Explore the Advanced Safety Features of the 2021 Subaru Forester

Forester Active Safety Features

The vehicle also features Brake Assist, which can One key aspect to the Subaru Forester safety is that it comes with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This AWD system gets powered by the flat-laying engine with horizontally-opposed valves. It takes the torque and power to help strengthen the grip on the road-allowing you to tackle a variety of terrain.

The vehicle also features Brake Assist, which can recognize panicked braking and will work to provide you with full braking power. The Brake Override System activates when both the accelerator and brake pedal are pressed. It’ll reduce the acceleration and favor the brakes. The Traction Control System recognizes when you experience a loss of traction and will provide more torque to the unaffected wheels to help you regain traction.

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Maintain Traction and Control With the Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System

We’re lucky here in San Diego as we avoid brutal winter snow and ice storms. But when you do travel up north during the winter months, your Subaru will be prepared for any challenge thrown its way. That’s because of the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, which is standard on all models, save for the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports coupe, is set up to balance your traction and control on any kind of surface. If you like driving on open areas of the beach or go off-roading elsewhere in the San Diego area, certain setups of crossovers like the Crosstrek, Forester, Outback and Ascent will do the trick, while the standard AWD system is a nice feature to have with a smaller sedan or hatchback like the Impreza or Legacy.

Notable Safety Features

The next is the reverse automatic braking feature.There are three major notable safety features to keep in mind when considering the new Subaru Forester. The first of this is the unique hill start assist features that enable the vehicle to hold its position and keep it from rolling backwards on a hill as you switch from brake to gas pedal.

The next is the reverse automatic braking feature. This helps to reduce collisions and works in conjunction with the rear cross-traffic alerts by automatically applying brakes when a vehicle crosses behind you.

Headlights

Trim level(s)

  • All trims

Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

G

Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle’s low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test Trim level(s) All trims Low-beam headlight type LED projector High-beam headlight type LED projector Curve-adaptive? Yes High-beam assist? Yes Overall rating Applies to 2019-21 models G LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Amount glare exceeded threshold Straightaway right edge 128.2 m None Straightaway left edge 56.7 m None 250m radius right curve, right edge 81.8 m 13.2 % 250m radius left curve, left edge 55.8 m None 150m radius right curve, right edge 67.8 m None 150m radius left curve, right edge 55.3 m None HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Straightaway right edge 151.8 m Straightaway left edge 151.4 m 250m radius right curve, right edge 86.7 m 250m radius left curve, left edge 77.7 m 150m radius right curve, right edge 70.0 m 150m radius left curve, left edge 61.6 m

How headlights are evaluated

Side: updated test

Rating applies to 2019-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Subaru Forester 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year.

Overall evaluation

A

Structure and safety cage

A

Driver injury measures
Head/neck

G

Torso

A

Pelvis

A

Driver head protection

G

Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck

G

Torso

G

Pelvis

G

Rear passenger head protection The dummy’s head contacted the C-pillar hard, through the side curtain airbag. The head protection is inadequate.

M

View of the vehicle just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy’s head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

The dummy’s head contacted the C-pillar through the side curtain airbag.

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID CES2102 B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver’s seat (cm) -14.5 Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline. Driver injury measures Test ID CES2102 Head HIC-15 107 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.0 Compression (kN) 0.3 Shoulder Lateral deflection (mm) 23 Lateral force (kN) 0.9 Torso Maximum deflection (mm) 38 Average deflection (mm) 34 Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.44 Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.64 Pelvis Combined force (kN) 4.8 Passenger injury measures Test ID CES2102 Head HIC-15 544 Peak gs at hard contact 81 Neck Tension (kN) 0.2 Compression (kN) 1.3 Shoulder Lateral deflection (mm) 56 Lateral force (kN) 2.1 Torso Maximum deflection (mm) 32 Average deflection (mm) 26 Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.79 Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41 Pelvis Combined force (kN) 2.8

How the side crash test is conducted

Subaru Forester Driver Assistance Features

	Pre-Collision Braking System	Adaptive Cruise ContEvery one of the Subaru Forester trim levels comes with the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology system. It packages together intuitive driver assistance features, which help prevent accidents, such as:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist

available Forester technology safety featuresThere are also lots of available Forester technology safety features like: the available Blind Spot Detection system that helps you change lanes safely; the available LED Steering Responsive Headlights that allow you to see around curves when you’re turning; and the available DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System that sends you alerts if it detects that you’re drowsy or have taken your eyes off the road.

