2011 Subaru Forester

MSRP $20,495 - $27,995

Ranked #4 in Suv

8.1

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2011 Subaru Forester Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Subaru Forester is a formidable name in the crossover SUV segment. The Forester is a well-sorted SUV with good interior space and cargo capacity. Like many Subarus, the 2011 Forester also comes with an AWD configuration as standard. Despite being an SUV, the Forester offers good maneuverability, efficiency, and reliability in its segment 

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Pros

AWD as standard 

Peppy turbocharged engine 

Spacious cargo 

Cons

Unenthusiastic

The wide gear ratio in Automatic transmission

Flat front seats

What's New?

Addition of 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring trims.

Optional Navigation system 

Retuned 2.5-Liter engine 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20495

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

top speed

114 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

dimensions

wheelbase

103 in.

length

179.5 in.

width

70.1 in.

height

65.9 in.

curb weight

3250 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

107.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2400 lbs.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/27 mpg

highway range

456.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$20,495 onwards

Premium$23,195 onwards

Touring$27,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Subaru Forester in Dark Gray Metallic color
Dark Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The 2011 Forester is available in four trims namely the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The Premium and Touring trims are also available with a turbocharged engine and are designated as ‘XT’ trims. The price starts at $20,495 and goes up to $27,995 for the Touring trim. It faces competition from the likes of Honda CR-V, Kia Sorento, and Chevrolet Equinox


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2011 Subaru Forester Features

The 2011 Forester is available in four trims namely the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The 2.5X trims come with a naturally aspirated engine while the 2.5XT trims come with a turbocharged engine with the same cubic capacity as that of the naturally aspirated engine. The interior of the Forester is not very exciting but is functional in nature. As you climb up the trim ladder, more features are added for your convenience.

Trims

Base 

Premium 

Limited 

Touring 

MSRP(2.5X)

$20,495

$23,920

$27,220

$28,720

MSRP(2.5XT)

N/A

$27,720

N/A

$30,720

Key Features 

2.5L boxer engine

Adds to upgrades to the base trim

Adds to upgrades to the Premium trim

Adds to upgrades to the Limited trim

 

Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive 

Panoramic moonroof

4-speed automatic transmission 

7-speaker single-CD audio system

 

5-speed manual transmission or optional automatic 

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Fog lights

Rear-Vision Camera

 

16-inch steel wheels with covers 

Raised roof rails: black finish

Leather-trimmed upholstery

HID low-beam headlights

 

Cloth upholstery

10-way power seats for driver 

6-speaker single-CD audio system with 4.3-inch LCD display

Side mirrors with integrated turn signals

 

4-speaker single-CD audio system with Bluetooth

Reclining rear seatbacks

Automatic climate control system

Raised roof rails: silver finish

 

6-way manually adjustable driver and passengers’ seat

Retractable rear tray with dual cup holders

All-weather package

Electroluminescent gauges

 Which trim should you buy? 

The 2.5XT trim is definitely a better buy as compared to the other trims. It is powered by a peppy turbocharged engine and comes with many creature comforts as well. At its price point, it definitely becomes a worth buying option.

2011 Subaru Forester Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2011 Forester is available in two engine options. A 2.5L naturally aspirated engine and a 2.5L turbocharged engine. The 2.5X trims get a naturally aspirated engine and it produces about 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5X Limited and 2.5X Premium are available with automatic transmission only. The 2.5L turbocharged engine produces about 227 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque. It is available in XT trims only and mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is too widespread in each gear for our liking.

Models(2011)

Subaru Forester 

Honda CR-V

Kia Sorento 

Chevrolet Equinox 

MSRP

$20,495

$21,895

$22,395

$22,995

Engine 

2.5 liter Flat 4

2.4-liter Inline-4

2.4-liter Inline-4

2.4-liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

All-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel driver

Transmission

5-speed Manual

5-speed Automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

Power

170 hp @ 5800 rpm

180 hp @ 6800 rpm

175 hp @ 6000 rpm

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

Torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

161 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

169 lb.-ft. @ 3750 rpm

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

0-60mph (sec)

9.2

8.7

9.3

8.5

Quarter-mile (sec)

17

16.6

17.0

16.4

Top Speed 

126

128

148

129

All the SUVs in the competition come with similarly sized engines and offer similar power outputs as well. The Forester with its base engine is slightly slower than its competition. It does a 0-60 mph sprint in about 9.2 seconds and a quarter-mile drag is done in about 17 seconds. The Chevrolet Equinox accelerates faster and comes with higher firepower. The CR-V also accelerates better than the Sorento and Forester. The Sorento is just 0.1 seconds slower than the Forester .

2011 Subaru Forester Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2011 Forester comes with a standard AWD configuration and despite that, it offers decent fuel economy. It offers 21 mpg, 27 mpg, and 23 mpg, in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 16.9 gallons, you can expect a range of 355 miles, 456 miles, and 389 miles, in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively.

Models(2011)

Subaru Forester 

Honda CR-V

Kia Sorento 

Chevrolet Equinox 

MPG (city)

21

21

20

22

MPG (Highway)

27

28

27

32

MPG (Combined)

23

24

22

26

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

16.9 gal.

15.3 gal.

18.0 gal.

18.8 gal

Range (city/highway/combined)

355/456/388

321/428/367

360/486/396

414/602/488

The Equinox is the most fuel-efficient SUV here and it also comes with a larger 18.8-gallon fuel tank which helps it to cover about 488 miles in mixed conditions on a full tank of gas. The Kia Sorento also gets a good-sized fuel tank but owing to a lower fuel economy, it can travel about 396 miles only in combined driving conditions. The Honda CR-V gets a smaller fuel tank and offers 24 mpg only. So, it loses out in the range battle.

