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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.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

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 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross used the Internet of Things to connect to the My Mitsubishi Connect app

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Mitsubishi has enlisted Aeris and Dealer-FX to better connect owners to their vehicles. Using integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

The system will push timely notifications from the vehicle to the app and the owner's smart mobile device allowing them to act in a matter of seconds rather than trying to remember that a warning light cane in while operating the vehicle.

"Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. "The My Mitsubishi Connect app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S."

This isn't the company's first IoT foray. When it debuted, Mitsubishi Road Assist+ was the first hardware-free, smartphone-based app provided by an OEM that allowed owners to realize the cost savings of usage-based insurance without having to own "connected car" with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

Mitsubishi continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. The company recently relocated its headquarters from California to the Nashville, Tennessee area near where Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance member Nissan has its North American headquarters.

The company recently announced a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Mitsubishi executives, among other benefits.

The My Mitsubishi Connect and Mitsubishi Road Assist+ apps are currently available on the Google Play store and the Apple's App Store for use on Android and iOS devices.

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