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$25,845
Starting MSRP
$24,828
Starting Mkt Avg
Overview

Shoppers who value practical design and all-weather toughness will appreciate the Subaru Forester. The compact SUV's all-wheel-drive and ground clearance give drivers confidence in snowy driving conditions, while the straightforward cabin offers tons of passenger space and outward visibility. It's not as stylish or sporty as rivals, nor does it offer a hybrid engine. But for those needing rugged features and functional comfort, look no further.

Pros

Secure, all-weather driving capabilities; Spacious and user-friendly interior; Excellent outward visibility

Cons

Not as fun to drive as competitors; Functional interior lacks rivals' style; No hybrid engine available

This is what others paid nationwide for a 2021 Subaru Forester 2.5i
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MSRP
$25,845
Market Average
$24,828
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3.9% off
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This graph helps you recognize a fair price for the Subaru Forester by displaying national new car sales transactions from the past 30 days. This data can come from a large geographical area, so may not be as representative of your local market. The prices have been normalized to account for transactions involving different configurations of this model.

2021 Subaru Forester Trim Comparison

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Starting Market Average

MPG

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Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

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Starting MSRP

$25,845

Starting MSRP

$28,845

Starting MSRP

$30,445

Starting MSRP

$32,445

Starting MSRP

$35,945

Starting Market Average

$24,794

Starting Market Average

$27,620

Starting Market Average

$29,215

Starting Market Average

$30,854

Starting Market Average

$34,256

MPG

26 city/33 hwy

MPG

26 city/33 hwy

MPG

26 city/33 hwy

MPG

26 city/33 hwy

MPG

26 city/33 hwy

Engine

2.5L H4

Engine

2.5L H4

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2.5L H4

Engine

2.5L H4

Engine

2.5L H4

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Wheel Size

17"

Wheel Size

17"

Wheel Size

18"

Wheel Size

18"

Wheel Size

18"

2021 Subaru Forester Model Description

What's New Adaptive LED headlights are standard; Upper trims get a sportier transmission

Crossover SUVs offer car-like handling with extra ground clearance and interior space, giving them a great blend of everyday driving traits. The Subaru Forester is one of the most functional choices out there, with standard all-wheel-drive and secure handling that makes it a tremendous four-season driving machine. Its interior and exterior have functional styling that's straightforward and intuitive. Interior space is excellent, and the tall greenhouse also provides best-in-class outward visibility. Subaru doesn't offer hybrid or turbocharged engines in the Forester, meaning it's not as economical or as fun to drive as some rivals. But the engine serves its functions well, with competitive gas mileage and a low center of gravity that improves on-road traction in dicey weather conditions. The Forester is a functional, affordable SUV that forgoes the frills, nicely blending an SUV's toughness with a car's refinement.

The Forester comes in five trim levels, each built with a slightly different goal in mind. All of them come with the same 182-horsepower engine, continuously variable transmission, and all-wheel-drive. The base 2.5i is the budget choice. With a starting price of around $25,000, it includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, a backup camera, adaptive LED headlights, variable intermittent front wipers, an intermittent rear wiper, power side mirrors, cloth upholstery, a split-folding rear bench seat, keyless entry, automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. The 2.5i Premium adds many family-friendly features for about $28,000. It gets alloy wheels, fog lamps, a panoramic sunroof, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, a remote engine starter, keyless ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a WiFi hotspot. At roughly $30,000, the 2.5i Sport comes with black exterior accents, black wheels, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and mirror-integrated turn signals. The 2.5i Limited trim feels more luxurious, and it comes with a price tag of about $31,500. It adds a power liftgate, leather/leatherette seats, dual-zone climate control, leatherette interior trim, and an eight-inch touchscreen. The top-of-the-line 2.5i Touring retails for around $35,000. It gets memory side mirrors, heated rear seats, driver's seat memory, a heated steering wheel, a Harman Kardon premium audio system with nine speakers, and navigation.

