Strong reputation associated with value and durability
All-wheel drive is standard equipment
Very good handling with a comfortable ride
Generous available interior space
Ancient 4-speed auto with too much spacing between gears
Weak fit and finish
The 2011 Subaru Forester crossover may seem unchanged for 2011, but it gets a new engine that has less harmful emissions and better fuel economy. The new 2.5L boxer engine has the same horsepower as the older engine (170 hp), but torque and maximum power is improved at a slightly lower RPM (up to 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm vs. 170 @ 4,400 rpm). Fuel economy is improved from 20 to 21 mpg city and from 26 to 27 mpg highway.
The 2.5X Touring is now the top-of-the-line trim for the Forester and the Limited trim gets placed into second. The 2.5X Touring features above the Limited trim are: HID headlights with automatic height adjustment, backup camera integrated with the audio display system, dual zone automatic climate control, silver finish roof rails, electroluminescent gauges, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Buyers conflicted with purchasing a car-based navigation system versus a portable navigation device (e.g. Garmin) now have the option of purchasing the TomTom navigation that has a removable 4.3 inch touch screen. Bluetooth hands fee calling, USB port, and iPod integration are included in the TomTom portable navigation and audio system.
The 2011 Subaru Forester is a practical crossover with generous visibility, a room interior, and easy access. Overall, the Forester's ride quality is good and handling is on par with other crossovers in its class. Subaru has a loyal following and the Forester is also known for being a great value in addition and consistently receives high ratings according to Consumer Reports.
Verdict: Not fancy or overly stylish, but it is rugged, reliable and versatile for many occasions.
For a car that’s under $30k, has good standard features, has Subaru’s excellent long-term reliability, all things considered, this car is a good deal. The Premium model comes with a navigation system, AM/FM radio, single CD hidden behind the navigation system screen, iPod/USB ports, Bluetooth is standard in all Foresters (except the base 2.5X), cruise control, power locks and doors, heated seats, panoramic moonroof, safety and airbags everywher. Even upping to the more upscale versions are still under $30k. It’s a no brainer – a great value at many trim levels that is a great functional and spacious utility SUV.