Compare 2021 vs 2020 Subaru Forester

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Forester
2021 Subaru Forester 2020 Subaru Forester


2.5L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


182 hp 182 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

  Steering Responsive Headlights

Standard Not available

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Forester

Serving Harrisonburg, VA

Today’s line of Subaru crossovers carries several intriguing options that offer unique appeal. The Forester sits in the middle of the 2021 crossover lineup between the largest Ascent and the smaller Crosstrek. With more than two decades of history and across five generations, the 2021 Forester is a product of thoughtful evolution. Before you head home in your new Forester from Bob Wade Subaru, you need to discover the updates that Subaru has made to the 2021 Forester.


While there are a few differences between the 2020 Forester and the current 2021 version, these differences do not impact the crossover’s performance capabilities. All five trims come with an auto continuously variable transmission, all-wheel drive, and substantial ground clearance. The 182-horsepower, the 2.0-liter engine is standard across the board as well.


One important difference is found on the exterior of the Forester between its 2020 and 2021 versions. This is the addition of automatic high beams mated with turn-swiveling headlights as standard equipment. The Forester’s attractive appeal is unchanged, and it carries the same chiseled, contemporary style across both model years. Notably, the wheel fenders have a muscular definition, and the LED headlights have an electrifying light bar that dresses up the exterior with a modern flair. Additional exterior features are black molding from bumper to bumper, raised roof rails, 17 or 18-inch wheels, a powered hands-free liftgate, and foglamps.


The 2021 Forester’s safety and interior features are almost identical to those in the 2020 Forester. The base equipment for both years includes automatic climate management, a 6.5-inch infotainment system screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto with the Starlink system and assistive EyeSight features. Other trim levels add keyless entry, heated seats, a push-button ignition, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless internet connection, and other items.

Our Bob Wade Subaru associates are happy to support your search for a new crossover. To get more familiar with the Forester’s trims, make plans to tour our inventory by contacting the Bob Wade Subaru sales department today.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.