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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 ID.4 will ramp up production as the U.S. says goodbye to the Passat.

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The Volkswagen Passat will end its run in 2023 at VW's U.S. manufacturing base in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But don't worry, Volkswagen has plans for what is next. In fact, they've already announced the products; they're just now getting around to specifying a timeline.

Currently, the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is producing the Passat alongside the Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Sport. earlier this year, the plant celebrated the 1 millionth vehicle to roll off its assembly line - Aurora Red Metallic 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line.

Before the Chattanooga plant opened, Volkswagen hadn't made a vehicle in the U.S. in 22 years following the closing of the Westmoreland facility in Pennsylvania.

1977 Volkswagen Dasher and 2020 Volkswagen Passat The Dasher was the predecessor to the modern Passat. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The Passat got its start as a vehicle designed specifically for the North American market. Ground was broken on the Tennessee plant in 2009 and in 2011 it began producing the cars. It currently employees approximately 3,800 people. In the last nine years, the plant has produced more than 700,000 Passats and 100,000 Atlas SUVs. The new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and the refreshed 2021 Atlas recently began production.

Volkswagen has announced that the plant will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles including the ID.4, representing an approximately $800 million investment, starting in 2022. The expansion to enable U.S. production of long-range EVs began in November 2019.

The expansion includes a new Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) at the plant that will feature a unique, state-of-the-art high-voltage laboratory that is designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs. These cells and packs are slated to be assembled in the U.S. before being inserted into vehicles.

Production of the ID.4 will ramp up starting 2022. It will reach full capacity by 2023, then the Passat will be shown the door. Before the U.S. production begins, Volkswagen will exclusively produce the ID.4 at its Zwickau plant in Germany.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 The Volkswagen ID.4 will be made in the U.S. starting in 2022.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Though the Passat is leaving the U.S. market, it will continue as a vehicle for international sale. Development of the ninth-generation version of the model is currently underway.

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The EPA-certified range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has met Ford's expectations.

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Ford has announced the certification of its all-electric range numbers for its 2021 Mustang Mach-E variants by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The good news for Ford is that the numbers meet their publicly shared expectations.

The EPA-estimated ranges for each of the four models tested:

  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range RWD - 230 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range RWD - 300 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range eAWD - 211 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range eAWD - 270 miles

"This validation by the EPA comes at a perfect time as the Mustang Mach-E is gearing up to take on the open road," said Darren Palmer, global director, Battery Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor Company.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Mustang Mach-E features a plusher interior than what you'll find in the Tesla Model Y. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

There is one remaining model that is being tested. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 is anticipated to be rated at 300 miles of range by the EPA once officials complete their tests.

There are numerous factors that go into determining the range a vehicle gets in real world driving scenarios. Actual range of the vehicle varies with conditions such as external elements, climate control operations, presence of all-wheel drive, the weight of passengers and cargo, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium ion battery age, and the battery's state of health.

The top 300 miles of range is considerably better than most of the electric vehicles on the market today. The 2021 Audi E-Tronhas 222 mile of EPA-estimated range while the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV (259 miles) and 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles) have significantly more range. The 2021 Polestar 2 falls between those with 233 miles of range. The 2021 Tesla Model Y gets more - 326 miles - while the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge gets far less - 208 miles. The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 has been certified to get 250 miles of rage.

The forthcoming Nissan Ariya's range has yet to be announced but is expected to rival the Mustang Mach-E.

Customer deliveries for the Mustang Mach-E will start in December in the United States.

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