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The New Subaru Forester Is Still The Top-Selling Vehicle In One State

The 2021 Subaru Forester owns one state where it’s the best-selling vehicle even beating the Ford F-150. Can you guess which one?


The 2021 Subaru Forester is the most sought-after vehicle in one U.S. state in America. According to the newest study by iSeeCars, the Forester compact SUV remains the top-selling car in Washington state.

The study looked at over 12.9 million vehicle sales in 2020 to determine the most popular new cars across the U.S. by state. Pickup trucks are the most popular new car in 34 of 50 states. By far, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle across the U.S., earning distinction in 22 states. The Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Chevrolet Equinox are the most popular new compact SUVs.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

Why is the Forester the top model in Washington state?

Subaru is attracting a younger demographic that lead active lifestyles, and they love to trail hike, mountain bike, and snowboard. Washington has the North Cascade mountains that are the perfect playground for camping in the summer.

Subaru is known for its all-weather capabilities and for having a recreation-purposed platform. Washington and cold-weather mountain states where there’s snow is another reason.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

Even though pickup trucks dominate, iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer said last year, “Compact SUVs are a popular vehicle segment that appeals to those buying SUVs for the first time as well as those who want a family vehicle and don’t require a large SUV.”

Forester is the perfect multi-use vehicle with its Symmetrical all-wheel-drive to enjoy sports activities in the high country. The Forester also comes standard with 8.7-inches of ground clearance and X-Mode for off-pavement adventures.

The 2021 Subaru Forester is also a top-selling model in cities like Denver, Seattle-Tacoma, Billings, and New England states and sells many fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive models in those areas of the country because of its “go-anywhere” attitude. Below are the top-10 states where Subaru sells the most vehicles.

1. Vermont 11.3%
2. Maine 6.5%
3. New Hampshire 5.8%
4. Connecticut 4.4%
5. Colorado 4.3%
6. Oregon 4.1%
7. Montana 4.0%
8. Alaska 4.0%
9. Washington 3.8%
10. Massachusetts 3.6%

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Forester?

The 2021 Forester comes in five trim levels, and the base trim has an MSRP of $25,845, Premium ($28,845), Sport ($30,445), Limited ($32,445), and Touring ($35,945). Pricing includes a $1,050 destination fee. iSeeCars says the average transaction price for the 2021 Forester is $31,673.

The 2021 Subaru Forester is Subaru of America’s top-selling model, and the compact SUV had its best-ever May sales delivering over 20,000 models to customers. Subaru sold many of them in the state of Washington.

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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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Roy Anderson (not verified)    June 8, 2021 - 7:52PM

Had a 2016 Subaru Forester, it lasted 90,000 miles, the engine stopped. It had the 2.5 liter in it. Will not buy another Subaru.

Edpob (not verified)    June 10, 2021 - 11:26AM

In reply to by Roy Anderson (not verified)

Got a 2016 Premium Forester going 186000 miles regular maintenance every 3k miles. Running strong as ever No problems other than mandatory manufa ture recalls notices Has only replaced brake assembly, tires and windshield (stone chip crack). Buying an Accent soon .Has recommended to friends and relatives .

Donna Larcy (not verified)    June 25, 2021 - 7:58AM

In reply to by Roy Anderson (not verified)

Our 2015 Forester was babied with attention always maintained. We have transmission issues and begging Subaru who knows that this problem exist for help.
Subaru hear your customers and stand by your advertisements. How can you possibly make a “Memories” commercial when the vehicle can’t be depended on. Please read Dominick Infante’s article spokesperson from Subaru in Forbes magazine .. it explains known transmission problems.

Marine WTI (not verified)    June 8, 2021 - 8:32PM

All ‘21 Forester trim levels received IIHS top safety ratings, and the base trim safety features, surpasses all other manufacturers base trim safety features. Plus, AWD is standard, and Forester base trim pricing is lower. # WIN-WIN-WIN.