The Complete 2021 Subaru New Model Preview And Shopping Guide
Subaru has a stable of eight all-wheel-drive vehicles and one two-wheel-drive model for customers. The new 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, and Legacy are arriving now. The 2021 Impreza comes in October, and 2021 WRX, WRX STI, arrives later this fall.
Here are your complete 2021 Subaru model change shopping guide and preview. Click on the individual model's red links for full pricing and new features on each Subaru model.
2021 Subaru Forester
Forester is now Subaru of America's top-selling model. After the Forester compact SUV received a complete remodel in its third year, the 2021 model gets a modest price increase, some optional features are now standard, and Subaru improves visibility on the new model. All 2021 Forester trims come standard with steering responsive LED headlights, high beam assist, and rear seatbelt reminder.
The Forester gets a 174-horsepower 2.5-liter Boxer engine with a Lineartronic CVT transmission, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and a spacious interior cargo area. Forester starts at $25,845 and comes in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and top Touring trims.
2021 Subaru Outback
The popular Outback received a complete remodel last year, and the wagon gets a small price increase and a few new features for the model change. For 2021, all Outback trims now come standard with steering responsive LED headlights, passenger seat belt reminder, and a rear-seat reminder.
The curve-adaptive LED headlights were previously only available on Limited and Touring trims. The new headlights will improve safety ratings on lower trims with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2021 Outback is offered in six trim levels, with a starting MSRP at $27,845 and comes in Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT. All 2021 Outback trims come standard with all-wheel-drive, X-Mode with hill-descent control, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and EyeSight driver assist safety technology with advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering.
2021 Subaru Crosstrek
The Crosstrek is the brand's third best-selling all-wheel-drive SUV in the stable. The newly-updated 2021 Crosstrek arrives now with a refresh, two power levels, and new upgrades for the 2021 model change. Crosstrek comes with the 2.0-liter engine and a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the all-new Sport and top-of-the-lineup Limited trim. The 2021 base trim level has a starting price of $23,295.
Crosstrek rides high with 8.7 inches of ground clearance comes with a Lineartronic CVT or a six-speed manual transmission in some trims. The Crosstrek Hybrid is a plug-in model making 147 horsepower and charged with a 120-volt outlet or 240-volt charging stations.
2021 Subaru Ascent
The 3-Row Ascent is the largest vehicle Subaru has ever built. The Subaru Ascent is in its third year of production and gets six new safety features for the 2021 model change. The 2021 Subaru Ascent comes in Standard, Premium, Limited, and Touring trims and has a starting MSRP of $33,345.
All Ascent trim levels now come equipped with steering responsive LED headlights with high beam assist for improved nighttime visibility. The family hauler also comes with advanced adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and lane-keep assist.
All 2021 Subaru Ascent trims come standard with a 260-horsepower turbocharged 2.4liter four-cylinder boxer engine paired with a Lineartronic CVT transmission. Ascent also comes with standard all-wheel-drive and loaded with safety features for families.
2021 Subaru Impreza
The Subaru Impreza is the brand's entry-level all-wheel-drive compact model and comes in sedan and 5-Door hatchback body styles. The 2021 Impreza starts at $19,720 for the Base sedan and $20,220 for the Impreza 5-Door trim.
The 2021 Impreza comes in eight trims; base sedan, base hatchback Premium sedan, Premium hatchback, Sport sedan, Sport hatchback, Limited sedan, and Limited hatchback.
All 2021 Impreza trims come with a 152-horsepower 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine and are available with a five-speed manual transmission in some trims or a CVT automatic.
2021 Subaru Legacy
The Subaru Legacy, in its second year after a complete remodel, adds new standard safety features including steering responsive LED headlights, passenger seat belt reminder, as well as a rear-seat reminder for the 2021 model change.
The 2021 Legacy 2.5-liter base trim starts at $$23,820 and comes in Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT trims. The Premium trim adds an all-new exterior color: Brilliant Bronze Metallic.
Like the Outback, the Legacy sedan comes with a 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine option and a standard 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine. Both engines come standard with a Lineartronic CVT Transmission.
2021 Subaru WRX
Subaru has not announced pricing on the 2021 Subaru WRX or WRX STI performance models. We don't anticipate any significant changes as the two models get a complete remodel next year.
The sport-tuned WRX comes in Base, Premium, and Limited trims. The WRX comes with a 6-speed standard gearbox and also with a CVT automatic transmission.
Power comes from a 268-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine featuring quick-ratio steering, a sport-tuned suspension, a switchable traction control system, and active torque vectoring.
2021 Subaru WRX STI
Look for the STI to get significant upgrades next year with a new direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine and complete remodel. For 2021, the performance-tuned 2021 WRX STI stays with a 2.5-liter turbocharged Boxer engine producing 310 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque.
It comes mated with a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox, Brembo performance brakes, lightweight 19-inch wheels, Recaro performance seats, and a driver-controlled center differential. The 2021 WRX STI comes in Base and Limited trims. Stay tuned for pricing when announced by Subaru of America.
2021 Subaru BRZ
The Japanese automaker may not even offer the 2021 Subaru BRZ sports coupe. Subaru has stopped building the rear-drive sports car as they make the design change. The Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 twins get a complete remodel for the second-generation model coming next spring of 2021.
There are few 2020 Limited models left with a starting price of $29,745 and BRZ tS trim ($32,395) that adds 18-inch STI alloy wheels, STI Sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, leather interior, and unique tS badging and exterior treatments.
The 2021 Subaru Forester compact SUV, Outback wagon, Crosstrek subcompact SUV, Ascent 3-Row family hauler, and Legacy sedan arrive now at retailers. The 2021 Impreza sedan and hatchback arrive in October, and the 2021 WRX and WRX STI performance models come later this fall.
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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 and the founder of 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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