The Forester features a fairly wide track and long wheelbase, double wishbone rear suspension, good ground clearance, a tight steering radius with quick steering, and rear doors that swing open nearly 75 degrees. Named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Forester achieved a five-star rating in all government crash tests, and a four-star rating for resistance to rolling over.
Introduced as an all-new model for 2009, this is the third generation of the Forester, the best-selling model in the Subaru line. Sales have been outstanding, with Subaru setting an all-time annual sales record in 2010 by a healthy margin, the closely leading the Forester.
The 2011 Subaru Forester X comes standard with a new, chain-driven double overhead-cam engine, this after many years with its 2.5-liter belt-driven single-overhead-cam engine. It's the same 2.5 liters and 170 horsepower, but torque is raised 4 foot-pounds and dropped 300 rpm; and it gets one more mpg, to an EPA-estimated 21/27 mpg City/Highway. During a week of all-around driving in a Forester 2.5X, we averaged 20.7 mpg. For the PZEV models sold in 13 states, the government's Global Warming Score rises from 6 to 7, while the government's Smog Score remains the same at 9.
The JB car pages provide engine and transmission specs, as well as gas mileage and dimensions for all 2011 Subaru Forester versions. In addition, please find information on the various trims of the 2011 Subaru Forester and their standard equipment and their prices below.
The 2011 Subaru Forester SUV is powered by a base 2.5-liter Flat-4 with 170 at 6,000 hp. Also available is a 2.5-liter Flat-4 turbocharged with 224 at 5,200 hp.
Standard safety equipment on the 2011 Subaru Forester SUV includes airbags in front with occupancy sensor on passenger side, front adjustable anti-whiplash head restraints, side-impact airbags in front, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners, 3-point rear seat belts in all positions, anti-lock brakes (abs), brake assist, child safety rear door locks, electronic stability control, rear head restraints, side-curtain airbags in front and rear, side-impact bars and traction control.
2011 Subaru Forester SUV Specs & Features
The 2011 Subaru Forester SUV is available in 6 trim levels: