Photo of 2017 Forester courtesy of Subaru.

Photo of 2017 Forester courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru is updating its Forester compact SUV for 2016 with new driver-assistance technology and improved fuel economy, Subaru announced.

Subaru's EyeSight driver-assistance package will now use color cameras that provide a wider, longer field of vision. The revised system also includes Lane Keep Assist, which guides the vehicle back to the center of its lane. Forester Limited and Touring models now include Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Premium models equipped with EyeSight also get Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

To improve night-time visibility, Subaru is offering the available High Beam Assist that automatically switches the headlights between the high and low settings based on driving conditions. Optional Steering Responsive Headlights aim headlight beams in the direction of vehicle travel to provide improved illumination around curves. Subaru is offering the features as standard equipment on 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring and 2.0XT Touring models equipped with EyeSight.

The 2017 Forester improves fuel economy for 2.5i CVT models to an EPA-rated 26 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined compared to 24/32/27 for the outgoing model.

Active Torque Vectoring is now standard on Forester 2.0XT Touring models with EyeSight. The system helps reduce understeer and keeps the vehicle on the driver’s intended cornering path. A quicker gear ratio in the steering gives the new Forester better handling and response to driver inputs, while Subaru’s X-Mode traction assist system is now standard on Premium, Limited and Touring models with CVT and incorporates Hill Descent Control.