The 2011 Subaru Forester is a competitor in the compact SUV class. The Forester comes in six trim lines: 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium, and 2.5X Touring. The XT trim lines offer a more powerful 2.5-liter 224 horsepower turbo-charged four cylinder engine, which gets EPA fuel economy of 19-mpg city and 24-mpg highway.
The Forester 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium, and 2.5XT Touring comes standard with a four-cylinder automatic transmission. The base 2.5X comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, as does the 2.5X Premium. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2.5X is $20,495, the 2.5X Premium MSRP is $23,195, while the 2.5X Limited MSRP is $26,495.
The Forester 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, and 2.5X Touring offers a 2.5-liter, 170 horsepower four-cylinder, boxer style engine. Its fuel economy is rated at 21-mpg city and 27-mpg highway. Standard features in the 2.5X Limited include: air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, leather seats, power seats, CD player, and sunroof. A navigation system is an optional feature.
Subarus are renowned for their safety. They are the only carmaker to have all their models be named Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks. The Forester is no exception and offers ABS brakes, traction control, driver/passenger/side air bags, and electronic stability control as standard features.
The Forester has one several accolades for its current generation, which debuted in 2009. That year it won Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year award. One drawback to the Forester is that it has had basically the same engine for about a decade. Its automatic transmission, which is a four-speed , is outdated as many of its competitors offer five-speed and six-speed automatic transmissions.
The 2011 Subaru Forester is worth considering the compact SUV class. It is assembled in Japan. Competitors include the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV-4.