Subaru Forester 2021
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE26 MPG City / 33 MPG Highway
- ENGINE1995 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
Subaru's standard all-wheel drive and adventuresome image apply perfectly to the Forester compact SUV. Although it seems to be a competitor for the brand's Outback station wagon in terms of functionality and size, the Forester offers a more SUV-like driving position, larger windows for better outward visibility, and a bit more ground clearance. The cabin of the Forester is the definition of sensible, offering plenty of practicality leavened by a touch of stylistic flair. There's a four-cylinder engine under the hood, which delivers adequate power and decent fuel economy. The Forester's key rivals—the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4—offer more powerful powertrains and more driving engagement, but the Subaru's smooth ride and relaxed handling won't offend buyers who fall for its other attributes.
What's New for 2021?
Subaru has made adaptive LED headlamps and automatic high beams standard across the Forester lineup for 2021 while the Limited model now comes with a seven-speed manual mode for the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A new rear center-console storage tray has been added to all but the base model.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Base - $26,570
- Premium - $29,320
- Sport - $30,890
- Limited - $33,000
- Wilderness - $33,945
Touring - $36,420
While the Limited and Touring trims are much fancier, we think the Premium model offers the best mix of value and features. The exterior upgrades—17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and body-color sideview mirrors—make it look less like a rental car and the interior includes luxuries such as a panoramic sunroof, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, reclining rear seatbacks, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The Forester earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. All models come standard with Subaru's EyeSight suite of camera-based driver-assistance features. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
The Forester's warranty is basic, and buyers will be paying out of pocket for maintenance visits. Rivals such as the Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson—both of which offer a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty—and the RAV4—which offers two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance—provide more value here than the Subaru.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance