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 Charlottesville, VA

Are you trying to decide which compact crossover SUV will live up to your expectations and needs? The Forester has the robust capabilities, modern features, and impressive styling that you are looking for in a new vehicle. This two-row crossover sits in between the Crosstrek and the Ascent in Subaru’s crossover line, and it is currently in the middle of its fifth generation. Subaru has gone to great lengths to maintain the Forester’s appeal through frequent updates and enhancements. What are the differences between the 2020 and 2021 versions of the Forester?


The Forester is available with the same five trim levels for 2020 and 2021, and these trims all have the same performance capabilities. Specifically, they are outfitted with all-wheel drive, ample ground clearance, power steering, and a slew of additional mechanical features. The Forester draws 182 horsepower from its four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine. An automatic continuously variable transmission is standard in all trims.


Throughout the exterior, the 2021 Forester is identical to its predecessor. However, there are modest differences in exterior features between the trims. All current Forester crossovers have modestly chiseled accents through the sides, and this includes definition over well-defined wheel haunches and angled personality accents. The primary difference that you can appreciate in the Forester’s exterior between 2020 and 2021 is the addition of standard turn-swiveling headlights with auto high beams. The exterior is also accented with 17-inch wheels, raised roof rails, fog lamps, body molding, and hands-free liftgate accessibility.


To wrap up your comparison of the 2020 and 2021 Forester, you may discover that only minor differences exist through the interior and safety features. Lower trim levels for 2020 and 2021 have Starlink with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, EyeSight assistive safety features, a 6.5-inch touch display screen, and auto climate control. Higher trim levels have standard equipment like heated seats, a wireless internet connection, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, a push-button ignition, and others.

Umansky Subaru has a large inventory loaded with many crossover SUV models. Whether you want to compare the Forester to other Subaru models or pick out a Forester trim level, our Umansky Subaru associates are available to assist you. Contact us today to make arrangements for your visit.

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