2011 Subaru Forester

2.5X AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility H4 man trans

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2011 Subaru Forester Front Right View Parked
Since the new version launched in 2008, the Forester has been a tremendous sales success for Subaru, easily outselling its slightly awkward-looking predecessor. Aside from its more regular proportions -- the previous version had an over-tall greenhouse atop a wagon-like body -- the biggest change with the redesigned Forester was its significantly more spacious rear seat. Unlike older Foresters, the new version can easily accommodate full-size adults, front and rear.
2011 Subaru Forester Dash
Sensibly sized, and priced
The Forester packs a lot of utility into a reasonably sized footprint, which has enabled it to hold its own in the burgeoning small-crossover field. Not only is there very good space for four people (it's a little narrow for five), but the cargo area is large, practically shaped, and easy to load thanks to the low liftover height. Four-wheel drive is standard on the Forester (as it is on all Subarus), so there's no price-leader, front-wheel-drive version. Even so, prices are very competitive with the class, starting at just over $20,000 and topping out at $30,000.
The Forester's two engines are denoted by the model suffixes: 2.5X and 2.5XT. The former signifies the base engine, which is new for 2011. A DOHC 2.5-liter boxer four, it makes 170 hp. 2.5XT designates the turbocharged version (the functional hood scoop is the visual giveaway); it makes 224 hp from the same 2.5 liters.
Is the turbo the way to go?
The turbo provides peppy performance, but it might not be the way to go here. Yes, it makes a significant 44 hp more than the normally aspirated version of this engine, and acceleration, accompanied by the characteristic Subaru boxer-engine burble, is sprightly. But the extra power comes at a considerably cost in fuel economy. Where the standard engine manages 21/27 mpg ratings (with either an automatic or a manual transmission), the turbo is rated at 19/24 mpg, which is pretty grim for a small SUV, and it requires premium fuel to boot. The turbo's ratings are worse than the Toyota RAV4 V-6 and about on par with the six-cylinder Outback. It must be mentioned, however, that a more powerful optional engine is something that most small SUVs don't even offer.
Part of the Forester's issue with fuel economy is that -- with either engine -- Subaru's automatic transmission is only a four-speed, which drags down highway ratings in particular, and makes for abrupt-feeling downshifts, due to the wide spacing between gears. Other small SUVs have five-speeds or even six-speeds. Subaru offers a five-speed manual with the standard engine, but not with the turbo.
2011 Subaru Forester Cargo
What's included
With either engine, there are various trim levels. I had the 2.5XT Touring, which is the new top-spec version of the turbocharged car, positioned above the Premium. Compared to the lesser turbo model, it adds HID headlamps, body-colored mirrors, windshield de-icer and heated side mirrors, heated front seats, push-button folding rear seats, leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic A/C, and a 7-speaker stereo.
An enormous glass sunroof (standard on all but the very base model) brightens up the interior considerably. The 2.5XT Touring interior is quite nice-looking, with its leather seats and brushed-metal-look accents on the dash, doors, and console, but there's lots of hard plastic here and the headliner and carpet are both really cheap. The controls are simplicity itself, except for the radio controls, which have been folded into the optional navigation system; Subaru's factory nav system is one of the worst -- skip it, and save $1600. The seats are fairly soft, and their lateral support melts away in corners, exaggerating the sensation of body roll. The split-folding rear seat has reclining seatbacks, a fold-down armrest, and a flip out section that houses two cupholders. The excellent driving position gets full marks, and is abetted by a prominent dead pedal, padded door armrests, and a great sightlines. A backup camera is standard on the 2.5XT Touring, but the Forester may be the only crossover on the market that really doesn't need one, because you can actually see out the back of it.
Sibling rivalry
In this crowded field, the Forester faces a lot of competition -- including one rival within its own showroom. The Subaru Outback's redesign saw it morph from an all-wheel-drive station wagon into more of a crossover/SUV-type vehicle, like the Forester. Compared to the Forester, the Outback is larger outside, but doesn't have that much more space inside. Both have a very roomy back seat. Neither offers an optional third-row seat. Both have a generous cargo area; the Outback's is slightly bigger, but the Forester's is already near the top of its class.
2011 Subaru Forester Front Right View Parked
Equipped with its standard four-cylinder, the larger Outback actually gets better gas mileage (22/29 mpg) than the Forester. With its optional six, the Outback's 18/25 mpg is about on a par with the Forester turbo. Both cars drive similarly, with decent (hydraulically assisted) power steering, and both ride well over bad pavement but could use firmer damping.
The Forester 2.5XT Touring is only about $1500 less than the top-of-the-line Outback, which has a six-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic. The less-expensive Forester has the aforementioned monster sunroof, which is an extra-cost option for the Outback, so the price gap between the two is actually a bit wider.
Despite the in-house competition, the Forester remains a compelling choice among compact crossovers because it is sensibly sized, very roomy, easy to drive, and well priced. We only wish Subaru would give it a more efficient transmission to boost its fuel economy.
2011 Subaru Forester
2011 Subaru Forester Dash
Base price (with destination): $30,715
Price as tested: $32,315
Standard Equipment:
2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
4-speed automatic transmission
4-wheel drive
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Vehicle dynamics control
Traction control
Backup camera
Power glass sunroof
Power driver's seat/windows/locks/mirrors
Keyless entry
Leather-trimmed upholstery
Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls
Heated front seats
Reclining rear seats with one-touch 60/40 split folding seatbacks
Silver roof rails
Rear spoiler
HID headlamps
Fog lights
17-inch alloy wheels
6-speaker audio system w/satellite radio
Options on this vehicle:
Navigation system
Key options not on vehicle:
None
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
19 / 21 / 24 mpg
Engine:
2.5L H-4 turbo
Horsepower: 224 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 226 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
Drive:
Four-wheel
Transmission:
4-speed automatic
Curb weight: 3460 lb
Wheels/tires:
17 x 7.0 in wheels
215/55R17 95H Yokohama Geolander tires
Competitors: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan
2011 Subaru Forester
2011 Subaru Forester
The original Forester was essentially a tall, all wheel drive station wagon. It came out in the late 90's to compete in what was then an up and coming segment called compact sport utility vehicles. Since then, Subaru has developed a loyal following for the Forrester. In 2009, the Forester got a complete redesign. This improved it in almost all respects. Larger dimensions in almost every direction were another outcome of the redesign. The Forester is a more car like SUV than some. It rides and handles well on the road, but the tradeoff is less off road prowess.

