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Release date for the 2021 Forester at Planet Subaru: September, 2020.

Subaru introduces an all-new Forester every five years (with a "mid-cycle refresh" in the fourth year).  The generation on sale now was introduced for the 2019 model year. Subaru makes very few changes in the third year of the product cycle because the car is still contemporary and state-of-the-art.

Subaru announced only two changes for 2021:

  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights and High Beam Assist now standard on all trim levels
  • Rear Seatbelt Reminder Now Standard

  • More information about the 2021 Forester:

    Subaru sharpens the focus on visibility features for the 2021 Forester. The Base and Premium trims gain Steering Responsive LED headlights along with High Beam Assist. These features had previously been standard only on the Limited and Touring trims.

    The Forester also adds a Rear Seatbelt Reminder this year as standard equipment. Now all passengers are reminded to buckle up before their journey with an audio and visual warning from the instrument cluster. 

    All Forester models are powered by a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine teamed with a Lineartronic® CVT and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The direct-injection engine produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. The Forester is a highly efficient SUV, delivering up to 33 mpg EPA-estimated highway fuel economy. The compact SUV also offers up to 1,500-lb. towing capacity and features standard Trailer Stability Assist.

    Also standard across the Forester model line is Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The award-winning system includes Adaptive Cruise Control; Pre-Collision Braking; Pre-Collision Throttle Management; Lane Departure and Sway Warning; and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.

    Introducing the 2021 Forester
    The 2021 Forester (Base) MSRP starts at $24,795 and continues the model's notoriety for value with a long list of standard features including power windows, door locks, and side mirrors; dual USB ports in the front center console; multi-function display; remote keyless entry; and combination meter with color LCD.

    Also standard on Base is the SUBARU STARLINK™ 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus system with high-resolution touchscreen, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity as well as SiriusXM® and a CD player.  

    An option package upgrades the base model with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels in silver finish plus roof rails for an MSRP of $600.

    2021 Forester Premium
    The 2021 Forester Premium, with an MSRP from $27,795, adds a considerable upgrade over the Base in comfort, convenience and available tech. The standard All-Weather Package includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer. The Premium also adds a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support; 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels in black with machine finish; roof rails; dark tint privacy glass; and a panoramic power moonroof.

    New for 2021, the Premium comes with Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and fog lights as standard equipment.  

    For improved off-pavement performance, the Forester Premium trim features standard X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control. The Premium trim's interior is upgraded with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching; center dash panel trim in black with silver metallic finish; high-grade combination meter with color LCD; high-grade multi-function display, and chrome inner door handles.

    The Premium offers a single option package that includes Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and a Power Rear Gate with automatic close & height memory.  The MSRP for the package is $1,095.

    Forester Sport
    With a starting MSRP of $29,395, the 2021 Forester Sport offers unique exterior and interior elements for a youthful and rugged appearance as well as enhanced standard equipment over the Premium.

    For 2021, the Sport adds Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to its standard equipment list; this safety system was formerly optional.

    The exterior of the Sport trim is adorned with exclusive gloss black trim as well as black-finish 18-inch wheels and a black rear roof spoiler. Orange accents are featured on the side and front lower valances and roof rail mounts. An orange SPORT badge adds a striking yet complementary contrast on the rear of the vehicle.

    The exclusive Sport interior features a unique dark gray material with orange stitching and accents throughout the cabin.

    In addition, the Sport trim features Dual X-MODE for increased capability in a wider range of conditions.

    A single option package is available for the 2021 Sport that includes Reverse Automatic Braking; SUBARU STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system; Harman Kardon® premium sound system; and a Power Rear Gate. The option package has a MSRP of $1,645.

    Forester Limited
    With an MSRP starting at $31,395, the 2021 Forester Limited includes all features from the Premium and is visually distinguished with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels in black with machine finish; exterior mirrors in matching body color with integrated turn signals, and chrome accent trim for the fog lights.

    The 2021 Forester Limited joins the Sport and Touring trims in featuring a 7-speed manual mode for the Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission).

