2021 Subaru Forester Price Hike Helps Pay for Added Standard Features

Liz Kim | Aug 20, 2020

Subaru has announced pricing and changes for the 2021 Forester, the company’s compact crossover SUV that competes with models such as the Ford Bronco Sport, Jeep Cherokee, and Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

2021 Subaru Forester Sport Black Front View

New Subaru Forester prices start at $24,795 for the 2021 model year, representing a $300 markup from last year’s base model. It’s a good value, as changes to the 2021 Subaru Forester include standard steering responsive LED headlights with automatic high-beam assistance, which was previously only available with the Limited and Touring trims. Additionally, all Foresters will come with a rear seatbelt reminder system, which tells everyone to buckle up via audible and visual warnings.

Subaru also introduces a handful of trim-specific changes. For 2021, the Forester Premium includes standard fog lights and keyless access with push-button start, while the Forester Sport now has a standard blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic warning and lane-change assistance. Last year, that useful safety feature was an option.

To the chagrin of the Forester faithful, a turbocharged engine option is not among the updates for 2021. Instead, the Forester is motivated by the same 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine it had last year. A continuously variable transmission sends power to a standard all-wheel-drive system, and in some trim levels it includes a 7-speed manual shifting mode. The Forester offers a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance as well as Subaru’s X-Mode off-road traction system, giving the SUV genuine capabilities in the dirt.

Also continuing from last year, Subaru’s EyeSight collection of driver assistance and collision avoidance systems remains standard equipment. The Forester is also available with the automaker’s Driver Focus technology, which uses facial recognition technology to monitor driver attentiveness levels. 

The 2021 Forester release date is October of 2020, when it will arrive in dealer showrooms.

The information in this article is from Subaru. It was accurate on August 19, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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