The current Forester is a 5 passenger compact SUV with two engine choices. The base engine is a 2.5 liter horizontally opposed four cylinder engine, which puts out 170 HP and 170 ft. - lbs. of torque. A turbocharged version of the same engine is also available. This one capable of generating 224 Hp and 226 ft.-lbs. of torque. The lower end models offer a 5 speed manual or a four speed automatic transmission. The higher end models only offer the automatic. All wheel drive is standard on all models.
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The 2011 Subaru Forester lineup will start at $21,220 for a 2.5X model with a five-speed manual transmission and $1200 more for a four-speed automatic.

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2011 Subaru Forester Specifications

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Engine
2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
Horsepower:
170 hp @ 5800rpm
Torque:
174 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
SEAT BELTS:REAR
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2012 FORESTER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 26, 2007, THROUGH MARCH 13, 2012. THE AUTOMATIC LOCKING RETRACTOR in the SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES LOCATED IN THE REAR CENTER SEATING OF THE AFFECTED VEHICLES DO NOT MEET LOCKABILITY REQUIREMENTS AND FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, ¿OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION.¿ SPECIFICALLY, THE ASSEMBLIES MAY NOT PERMIT PROPER INSTALLATION AND SECURE ATTACHMENT OF A CHILD RESTRAINT IN THAT SEATING POSITION.
Consequences
AN INSECURE INSTALLATION OF A CHILD RESTRAINT CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY TO A CHILD DURING A CRASH.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE REAR CENTER SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY WITH A NEWLY MODIFIED AUTOMATIC LOCKING RETRACTOR, FREE OF CHARGE. AN INTERIM LETTER WAS MAILED ON MARCH 26, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
326,014
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback vehicles, certain model year 2006 through 2012 Tribeca vehicles sold before January 2012, and certain model year 2009 through 2012 Forester vehicles sold before January 2012. Up to 78,650 of these vehicles may have been equipped with accessory puddle lights that, when illuminated, brighten the area under the doors of the vehicle. A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s).
Consequences
Over time, migration of the moisture into the circuit board and/or into the connector cavity, may result in a short circuit of the puddle light system. This may generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fused-harness, free of charge. The recall began February 19, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
633,842
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Note that affected vehicles not currently, or formerly registered, in the salt belt states identified above are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
Consequences
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.
Potential Units Affected
461,338
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.
Consequences
Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
Potential Units Affected
200,064
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
2
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
4

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Subaru Forester

Depreciation
24.3%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$8,048
24.3%
Insurance
$6,045
18.3%
Fuel Cost
$10,769
32.5%
Financing
$1,929
5.8%
Maintenance
$3,761
11.4%
Repair Costs
$2,187
6.6%
State Fees
$352
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $33,091 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average