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New Subaru Crosstrek Sports 2 New Hot Colors - You Won't Find Them On Forester Or Outback

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is coming with two new hot colors. Why won’t you see them on the new 2021 Forester or Outback models?


The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is coming this summer and it will get two new hot colors. It will feature new exterior colors Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl. The Crosstrek subcompact SUV is always the model Subaru gives the newest colors when it comes out with a refresh or redesign. When the second-generation Crosstrek launched in 2018, it got a new Sunshine Orange and Cool Gray Khaki.

The new colors went over big with a young demographic who are the biggest buyers for the new subcompact SUV. Why will both 2021 Subaru Forester and Outback get left out of these newest colors?

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru CrosstrekThe top three Forester colors

The Subaru Crosstrek attacks a younger buyer than the Forester. The compact SUV attracts an older demographic and they are more likely to buy the top three exterior colors for the fifth-generation model which are Ice Silver Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, and Dark Gray Metallic. Forester also comes in Horizon Blue Pearl but it’s not a top-selling color.

Outback attracts an older demographic

Subaru knows who their demographic is for its popular wagon and the Japanese automaker doesn’t want to do anything that will mess up its formula for success. But there are some customers who want new colors on the exterior besides Wilderness Green Metallic. The Outback also comes in Abyss Blue Pearl but nothing like Sunshine Orange, Cool Gray Khaki, or the new Plasma Yellow Pearl.

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru knows the Outback wagon attracts an older demographic. The average age of Outback buyers is 45, and the gender split is 52 percent male, 48 percent female. Seventy-eight percent are married, and the average household income is $75,000 to $99,000. These customers are looking for a vehicle that provides safety and reliability, not a sporty model with hot new colors.

There are some Forester and Outback fans who would like new fun colors like the second-generation Crosstrek, but not enough for the Japanese automaker to offer them. It’s not likely you will see Sunshine Orange, Cool Gray Khaki, or Plasma Yellow Pearl on either 2021 Subaru Forester or Outback model change.

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Let us know what new colors you would like to see on the 2021 Subaru Forester or Outback!

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Eric (not verified)    June 11, 2020 - 11:34PM

I would love some fun colors on the Outback. We bought a used one because we couldn’t get anything other than the primary white, silver, or black, no one stocked any others. And I recently went to go buy an Onyx edition and they are so limited as to the colors they catty there isn’t a blue or green one within 1000 miles of me. I would love a PNW Forest Green or Yellow really ANYTHING other than white, silver, grey or black. I will go elsewhere if those are my only options. And I prefer the Outback over the Crosstrek after driving both, just preference.

Jackie (not verified)    September 29, 2020 - 11:16AM

In reply to by Eric (not verified)

Agree. Boring colors. Two, different years we’ve put off purchasing Outbacks for two years each time, and we’ve owned eight since 1970. How about bringing back the seafoam green from the the B9 Tribeca; it would work anyplace in the country!

Joe B (not verified)    June 13, 2020 - 10:38PM

I've got one 2020 Forester and I'd buy another if they had Khaki gray or the new plasma yellow. Foresters need to be fun and young, too.

Darlene Mercer (not verified)    June 17, 2020 - 1:45AM

Absolutely fun colours! My generation a pretty fun loving winery excursion crowd! Plasma yellow, cherry red metallic, cobalt blue metallic. Mazda has tons of fun colours and lots of mature drivers.