Compare 2022 vs 2021 Subaru Forester

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Subaru Forester
2022 Subaru Forester 2021 Subaru Forester


2.5L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


182 hp 182 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

  Max Ground Clearance

9.2 inches 8.7 inches

  Max Towing Capacity

3,000 lbs ** 1,500 lbs **

  Max Roof Rail Capacity

220 lbs ** 176 lbs **

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Subaru Forester

Serving Harrisonburg, VA

The Forester is Subaru’s small crossover SUV with solid performance capabilities and great features. The fifth generation of the Forester debuted in 2019, and the 2022 model year continues to be a mid-generation version. Nonetheless, the Subaru Forester has been boldly updated for 2022. A closer look at the differences between the 2021 and 2022 versions of the Forester will help you confidently make your next SUV selection.


Forester trim levels for both model years are outfitted with a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine. This 182-horsepower engine is combined with a continuously variable transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The Wilderness is a new trim level for 2022. It adds higher ground clearance and all-terrain tires for improved performance. Most Forester trim levels can tow 1,500 pounds, and the Wilderness steps this up to 3,000 pounds.


Compared to 2021, the 2022 Forester has been redesigned on the front end. Specifically, it shows off modernized styling for the front bumper, the grille, and the headlights. The roof rails have also been upgraded, and they can now hold more weight. If you opt for the new Wilderness trim level, your crossover SUV will add a front skid plate, LED foglights, and an anti-glare hood.


In the new Wilderness trim level, the 2022 Forester has water-resistant materials. Other equipment for both model years remains the same. All trims for both years have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, at least a 6.5-inch touch display screen, and auto climate control. They also have safety tech like a lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and more.

With thoughtful updates to the 2022 Forester, your next step is to learn more about these updates and the differences between the trim levels in detail. Contact our associates at Bob Wade Subaru today to learn more about your options.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
** Certain limitations apply. See Owner's Manual for details.