2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Subaru Forester
2021 Subaru Crosstrek 2021 Subaru Forester


2.0L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


152 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

22/29 * 26/33 *

  Cargo Space

55.3 cu. ft. 76.1 cu. ft.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Subaru Forester

Serving Fairfax, VA

Subaru’s line of crossover SUVs is undeniably impressive, with many robust features and overall versatility. Whether you have decided that now is the time to step up to a new Subaru crossover or are merely curious about the latest Subaru crossovers offer, our associates at Farrish Subaru will support you as you get to know more about the options. The Crosstrek is Subaru’s subcompact crossover. It sits directly below the Subaru Forester in the 2021 lineup, which is a compact crossover. How do these models differ in vital areas?


A test drive of the 2021 Crosstrek reveals exciting performance capabilities across the model’s full line. This crossover’s Boxer 2.5-liter engine has direct fuel injection and produces 182 horsepower. This same engine is uniform throughout the 2021 Forester’s trim line. The Forester pairs this powertrain with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, symmetrical all-wheel drive, and a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission.


At Farrish Subaru, you can easily explore the design differences between the Crosstrek and the Forester in person. By doing so, you will quickly see that the Crosstrek has a sleeker look that is brought to life by sharper angles through the hood and roof. The Crosstrek also has a molded, athletic bumper on the front end. It is accompanied by a small grille and unique LED headlights. On the other hand, the Forester has a taller presence with modest angles across the hood and roof. Its grille is comparable to the Crosstrek’s grille, but it is significantly larger. As a result, Forester’s lower-body molding is reduced.


In true Subaru fashion, both the 2021 Crosstrek and the Forester are impressively outfitted with exciting features across their full trim lines. Some of the equipment they share at various trim levels is a touch display screen, auto climate controls, blind spot detection, leather seats, a sunroof, and many other items.

At Farrish Subaru, we understand the importance of your next crossover selection. When you shop at our dealership, you will always receive accurate information about our honest, supportive team options. Connect with the Farrish Subaru team today to learn more.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.