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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 ForesterThe 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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Subaru announces refreshed 2023 Legacy

The new Legacy got a facelift and new lighting elements.

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Sedans are a dying breed as SUVs and pickup trucks take over, but there are still a few compelling options out there, and Subaru has one of them. The Legacy has been a long-time part of the Subaru lineup, and the all-wheel drive family sedan got a notable update for 2023.

2023 Subaru LegacyTop trims get luxury finishes inside.Subaru

Subaru offers the sedan in five trims: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring XD. The automaker updated the Legacy with a facelift that brought a new front fascia, redesigned front bumper and new LED lighting. The car features a low dash and open cabin for great visibility in all directions, and the top Touring XT trim offers high-end accommodations, including Nappa leather and metal trim inside.

Every Legacy comes with the latest version of Subaru Starlink infotainment software. It runs on an 11.6-inch display and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Higher trim levels get the same display with navigation and a new-for-2023 what3words integration.

2023 Subaru LegacyThe Legacy goes on sale this fall.Subaru

The 2023 Legacy comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The top two trims come with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a continuously variable transmission that offers an eight-speed manual shift mode.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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