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5 Reasons Why Subaru Hit A Grand Slam With The New Fifth-Generation Forester

Why is the Subaru Forester the only model in the stable with an increase in sales over last year? There’s five reasons why Subaru hit a gland slam.

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Subaru didn’t just hit a home run with the new fifth-generation Forester compact SUV; they hit a grand slam. With the bases loaded, Subaru hit it out of the park. The 2021 Subaru Forester arrives this month, and it looks to continue its impressive run to finish the year. Forester is still the only model in the Subaru stable with an increase over last year.

Through August 2020, the Forester is up 0.4 percent for the year, and its the only Subaru model with an increase over last year. The Outback is down 30.9 percent, Crosstrek dropped 25.0 percent, and Ascent is down 19.4 percent over the previous year.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

Why is the Subaru Forester the best-selling model?

The 2021 Subaru Forester is the model with the perfect mix of interior comfort, driving dynamics, fuel mileage, safety technology, and cargo space. Subaru updated the fifth-generation Forester with the new Subaru Global Platform, which helped increase interior space and comfort. It also improved the driving characteristics compared with the outgoing model.

Improved power and fuel mileage

The newly-updated 2.5-liter engine now has direct-injection and produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, a decent increase from the outgoing 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. It has improved fuel mileage with an EPA estimated 26/33 city/ highway mpg and 29 combined mpg, a one mpg improvement over the previous generation model.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

Cargo carry ability

The Subaru Forester measures the most usable cargo volume in the compact SUV segment. You can read TN’s full report here.

Lastly, the 2021 Subaru Forester adds features that provide customers extra assurances on the road. LED Steering Responsive Headlights and High Beam Assist are now standard on all trim levels. All Forester trims now also come standard with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. All Forester trims come standard with all-wheel-drive, all-weather performance.

The 2021 Subaru Forester comes with five characteristics that set it apart from all compact SUVs. Forester is the model with the perfect mix of interior comfort, driving dynamics, fuel mileage, safety technology, and cargo space.

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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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tvcrider (not verified)    September 22, 2020 - 9:31AM

How about sound dampening, has that been improved? My 2017 Forester is a heck of a lot noisier while driving that either my wife's last two Outbacks (2020 and 2015).

Vl (not verified)    September 22, 2020 - 4:00PM

In reply to by Anthony (not verified)

What headgusket?
I think that was solved with late 2010 models.
I just traded my 2010 premium with 160k on the clock and no headgusket issue. I know a few others having the same models with no issues.
Why don't we put that ancient crap to rest already.

Marcos Rivera (not verified)    September 23, 2020 - 1:43PM

In reply to by Anthony (not verified)

head gasket issue has been largley resolved. I had an older model forster that blew a head gasket. My newer model has close to 200k miles on it. No headgasket issues.

Bob (not verified)    September 22, 2020 - 9:19PM

I got a 2020 as a loaner while my wrx is in for an airbag recall. It's ok acceptable car, performance is the biggest issue. It's not fast, or even quick, motor gets pretty loud when pushing it, like getting on the freeway. It definitely needs a turbo or go back to the H6. If you had 4 people in the car, plus luggage or cargo lack of power would definitely be an issue.

Also, the lane department is too sensitive, it goes off all the time even if your blinker is on and you're changing lanes or getting in a turn lane. And it shows you the speed limit by the speedometer, probably from gps map info, but it showed me the wrong speed limit several times, like telling me it was 50, where it was 40 for several miles.

abre bubush (not verified)    September 23, 2020 - 9:50AM

5th generation? The first was 1998-9 to 2008. Have there been 4 generations in the past 12 years? Kinda makes "generation" meaningless.

Barb Arella (not verified)    September 23, 2020 - 9:52AM

2 piece aluminum block and aluminum heads = don't beat teh crap out of your car if you want it to last more than 3 years.