You’ll also have more awareness when you’re backing up. The Rear-Vision Camera is standard and lets you see what’s behind your SUV, while the available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert lets you know when other cars are headed your way. A Reverse Automatic Braking function is also available to prevent tapping another car with your bumper.

Subaru Forester Trim Levels

The 2022 Subaru Forester distributes a long list of features across six nicely equipped trims. A few options are available for most tiers, allowing San Diego shoppers to add desirable features without moving up to the next level. Here’s a quick overview of the notable highlights.

Base

The Forester’s base trim provides the essentials plus a few extras, including standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and Subaru EyeSight® driver-assistance technologies. It’s perfect for Chula Vista drivers seeking roomy and versatile crossover with advanced safety features for an accessible price.

  • Steering-adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Automatic climate control
  • 6.5-inch STARLINK® Multimedia System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering

Premium

By moving up one level, Coronado drivers can equip a bevy of experience-enhancing amenities, plus get access to additional tech options.

  • X-MODE advanced traction management
  • Fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Raised roof rails
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Proximity keyless and pin-code access
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Available Options: Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power liftgate

Sport

The middle trim lives up to its name, equipping sporty black and orange styling details and adding more versatility and tech features, including the previous tier’s optional safety features.

  • Dual-function X-MODE with Deep Snow and Mud settings
  • 18-inch black-finish alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Rear USB charge ports
  • Removable cargo tray
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Available Options: Harman Kardon audio system, 8.0-inch touchscreen, Reverse Automatic Braking, power liftgate

Wilderness

The all-new Wilderness trim elevates Forester’s adventurous prospects to the next level. It builds on the Premium tier with:

  • Dual-function X-MODE with Low Speed/Low Ratio Gradient Control
  • Suspension lift (8.7 to 9.2 inches)
  • 17-inch matte-black wheels with Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires (and full-size spare)
  • Front skid plates
  • StarTex® water-repellent upholstery
  • 8.0-inch STARLINK® touchscreen
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist
  • 180-degree Front View Monitor
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Anodized Copper-finish interior and exterior accents
  • Available Options: STARLINK® Navigation, Harman Kardon audio system, power liftgate

Limited

The penultimate level starts with the Premium trim’s feature list (including optional equipment) and adds upgrades like:

  • 18-inch black machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Power liftgate
  • Available Options: Harman Kardon audio system, STARLINK® Navigation, Reverse Automatic Braking, heated steering wheel

Touring

For National City drivers seeking a fully loaded driving experience, the top-tier Touring trim adds the finishing touches. It includes all of the previously optional amenities, plus exclusive upgrades like:

  • 18-inch dark gray machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Chrome and Satin Chrome exterior trim
  • Black or Saddle Brown perforated leather upholstery
  • One-touch folding rear seatbacks
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • 8-way power front passenger seat

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Which safety features does the 2021 Subaru Forester have?

The Subaru Forester comes standard with most of the safety features that Consumer Reports recommends. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city and highway, and pedestrian detection are all standard. 

Lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a rear view camera are also standard in the 2021 Subaru Forester. So are anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights. 

Experience the Subaru Forester Safety for Yourself

Now that you’ve gotten a great deal of insight into the Subaru Forester safety features, you’re well aware of the levels of protection that this SUV can offer you and your passengers. However, there’s still more to learn about what this vehicle truly offers beyond its protection!

When you’re ready to learn more, you can check out our 2021 Subaru Forester review, or simply experience it for yourself by scheduling a test drive with us at Norm Reeves Subaru Superstore Rockwall! It’ll allow you to see how it handles on the roads of Rockwall, Mesquite, and Garland, Texas!

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