Subaru Forester Falls Off The Fastest Selling New Cars List - One Reason Why
The 2021 Subaru Forester was in the top 3 fastest selling compact SUVs this year, but it falls off the list for March. Two new models, the Toyota RAV4 Prime and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid stay number one and two on the latest iSeeCars fastest-selling new cars list.
The two Toyota models have the latest fuel-sipping technology, and the 2021 Subaru Forester stays with its 2.5-liter gas engine for U.S. customers. Forester is still the brand’s best-selling model, but the question remains, when will the Japanese automaker offer a Forester Hybrid version?
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Even without offering a 2021 Forester with Hybrid technology in the U.S., the Camden N.J. automaker reported a record number of the compact SUVs sold last month. The 2021 Forester had its best March and best month ever. The Subaru Forester is too hot for the brand to offer a Hybrid model. But that may not be the best approach.
With gas prices rising again, shoppers are now concerned with fuel efficiency. The Forester with the 2.5-liter engine gets an EPA estimated 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The RAV4 Prime gets an estimated 38 combined city/highway mpg, and RAV4 Hybrid with all-wheel-drive gets 40 mpg combined city/highway.
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For the Forester to compete with the fuel-stingy Toyota models, Subaru of America will need to ask its parent company for a new Forester hybrid model. Subaru has access to Toyota’s hybrid technology as Toyota now owns 20 percent of Subaru.
Subaru’s hybrid plan for Forester
Subaru says they plan on selling only electric vehicles worldwide by the first half of the 2030s. These will not be full-electric vehicles but a combination of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric all-wheel-drive models that will have Toyota hybrid and battery technology.
Subaru has the backing of Toyota to help them build a new Forester Hybrid model. For now, the 2021 Subaru Forester gas model is doing quite well. When offered with a hybrid powertrain, look for the compact SUV to move up in the rankings. But it’s still a few years away.
What is next for the 2022 Subaru Forester?
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The all-new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Edition is expected to make its U.S. reveal later this spring or summer. We know it won’t be offered with hybrid technology, but it could get a new powertrain. Check out the Torque News Forester Wilderness report below.
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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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