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2021 Subaru Forester gets more standard safety equipment, $300 price increase

The 2021 Subaru Forester will continue to be offered in five trim levels, including this Sport model.

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Subaru’s best-selling vehicle, the Forester, is getting a safety upgrade for the 2021 model year along with a modest price increase. The 2021 Subaru Forester will arrive on dealership lots in October.

For 2021, Subaru will continue to sell the model in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring grades. The Base and Premium trim levels get standard steering responsive LED headlights and automatic high beams, two technologies previously only available on Forester Limited and Touring models.

Rear Seatbelt Reminder is also upgraded to standard status for all 2021 Foresters. This upgrade means that all passengers are reminded to buckle up before their journey with an audio and visual warning from the SUV’s instrument cluster.

Subaru Forester The interior of the Subaru Forester has not been changed for 2021 (2020 model shown here). Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The two-row Forester, which slots between the smaller Crosstrek and larger three-row Subaru Ascent in the company’s lineup, will continue to be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission to achieve 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The Forester, like all other Subaru SUVs, comes standard with all-wheel drive.

It can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 33 mpg and has a 1,500-pound towing capacity. Trailer Stability Assist continues to be standard for 2021 as does the Subaru EyeSight lineup of driver assist and safety technologies.

The roster of standard features on the 2021 Forester also includes power windows, door locks, and side mirrors; dual USB ports in the front center console; multi-function display; remote keyless entry; combination meter with color LCD; a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a CD player.

Buyers can add a host of features and equipment to their model including the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer), 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support; 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels; roof rails; a panoramic power moonroof; power lift gate; 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle; dual-zone automatic climate control with voice-activated controls; navigation; and dual USB ports in the rear center console.

Blind spot monitoring, Lane Change Assist, and rear cross-traffic alert are also available.

New for 2021, the Premium comes with Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and fog lights as standard equipment.

The 2021 Subaru Forester starts at $24,795. Forester Premium comes in a $27,795 while the Forester Sport has a $29.395 price tag before any packages are added. The top-tier Forester Limited and Forester Touring come in at $31,395 and $34,895, respectively. Each model is subject to an additional $1,050 destination and delivery charge.

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The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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U.S. roadway fatalities up in 2021

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just released its estimates on traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2021 and the numbers aren't promising. In the first quarter of this year alone, 8,730 people died in motor vehicle crashes. Last year's cumulative numbers weren't much better, coming in higher than any year since 2007.


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The grim statistics represent a 10.5 percent increase from the same time period last year, a time when we were already marveling at the numbers. Further data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) indicate that the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased by 2.1 percent, which makes the increase in fatalities all the more striking a statistic. Initial projections pegged the number of fatalities per 100 million VMT at 1.12, but it instead climbed to 1.26 fatalities per 100 million VMT.

Regionally, most areas in the United Statessaw an increase, though two did not. The Midwest region, which includes Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas did not change, while the mid-east coast states of North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and West Virginia actually saw a six percent decline in fatality counts.


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What's behind all of this? Last year, the NHTSA reported that, with fewer people on the roads, those that were driving were engaging in risky behavior. What's more, Automotive News reports, that the number of deaths involving people not wearing seatbelts increased 15 percent last year and speeding deaths climbed 10 percent.

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