Flash Drive

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

Model Tested: 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness has added clearances and improved approach/departure angles.

Engine: 2.5-liter flat-4, 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft torque

Transmission: CVT automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 25-mpg city, 28-mpg highway, 26-mpg combined

Base Price: $32,820

As Tested: $34,165


Good performance from flat four engine

Smooth transmission, revised gear

The Forester Wilderness is well-suited to all kinds of terrains including dirt roads and snow.


Console dial for drive modes

Decent fuel economy—our best was 28.4-mpg highway

All-terrain tires

Increased ground clearance

Increase approach/departure angles

Front skid plate (optional)

3000-pound towing capacity


Super stretch-out driver/front

The Forester front seats are spacious and comfortable with excellent legroom.

passenger legroom

Comfy, supportive seats

Driver power lumbar support

Two-temp heated front seats

Nice quality interior materials

Water-resistant upholstery

Great rear seat room

Adults can fit in middle position

Excellent head room

Very nice medium thick contoured leather steering wheel

Ample, well-marked auxiliary controls

Rear seat room is excellent and adults can fit in the middle position.

Wide-opening doors, but back door wheel well intrusion


Ample cargo space

Flat floor, no lift-over

Very high opening hatch

Split rear seats fold almost flat

Some extra storage under floor

Excellent telescopic steering column range

OK tilt range

Big sun visors with center extensions

Ample cargo space and split, folding rear seats provide room for lots of adventure gear.

Two infotainment screens

One very large, one smaller on top of dash

Medium size very deep console bin

Medium size front door bins

Medium size locking glovebox

Double layer seatback pouches

Small rear door bins

Strengthened roof rails

WOW Factors:

Increased off-road capabilities

Excellent off-road, all-weather

The Subaru Forester Wilderness comes with special all-terrain tires.


Great oversized sunroof

Front view monitor

Spacious, comfortable interior

Good cargo capacity


Excessive black trim

Small rear door bins

Bottom Line:

The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness is the newest Forester model. The Wilderness has trendy blacked out trim, but it’s not all fluff. We prefer

An easy to use dial selects the best drive modes for differing terrains.

how strong Foresters perform without extra cladding, but that’s us. The 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness does have lots of real off-road improvements including extra clearances, special gearing, rugged tires, and water-resistant upholstery that make it very functional instead of being simply a trim package.