2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester SUV Information in Shingle Springs, CA

Subaru is among the fastest-growing names in the business and upgrading to one of these SUVs is a great choice for Northern California. Every Subaru SUV is equipped standard with a flat BOXER® engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but which one is right for you? Well, we want to help at Shingle Springs Subaru with detailed comparisons like this one between the new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and Forester models. Discover some of the more significant differences between these two AWD SUVs below, then schedule an appointment to learn more at our friendly dealership in Shingle Springs.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester SUV Exterior

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Size

This may be the most noticeable difference between these two models. The new Subaru Crosstrek is considered a compact crossover SUV and it's based on the popular Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback. From the outside, the Crosstrek is a little shorter overall than the Subaru Forester. Beyond that, the most noticeable differences are at the entry level where the Crosstrek comes standard with alloy wheels and roof rails. These are features found on all but the entry-level Forester.

Step inside, and the spaces are quite different. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek provides passengers with nearly 101 cubic feet of space with 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and a max cargo capacity of 55.3 cubic feet. The larger Subaru Forester starts out with nearly 112 cubic feet of passenger space, 31.1 cubic feet behind the rear seat and a max cargo area of 76.1 cubic feet.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Features

Aside from the exterior feature differences we mentioned above, every new Subaru Forester is equipped standard with LED Steering Responsive Headlights. They're available at the top of the Crosstrek lineup. Inside, there are a variety of other small differences like the reclining rear seats in all but the entry-level Subaru Forester that aren't available in the Subaru Crosstrek. Except for the base model, the rest of the Forester lineup features power seats, which are standard only at the top of the Crosstrek lineup. Another difference is dual-zone climate control that's available in the Subaru Forester, but not the Crosstrek.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester SUV Interior

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Performance

The new Subaru Crosstrek enters the market with a healthy 152-horsepower engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. An automatic transmission is available at the start of the lineup and standard on the higher trims for up to 33 MPG. New for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is an available 2.5-liter BOXER® engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 lb/ft of torque. That's the same engine that comes in the 2021 Subaru Forester.

However, instead of the manual transmission that the Crosstrek starts out with, every Forester comes with an automatic transmission and gets up to 33 MPG. No matter which model you choose, we think you'll agree that nothing outperforms a Subaru SUV for the daily drive and weekend adventures beyond where the pavement ends.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Award-Winning Safety

With today's crowded roads seemingly full of distracted drivers, few things are more important when choosing a new SUV than safety. Fortunately, the engineers at Subaru understand this. In fact, Subaru was one of the first in the world to start crash-testing their vehicles back in the mid-1960s. Today, that dedication to safety has earned the new Subaru Forester and Crosstrek SUVs high crash safety scores from independent experts. That means they're both especially safe in the event of a collision, but what about advanced technology that helps you avoid accidents in the first place?

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester SUV Features

That's where Subaru EyeSight® comes in. This suite of technology includes automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and more. Subaru was among the first affordable brands to offer such advanced features, and you'll find EyeSight® standard in every 2021 Subaru Forester and every 2021 Subaru Crosstrek that's equipped with an automatic transmission. At the end of the day, this is a level of safety you can be confident in no matter what California roads have in store for your journey.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Summary

Whether you're looking for a first car, downsizing from a larger SUV, or it's just time to upgrade to a new Subaru, the 2021 Crosstrek is an outstanding choice. It starts with an MSRP of just $22,245, which is a bargain when you consider that it comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, generous ground clearance, and roof rails that makes it ready for any adventure. However, if you'd like a little more space, the Subaru Forester and its starting MSRP of $24,795 is an outstanding value for a new small SUV. Come by for a visit and explore both models firsthand at our Subaru dealership in Shingle Springs, CA.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Subaru Forester
$22,245Starting MSRP*$24,795
33 Highway / 28 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With CVT Transmission33 Highway / 26 City
152Standard Horsepower182
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space111.9 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume35.4 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume76.1 Cubic Feet
AvailableEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard
AlloyStandard WheelsSteel
36.5 InchesRear Legroom39.4 Inches

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.