The Subaru Forester competes in the compact class alongside the models such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox. The Forester provides great utility and ride comfort but gets also high marks for the enhanced off-road capability, sophisticated all-wheel drive and standard active safety equipment. The model was all-new for the 2019 model year and the next 2021 Subaru Forester should stay mostly unchanged.

The redesigned Forster arrived for the 2019 model year marginally larger and restyled but based on the new global architecture and with an upgraded interior in terms of material quality, space and equipment. The 2020 version added just a few new standard features and a similar outcome should be with the 2021 version. Subaru is known for making just a few changes for the mid-update but it is expected for the 2022 model year.

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester: Design

The Subaru Forster hasn’t changed much visually for the recent 2019 model year redesign. The model’s appearance is defined by the angular sheet metal shaping and brand’s signature elements. A big, vertical grille with the winged stripe is also a prominent part of model’s identity flanked by the bird-like headlights. The angular rear has also taillights with the C-shaped contours and broad tailgate. The profile is angular with a sharply defined character line and swollen fender flares.

While model made evolutionary styling changes, the recent redesign was done around the new far stiffer and lightweight Subaru Global Platform which debuted on the Impreza sedan. The new architecture provides multiple benefits like a notably smoother and composed ride. The newest generation Forester is also slightly longer which translates to a more comfortable interior while 8.7 inches of ground clearance combined with the capable all-wheel drive gives it more than average poor-weather and off-road capability.

As for the 2021 Subaru Forester and styling changes the model will stay almost identical with added new color options and likely new appearance package.

Interior, equipment:

The Forster gained an upgraded interior for the recent redesign and there won’t be big changes for the next model year.

Subaru improved the quality of materials notably for the last redesign and the model has a new dash design with functional controls. Every Forster is also well equipped and comes with Apple Cat Play and Android Auto plus EyeSight safety tech. Standard safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and lane departure warning.

The base version will also come with automatic LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, push-button start, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, etc. The next trim will add a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Wi-Fi, power driver’s seat, a panoramic sunroof, etc. In the upper grades, the Forester will add larger center display and wheels, blind-spot monitoring, Harman Kardon sound system, upgraded upholstery and more. The top Touring version will also gain a heated steering wheel and rear seats, driver-seat memory setting, LED fog lights, etc.

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester: Performance

The fifth-generation Forster debuted with two engine options including turbocharged unit but just about 5 percent of sales went on the turbo-4 engine and Subaru discontinued it for the 2019 model year. There are no signs that 2021 Subaru Forester will bring a new engine option or return the turbocharged unit.

Every Subaru Forester should leave the factory with the 2.5-liter flat-4 engine and continuously variable transmission. The model will also equip the all-wheel drive by default. The engine will produce 182 hp and torque of 176 pound-feet.

The standard all-wheel drive combined with the 8.7 inches of the ground clearance and traction control modes will provide better off-road capability than most rivals. Buyers will also like quick and precise steering and handling backed up by the torque vectoring system.

The Forster will also provide among the best fuel economy when the gasoline engine and all-wheel drive are in play. The model should return 26 mpg city and 33 highways or 29 mpg combined.

2021 Subaru Forester: Release, Price

The 2021 Subaru Forester should reach the dealer lots in the pretty much the same form as the current version in the fall of 2020. The base version should cost about $24, 500. The model will enter the mid-30, 000 zone in the best-equipped form.     

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