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Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium – Click above for high-res image gallery

Despite packing an all-new, third-generation boxer engine, Subaru is keeping the price of the 2011 Forester within a stone's throw of last year's model. Starting next year, the middle child of the Subaru family will carry a price tag of $20,495 for the 2.5X – around $200 more than the 2010 high-rider. More importantly, the 2.5X will pack the company's all-new 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine, complete with chain-driven dual overhead cams, 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Curiously, those numbers are nearly identical to what the old mill churned out, and the new powertrain's 21/27 mile per gallon city/highway fuel economy estimates are only one mpg better than the 2010 model equipped with an automatic gearbox. Harumph.

Meanwhile, the company is throwing in an additional trim level. Buyers who opt for the Touring versions of the Forester will be met with niceties like an automatic transmission, HID headlights and dual-zone climate controls, among other goodies. Prices start at $27,995 for the 2.5X Touring, though the package can be fitted to the turbocharged XT for a bit more change.

Speaking of the XT, Subaru says that the forced-induction Forester will continue to get its grunt from the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder as last year, so don't look to see any more power come from that mill. Hit the jump for the press release.

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Subaru of America, Inc. Announces Pricing on 2011 Forester

- Award-winning Subaru Forester price increase held to $200
- 2011 Forester features an all-new 2.5L DOHC Subaru Boxer Engine
- New 2.5X Forester Touring model

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Sept. 24 -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced 2011 pricing for its award-winning Forester model starting at $20,495 equipped with manual transmission, a modest $200 increase from 2010. The automatic transmission version starts at $21,695. The 2011 Forester's all-new 2.5L DOHC SUBARU BOXER® Engine improves on the Forester's already impressive fuel efficiency. All Forester models now come with a new grill design as well as an updated instrument panel with a softer, textured material for enhanced interior appearance.

Forester 2.5X
Standard features for the 2.5X Forester include AM/FM stereo with single disc CD player and 4 speakers with input auxiliary jack, (3) 12 volt power outlets, Brake Assist, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, carpeted floor mats, multi-functional center console box and sliding arm rest, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, rear window wiper and washer and remote keyless entry. The 2.5X also continues to offer the popular Alloy Wheel Value Package. This package adds 16-inch alloy wheels and roof rails for only $400 – the same as the 2010 model year.

Forester 2.5X Premium
The 2011 Forester 2.5X Premium, equipped with manual transmission starts at $23,195, a $400 increase over last year. The automatic transmission version starts at $24,195. Standard equipment includes all 2.5X model features (where applicable) plus a standard 10-way power driver's seat, privacy glass, panoramic power moonroof, roof rails, steering wheel mounted audio switches, reclining rear seatback function and rear seat retractable rear tray as well as the following newly upgraded features:
* Driver's side power window with Auto-Down and Auto-Up with Anti-Pinch Protection
* Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
* New 17" Alloy Wheels
* Standard Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone Connectivity with steering wheel control switches
* Bluetooth Audio Streaming Connectivity
* iPod connectivity
* USB port
* Sirius Satellite Radio capability

In addition to those features, the 2011MY Forester 2.5X Premium also features an all-new TomTom® Navigation option package. Available with the $500 All Weather Package, the TomTom® Navigation option has a special value price of only $595, for a total package price of only $1,095. This TomTom® unit is a removable navigation device with a 4.3" LCD touch screen and includes the following features:
* Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone Connectivity
* iPod connectivity
* Removable Portable Navigation Device
* USB port

A back-up camera is an additional available accessory and traffic information on the camera is available with a subscription.

Forester 2.5X Limited
The 2011MY Forester 2.5X Limited, equipped with automatic transmission, has a starting price of $26,495, a $500 increase. Standard equipment includes all 2.5X Premium model features (where applicable) plus leather-trimmed upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, stainless exhaust tips, automatic climate control system, fog lights, cargo area tray and All-Weather Package along with the following additional improvements to the audio system:
* Bluetooth Audio Streaming Connectivity
* Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone Connectivity
* HD radio
* iPod connectivity
* 4.3" LCD display screen
* 6 upgraded speakers (instead of 4)
* Back-up camera accessory option

The 2.5X Limited continues to offer a Touch-Screen GPS Navigation System for $1,800 which includes a 7" LCD screen, auxiliary input jack and now includes a backup camera.

Forester 2.5X Touring
Also new for the 2011MY is the introduction of the 2.5X Touring model. This model builds on the 2.5X Limited model and comes equipped with automatic transmission starting at $27,995. This model adds several unique features: High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, silver finish roof rails, one-touch folding rear seatbacks, dual-zone automatic climate control, Sirius satellite radio and electroluminescent instrumentation.

Forester 2.5XT Premium
The 2.5XT Premium starts at $26,995, is equipped with automatic transmission and features the impressive 224-horsepower 2.5L DOHC intercooled, turbocharged Boxer Engine. Standard equipment includes a 2.5 liter turbocharged engine with Active Valve Control System, decorative engine cover, stainless exhaust tips, fog lights, rear spoiler, telescopic steering column, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, hood scoop, and aluminum-alloy accelerator and brake pedal covers and now includes a 10-way power driver's seat.

