2021 Subaru Forester  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#55 of 2021 SUVs

#104 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2019 Subaru Forester
The Forester, part of Subaru's lineup since 1998, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With standard all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. The Forester provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Forester packs some oomph. Subaru offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Subaru Forester is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Subaru Forester has a score of 78, implying a 0.045% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Subaru Forester has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0447% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.1083%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0447% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.1083% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Subaru Forester is 4% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Subaru Forester is 10% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. An active safety system that is standard on the 2021 Subaru Forester is EyeSight Driver Assist Technology (Forward Collision Warnings / Automatic Emergency Braking & Lane Departure Warnings).

Some safety features still may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances. Standard High Beam Assist automatically switches high beam headlights off when oncoming traffic is approaching and turns them back on when there aren't any vehicles ahead. Optional side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9272Jeep CherokeeSubaru ForesterFord EscapeAcura ILXSubaru OutbackChevrolet EquinoxMazda CX-5Toyota C-HRToyota RAV4Volkswagen TiguanNissan RogueGMC TerrainComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Subaru Forester with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 72 to 92. The 2021 Subaru Forester is less safe than the 2021 GMC Terrain, the 2021 Nissan Rogue, the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2021 Toyota RAV4, the 2021 Toyota C-HR, and the 2021 Mazda CX-5. It is about as safe as the 2021 Ford Escape and the 2021 Acura ILX.

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