The 2021 Subaru Forester Only Has 1 Potential Drawback

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The 2021 Subaru Forester is an all-around great ride, but it might not be 100 percent perfect. There is one potential issue to consider with the Subaru Forester. However, the good news is that it’s not a big deal, and it’s not a dealbreaker. 

The 2021 Subaru Forester only has one potential issue 

2021 Subaru Forester | Subaru

According to the 2021 Subaru Forester review by, it’s one great SUV. It impressed their team with its blend of comfort, utility, and practicality. However, they did find one thing that seems a little outdated and takes some getting used to. 

The multimedia tech seems to be a step behind. mentioned that the screens look dated compared to the tech found in rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan Rogue. Also, the Subaru Forester doesn’t offer a digital instrument panel. 

What tech comes with the Subaru Forester?

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All Forester models come with a standard touchscreen infotainment system with the latest Starlink interface. Lower trim models come with a 6.5-inch display, but you can upgrade to a larger 8.0-inch unit. 

Two USB ports are in the front, but you can add two more USB ports for your backseat passengers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot comes standard on each model but the base trim. 

According to Edmunds, the dual-screen center layout looks great, and it’s easy to use. The navigation system is clear and understands voice commands well. That’s unlike some people we know….cough…cough, SIRI. 

All 2021 Subaru Forester models come with the Subaru EyeSight suite of camera-based driver-assistance features. Automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and standard lane departure warning with lane-keeping assistance are included. 

Edmunds noted that the adaptive cruise control system works well and enjoyed the lane-keeping assistance. The lane centering prevents the forester from drifting, and the forward collision mitigation was never activated during their test. 

What do critics like about the Subaru Forester? 

The interior of the 2021 Subaru Forester Touring interior that shows the steering wheel
2021 Subaru Forester Touring interior | Subaru

The 2021 Subaru Forester starts at about $24,795 and includes standard all-wheel drive. That’s an excellent perk. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides 182 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. It takes 9.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, which is a little slow but adequate. 

It has responsive steering and handling and feels planted for a confident driving experience. It’s great for off-roading, thanks to its 8.7-inch ground clearance. The X-Mode drive settings include trail capability and hill descent control. 

The interior has an impressive design with a simple layout. All of the controls are easy to reach. The seats are well-padded and provide lumbar support. Plus, the suspension offers a smooth ride, and road noise is kept at a minimum. 

There is plenty of space for five adults to fit comfortably. The Subaru Forester doesn’t have as much space as the Honda CR-V, but it does have a high roof and practical storage layout for organizing your items. The Subaru Forester gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and up to 33 mpg on the highway, putting it near the top of its class. 

If you can get past the slightly outdated tech, then the Subaru Forester is an excellent option to consider. The tech still works well and gets the job done. It still provides navigation and advanced safety features.

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