The 2023 Subaru Forester Wilderness arrives now at U.S. retailers. It's just in time to take the snow-ready compact SUV out to play in deep snow. You don't need to upgrade the Wilderness trim, but if you want to take it to the next level, there's a good option.
The most adventurous customers in North America who want more attitude for their Forester Wilderness with the most aggressive nature will want what LP Aventure in Quebec, Canada offers.
They have produced a lift kit for the Wilderness trim level, giving it a more aggressive stance for more extreme off-road and deep snow pursuits. The LP Aventure Forester Wilderness is pictured with LP Aventure's 18-inch LP7 wheels wrapped in 255/55R18 BF Goodrich K02s, and a 2-inch Lift Kit.
pawing through the recovery boards on the roof is an excellent way to get unstuck. Traction devices like these can help you avoid getting mired down in difficult terrain, and they're easy enough for anyone to use. Even if you're not a serious off-roader, it's still a good idea to keep traction boards, soft shackles, and tow straps in your vehicle–that way you'll be prepared if you find yourself in snow or mud (or even sand).
The Forester kit lets you raise the altitude of your vehicle so that obstacles like brushwood, river crossings, and rocky trails are no problem.
Forester Wilderness gets dual-function X-Mode
The Wilderness trim level features the automaker's Dual-Function X-Mode. The off-road system locks up one wheel if it senses it spinning, in order to provide extra grip instead of letting the wheel spin. The new Wilderness also comes with Hill Descent Control. It prevents the SUV's speed from increasing when descending a hill, managing the braking to provide a controlled, smooth and safe descent.
Using the lift kit won't affect its rollover safety
If you lift your all-wheel-drive vehicle, the electronic stability control (ESC) dynamics change and increase the risk of a rollover crash if the driver has to make an evasive lane change at highway speeds. They could lose control of the car. How can you tell if your lifted vehicle still meets the original design standards from the factory?