You might be asking, why should I buy a 2021 Subaru Forester? Forester is affordable, gets excellent fuel mileage, has generous cargo capacity, a spacious, well-equipped cabin, standard all-wheel-drive, and top safety scores. But there are two things you won’t find on other small SUVs that set it apart from the competition; balance and stability.
We’ve driven most of the new compact SUVs, and the Forester gives shoppers these two additional features not found on any of the other models. Why do they make a difference? They give the automaker the best road-test scores and give you the best chance in a traffic mistake.
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2020 Subaru Forester brings stability
The 2021 Subaru Forester brings a unique quality called balance that sets the SUV apart from all others. As with a professional athlete, it’s the difference between being good and being great. Scientifically, balance is the body’s ability to maintain its center of gravity above its base of support. Without it, you’ll fall on your face. In an SUV, you’ll likely get in an accident.
An SUV that sits higher off the ground is less stable in severe driving situations, especially if someone makes a mistake. Forester comes with 8.7-inches of ground clearance but has a lower center of gravity.
Subaru uses a horizontally-opposed engine design placing the cylinder and pistons 180 degrees apart. The powerplant has a flatter profile over conventional 4-cylinder V-type or transverse engines and a lower center of gravity.
Forester offers a safer driving experience
Even with a higher ride height, Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent all have more balanced weight distribution, giving the all-wheel-drive models improved handling and poise over the competition’s SUVs.
You don’t get this low center of gravity with an inline four-cylinder or a V6 engine design. If a driver in the family makes a mistake in the Forester, they’ll still be ok, and the car won’t hurt them. If you make a mistake in a front-drive SUV with an inline or V6 engine that doesn’t have the best balance, you could get hurt.
Reduced body roll
We experienced this first hand this week. We drove a new Forester in heavy traffic when the driver next to us changed lanes without looking. The vehicle came right into our lane, and we swerved to avoid a collision. The Forester remained stable with minimal body roll, and we were able to keep the SUV under control and prevent an accident.
The 2021 Subaru Forester offers the things compact SUV shoppers are looking for; affordability, fuel mileage, generous cargo capacity, a spacious, well-equipped cabin, standard safety features, and user-friendly technology. But it brings a unique balance and stability not found in any other SUV. It gives you the best chance in a traffic mistake.
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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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