Compare The New 2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 GMC Terrain Models

The Subaru Forester and the GMC Terrain routinely top the best-selling lists for their brand when it comes to compact SUVs and there's good reasons for that. Both vehicles offer the space, versatility, and safety that you desire in a family vehicle. We know it's difficult choosing which one best suits your needs, so to help, we've put together this handy side-by-side comparison so you can easily see the similarities and differences between the 2021 Forester and the 2021 Terrain. When you're finished reading, stop by the Byers Airport showroom and browse our Forester inventory in a pressure-free environment.

Subaru Forester utility specs

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 GMC Terrain: Design & Utility

Since these two SUVs are similar in size, it's no wonder they share some other features. Both the Forester and the Terrain come with standard seventeen-inch wheels, and available power liftgates but only the Forester offers a standard power moonroof on all trim levels but the base model. You would have to pay more to get this feature on the Terrain as it's only optionally available on the highest trim levels. The Terrain boasts a ground clearance of 6.9 inches but the Forester delivers an 8.7-inch ground clearance so you have better visibility and more capability on uneven or unpaved surfaces.

When it comes to space, the 2021 Forester is the unmistakable winner. It has more shoulder room and headroom than the 2021 Terrain and it offers a vast 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume versus the 103.2 cubic feet in the GMC. Cargo is no problem in the Forester, with eleven more cubic feet of max storage space than the Terrain. And for extra cargo room, the Forester has standard roof rails on every model but the entry-level while you have to pay extra for them on the Terrain.


Subaru Forester interior

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 GMC Terrain: Comfort & Convenience

Not only does the 2021 Forester offer more space, it delivers more comfort as well. From the available ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat to a standard automatic climate control, the Forester will keep everyone riding in contentment. The Terrain only offers an available eight-way power driver's seat. While they both offer leather-trimmed upholstery on the higher trim levels, only the Forester delivers higher trim standard features such as heated front and rear outboard seats and a heated steering wheel. The Terrain offers heated front seats for more money as an available option but heated rear seats aren't on the table at all.

When it comes to connectivity, both SUVs offer standard infotainment systems that include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability all controlled on an intuitive touchscreen. Both the Forester and the Terrain offer an eight inch display on the higher trim levels, however navigation comes standard on the Forester Touring model but if you want this amenity on the Terrain you have to pay extra.

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Subaru Forester performance specs

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 GMC Terrain: Performance

Regarding performance and capability, once again the 2021 Forester notches another win on it's belt. The 2.5L 4-cylinder BOXER® engine generates an impressive 182 horsepower compared to the 170 horsepower put out by the Terrain's 1.5L turbocharged engine. The Forester also has better gas mileage, offering 33 highway MPG while you only get 30 MPG on the highway in the Terrain. The 2021 Forester comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for better traction on uneven or wet roads. The Terrain offers all-wheel drive as an option but it will cost you an extra $1,600 and it's not available on the entry-level model which means you're spending even more.


Subaru Forester safety specs

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 GMC Terrain: Safety

Both the 2021 Forester and the 2021 GMC Terrain received a five-star crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the Forester was named a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the IIHS did not bestow an award on the Terrain. One of the reasons for the Forester's commendations is the advanced technology of the standard LED Steering Responsive headlights and the available LED fog lights, two features not offered by the GMC Terrain


Subaru Forester driver assist features

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 GMC Terrain: Driver Assist Features

While both the Forester and the Terrain comes with a wide array of standard driver assist features such as Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keep Assist, only the Forester offers standard driver assist technology through the innovative EyeSight® technology. This suite of features includes the Pre-Collision Braking System, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, and much more. DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System is a feature only available on the Forester, an innovation that will alert you if the system detects drowsy or distracted driving is occurring.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 GMC Terrain: Value

Not only does the 2021 Subaru Forester come better equipped than the 2021 GMC Terrain, it has a lower starting MSRP than it's rival. At only $24,795, you get all the amazing standard features on the Forester that would cost you even more to get on the Terrain. Stop by Byers Airport Subaru or contact us to schedule your test drive.

2021 Subaru Forester2021 GMC Terrain
$24,795Starting MSRP*$25,100
182Horsepower170
33 Highway / 26 CityFuel Efficiency (MPG)30 Highway / 25 City
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
1,500 lbs.Towing Capacity (Standard Engine)1,500 lbs.
111.9 cu. ft.Passenger Volume103.2 cu. ft.
31.1 cu. ft.Cargo Capacity29.6 cu. ft.
2021 Top Safety Pick+IIHS Safety AwardsNone
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
9-Speaker Harman Kardon® SystemAudio System Upgrade7-Speaker Bose® System

*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.