Forester 2.5XT Touring
The 2011MY Forester 2.5XT also adds a Touring model, equipped with automatic transmission and starting at $29,995. This new model includes HID headlights, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, backup camera, silver finish roof rails, one-touch folding rear seatback and electroluminescent instrumentation. In addition to those features, it has an upgraded audio system with a 4.3" LCD display screen, dual-zone automatic climate control and perforated leather-trimmed upholstery. The Touch-Screen GPS Navigation System is also available (with the standard backup camera already included in the vehicle) as an option on all Touring models for only $1,600.
The destination and delivery charge is $725 for all 2011MY Forester models in the contiguous 48 states. The MSRP of PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) models remains $300 more than the federal specification model.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago

      The new Premium-X features of tilt-telescopic-steering-wheel and USB-port are both must-haves.

      But I COULD NOT CARE LESS about some panoramic moonroof waste-of-money.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I never understood the Subaru phenomenon especially here in USA. Most of their success is based on past glory. They don't lead in any technology and in a lot of cases offer old technology at modern prices (I am looking at you 4 speed auto trannys). Their current aesthetics (especially exterior designs) are questionable and to me plain simply awkward looking. Fit and finish is mostly the same at their corresponding price points, and even their AWD system is not the most advanced as companies such as Honda/Nissan/Mitsubishi offer superior technology SHAWD/ATTESA/SAWC. Their reliability is good but not at the top. I just simply don't get the fascination with anything Subaru has released in the past 2-3 years. Nothing revolutionary yet they have record sales numbers during times of recession :S
        • 5 Years Ago
        Subarus are excellent cars, but "outstanding" reliability is a bit of a stretch. That 2.5L engine definitely racks up its share of problems down the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They have NEVER been a gee-whiz hi-tech company... they offer honest-to-goodness cars that are fun to drive at a nominal premium and outstanding reliability. Yeah, they have never been pretty cars, but (at least until recently), they stood out in a crowd. They offer an owner a little bit of exclusivity from the generic Camccord for a nominal price difference.

        Subarus are like your favorite pair of broken-in jeans.

        I'll admit, that seeing that this car gets pretty much the same power as the old one is indeed a little disappointing, but that still doesn't take away from the values that make Subarus such good cars. That's one of the reasons that not only has Subaru been one of the very few car companies to actually GAIN in this downturn, but they also have incredibly high owner loyalty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Newer technology isn't necessarily better. For Acura SH-AWD is a good example of this. It's computer-controlled, and far better than plain 2WD. But it's obviously no match for the much older Audi Quattro or Subaru S-AWD in snow (or Acura would have proved it against Audi & Subie).

        Same with the current raft of "advanced" I-4 and V-6 especially VW's VR6 engines. Yes, they've all got computer balancers and counterweights to minimize or compensate for vibration, but they're still putting fancy, modern lipstick on a pig of an inherently unbalanced engine.

        Ergonomics are industry-leading - simple, intuitive, and effective.

        Reliability is excellent - only Honda & Toyota may be better.

        Value is industry-leading - only Hyundai & Kia are comparable, if not better.

        Subie doesn't spend money on the exterior surface, they spend on all the stuff under the skin, stuff that isn't obvious to see, hard to explain, but grows on you the longer you own the car.

        The people who appreciate this are a small proportion of the population, but they're Subie's market. Subie won't ever be Honda or Chevy. Or even VW. But they'll be around for a very long time..
        • 5 Years Ago
        A 2.5 liter 4 cyl should be producing a lot more HP than 170.

        With the right tuning i'm sure they could get 200-210 out of that engine.

        Seems like Mazda, Toyota, and VW all have the same issues with 167-172 out of it's 2.5 liter. I don't get it.

        Subaru should be investing it's money in more efficiency and power with DI technology etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally uninspiring.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      so - an all-new engine which gets the same mpg and has the same power output and costs the same as the old one?

      nice advancement.

      oh - I'm sorry.
      1 mpg better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that this engine has better power characteristics, lower emissions, and better NVH attributes and probably is cheeper to manufacturer (disregarding the fact that they needed to buy all new tooling).
        • 5 Years Ago
        It probably doesn't have a timing belt.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It probably has better emissions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was thinking the same, what's the whole point of making a new engine? Cheaper to build maybe? Or it will have some impact on the turbo versions? Anyways, I'm sure that the japanese engineerings had something on their mind, besides hentai....
      • 5 Years Ago

      I wonder if they have down-tuned this engine in the Forester, to keep it right at the same level it was.

      Other than being on Autoblog, here, it will probably go entirely un-noticed.

      But, supposedly a new Impreza is coming out, possibly for 2012MY. Possibly separating itself from the WRX and WRX STI which may continue with their existing bodystyle for a year.

