To be quite frank, it can’t get any better! With great safety scores, a spacious and well-appointed interior, an obvious AWD system, a stout turbocharged engine, and an off-road ready capability, the redesigned 2021 Subaru Forester will certainly be a sold choice in its class once it is released into the market sometime in February 2021.
The Forester has managed to gain a substantial fanatic following despite the intense competition existing in the small crossover SUV category. Nothing is super flashy about it lest you think it is the best, but its combination of performance, mid-level luxury, and superior handling with functional simplicity will make you fall in love with it.
And thanks to the standard all-wheel drive system and generous ground clearance, the new 2021 Subaru Forester is as comfortable in the desert as it is on the highway. Better fuel consumption and safety are some of the defining attributes the Forester has been able to leverage upon. For 2021, upscale features such as the blind-spot monitoring are provided in addition to the existing slew of safety technologies such as forward warning and mitigation, rear-cross traffic alert, and hill-assist.
In terms of fuel superiority, the CVT is a big help especially during highway cruising. However, nitpicking has revealed the Forester isn’t a saint either. One notable drawback that seems to haunt the Forester, and which Subaru either chooses to ignore or lets it pass is the lackluster acceleration. Therefore, it may seem wise to shop around first before putting a period on the 2021 Subaru Forester.
Offered Trims – Subaru Forester
Six trim models are offered for the 2021 Subaru Forester: base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.51 Touring, 2.0XT Touring, and the 2.0XT Premium. All these models are offered with an AWD system. The STI review is separately covered.
2021 Subaru Forester Engine Specifications
The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine which Subaru says can produce about 170 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque. Buyers have the option of either opting for the standard six-speed manual or the optional CVT transmission system. The engine is equipped under the skins of both the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models.
EPA projections put the fuel economy numbers for the CVT-equipped 2.5i model at 32/24/27 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 29/22/25 mpg for the manual transmission system. Impressive ratings considering the models are also equipped with a standard AWD system.
For those looking for more trouble beneath their hoods, Subaru has offered them with the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine if you choose the 2.0XT model. With this you get 250 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is paired exclusively with a CVT. A time of 6.3 seconds is required to get the 2.0XT Touring past 60 mph. EPA ratings put its fuel economy at 28/23/25 mpg.
Interior Changes & 2021 Subaru Forester Exterior Colors
Standard accessories and features available on the base model includes adaptive cruise control, a 6.2” display, full power accessories, USB port, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 17-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Subaru’s StarLink technology interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, a six-speaker sound system, and HD radio.
Optional items available for the base model include reclining rear seatbacks, a rear privacy glass, satellite radio, dual USB ports, a rear armrest, roof rails, an eight-way power driver seat, a larger 7-inch touchscreen interface, a panoramic sunroof, heated side mirrors, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, and voice commands.
Stepping up to the 2.5i Limited gets you hill descent control, automatic headlights, a cargo area tray, an adjustable-height power liftgate, foglights, a leather upholstery, an upgraded instrument cluster, automatic dual-zone climate control, a rear roof spoiler, and an adjustable-height power liftgate.
The 2.5i Touring model gets an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and rear folding seatbacks.
Opting for the 2.0XT Premium allows you to have a rear roof spoiler, 18” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the upgraded instrument cluster, a sport-tuned suspension system, and an upgraded instrument cluster.
At the top of the trim lineup is the 2.0XT Touring trim which only differs with the Premium version in terms of the exclusive options it gets.
Release Date & 2021 Subaru Forester Price
Latest news allege the new 2021 Subaru Forester is set for release in February 2021, at least for the Japan market and about a month later elsewhere. As for the price, it was established during the Tokyo Auto Show the Forester SUV will offer a window sticker displaying a base MSRP of $22,395.
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