Everyone wants to know whether the 2020 Subaru Forester can perform well under the cold weather in Bend OR. As it turns out, it may perform more than just well because according to the U.S. News & World Report, the Forester is one of the best cars for winter driving. Here are some of the amazing features that will definitely come in handy during the wintry months to come.


Ground Clearance in the 2020 Subaru Forester in Bend OR

Many people choose to drive crossovers during wintertime because this type of car is known to be better at navigating snowy roads. Crossovers also have a better chance of surviving a snowdrift and, in the event of a collision, passengers in taller vehicles are generally safer. 

But one of the main advantages of choosing a crossover is the ground clearance, which is the distance between the vehicle's undercarriage to the ground. According to Kelsey Mays, a senior consumer affairs editor at Cars.com, in most cases, more ground clearance is always better as you sometimes don't know the depth of the snow you're driving through. 

Generally, cars have 4 to 6 inches of clearance while SUVs have 6 to 8 inches of clearance. But the 2020 Subaru Forester comes with a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a bit more than what other SUVs can offer, to help drivers in Bend OR to get through icy roads. 


Standard Subaru X-Mode Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

The 2020 Subaru Forester in Bend OR is equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in all trim levels. The Base and Premium trim levels also come with X-Mode, which maximizes traction on slippery surfaces. The X-Mode works by optimizing the control of the engine, symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, brakes, transmission shift pattern, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control System. When all these are engaged, the Forester will have an optimized wheel control on icy roads and steep inclines. 

On the other hand, there is a dual-mode version of X-Mode with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes that come standard for the Sport, Limited, and Touring models. With this feature, you are even more capable to go virtually everywhere you want.

Experts who have tried the Forester's new X-Mode notes that it's easier to engage the gas pedal gradually in this mode. This means you can avoid the car from lurching forward as you start driving, which prevents the wheels from spinning. Moreover, the X-Mode also gives the Forester a better crawling ability than if you only use the standard symmetrical all-wheel drive. 


The 2020 Subaru Forester's Standard All-Weather Package in Bend OR

You can now get the All-Weather Package as a standard with the 2020 Subaru Forester, starting from the Premium trim. This means heated front seats, heated mirrors, and a windshield de-icer are all guaranteed.

If you're driving in the chilly Oregon winter, having these three features is essential. You no longer have to freeze as you wait for the vehicle's heater to warm the seats. The all-weather package is installed not only for your convenience, but for your safety as well. It will keep the car's mirrors free from ice and fog, which will allow you greater road visibility. Ice and snow often freeze wipers, too, and make them unusable. In this case, the windshield deicer will quickly thaw the wiper blades so they won't stick to the glass.

All in all, the 2020 Subaru Forester is a great vehicle to accompany you in Bend OR thanks to its array of well-designed features. Pick out your perfect Subaru Forester from Subaru of Bend before winter gets into full swing.