      Maybe the new 2.5, with a new gearbox, if there is any hope left in the world... and better fuel economy and more power with a simple re-flash of the ECU, and better gearing, and will showcase the new Impreza, and possibly the FT86 coupe project, if it ever appears.

      they may be keeping Forester low-key to not steal the upcoming "thunder." We all know they've certainly kept the Forester XT far too low-key, already.

      Forester is a weird thing. It looks good, like a little SUV should look. The only vehicle in Subaru's lineup that DOES look like it should look. But then it is completely under-delivered on the technical specs.

      If I were given the money, and forced to spend it on a new Subaru... First, I would search high and low for a new hold-over 2009 Legacy 3.0R Limited, or 2.5GT Spec B. If the "new" qualification were dropped, I would buy a lightly used one of those, and spend the depreciation on another good-condition SVX in addition.

      Other than that, I might consider a new Subaru Forester. (I hate the new appliance Legacys and the WRX and STI are ugly.), or a Tribeca, maybe. But both are SUVs that I have no nead for. I just can't stand any of Subaru's new CARs right now.

      But why should I not be able to get a new 2.5 NA boxer with the 5MT, and the "Touring" and "Limited" packages. It would even be better if I could get it with an H6, even just a 3.0 liter version tuned for regular gas, with the Legacy Spec B's 6MT or 3.0R's 5EAT-Sport-Shift.

      Subaru's product planners took a walk off a map with the 2008 Impreza re-fresh, maybe slightly before that by saddling the Tribeca with it's initial schnozz grille which ruined it's first impression. The 2005 Legacy and Outback was the last truly good product introduction from Subaru. Everything since has been down-hill in some way or another, including handicapping the Forester, which could have been much better equipped.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more. In my family we own two Legacys. I would like to trade in one of them for a new Forrester with the H6 and 5EAT, but you can't. So I sit and wait and wait... and when the Legacy wears out, if it does, I will look to to see if they have a decent car again. Once you go to a true AWD, you never go back. F fuel economy. In my wet climate (OR) It's not worth getting more MPG. I can drive hard every day of the year, in rain, snow or dry and I love it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you seen the changes to the 2011 WRX? I had not been a fan of the past couple model years of the WRX, but the 2011 have some really nice changes. They have the look of the STI, minus the silly spoiler. The sedan is rather nice, but I could not afford to lose the cargo space a hatchback gives.

        The current Forester XT is fun to drive. The downside is the body roll - there is a bunch of it. Once you get a feel for it, it handles very nice. Going from the 2005 Legacy GT to a 2009 Forester XT with a catback exhaust, I felt like I was driving a muscle car from the 60s for the first couple of months - LOL. Mostly because of the big comfortable seats, the SPT exhaust was loud, and there is a lot of travel in the suspension and much more body roll. It is fun in its own way. It handles good, but you need to get a feel for it first, and trust it. The four speed automatic has been a non-issue in the 2 years of having it - it's actually geared fairly aggressively. The exhaust seemed to have waken the FXT up a lot. The stock exhaust was shockingly restrictive, and the FXT is almost completely mute even under full acceleration. The 3" SPT exhaust from the 2008 WRX sedan woke it right up, and gave it a loud boxer rumble.

        I will admit, I am not a fan of the new Legacy. The new Outback 3.6R is nice, but I don't know if I would ever consider it. Just because I'm about to turn 30, doesn't mean I want to drive something that mature just yet. I also do not know if I could ever own a non-turbo Subaru. After 7+ years of driving various turbocharged Subaru models, I am hooked on them. Fast, fun to drive, safe, practical, and amazing in the winter. Can't ask for more.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, Subie--I know you're a good make and all, but the Santa Fe Limited with 276hp V6 at $28,390 is just too good to even consider you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that isn't at ALL what I was expecting to see. This is far from impressive, very disappointing actually. Same HP figures and nearly the same torque?

      If they are still using the 4EAT then I won't even know what to say.

      Not impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      30% less friction and 10% more efficient is a nice upgrade...but if I'm gonna spend my money on a 4 speed auto....the vehicle has to be under 10,000 dollars. Thats how I feel and that's it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, still using that POS 4 speed auto tranny. Seriously that's probably what needed a new version more then anything for the non-turbo Subaru models. Seems typical though for the "new" Subaru, they haven't released anything new/good in a decade. The 2.0 liter turbo wrx was released in 2001. The 2011 we already know hasn't changed besides a few minor things like suspension and widebody. The 2004 STI engine hasn't changed 8 years either. I don't know who is in change of Subaru's R&D, but a ton of people need to be fired!!! This is just sad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those are some disappointing numbers from the new engine. Perhaps it will get better over time. I tested a Forrester about a year ago and I found it to be pretty unexciting with the base engine, and while the turbo adds some great kick, it's a high price for that option. It really needs about 190 or so to feel peppy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still using the same 4-speed auto? Maybe they could get some improvement from that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Undoubtedly, Subie will get big improvements with a new 6EAT. Hopefully, it comes out soon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the first thing that popped in my mind. This car didn't need a new engine, the old one was fine. It's that archaic 4 speed that needs to go. Heck, I'll settle for their new CVTs over the 4.
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