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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5 X SUV

2011 Subaru Forester Review

(4 Stars)  Quality crossover needs a bit more improvement

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
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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2011 Forester 2.5X Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L SUBARU BOXER horizontally opposed four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 21 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 23 MPG combined and 389 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 170 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 174 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

'11 Subaru 2.5 X SUV Reviews

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'11 Subaru 2.5 X SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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