At the heart of the Subaru Forester is a horizontally-aligned, 2.5-liter 'flat' four-cylinder engine. Its low and wide design helps give the Forester a lower center of gravity than its tall styling would suggest, further enhancing the Forester's all-weather traction and secure handling. The motor makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, which is perfectly adequate for getting around town but not exactly pulse-quickening. Some rivals offer more powerful engine choices with faster acceleration. Nonetheless, the Forester's engine is smooth and hearty and up for the task of driving through bad weather conditions or scuttling up snowy hills. It gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined. That's quite good for a small SUV, though it's not best-in-class. Another downfall of the Forester's lone engine choice means there's no hybrid. Meanwhile, some competitors' hybrid powertrains have 40-mpg EPA estimates. The Forester has a single-speed continuously variable transmission that operates just like an automatic transmission. Upper trims get a seven-speed manual mode, which recreates the feel of a manual transmission, allowing the driver to 'change gears.' All-wheel-drive comes standard. Subaru recommends regular unleaded gas, and the Forester has a 16.6-gallon fuel tank capacity.

The Forester's interior is simple, straightforward, and durable. Built to handle seasonal weather changes and the mud, snow, and other effects that come with that, the interior is made from hard plastics that feel rugged and ready for action. The seats, durable cloth or stout leather, are similarly tough and supportive. Heated front seats and a remote engine starter are standard on most trims, further making the Forester's case as one of the best cold-weather vehicles on the market. Outward visibility is perhaps the best in the compact crossover class. The Forester has tall windows and thin side pillars, giving drivers plenty of transparent real estate for viewing the world around the Forester. The interior is comfortable and practically designed, though not nearly as stylish or upscale as some competitors. The tall windows and high ceiling give occupants excellent headroom, and the front legroom is amongst the best in its class. The Subaru's versatility extends to its cargo capacity. There are 28.9 cubic feet behind the back seats, which is good but not class-leading. But folding down the seats brings the space up to 70.9 cubes, making the Forester an excellent choice for hardware store trips and antiquing.

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Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

Based on 530 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction
4.8
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
All Reviews
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
I enjoy all the safety features such as blind spot alert, automatic braking, rear camera, Eyesight technology, lane departure alerts, and seatbelt warning.
cons
Trunk space could be bigger. We are barely able to fit a full cart of groceries in the trunk.
Submitted by Eli A on Jan 26, 2021|2021 Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport|Purchased on Dec 2020
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
Quiet, smooth, comfortable ride. Sunroof is easy to open and close while driving. Great visibility. Easy to learn controls and everything is conveniently located on/around the steering wheel. Great audio system. Fantastic map application and easy to program. Love the radio setup and access (easy to switch stations while driving). Inside: looks great with two-toned leather interior. Outside: looks great with blue color. Love automatic gate closure with extra lock feature. Keyless entry and push-button start a real plus. Color Console: HUGE and a beauty! Built in place for my water bottle in the driver door as well as in the center near the shifter so I have room for 3 fluid containers. Finally, the extra-large sun visors work great. Now finally, love the mirror lights in the dark that light up when you are entering or exiting the car....so much to love. And I have not even mentioned the comfortable, roomy back seats or great storage compartment. Still getting to know my car.....
cons
Nothing...I love this car. Okay, if it had two places to put two pairs of glasses instead of just one, maybe that would be an improvement but this is a perfect car!
Submitted by Ann K on Jan 24, 2021|2021 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited|Purchased on Dec 2020
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
4.0
Features
5.0
pros
Very solid performance overall.
cons
I don't like the feature that turns off the engine when you stop. It has to be defeated every time you drive. Changing the default settings for door locks and other features is tricky and seems to reset itself back to factory settings. I am still struggling with Android Auto.
Submitted by Brenda S on Jan 22, 2021|2021 Subaru Forester 2.5i|Purchased on Dec 2020

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The Starting Market Average is a proprietary mathematical calculation based on actual recent transactions. It provides a statistically accurate understanding of what other buyers are paying for the least expensive configuration of this vehicle. Adjustments to the calculation beyond make, model, and trim are normalized based on detailed, anonymized transaction information. This accounts for the fact that most or all recently-sold vehicles included different option combinations. The data underlying the Starting Market Average calculation are filtered for extreme outliers and subjected to a weighted averaging process that considers factors such as the recency of transactions and the timing of data lags. In certain instances, the calculated result is adjusted to take account of abrupt changes in the market that may not yet be fully reflected by recent transaction prices. In all cases where the Starting Market Average is shown there is sufficient sample size and transaction detail to be statistically reliable.