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The last-generation Subaru Forester was designated an IIHS Top Safety Pick for incorporating the latest thinking in active and passive safety systems. This current generation Subaru Forester continues to push safety technology to new heights with innovations such as the ultra-strong Subaru Global Platform and advanced active safety systems, including the enhanced X-MODE®, Subaru EyeSight® and Subaru DriverFocus®. These developments serve to increase the strength and inherent safety of the Forester and take driver confidence to new heights.

Standing on guard, driving with confidence

All versions of the 2021 Subaru Forester come standard with class-leading active safety systems, including Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time AWD, Active Torque Vectoring, Traction Control, Vehicle Dynamics Control and the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology system. These systems are supported by striking agility, superior visibility and, on select trims, the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System. This advanced approach to active safety brings greater levels of confidence into sharp focus.

EyeSight Disclaimer Brief

EyeSight® is a driver assist system, which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, and weather and road conditions. See Owner's Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight® when going through a car wash.


2021 Subaru Forester Superior Visibility

Superior Visibility

The Subaru Forester is designed and engineered to provide exceptional visibility. The A-pillar and partition windows are integrated into the front doors to reduce the size of blind spots. The side mirrors are placed on the door panels instead of the windows to improve visibility, forward and back. The glass area in all directions is large, as is the side mirror surface area. These decisions, combined with the classic high seating position, create a supremely confident feeling behind the wheel.

Rearview Camera

This standard rearview camera projects a crystal-clear image of what’s behind the vehicle onto the centre console screen. A washer system helps ensure that camera lens is always clear of dirt, mud and grime, making this safety feature an invaluable addition to the Forester.

2021 Subaru Forester Rearview Camera
2021 Subaru Forester EyeSight Advanced Driving Assist System

EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology

Standard on all Forester models, this award-winning driver assist system utilizes two cameras to monitor activity on the road ahead, help identify potential danger and provide assistance to the driver when needed most. The system incorporates: Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane Centring Assist, Vehicle Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist and lead vehicle start alert. When equipped with EyeSight®, previous versions of the Subaru Forester have earned the highest possible front-crash prevention ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)**.

Subaru DriverFocus® – Distraction Mitigation System (DMS)

Available on the Limited and Premier trim levels, this award-winning system utilizes a camera angled at the driver’s face and facial recognition software to monitor fatigue or lack of attention. When the driver begins to lose focus, DriverFocus® immediately sends out a helpful alert — it’s like an automated co-driver. The system stores the preferences for up to five drivers, including the position of the seats and side mirrors, climate control settings and gauge readouts on the multi-function display.

2021 Subaru Forester Subaru DriverFocus – Distraction Mitigation System (DMS)
2020 Subaru Outback Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD)

Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (SRVD) System

Available on the Touring trim and higher, SRVD has three distinct functions. Blind Spot Detection identifies vehicles behind the C-pillars and in other blind spots. Lane Change Assist detects fast-approaching vehicles when changing lanes. And the Rear Cross Traffic Alert function signals the driver of any approaching vehicles while reversing, such as out of a parking space or driveway.

Reverse Automatic Braking

Available on the Convenience model trim and higher, this system automatically applies the brakes whenever the risk of collision with an obstruction behind the vehicle is high. The system also incorporates a rear obstruction warning feature, which signals drivers using different alarm patterns according to the distance from the obstruction.

2021 Subaru Forester Reverse Auto Braking
2021 Subaru Forester High Beam Assist (HBA)

High Beam Assist (HBA)

Standard on all Forester trim levels, the HBA allows the high beams to be activated at all times. When the system detects an oncoming vehicle or the distance to the vehicle in front has reduced, the high beams automatically dim. When other vehicles are far enough away, the high beams turn on again.

Steering Responsive Headlights

Standard on all trim levels, these headlights automatically turn in the direction of travel and towards the corner. When the vehicle is turning left, the headlights angle to the left; when turning right, the headlights arc to the right. This feature helps illuminate the road ahead, even when that road isn’t straight.

2021 Subaru Forester Steering Responsive Fog Lights
2021 Subaru Forester Braking Systems

Braking Systems

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) incorporates the latest active safety technology to generate increased confidence, particularly in times of need. Electronic Brake-force Distribution automatically adjusts front/rear brake pressure according to different vehicle loads. Brake Override cuts engine power when the brakes and accelerator are applied at the same time. And Brake Assist automatically boosts stopping power in emergency braking situations.

Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)

Standard on all versions, this advanced VDC system incorporates Active Torque Vectoring, and utilizes multiple sensors to monitor vehicle dynamics, assess road conditions, and determine whether the vehicle is following the driver’s intended course. When the vehicle nears the limits of stability, the system automatically adjusts the AWD torque distribution, engine output and braking force at each wheel to help keep the vehicle on-course. The Active Torque Vectoring system also applies braking force to the inside front wheel and engine torque to the outer front wheel to aid in cornering. Working together, these systems give drivers of all abilities the feeling of added security and increased confidence under all possible driving conditions.

2021 Subaru Forester Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)

Stands and delivers

The 2021 Forester features a wide range of advanced passive safety systems designed to deliver class-leading levels of protection. The Subaru Global Platform is the starting point, utilizing high-strength materials in key places, setting the stage for a strong well-engineered frame and other additional passive safety systems. In the event that an accident proves unavoidable, these advances work together to minimize damage to the vehicle, protect all occupants and ensure greater peace of mind.

2021 Subaru Forester Advanced Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame

Advanced Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame

This proprietary advanced frame design has been reengineered to absorb more impact energy and keep occupants better protected than ever before. The new design incorporates more high-tensile strength steel, which creates stronger joints and a superior structure overall. The frame channels impact energy coming from all directions and diverts it away from the passenger cabin. A front crumple zone provides superior protection in the event of a frontal impact, while ultra-tough bumper beams and a reinforced counterforce support provide greater protection in all types of collisions, including a rollover.

2021 Subaru Forester Airbags


A full complement of supplemental restraints is standard equipment on the Subaru Forester and a key reason why safety ratings for the vehicle are so consistently strong. This comprehensive approach to passive safety includes dual-stage deployment front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags with roll-over sensors for front and rear outboard occupants, and a driver’s knee airbag.

2021 Subaru Forester Whiplash-reducing Front Seats

Injury-reducing Seats and Seatbelt Systems

The front seats of the Forester utilize ultra-strong frames, energy-absorbing mounting and active headrests to reduce the chance of whiplash. Height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and rear outboard seatbelts with pretensioners hold passengers firmly in place, while load limiters ease peak forces to the chest. The locking tongue system is designed to lock the front seat lap belts to better restrain occupants and reduce the chance of injury. The lower anchor bars of the ISO FIX/LATCH system have been repositioned for easier access and to better protect younger passengers riding in compatible child safety seats. Standard on all trim levels are the Rear Seat Reminder and Rear Seatbelt Reminder.

2021 Subaru Forester Break-away Engine

Break-away Engine

In the event of a head-on collision, the SUBARU BOXER® engine and Lineartronic® CVT are designed to absorb impact energy and then break away from the vehicle structure entirely. Once free from the structure, the engine and transmission drop down to the ground to ensure they don’t intrude into the passenger cabin.

Features shown may not be available on all trim levels. Please refer to specifications for availability.