2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester

Key Figures

  • Price range in Canada: $28,995 to $40,095
  • Price range in the United States: $24,795 to $34,895
  • One powertrain choice with an output of 182 horsepower
  • Combined fuel economy: 8.2 L/100 km, 29 mpg

The 2021 Subaru Forester is a compact-sized, five-passenger crossover vehicle offered in a multitude of trim levels.

Only one powertrain is available in the Forester. The naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-four produces 182 horsepower, and it’s managed by a continuously variable automatic transmission, which the brand calls Lineartronic. Standard on every trim level, both in Canada and in the United States, is a full-time all-wheel drivetrain that can vary the torque split from 60/40 front/rear to 50/50, according to the driving conditions. Meanwhile, the X-Mode system adjusts engine output, transmission, AWD torque split and braking according to the chosen drive mode, enhancing traction on uphills, slippery surfaces and declines.

In Canada, the 2021 Subaru Forester is available in base, Convenience, Touring, Sport, Limited and Premier. In the U.S., the Forester lineup consists of base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring.

For the 2021 model year, the crossover gets steering responsive LED headlights and high beam assist, which used to be reserved for uplevel trims. Meanwhile, a Rear Seatbelt Reminder feature has been added in order to make everyone is safely buckled up. The Canadian-spec Forester also benefits from a heated steering wheel from the Touring trim and above—making the feature more accessible.

Other available appearance, comfort and convenience features include 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, a windshield wiper de-icer, a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, front and rear heated seats as well as an infotainment system with STARLINK connected services and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. A 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard, while an 8.0-inch display, embedded navigation and a nine-speaker Harman/Kardon speaker system are offered in uplevel trims.

In addition, the Subaru EyeSight safety suite is standard across the board, which rounds up autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also available on most trim levels.

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2021 Subaru Forester Pricing In Canada

Trim LevelMotorTransmissionMSRPFreight & PDINet Price
Base2.4L H4Automatic CVT$28,995$1,800$30,795
Convenience2.4L H4Automatic CVT$32,595$1,800$34,395
Touring2.4L H4Automatic CVT$34,395$1,800$36,195
Sport2.4L H4Automatic CVT$35,795$1,800$37,595
Limited2.4L H4Automatic CVT$38,795$1,800$40,595
Premier2.4L H4Automatic CVT$40,095$1,800$41,895

2021 Subaru Forester Pricing In The United States

Trim LevelMotorTransmissionMSRPDestination & HandlingNet Price
Base2.5L H4Automatic CVT$24,795$1,050$25,845
Premium2.5L H4Automatic CVT$27,795$1,050$28,845
Sport2.5L H4Automatic CVT$29,395$1,050$30,445
Limited2.5L H4Automatic CVT$31,395$1,050$32,445
Touring2.5L H4Automatic CVT$34,895$1,050$35,945

2021 Subaru Forester Powertrains In Canada

Trim LevelMotorTransmissionDisplacement, ccPower (hp @ rpm)Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)
Base2.4L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Convenience2.4L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Touring2.4L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Sport2.4L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Limited2.4L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Premier2.4L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400

2021 Subaru Forester Powertrains In The United States

Trim LevelMotorTransmissionDisplacement, ccPower (hp @ rpm)Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)
Base2.5L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Premium2.5L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Sport2.5L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Limited2.5L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400
Touring2.5L H4Automatic CVT2,498182 @ 5,800176 @ 4,400

2021 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy In Canada

Trim LevelMotorTransmissionFuel TypeCity L/100 kmHighway L/100 kmCombined L/100 km
Base2.4L H4Automatic CVTRegular9.07.28.2
Convenience2.4L H4Automatic CVTRegular9.07.28.2
Touring2.4L H4Automatic CVTRegular9.07.28.2
Sport2.4L H4Automatic CVTRegular9.07.28.2
Limited2.4L H4Automatic CVTRegular9.07.28.2
Premier2.4L H4Automatic CVTRegular9.07.28.2

2021 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy In The United States

Trim LevelMotorTransmissionFuel TypeCity MPGHighway MPGCombined MPG
Base2.5L H4Automatic CVTRegular263329
Premium2.5L H4Automatic CVTRegular263329
Sport2.5L H4Automatic CVTRegular263329
Limited2.5L H4Automatic CVTRegular263329
Touring2.5L H4Automatic CVTRegular263329

2021 Subaru Forester Competition

The 2021 Subaru Forester competes with the following models in the compact crossover category:

Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen ID.4, Volkswagen Tiguan.