2021 Forester starts at under $30,000 in Canada while adding more standard features

LED steering responsive headlights, high beam assist, and rear seatbelt reminder all thrown in for 2021

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Arguably one of the best adventure-focused compact SUVs gains even more standard features for 2021, with a C$28,995 starting price point across Canada for the entry-level model; topping out at just over $40,000 for the glitzier, range-topping Premier model.

Under $30k for an all-wheel drive sport utility that will hold its value for years to come is something new SUV shoppers can get excited about. But with so many new compact offerings on the market today, consumers definitely have plenty of choices.

Here’s a list of 2021 & 2022 sport utilities to get excited about.

2021 Forester release date & Canadian pricing

Expect Canadian dealerships to receive the 2021 Forester in October 2020, with six models to choose from. Pricing as follows:

2021 Forester ModelCanadian starting MSRP
Base model$28,995
Convenience$32,595
Touring$34,395
Sport$35,795
Limited$38,795
Premier$40,095

What’s new for 2021?

The most significant takeaway for the new Forester, which entered its current fifth-generation in 2019 (read our review here), includes the addition of the LED steering responsive headlights and high beam assist now offered as standard; as well as rear seatbelt reminder across all Forester models.

Finally, Subaru is also now offering a much-needed heated steering wheel option, which will be standard on the middle-of-the-pack Touring model.

Overall, the new Forester is the models most spacious, capable, and tech-filled offering yet, coming a very long way since hitting the market back in 1997.

All 2019 to 2021 Foresters find the same 2.5L engine paired to a CVT and all-wheel drive; good for 182-hp and 176 lb-ft of torque. Plus, X-MODE is also standard across all trims (Sport gets the better Dual-Function X-MODE for added capabilities) for those taking the small ute off-road.

Planning to tow with the compact hauler? Read our Forester towing capacity article here.

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