2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Subaru Forester Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

FInd out below whether the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is right for you, or if you'd be better served by the slightly bigger 2021 Subaru Forester. The Crosstrek is a rugged compact hatchback with some sporting appeal, and a new, more powerful engine this year to back up its good looks! Meanwhile, the Forester has a more squared off profile for a more comfort and capacity-oriented cabin feel. We'll tell you more at McKenna so you can find the right Subaru model for your needs.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Subaru Forester Exterior


Since the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a compact crossover, while the 2021 Subaru Forester is a small SUV, the first difference you'll notice from the outside is size. The Forester is the bigger of the two vehicles, but the difference isn't all that dramatic. After all, the Crosstrek boasts 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space. That's more than most compact crossovers. But the Forester is a bit more spacious with 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume.

There are a few key differences on the outside as well. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with expandable roof rails, so you can easily carry bikes, surfboards, snowboards and other outdoor gear on the roof. Roof rails come standard on all but the entry-level 2021 Subaru Forester model. The Forester also comes standard with steel wheels and covers, whereas the Crosstrek features standard alloy wheels. And the 2021 Subaru Forester now comes standard with steering-responsive LED headlights, which are only found on the top-of-the-line 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited.


Both the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and Forester have similar multimedia systems -- a STARLINK™ touchscreen infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ or Bluetooth® for your smartphone. They also offer similar standard features like automatic climate controls and cargo area hooks and tie-down points to keep all your groceries and gear organized. What really sets the 2021 Subaru Forester apart from the Crosstrek when it comes to features is the list of available options. Only the Forester offers available dual-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, reclining rear seats and other comfort options. Meanwhile, the Crosstrek offers exclusive and rugged StarTex® water-repellent upholstery for extra durability when carrying wet gear or muddy boots.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Subaru Forester Interior


Entry-level 2021 Subaru Crosstrek models generate 152 horsepower -- or, upgrade to the new Crosstrek Sport trim level and get 182 horsepower courtesy of a bigger BOXER® engine! In the 2021 Subaru Forester, that 182 horsepower engine comes standard -- since the Forester is a bit bigger and heavier, after all. But since both models feature a BOXER® engine, with a low, wide, flat design, they have a lower center of gravity than rival brands for a more balanced driving experience.

And since both models have standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, they provide additional handling agility and all-weather ability! Yet they both achieve up to 33 highway MPG. When it comes to performance, you can't go wrong with any Subaru.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Subaru Forester Features


When you fold down the rear seats in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, you reveal 55.3 cubic feet of cargo volume! That's enough room for 19 carry-on sized suitcases according to testing by Car and Driver magazine, though the load floor isn't perfectly flat with the rear seatbacks folded. Car and Driver also tested the 2021 Subaru Forester, and found it can hold 23 carry-on sized suitcases with the rear seats folded flat.

Both models can also do some light towing! If you need to pull that small utility trailer or ATV, both models provide up to 1,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity.

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Find The Perfect Subaru For Life In Southern California At McKenna

No matter which SUV you select, McKenna Subaru will be behind you every step of the way. We'll show you an extraordinary customer service experience when you visit for your test drive and purchase your new Subaru. And we'll walk with you when it comes to care and maintenance down the road, too. So you can enjoy a reliable, capable Subaru for your family for years to come! The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Subaru Forester are in our inventory now at McKenna. Check out our current model inventory at the links below.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Subaru Forester
$22,245Starting MSRP*$24,795
33 Highway / 28 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With CVT Transmission33 Highway / 26 City
152Standard Horsepower182
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space111.9 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume35.4 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume76.1 Cubic Feet
AvailableEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard
AlloyStandard WheelsSteel
36.5 InchesRear Legroom39.4 Inches

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.