

2019 Subaru Forester

  • Redesigned for 2019, moved to same global platform as Ascent, Crosstrek, and Impreza
  • Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trim levels
  • Updated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 182 horsepower
  • Standard automatic engine start/stop, continuously variable transmission, all-wheel drive, active torque vectoring, and SI-Drive driving modes
  • Improved X-Mode traction system with new Deep Snow/Mud setting, and hill-descent control
  • Still offers a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Larger inside with more cargo space: up to 76.1 cu. ft.
  • All 2019 Foresters have EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies
  • New DriverFocus system, a distracted-driver monitoring system using facial-recognition technology, debuts on Forester Touring
  • Forester adds a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Trailer Stability Assist, individual tire-pressure monitoring
  • New infotainment systems with expanded Starlink subscription services

2019 Subaru Impreza

  • All Imprezas now include individual tire-pressuring monitoring as standard equipment
  • EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology is available on all trim levels, but only with a CVT
  • Premium trim now includes an updated infotainment system with Starlink subscription services, dual rear USB ports, a new wheel design, and an All-Weather package with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a heated windshield as standard equipment
  • Limited trim includes EyeSight, reverse automatic braking, and automatic high-beam headlights as standard equipment

2019 Subaru Legacy

  • All versions get standard EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology
  • Base trim adds improved instrumentation, standard dual USB ports, upgraded interior lighting, and a new infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen as standard equipment
  • 2.5i Premium trim adds auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and a universal remote
  • 2.5i Sport trim adds a standard blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist

2019 Subaru Outback

  • EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology is standard for all trims
  • Standard equipment for base trim includes a new Starlink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen, dual USB ports, upgraded instrumentation, and improved interior lighting
  • An auto-dimming mirror with a compass and a universal remote is standard for 2.5i Premium trim

2019 Subaru WRX/WRX STI

  • Series.Gray special edition debuts for both WRX and WRX STI models
  • New infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen is standard for base WRX models; adds larger screen and Near Field Communications with Premium trim
  • All WRX models with a CVT include standard EyeSight driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology
  • WRX STI gets mechanical improvements from last year’s limited-production Type RA, bumping power output to 310 horsepower and improving acceleration through transmission upgrades

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