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Subaru Forester Just Scored Its Best-Ever May But It's Not All Good News

The 2021 Subaru Forester just had its best-ever May. See why it's the brand's best-selling model and what's coming for the 2022 Forester model change.

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Subaru of America announced the 2021 Subaru Forester had its best-ever May sales. Subaru delivered 20,006 Forester models to customers last month compared with 17,859 models in May 2020, a 12.0 percent increase. Forester is still the Camden, N.J automaker's best-selling model in the lineup. Forester is up 31.3 percent with 87,152 model sales year to date.

With the Subaru plant in Japan shutdown, supplies of the 2022 Forester model change could be delayed. Usually, customers would see the new model in early summer, but that could change.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs
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How will the shutdown affect Forester inventory?

Jeff Walters, Subaru of America Senior Vice President of Sales, says, "As anticipated, the global microchip shortage continues to impact production and inventory levels throughout the auto industry."

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 $1,050 destination.

2021 Subaru Forester pricing, features, specs

What is next for the 2022 Forester?

The 2022 Subaru Forester won't get a complete remodel, but it will refresh in the fourth year of its lifecycle. Forester will get new front restyling with minor upgrades to the bumper and side moldings and some interior modifications to upgrade its appearance.

A report from Car Sensor in Japan says the refreshed 2022 Forester will not get a turbocharged engine. Subaru is upgrading all its models with fuel-efficient direct-injection turbocharged (DIT) Boxer engines, and the Forester is the next model in the lineup to get one. Subaru could wait for the next-generation 2023 Forester to offer one.

The 2021 Subaru Forester just had its best-ever May, and the compact SUV remains the brand's best-selling model. The 2022 Forester will begin production this spring, and an all-new 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Edition is expected to make its U.S. reveal soon. Torque News will bring you the new 2022 model change preview when it's announced.

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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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