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5 Biggest Losers 5 Winners During Downturn - Subaru Forester Performs Best

The Forester dropped less during the pandemic than all other compact SUVs. Why is the 2021 Subaru Forester so popular? See why it was the best performer during the downturn.

Should compact SUV shoppers put the 2021 Subaru Forester on their list? The Subaru Forester competes in the fastest-growing compact SUV segment with the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape. It's now the largest non-pickup segment in the U.S. market, with 2.36 million vehicles sold in 2020. However, not everyone performed equally.

How does Forester compare in sales with the best-selling compact SUVs? A new report from Seeking Alpha reveals the U.S. compact SUV segment fell 15 percent in 2020 because of COVID. All models dropped in sales from the previous year, and here are the five biggest losers and five winners in the hot segment in 2020. The Subaru Forester was the best performer in the segment.

2021 Subaru Forester, features, specs, pricingThe biggest losers in 2020 were:

Nissan Rogue, down 35%

Jeep Cherokee, down 29%

Ford Escape, down 26%

Jeep Compass, down 25%

Chevrolet Equinox, down 22%

The best performers in 2020 were:

Subaru Forester, down 2%

Toyota RAV4, down 4%

Mazda CX-5, down 5%

Kia Sportage, down 6%

Volkswagen Tiguan, down 8%

The 2021 Subaru Forester was number six in the top ten compact SUVs in total sales in 2020. The top-ten compact SUVs in America are the Toyota RAV4 (430,387), Honda CR-V (333,502), Chevrolet Equinox (270,994), Nissan Rogue (227,935), Ford Escape (178,496), Subaru Forester (176,996), Mazda CX-5 (146,420), Jeep Cherokee (135,855), Hyundai Tucson (123,657), and Jeep Compass (107,969).

2021 Subaru Forester, features, specs, pricing

Why is the 2021 Subaru Forester so popular?

The Forester is the brand's number one all-wheel-drive model in its lineup. The Forester comes standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, gets excellent fuel mileage, earns the highest crash test scores, is off-road ready, and has 8.7-inches of ground clearance with excellent visibility.

How much does the 2021 Forester cost?

The 2021 Forester comes in five trim levels. The price increase will be between $340 to $440 including the destination and delivery fee (+$40). The 2021 Forester base has an MSRP of $25,845 (+$300), Premium ($28,845 +$400), Sport ($30,445 +$400), Limited ($32,445 +$300), and Touring ($35,945 +$300). Pricing includes $1,050 destination (+$40.)

In the fastest-growing compact SUV segment, the 2021 Subaru Forester was the best performer in a challenging market. What is next for the Forester? Check out the Torque News report below.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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