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2021 Subaru Forester

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What you must know before buying the Subaru Forester

John Diether
Automotive Editor - November 8, 2020
  • 2021 Forester now on sale, 2020s sold out
  • No factory rebate, but dealer discounting possible
  • Lease from $275 for 36 months
  • 1.9% APR for 48 months continues

In with the new:

The carryover 2021 Forester has started arriving at dealers across the country. As usual, the base 2.5i and mid-level Premium trims are most common, but you should be able to find any model you want.

The 2020 Forester has sold out.

Subaru is running its Share The Love event from November 19 through January 4. For every car sold, Subaru will donate $250 to select charities, and dealers will contribute $50.

Current lease and APR offers vary by region and will remain in effect through November 30, 2020. Examples shown here are for California. No extra incentives are expected for Black Friday.

Shop and compare:

As usual, there's no uniform cash incentive program on the 2021 Forester, so you'll have to drill down to individual dealers in search of a discount.

You're more likely to get one at a high-volume dealer, but keep in mind that you might not find any specials at all.

Initial lease offer:

Customers in Los Angeles can lease a 2021 Forester in base 2.5i trim from $275 for 36 months (12,000 miles a year) with $2,475 due at signing.

The effective monthly cost is $344, which falls well short of a good value in our analysis. Everywhere else in the country, payments may be $10 to $20 higher.

If you're currently leasing a Subaru model, your first payment will be complimentary, up to $500. This loyalty perk is available throughout the lineup.

If you finance:

Subaru is offering 1.9% financing for 48 months on the 2021 Forester. We expect to see 0% by early next year.

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2.5i Base
$275Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $2,475
Mileage: 12k
MSRP: $25,845
Deal Valid in: Los Angeles, CA
Expiration: 11/30/20

This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.

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2021 Subaru Forester: Model Preview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor

Model Preview

The Subaru Forester went through a redesign in 2019, bringing about its fifth generation. Like nearly every Subaru redesign, this was more of an evolutionary redesign, as it mostly included a massaged body, upgraded cabin, and small engine tweaks. The Forester remained mostly unchanged in 2020, and we expect the 2021 Forester to do the same.

Visually, we expect the 2021 Forester to hit showrooms with no changes, which means it’ll arrive with the same upright stance, bold grille, sharp body lines, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance as the current model. Like many Subaru models, the Forester delicately combines off-road ruggedness with style. We also expect its standard exterior features to remain the same, including its 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, and black mirrors.

Inside, the current Subaru Forester has a relatively basic design with a mostly black color scheme and touches of metallic accents, a three-knob HVAC system, rectangular air vents, and plenty of other inoffensive design cues. Though it’s simple, the 2020 Forrester’s cabin is well-equipped with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 6.5-inch touchscreen, dual front USB ports, automatic climate control, four-speaker audio system, and more. We expect the 2021 Forrester to include the same interior design and standard features.

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The 2020 Forester includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower. This power routes through a continuously variable transmission and out to the front wheels. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive.

Safety is a focal point for Subaru, and it shows with the current Forester’s IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating and its array of standard safety features. The latter includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure and sway warning, and lane-keep assist. We expect these features and ratings to remain the same in the 2021 Forester.

This compact crossover will compete with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.

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