    The Limited comes standard with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Its roster of added amenities includes STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia Plus; perforated leather-trimmed upholstery; silver metallic with gloss black finish center dash panel trim; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle; dual-zone automatic climate control with voice-activated controls; dual USB ports in the rear center console, and a power rear gate with auto close and height memory.

    The Limited offers a single option package with Reverse Automatic Braking, STARLINK 8-inch Multimedia with Navigation powered by TomTom®, Harman Kardon speaker system and a Heated Steering Wheel. The MSRP of this robust package is $1,695.

    Forester Touring
    Continuing as the top of the model line, the 2021 Forester Touring MSRP is $34,895. The Touring includes the full list of standard and optional features from the Limited and adds the innovative DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System.  

    The exterior of the Touring is distinguished by unique 18-inch alloy wheels in black with machine finish; chrome exterior door handles; satin chrome exterior folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, and LED fog lights with chrome trim. This flagship trim level also has silver metallic finish mounts on the roof rails and and a silver finish on the front, rear and side valences as well as chrome badges.

    The Forester Touring cabin offers a choice of exclusive Black or Saddle Brown perforated leather trimmed upholstery; 10-way power driver's seat with 2-position memory (includes power lumbar support); 8-way power front passenger seat, and heated rear seats. LEDs are used for cargo-area and dome lights with off-delay, as well as the rear gate.
    2021 Subaru Forester
    Trim Transmission Applicable Options MSRP MSRP + Destination & Delivery ($1,050)
    Forester CVT 01, 02 $24,795 $25,845
    Forester Premium CVT 11, 15 $27,795 $28,845
    Forester Sport CVT 21, 24 $29,395 $30,445
    Forester Limited CVT 31, 32 $31,395 $32,445
    Forester Touring CVT 41 $34,895 $35,945
    2021 Subaru Forester Option Packages
    CODE 01: Standard Model N/A
    CODE 02: Alloy Wheel Package + Roof Rails $600
    Forester Premium
    CODE 11: Standard Model N/A
    CODE 15: BSD/RCTA + Power
    Rear Gate
    Forester Sport  
    CODE 21: Standard Model N/A
    CODE 24: RAB + 8-inch Multimedia Plus + Harman
    Kardon Amp & speakers + Power Rear Gate
    Forester Limited
    CODE 31: Standard Model N/A
    CODE 32: RAB + 8-inch Multimedia with Nav + Harman Kardon Amp & speakers + Heated Steering Wheel $1,695
    Forester Touring
    CODE 41: Standard Model N/A

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    Foresters through the years:   

    2019 and up
    The first Forester built on Subaru's "Global Platform," handling agility improves and cabin noise decreases. It's Subaru's safer-ever Forester, loaded with technology including first-in-its-class DriverFocus, a driver-distraction mitigation system. Eyesight active safety suite is standard. Horsepower increases to 182 and fuel economy lifts to 33mpg highway.

    2014 through 2018

    Slightly larger inside and out than the generation it replaces, Subaru literally cannot build enough to satisfy demand as their factories are running extra shifts.  Introducing a continuously variable transmission lifted fuel economy to 32 mpg from 27.  Other new features include the Eyesight driver assistance system, power tailgate, and X-Mode traction control.  Outward visibility remains tops in the industry.  

    2009 through 2013

    Prior Foresters felt a little cramped, but sales took off with this larger Forester, bigger than its predecessor in every dimension. 
    Subaru poured on the technology, with standard Vehicle Dynamics Control and six airbags.  Optional equipment included touchscreen navigation and Bluetooth.

    2003 through 2008

    Size remained the same, but Subaru modernized everything.  Side air bags became standard on every model, the interior moved upscale, ride quality improved, and appearance moved from utilitarian to stylish. 

    1998 through 2002

    Subaru created the Forester on the Impreza platform, installing a square body and bigger engine.  Along with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V (both introduced in 1997), Subaru pioneered the "Small Crossover" segment.  It combined the  ride height, style, and versatility of a truck-based SUV without the poor fuel economy and sloppy handling.



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