2011 Subaru Forester Interior

9.0/10

The 2011 Forester gets a pretty straightforward interior design. The quality of materials used is good but the soft touch feeling is missing. The Forester can accommodate up to five passengers across two rows. The front seats are good but lack some cushioning and are totally flat. The lower trims get cloth upholstery and the seats are pretty comfortable in the second row. The features like a panoramic sunroof improve the airiness in the cabin. 

Other features like leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, reclining rear seats, and heated front seats are available after the 2.5X base trim. The driving position is commanding and gives you a clear view of the road ahead. The instrument console is in direct view of the driver and the controls are placed in an ergonomic fashion. All the windows are wide enough and provide a good view of the outside to all the passengers. 

Models(2011)

Subaru Forester 

Honda CR-V

Kia Sorento 

Chevrolet Equinox 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Legroom)

41.6/56.1/43.1

40.9/56.9/41.3

39.2/59.3/41.3

40.9/55.8/41.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Legroom)

40.4/55.6/38

38.6/56/38.5

39.2/58.7/37.6

39.2/55.3/39.9

Cargo Capacity

33.5 cu-ft.

35.7 cu-ft.

37 cu-ft.

31.4 cu-ft.

The Forester offers adequate cargo capacity for most of your needs. If you need more there is an option to fold down the 60/40 rear seats and extend the cargo capacity. The Sorento offers better cargo capacity in its two-row avatar. The legroom is good across the second row in the Forester but can’t beat the Equinox in the leg space department. The CR-V also fares well in practicality and offers good interior space for the passengers. Some of the standout interior features of the 2011 Forester are:

  • Heated front seats (Limited and Touring)
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Aluminum-alloy pedal covers (XT trims)
  • Automatic climate control system (Limited)
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks
  • Reclining rear seats (Premium and above)

How intuitive is the 2013 Forester’s infotainment system?

The 2011 Forester gets easy to use infotainment system. The features like a 4-speaker audio system with a CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, and SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio capability are standard from the base trim itself. The Premium trim gets added features like Bluetooth connectivity and iPod control. 

As you climb up the trim ladder you get access to a 6-speaker audio system with HD Radio and the 2.5XT Touring trim gets you a 7-speaker audio system with HD radio and other standard features for your convenience. You can also opt for an available Navigation package that includes a 7-inch high-resolution touch-screen GPS navigation system. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2011 Forester are:

  • 4-speaker audio system 
  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • 6-speaker audio system (Limited and Touring)
  • SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio capability
  • iPod control.
  • 7-speaker audio system with HD radio (2.5XT Touring)

2011 Subaru Forester Exterior

9.0/10

The 2011 Subaru is a purpose-built SUV and skips on some fancy external styling. The front fascia imbibes two curvy headlamps and a small chrome grille with the Subaru logo in it. The front bumper gets fog lamps on each side and lends an attractive look in addition to offering better visibility in adverse weather. 

The side profile is devoid of any visual drama and elements like sharp character lines and aggressive creases or cuts are missing. The roof rails come in different color options depending upon the trim and make the Forester look rugged from any angle. The rear profile gets a vertical liftgate and two tail lamps that wrap around the quarter panel

Models(2011)

Subaru Forester 

Honda CR-V

Kia Sorento 

Chevrolet Equinox 

Curb weight (lbs)

3250 lbs.

3386 lbs.

3765 lbs.

3786 lbs.

Length (in.)

180 in.

179 in.

184 in.

188 in.

Width (in.)

70 in.

72 in.

74 in.

73 in.

Height (in.)

66 in.

66 in.

67 in.

66 in

Ground Clearance (in)

9

7

7.5

7.8

Wheelbase (in.)

103 in.

103 in.

106.3 in.

112.5 in

The Forester is the lightest SUV of the lot, despite being an AWD vehicle. The ground clearance on the Forester is about 9-inches which helps it with some off-roading. The Honda CR-V comes with lower clearance and is meant to be driven mainly on paved roads only. The shorter wheelbase of the Forester helps with better handling and a more car-like driving experience. The Equinox sits on the longest wheelbase and this offers better leg space across the second row. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2011 Forester are:

  • HID low-beam headlights
  • Body-color side mirrors
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Raised roof rails
  • All-weather package: Heated side mirrors and wiper de-icer (Limited and Touring)

2011 Subaru Forester Safety

6.0/10

Like other Subarus, the Forester is a well-built and sturdy vehicle. The frame design of the Forester incorporates a ring-shaped reinforcement frame which is designed to be exceptionally strong for maximum resistance to impact energy. The NHTSA has given it a 4-star safety rating in rollover tests and the IIHS has rated it as “Good” in various tests conducted by it. The Forester also gets many safety features as standard in comparison to its competitors and features like front airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, etc ensure your peace of mind. Some of the standout safety features of the 2011 Forester are:

  • Vehicle dynamics control 
  • Brake assist 
  • LATCH system 
  • Back up camera
  • Rollover sensor
  • Active front-seat head restraints

2011 Subaru Forester Final Verdict

As mentioned earlier, the Subaru Forester is available with two different engine options to cater to different types of buyers. It gets an AWD configuration as standard and a higher ground clearance makes it off-road ready. For better performance, you can opt for the XT trims. If you don’t mind simplistic styling which is functional as well and bland interiors that are made to last for decades, you can go ahead with the 2011 Subaru Forester.