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5 Things Subaru Won't Change In The New Year And 5 They Will

Here are the ten things customers can expect from Subaru in 2021. Five will stay the same, and the five things the automaker will change.

The 2021 Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent SUVs offer customers five things they can count on from Subaru. They offer value, safety, affordability, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive models. Subaru will change some things in 2021 for the 2022 model year change. Here's what customers can expect from the automaker in the coming year.

Five things Subaru won't change in 2021

Value and affordability

Subaru has always been a value brand, and they will keep their 2021 Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek affordable. A new report from CarsDirect says Subaru of America is offering better lease deals on some models now. Customers can check some of the unadvertised deals on Subaru models here. The automaker will keep inventory low, and this protects the value of your Subaru at trade-in.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback

All-Wheel-Drive is standard, not an additional option

Subaru builds fun niche all-wheel-drive models that will get you away from the crowd. Subaru is the only automaker that offers standard all-wheel-drive on every one of its models. Other automakers have front-drive models and charge more for the AWD option.

Subaru offers fuel-efficient engines

Subaru will stay with the four-cylinder Boxer engine and will upgrade all its engines with direct-injection. More new-generation models will get a turbocharged option like Ascent, Outback, and Legacy models with the FA24 2.4-liter turbocharged powerplant. Look for new smaller turbocharged engines that will be more fuel-efficient.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback

Subaru will stay conservative

Subaru will stay conservative with its styling, which means its SUVs will keep their excellent outward visibility. Conservative also means Subaru Corporation won't bring any new models. Customers won't see a new mid-size pickup even though it's one of the hottest segments. Subaru also won't offer a convertible trim to the BRZ sports coupe. Subaru will focus its efforts and make improvements to its core models in 2021

Subaru stays in their lane

Safety will be a priority for the Japanese automaker. Subaru will upgrade all its models with the next-generation EyeSight X. Customers can count on all models having the highest scores from the IIHS. However, Subaru will stay with a manual transmission in Crosstrek, Impreza, and WRX, and all trims won't have standard EyeSight until the 2024-2025 production year.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback

Five things Subaru will change in 2021


In a recent interview with Automotive News (by subscription), CEO Tomomi Nakamura revealed the Japanese automaker is working to fix past quality problems and improving future quality in the new 2021 Forester, Outback, and Ascent models. You can read the full report here.

Subaru is not afraid to go against conventional wisdom

When Subaru revealed the details of the second-generation BRZ, journalists criticized it for not having a turbocharged engine. Subaru is not afraid to go against conventional wisdom and brought the new sports car with a naturally-aspirated engine.

Dominick Infante, Subaru Director, Corporate Communications, told Road and Track, the non-turbocharged engine was critical in preserving the sports car's low center of gravity, keeping it lightweight, and continuing its affordability.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback

Subaru will announce its first all-electric SUV in 2021

Subaru Corporation will announce its first-ever all-electric SUV in 2021 that's developed with Toyota. The new Subaru battery-electric SUV will be revealed next year with a 2022 launch date. The U.S. market will be the first to get the EV and be made available in California and some Eastern states.

Forester will get a turbocharged model

The 2022 Subaru Forester will get a refresh and possibly a new turbocharged engine. Subaru has not released details, but Forester could get a new FA 24 2.4-liter turbocharged engine option. Look for the new Forester model to hit showrooms in the summer of 2021.

New Subaru Forester and Outback Wilderness models

We have heard from sources close to Subaru, new 2022 Subaru Forester and Outback Wilderness Edition models are coming. The information reveals the new models will begin production spring of 2021. The Forester and Outback will be the first models to get the "Subaru Wilderness" badge, and Crosstrek will follow a year later.

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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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Cary Driscoll (not verified)    December 30, 2020 - 9:21AM

I believe, being a loyal mechanic & salesman with Subaru for close to 40 years, my opinion should carry some weight. I have seen Subaru come from a front wheel drive only vehicle , to offering the first 4 wheel drive car offered here in America! We offered our only 2 seater coupe; the XT DL Coupe and soon after the SVX. There is no vehicle from Subaru"s past more deserving a Tribute Addition than our much loved 82 GL BRAT ! I know the market will be strong for its reintroduction! I would platform share it with the Crosstrek.
Please share my message with anyone who will listen!