2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester Information in Salt Lake City, UT

Subaru is among the fastest-growing automotive brands, and the legendary capability, value, and safety of Subaru SUVs has a lot to do with this growth. Take the new 2021 Crosstrek, for example. This all-wheel drive compact SUV is a great introduction to the advantages of driving a Subaru SUV. If you're needing a bit more space for cargo and family, it won't cost much more to step up to the new Subaru Forester. Below, we look at some of the more noticeable differences between these two award-winning SUVs. If you have any questions, please give us a call, or simply schedule a test drive right here online. We're the nation's oldest exclusive Subaru dealership, and we look forward to showing you an easier way to shop for your next car.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester Exterior

Eye-Catching & Capable Exteriors

You may already know that Subaru SUVs are made to take you well beyond the beaten path, and that's evident when you look at the new Subaru Crosstrek and Forester. They both sit with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, have wheel arch cladding, and daytime running lights. However, there are some key distinctions to be aware of.

The new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with alloy wheels and roof rails, both of which are available upgrades on the new 2021 Subaru Forester. However, the Forester comes standard with LED Steering Responsive Headlights and fully automatic exterior light control, which are available upgrades on the new Crosstrek. No matter which of these Subaru SUVs best fits your needs and budget, you'll be getting a lot for your money.Interior Size Differences: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester

It's when you step inside these SUVs that the difference in size is best highlighted. The new Subaru Crosstrek provides 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space with 20.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat and a maximum cargo volume of 55.3 cubic feet. That's quite remarkable for the compact SUV segment and price point.

Stepping up to the larger small SUV segment with a new 2021 Subaru Forester provides similar size advantages in the segment. It welcomes passengers with nearly 112 cubic feet of comfortable space with 31.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat and up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester Interior 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Performance

If you've not been behind the wheel of a Subaru SUV, you're in for a treat no matter which of these models you test drive. They're both equipped with the legendary Subaru BOXER® engine that sits flat with horizontally-opposed cylinders. That means car-like handling from a command seating position in a capable SUV. These models are also equipped standard with the unrivaled traction of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Both models also get up to an estimated 33 MPG on the highway but the Subaru Crosstrek is estimated to have a slight fuel economy advantage in the city.

At the start of the lineup, the Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with a capable engine producing 152 horsepower, or you can now upgrade to a larger BOXER® that puts 182 horsepower under your right foot. That's the same engine that you'll find in every new 2021 Subaru Forester. At the start of the lineup, the Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with a manual transmission while every Subaru Forester is equipped with an automatic transmission. When it comes to capable, fun, and efficient performance, you just can't go wrong with either of these Subaru SUVs.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester Features 

Subaru SUVs: Safety You Can Count On

From crowded city roads and highways to remote wilderness trails, safety needs to be a top priority. It certainly is for Subaru engineers, which is why the new 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and Forester have both earned prestigious Top Safety Picks from the independent IIHS. While it's comforting to know that your next new SUV will be safe in the event of an accident, it's always better to avoid danger.

That's where the Subaru EyeSight® system comes in. Every new Subaru Forester is equipped with this advanced driver assistance, and you'll also find it standard on every new Subaru Crosstrek that's equipped with an automatic transmission. Some of the advanced safety and convenience features that come with EyeSight® include automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Summary

The new Subaru Crosstrek enters the market with a generous MSRP of $22,245. When you consider that this price includes Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, alloy wheels, roof rails, and generous interior space, it's a value that competing compact SUVs just can't match. For even more space and standard features, the larger AWD Subaru Forester starts with an MSRP of $24,795. Once again, competing models from other brands simply fall short of the value here. Ultimately, it's up to you which of these new Subaru SUVs best fits your needs and desires. We invite you to come explore both models in person at Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City, UT.

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.