The 2021 Subaru Forester
The SUV for all you love.

Specs at a glance

Starting at MSRP[1]


MPG[2] up to




Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Passenger volume up to


cubic feet


EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology[3]

Exterior 360°

  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Crimson Red Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Horizon Blue Pearl
  • Jasper Green Metallic
  • Sepia Bronze Metallic

2021 Forester Limited shown



Includes these key features:

  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia with Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto Integration
  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • 76.1 cu. ft. of cargo volume
  • Rear-seat Reminder System

Forester Premium

Forester Premium

Includes Forester key features and adds:

  • SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security
  • 10-way power driver's seat
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • Power-tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available Power Rear Gate
  • All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats

Forester Sport

Forester Sport

Includes Forester Premium key features and adds:

  • 18-inch black finish alloy wheels
  • Unique orange exterior accents and badging
  • Dual-function X-MODE® w/ Hill Descent Control
  • Blind-Spot Detection / Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • SI-DRIVE® engine management system
  • Two-tone cloth upholstery with orange contrast stitching

Forester Limited

Forester Limited

Includes Premium key features and adds:

  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels
  • Blind-Spot Detection / Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

Forester Touring

Forester Touring

Includes Limited key features and adds:

  • Exclusive Saddle Brown Leather-trimmed upholstery available
  • SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia Navigation
  • DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System
  • 10- way power driver's seat and 8-way power front passenger seat
  • All-Weather Package w/ heated front and rear seats
  • Satin chrome finish exterior mirrors

There’s even more to love about the 2021 Forester.

With its combination of convenient technology, advanced safety, and all-weather capability, the impressive versatility of the 2021 Subaru Forester makes it uniquely suited for both daily driving and off-road adventure. You get peace of mind on every trip with features like standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology[3], standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System[4].

Keeps You Safe and Alert

A photo illustration showing the standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology on the 2021 Subaru Forester reacting to a stopped car.

Standard Eyesight® Driver Assist Technology

EyeSight has been found to reduce rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85%.[5]

Standard on every 2021 Forester, EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you’re swaying outside your lane[3]. 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[6] 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


A close-up of the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System screen on the multifunction display of the 2021 Subaru Forester.

Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System

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[7]. 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

All-Around Awareness

An entire suite of safety technologies is available on the 2021 Forester to help protect you and your passengers. The Blind-Spot Detection[8] system warns you with a visual indicator in each side mirror if it senses a vehicle in your blind spots. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert[8] 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[9].

Blind-Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert standard on:
Sport, Limited, and Touring
Blind-Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert available on:
Rear-Vision Camera standard on: All models
Reverse Automatic Braking standard on: Touring
Reverse Automatic Braking available on: Sport and Limited


SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security

STARLINK Safety and Security system[10] offers an array of connected services to help keep you and your Forester safe whether you're in your vehicle, at your computer, or on your smartphone. Advanced Automatic Collision Notification will alert an operator in the event of an accident, and SOS Emergency Assistance can get you roadside help at the push of a button. Remote Engine Start with Climate Control, accessible via your smartphone, ensures your Forester is always ready and comfortable[11] .There are also STARLINK Concierge services for personal assistance with tasks like navigation, restaurant reservations, and scheduling service appointments.

Standard on: Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring

Learn more about SUBARU STARLINK

Adapts to Any Adventure

A 2021 Subaru Forester driving on a rainy country road.

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive + 33 MPG**

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[12].

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard on: 
All models


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®[13]. An 8-inch touchscreen is available, as well as a built-in and voice-activated navigation system powered by TomTom®.

Learn more about STARLINK

A close-up of the SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia touchscreen on the 2021 Subaru Forester.

Spacious, High-Quality Interior with Impressive Cargo Room

The 2021 Forester offers high-quality, soft-touch materials and contrast stitching inside its stylish, comfortable cabin. There’s plenty of room for everyone, too, with up to 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. That’s more interior passenger room than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape.
In back, you get up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and an extra-wide rear gate opening makes loading and unloading large items easier. A Power Rear Gate is available to allow opening and closing even when your hands are occupied, and you can open, close, and lock the entire vehicle with the touch of a button.

8.7 Inches of Ground Clearance and X-MODE®

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

A close-up of the controls of the available X-Mode with Hill Descent Control on the 2021 Subaru Forester.


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.

A 2021 Subaru Forester Sport driving on a country road.


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.

The view of the dashboard and cabin of the 2021 Subaru Forester Sport.

18-inch Alloy Wheels

Standard 18-inch alloy wheels, with an aggressive design and exclusive black finish, give the Forester Sport a foundation of athletic style.

A close-up of the standard 18-inch alloy wheels on the 2021 Subaru Forester Sport.

Roof Rack Tie-Downs

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.

A close-up of the standard integrated roof rail tie-down points on the 2021 Subaru Forester Sport.


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.

A close-up of the standard SI-DRIVE controls on the 2021 Subaru Forester Sport.

Durable and Comfortable

A 2021 Subaru Forester driving on a country highway.

Built for the Long Road Ahead

The Forester will be with you on all the journeys ahead — 97% of Forester vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today[15] – Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 can’t say the same. Its long-lasting quality is one reason why the Forester has the highest residual value in its class for five years running, according to ALG[16], and earned both the best resale value[17] and the lowest 5-year cost to own in its class for 2020 from Kelley Blue Book[18].

A view out the Power Panoramic Moonroof available on the 2021 Subaru Forester.

Power Panoramic Moonroof

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