The 2021 Forester is the only non-luxury compact SUV to feature standard all-wheel drive. The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive creates uniform stability and delivers an optimal distribution of power for maximum traction in virtually any weather or road condition. It delivers better handling, improved efficiency, and a quicker response to road conditions than competitors’ optional systems. The durable SUBARU BOXER engine combined with the standard Lineartronic® CVT allows the Forester to get up to a fuel-efficient 33 MPG** highway and over 540 miles of driving range.
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard on: All models
With 8.7 inches of ground clearance – more than Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, or Ford Escape – and available X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, almost any destination is within reach. X-MODE optimizes the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for maximum traction on slippery surfaces. A dual-function X-MODE with settings for snow, dirt, and mud is also available.
X-MODE standard on: Premium
Dual-function X-MODE standard on: Sport, Limited, and Touring
SI-DRIVE – or Subaru Intelligent Drive – is a powertrain performance management system. Sport models feature an exclusive Sport Sharp (S#) SI-DRIVE mode for enhanced throttle response and an even more engaging drive.
The Forester Sport showcases bold design elements on its sleek exterior and sophisticated cabin upgrades inside. It rides on uniquely finished 18-inch wheels, features LED fog lights, and comes with roof rack tie-down points for added versatility and functional style. With Sport-specific tuning for SI-DRIVE and dual-function X-MODE®, the Forester Sport is ready for anything.
Standard 18-inch alloy wheels, with an aggressive design and exclusive black finish, give the Forester Sport a foundation of athletic style.
The Forester Sport features integrated roof rail tie-down points that not only provide cargo-carrying capability, but also a finishing touch to its bold design.
The Forester Sport interior is clad in high-quality textured materials with unique orange accent trim and two-tone gray upholstery with orange contrast stitching to create a cabin that feels as sophisticated as it looks.
A STARLINK Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration comes standard on the 2021 Forester. Wireless pairing and hands-free smartphone operation allow for safe and easy connection to your favorite apps and content. Access news, navigation, music, podcasts, and more through available cloud-based STARLINK apps and SiriusXM®. An 8-inch touchscreen is available, as well as a built-in and voice-activated navigation system powered by TomTom®.
Giving the interior an even more expansive atmosphere, an available power sliding panoramic moonroof lets you feel the breeze, brighten the day, and check out the stars.
Standard on: Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring
Standard on every 2021 Forester, EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you’re swaying outside your lane. The Automatic Pre-Collision Braking feature can apply full braking force and bring you to a complete stop in emergency situations. Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering can take some of the stress out of driving by helping with steering, braking, and throttle control – both in daily traffic and on long road trips.
Standard on: All models
The 2021 Forester features a state-of-the-art system to help reduce distracted driving for both new and experienced drivers. Each day in the United States, more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes reported to have involved a distracted driver. Working with our award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, the DriverFocus system is like having an attentive co-pilot along for the ride, available to give a helpful alert if a driver becomes distracted or drowsy. For added convenience, DriverFocus can also recognize up to five different drivers and remember their preferences, including seat position, climate settings, and outside mirror position.
Standard on: Touring
An entire suite of safety technologies is available on the 2021 Forester to help protect you and your passengers. The Blind-Spot Detection system warns you with a visual indicator in each side mirror if it senses a vehicle in your blind spots. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert helps warn you of traffic approaching from the side as you are backing up, and a standard Rear-Vision Camera enhances visibility when reversing. With available Reverse Automatic Braking, your vehicle can even stop itself to help avoid objects behind you.
Blind-Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert standard on: Sport, Limited, and Touring
Blind-Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert available on: Premium
Rear-Vision Camera standard on: All models
Reverse Automatic Braking standard on: Touring
Reverse Automatic Braking available on: Sport and Limited