2021 Subaru Forester brings the right amount of improvements, slight design changes, and plenty of equipment to enjoy in. This compact-crossover SUV includes an EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as a standard feature and a couple more driver-aids functions on the higher trims. The exterior will remain pretty much the same as in the previous version, but expect some minor changes in that department as well. Furthermore, the cabin offers generous legroom and space, even for the 6-ft tall passengers.

2021 Forester uses a 2.5-liter flat-4 engine, which produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. The combined fuel consumption is 29 mpg, while on highway Forester achieve 33 mpg. The robust construction, a significant amount of equipment, and affordable prices will help this model from rivals like Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, or Kia Sportage.

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2021 Subaru Forester Changes

2021 Subaru Forester will maintain most of the established design language from the previous version. Still, some new features and minor modifications will be introduced, of course. For example, the more angular approach is evident, as well as the sharper shapes and curves. Also, the grille comes larger a bit, but not significantly.

The front/rear bumpers are getting a new look, which provides a bolder stance of the vehicle. The compact-crossover SUV comes with a longer wheelbase, as well. As a result, the cabin offers better legroom, especially in the second row. The trim level will add more equipment than before, and you can customize pretty much everything. The only dilemma is will you choose sporty packages, or go with the more expensive stuff.

But, the most significant improvement is the new safety features. Subaru adds Land Centering function, and brand-new Lane Departure Prevention as part of the standard package. On top of that, the Rear Seat Reminder is now a standard function for all models.

Design

The upcoming 2021 Subaru Forester brings a very efficient and subtle design. The Japanese carmaker succeeds in delivering the most unpretentious vehicle in the class, but at the same time with very distinctive styling. The large glass sections, as well as the thin pillar, will provide excellent outward vision. The front/side/rear underride guards come as standard, same as the lower-body cladding, which protects from salt, mud, or rocks.

Furthermore, roof rails are available for every trim, except for the entry-level version. The Sport model comes with an attractive gloss-black trim and striking orange accents on the black underride guards. As for the interior, 2021 Forester provides plenty of front-seat shoulder room. The legroom is generous as well; for instance, the tall passengers won’t have any trouble to sit behind an equally tall driver.

Also, the cabin is full of high-quality materials and useful features. The center console comes with a 6.5-inches infotainment system for the base model, or an 8-inch touch display for the higher trims. The cargo department offers 35.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. However, with those seats folded maximum cargo area expands to 76.1 cubic feet. But, if you add an optional moonroof, it will chop off a little bit of that space.

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Standard and Additional Equipment

The base 2021 Subaru Forester includes a bundle of driver aids under the EyeSight system, as well as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. Besides, you’ll find automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, LED headlights, selectable driving modes, and active grille shutters.

The active grille shutters provide optimum fuel efficiency. Moreover, the Premium trim adds a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and hill-descent control. The heated front seats/side mirrors and windshield-wiper de-icer are now standard on the Premium model.

On top of that, this version offers rear cross-traffic alerts, a power tailgate, and keyless entry/ignition. Furthermore, the Sport trim comes with a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an 8-inch display. The Limited adds a heated steering wheel, reverse automatic braking and navigation.

The most expensive Touring trim includes all of the mentioned features, plus memory settings for the driver’s seat, an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and driver-attention monitoring.

2021 Subaru Forester STI

The Japanese company will continue with the production of high-performance Forester STI. The forthcoming model will use a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, that powers the ongoing Impreza WRX STI model as well. The 2.5-liter powertrain produces 300 hp and provides sportier handling and lower ride height.

Also, the exterior design is more refined, and the vehicles’ aerodynamics is improved. This version brings sporty appearance and performances that the drivers will adore. The cabin adds more equipment and unique features under the STI badge.

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Engine

Under the hood of 2021 Subaru Forester will be a 2.5-liter flat-4 engine, also known as “boxer.” This unit includes two opposing pairs of cylinders instead of four in the row configuration. Well, it’s a company’s trademark. The 2.5-liter drivetrain produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels through a Subaru-developed and built CVT.

The compact-crossover offers Intelligent driving mode, for a smoother experience, or Sport Mode for quicker responses. Moreover, Touring and Sport models will use a CVT with an old-fashioned way that acts as a 7-speed automatic transmission through shift paddles. The EPA estimates combined fuel consumption at 29 mpg.

Release Date and Price

The MSRP of base 2021 Subaru Forester starts at $24,500. But, let’s raise that price to $25,500 because the destination charge is not included. The Premium trim starts at just above $28,400, while the Sport will cost $30,100. The Limited model carries a price tag of $32,200.

On the other hand, the top-line Touring starts at $35,600. As we mentioned earlier, Touring envelops all the equipment from the lower trims, so there’s no need for some special packages or whatever. The 2021 Forester class-rivals have a similar price range, and only the Kia Sportage is less expensive.

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