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2021 Subaru Forester
EXPERT RATING
7.8
/ 10
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2021 Subaru Forester Pricing and Specs

From
$35,190*

The Subaru Forester 2021 prices range from $35,190 for the basic trim level SUV Forester 2.5I (awd) to $46,490 for the top of the range SUV Forester Hybrid S (awd).

The Subaru Forester 2021 is available in Regular Unleaded Petrol and Hybrid with Regular Unleaded. Engine sizes and transmissions vary from the SUV 2.5L Continuous Variable to the SUV 2.0L Continuous Variable.

When we reviewed the ‘price and features’ of the Forester 2021, Matt Campbell gave it a rating of 8 out of 10. Find out more in the full review here.

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Subaru Forester Models SPECS PRICE
2.5I (awd) 2.5LRegular Unleaded PetrolCVT auto $35,190
2.5I Premium (awd) 2.5LRegular Unleaded PetrolCVT auto $40,440
2.5I Sport (awd) 2.5LRegular Unleaded PetrolCVT auto $41,990
2.5I-L (awd) 2.5LRegular Unleaded PetrolCVT auto $37,440
2.5I-S (awd) 2.5LRegular Unleaded PetrolCVT auto $43,490
Hybrid L (awd) 2.0LHybrid with Regular UnleadedCVT auto $40,490
Hybrid S (awd) 2.0LHybrid with Regular UnleadedCVT auto $46,490

Subaru Forester 2021 FAQs

Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru Forester here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is causing a whistling noise from the exhaust of my 2007 Subaru Forester?

    The whistling sound could be coming from some weird combination of acoustics within the muffler as it rots from within and begins to change shape internally. But more likely, what you’re hearing is the sound of a dying turbocharger bearing. Generally, these should be almost silent, but as they wear, they get louder and louder. The turbocharger sits inside the exhaust system, which is why you can hear it through the tailpipe.

    Left to its own devices the bearing will eventually collapse, taking the turbocharger impeller/turbine with it. The bigger danger is that some of the small fragments of metal from the bearing will be free to enter the intake side of the turbocharger where they will be travel through the engine causing all kinds of destruction. That’s possibly what will happen if you ignore it.

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  • Is a 4WD necessary for travelling through regional Queensland?

    It sounds like you don't really need a big, heavy and expensive 4WD for the type of vehicle you require. Maybe ample ground clearance would be an advantage, but otherwise, as all the driving is on sealed or some dirt roads, a good front-drive (2WD) medium-sized SUV should suffice. This type of vehicle is typically more stable at speed as there isn't a high centre of gravity to contend with - a big safety plus. And while all-wheel-drive might be useful driving out of ruts, on sand or in snow, if none of the these apply, the 2WD's stability and traction control system ought to be enough. 

    As a result, we recommend the latest-model (from May 2019-onwards) Toyota RAV4 GX or GXL. It is an exceptionally practical, roomy and robust SUV, with a high level of standard safety features, and big comfy seating. Its 2.0-litre engine is strong, smooth and economical. And you won't have a problem finding somewhere for it to be serviced.

    If AWD is deemed essential, then the base Subaru Forester 2.5i is another great choice. Lots of ground clearance, a gutsy 2.5L engine and a soft, relaxing ride. Nowadays Subaru has increased its service intervals from six to 12 months, taking away one of the hassles of running these well-engineered Japanese SUVs.

    Finally, the Mazda CX-5 AWD is recommended as well, for it too has a well-sorted AWD system. This is quite a sporty number, with plenty of higher-speed power for effortless overtaking, as well as responsive handling. 

    All three SUVs mentioned retail at well under $40,000, and all are enjoyable, capable and reliable choices.

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  • What is the best family SUV for around $20000?

    While the Mitsubishi Outlander is spacious, reliable and easy to drive, our experience testing it against rival medium SUVs have found it to be noisy and a little too firm riding to be truly comfortable and relaxing. At your price point, there are better alternatives out there. 

    Have you considered a Mazda CX-5? In petrol or diesel, we have found it to be a superior and more economical proposition, and is definitely quieter and more refined. Plus, the Mazda's all-wheel-drive system is more sophisticated and better at dealing with loose surfaces like sand.

    A late-model (post 2014) S5-series Subaru Forester 2.5i petrol is far more economical than the earlier iterations, since it switched to a more efficient CVT continuously variable transmission. And there's also the 2.0D turbo-diesel which is economical. This, too, is a fine SUV on-road or for light off-road driving.

    Finally, the Nissan X-Trail diesel is a roomy and capable choice, especially from 2017, when it received a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel to replace the older 1.6L unit.

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