Forester Wilderness designed to go farther into the woods

From the Ford Bronco Sport to the Toyota Rav4 Adventure and Mazda CX-50 Meridian it seems like everyone is following Subaru’s hiking boot prints these days by adding off

Now Subaru is literally upping its game with the new Forester Wilderness, which features new equipment and an increased ride height to improve its rough road capability.

It’s the second model from the growing Wilderness family, which launched with the Outback Wilderness last year.

It’s the second model from the growing Wilderness family, which launched with the Outback Wilderness last year.

The Forester Wilderness gets a half-inch boost in ground clearance to 9.2 inches, chunky black body cladding, redesigned bumpers, a metal front skid plate and a set of black 17-inch wheels

with all-terrain tires including a full-size spare, because a donut won't cut it in the vehicle's namesake locale.

It also has a beefed-up roof rack rated to hold up to 220 pounds while the vehicle is in motion and 800 pounds when parked.

That makes it suitable for a roof-mounted pop-up tent.

That makes it suitable for a roof-mounted pop-up tent.

The 182 hp 2.4-liter flat-four-cylinder engine, CVT transmission and all-wheel-drive system are shared with all the other Foresters

but the Wilderness gets new gear ratios for added grunt and its towing capacity doubled to 3,000 pounds.