The specs say that the 2022 Subaru Forester has 28.9 cubic-feet of cargo house behind the again seat or 26.9 cubic-feet with the enormous sunroof discovered on most trim ranges. These figures are about 10 cubic-feet lower than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson, the section leaders. It is even behind one of many section’s smallest members, the Mazda CX-5.
One thing’s fishy, although. When this Forester era was launched for 2019, Subaru’s printed cargo capability numbers had been 35.4 cu.ft and 33.0 cu.ft (no sunroof). Though nonetheless barely lower than the large boys, these figures are fairly clearly way more aggressive. They’re additionally far nearer to actuality.
The load flooring certain appears greater within the Forester than these of the CR-V, RAV4 and Tucson. That would definitely contribute to its smaller cargo capability on paper (no matter official measurement). Nonetheless, the Forester has a boxier and extra upright roofline, which positively claws again some house relative these sleeker rivals. Additionally, as we have seen time and time once more in these baggage exams, boxy is healthier.
Notice that the Forester being examined right here is the brand new Wilderness, which features a full-size spare tire. Its presence doesn’t alter capability. In actual fact, there’s nonetheless room beneath the ground to retailer the cargo cowl. It is a nice, uncommon characteristic which means that you would be able to simply do away with the cargo cowl on the fly must you want the additional house freed up. It additionally means you do not have to retailer the factor in your storage someplace.
As such, I did not hassle testing with and with out the cargo cowl in place. If you do not have to fret about getting caught with it within the automobile, the “with” check is a moot level.
OK, onto the baggage. As in each baggage check I do, I exploit two midsize curler suitcases that will should be checked in on the airport (26 inches lengthy, 16 large, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that simply barely match within the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and one smaller roll-aboard that matches simply (23L x 15W x 10D). I additionally embody my spouse’s fancy in a single day bag simply to spruce issues up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
There, every part match with room to spare. I did not have to so carefully Tetris all of them collectively, however I wished to indicate the house left over. This is not as a lot as with the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. It might not even be as a lot because the Mitsubishi Outlander. It’s greater than the Nissan Rogue, nonetheless.
OK, now let’s replenish that house.
That will be a 38-quart cooler stuffed within the again there plus a blue duffel bag.
Briefly, these similar objects match within the Tucson, CR-V, RAV4 and Outlander. Just like the Outlander, there’s not as a lot room leftover, however we’re speaking stuffing in some sneakers or a pizza box-sized factor or one thing.
So sure, the Forester would not have as a lot cargo room as the category leaders, however for all intents and functions, its functionally the identical. Once more, this aligns with this Forester era’s authentic, greater cargo capability figures relative to these of the competitors.
Now, on to another cargo-related options.
An replace for each 2022 Forester is the addition of those two cargo space roof hooks. They’re good for six kilos every.
Particular to the Forester is a water resistant and simply cleaned floor for the seat backs. All-weather flooring mats are additionally included.
As with most autos within the section, you possibly can fold down the again seats utilizing switches on either side of the cargo space.
For something that may’t or should not be saved inside, the Forester supplies a number of the greatest roof rails within the trade. Above left are the usual rails, whereas these above proper are these distinctive to the Wilderness. Moreover the unique gold trim, be aware the second stanchion holding up the center. Presumably, that is how the Wilderness roof rails can assist additional weight: 800 kilos whereas parked versus 700, and 220 whereas in movement versus 176.
Even the bottom rails maintain greater than these of all rivals, whereas even the bottom Toyota 4Runner roof rails are good for under 120 kilos.
This makes it lots simpler and safer to do that …
Principally, with the quantity of house inside, the simply loaded boxy form, the full-size spare and the extremely practical roof rails, the Forester affords much more cargo capability than a easy cubic-foot measurement would point out.