2011 Subaru Forester – Offers Ample Cargo Space

The Subaru Forester was debuted in the late 1990s, as an excellent option for the folks who are looking for compact SUVs. The Subaru Forester is best if you are going for long road journey trips because of the seamless all wheel drive on all vehicles. Forester is amazing in competition with small sport utilities as compared with the other automakers. It is a traditional SUV that offers rugged style and carlike performance characteristics. The car model is known for better handling and suspension when it comes to SUVs. The 2011 Subaru Forester is now available with various options and revised versions that add good performance to the SUV.

For: Strong and turbocharged engines for XT trims, standard all wheel drive, comfortable ride and roomy cabin with amole cargo space.

Against: Unimpressive finish and fit, automatic transmission seed with four which is outdated.

MSRP from $20,495

For 2011, the Subaru Forester is revised with several changes in the engine specifications and the trim levels. The Subaru Forester is perfect example if you are looking for roomy space, attractive looks and comfort for passenger while traveling on long road journey trips. Even the cargo capacity of the Forester is among the largest in SUV segment and also offers smooth and comfortable ride. The Forester is among few small crossovers that offers turbocharged engine in order to hold attention of driving even on high altitudes.

Body Styles and Trim Levels

The 2011 Subaru Forester is small compact crossover SUV that is available with six trim levels such as 2.5XT Touring, 2.5X Touring, 2,5XT Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Premium and 2.5X.

The 2.5X adds 16 inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise controls, automatic headlights, air conditioning, keyless entry, a trip computer, full speaker stereo along with auxiliary audio jack and CD player and a tilt steering column. The 2.5X Premium includes 17 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a panaromic sunroof, eight way power driver seats, adjustable lumbar support, Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod integration, reclining rear seatbacks and USB connectivity.

The 2.5X offers automatic climate control, All weather package adds windshield wiper, heated front seats and heated mirrors, a six speaker stereo along with six CD changer aand leather upholstery. The 2.5XT Premium is same as 2.5X Premium in addition with powerful engine, a roof spoiler and a hood scoop. The 2.5X touring adds same amenities as listed on 2.5X in addition to dual automatic climate control, electroluminescent instrumentation, one touch folding rear seatback and a rearview camera. The 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring combines in order to list down amenities for 2.5X Touring.

All Weather package is kept as optional on 2.5X Premium that offers portable TomTom navigation system. Touring and Limited trims offers traditional dash mounted navigation system including a single CD player, a touchscreen interface, an auxiliary audio or video input jack and USB port options. Besides these they offers variety of exterior trim and satellite radio as the stand alone options.


Every model of Subaru Forester is available with all wheel drive options. The 2.5 X is powered with 2.5L as horizontally opposed with four cylinder engine that delivers 170hp and torque level of 174 lb-ft. The XT trims available in the model are featured with turbocharged variant that delivers 224hp and torque level of 266 lb-ft. it further cranks up to manual transmission of five speed that is kept as standard on 2.5X and 2.5C Premium offering optional automatic four speed. The automatic transmission is available only for 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5X Premium and 2,5XT Touring.

Both automatic and manual transmission speed is offered with 2.5X models and earns 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on highway and 23 mpg for combined. Under performance test, the Subaru Forester accelerated from 0-60mph with an impressive 6.8 seconds.

Safety options

The 2011 Subaru Forester offers standard safety options that includes brake assist with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side curtain airbags and front sear side airbags. The Subaru Forester is not yet rated by the 2011 crash strenuous testing procedures, but for the previous year it achieved perfect five star ratings in side front and side impact categories. Under the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as “Good” ratings for side impact, frontal offset and roof strength crash tests.

Inside the cabin

The interiors of the 2011 Subaru Forester offers pleasant styled cabin with little miss in fit and finish. The controls on the Forester are intuitive with straight forward functions that allows easy to accessibility. The Forester is more spacious as compared with Mitsubishi Outlander, CR-V and RAV4. The optional and reclining seatbacks are comfortable enough so that you can enjoy your long road journey trip with ease. Even the cargo capacity is good offering 33.5 cubic feet and thus offers better space when the seats are been folded.


Overall, the 2011 Subaru Forester is one of the most comfortable SUV crossovers in this segment. The useful tight turning and crisp steering surprises the driver for good efforts in driving on any terrain roads with ease and comfort. Both engines are better and highly competitive that offers good performance and fuel economy, even though the transmission gears might troublesome. Not only the acceleration and fuel economy is improved, but the performance and smooth driving has changed a lot. Even though the Mazda Cx-7 and Hyundai Tucson are better choice as compared with Subaru Forester, the gutsy engine and high performance is pretty well.