• Oct 26, 2010
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Subaru has released official details on what we will be seeing in the 2011 Forester. The company had previously announced that the new 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine will find its way under the CUV's hood, as will the same turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in the current XT. Speaking of the XT, Subaru will now offer the range-topping Forester in XT Premium and XT Touring guises, with Touring trim replacing Limited as the top of the line. That brings along goodies like self-adjusting HID headlights, dual-zone climate control and a backup camera.

Meanwhile, Subaru has packed in a few more goodies on nearly every trim level. Bluetooth hands-free calling and a one-touch up/down driver's window comes standard on every Forester with the exception of the very base model. In addition, it looks like both the 2.5X Premium and 2.5XT Premium will boast a new audio system complete with six speakers, USB and AUX inputs, as well as iPod and Satellite radio capability. Hit the jump for the full list of changes.



[Source: Subaru]

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Subaru What's New for 2011

Forester®
* All-new engine for Forester 2.5X models (turbocharged 2.5XT retains current engine); new bore/stroke dimensions with slightly longer stroke; displacement slightly larger (2,498 cc vs. 2,457 cc); chain driven double overhead cam vs. belt driven single overhead cam before; 170 horsepower is same as before, at slightly lower rpm; torque is up to 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm (vs. 170 @ 4,400 rpm); fuel economy is improved: 2011 manual and automatic transmissions -- 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway vs. 2010 20/27 for manual and 20/26 for automatic.
* New 2.5X Touring positioned above Limited: features HID headlights (low beam) with automatic height adjustment; display audio system with backup camera; dual zone automatic climate control; silver finish roof rails; electroluminescent gauges, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
* 2.5XT models now include 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring, the latter replacing 2.5XT Limited as top Forester model.
* 2.5XT Premium gets new 10-way power driver's seat.
* Bluetooth® standard on all but base model.
* Backup camera standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring as part of new audio system.
* New standard audio system for 2.5X Premium and 2.5XT Premium: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth® hands free calling and audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability.
* New optional TomTom Navigation System for 2.5X Premium includes removable 4.3-inch touch-screen portable navigation device; AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability and USB port. Also, a backup camera is available as an accessory with this system.
* New audio system with rear camera for 2.5X Limited and Touring and 2.5XT Touring models: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 4.3-inch display screen, Radio Broadcast Data System; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling and audio streaming; iPod control capability; USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability. (The backup camera is standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring and available as an accessory for 2.5X Limited.)
* Driver's auto up/down window with pinch protection (except base model).
* New 17-inch alloy wheel design for 2.5X Premium.
* New body-color roof spoiler on 2.5XT models


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the XT still saddled with the 4-Speed tranny? Because that's a big deal-killer. Surely fuel economy could be further improved with a few more cogs, or at least with their CVT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A 2005 Legacy GT Limited 5-speed, and a 1992 SVX LS-L
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, it is the transmission(s).
        It needs an 8 speed automatic to go with the base engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of the four-cylinder, non-turbo models, the only current Subaru with "abysmal" mpg for the segment is the Impreza.

        The Forester is pretty much on par with other compact SUVs/crossovers. There are a few FWDs that get low 30s on the highway, but the bulk of the segment is within just a few mpg of the Forester. Forester: 21/27, RAV4 FWD: 22/28, CR-V FWD: 21/28, Rogue FWD: 22/28,

        The Legacy is competitive at 23/31, plus or minus a few mpg from FWD midsizes, thanks to the CVT. The only AWD in the same range is the Kizashi, which pretty much matches the Legacy at 23/30. Fusion FWD: 23/33, Accord: 23/34, Camry: 22/32.

        The Outback comes in between the Forester and Legacy's mpg, at 22/29, sharing the same CVT as the Legacy. Good for the compact SUV segment. For wagons, the non-diesel Jetta does just 2mpg better.

        The Impreza may be one of the few AWD options in the small car segment, and has more power than likes of the Civic and Corolla, but its mpg (20/26) is beaten handily by most other compacts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the 4spd is pretty bad with fuel economy. how is it that the outback, a big lumbering hulk of a thing can get better fuel economy than the impreza which is so much smaller with the same engine and awd system? the tranny =p
        • 4 Years Ago
        Boxer what Subies do you have?
        • 4 Years Ago
        AWD is what makes Subaru a brand worth buying. They aren't otherwise the most attractive, the best equipped per dollar on amenities, the most fuel-sipping, the most pavement-ripping performance, or any other head-and-shoulders qualification.

        AWD is their core competency.

        You can get front or rear drive elsewhere. Aside from dropping a bunch more money on an Audi, you can't otherwise get REAL, 3-differential, symmetrical AWD.

        Just because 2WD can eek it's way through a winter season, or in downpouring rain... doesn't mean that AWD isn't BETTER AT IT.

        After last winter's weekly blizzards, and this winter's estimates of the same or worse... I am glad I have TWO Subarus. I just wish I could look at a new one without being disappointed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      --

      No mention in the press release of a standard telescopic-steering-wheel.

      Hello?!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with GRUV, the AWD system contributes largely to Subaru's fuel economy.

      Take for an example, the 2003 Impreza WRX. I will use this as an example since this is what I used to own.

      2003 WRX A/T: 17/24 and 20mpg combined
      2003 WRX M/T: 18/25 and 20mpg combined
      2003 Impreza M/T: 18/25 and 20mpg combined

      (source: http://www.fueleconomy.gov)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks a lot bigger in pictures than it is in real life. In person it's smaller than the RAV4 and Santa Fe. Personally, I liked the 2nd gen. STi version the best, but if Subaru ever ditches the archaic 4-speed, this would be the perfect daily all-round for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And they still put a 4 speed auto in? I will never understand this. At least they give it a better stereo and some other upgrades like the hid's. I think its definitely a sharp looking "CUV". The new trims are a little confusing. Touring replacing Limited? Doesn't make sense to me.... At least they are keeping the XT.


      http://www.mainelysubarus.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they've bulked up the body work Only, the interior looks the same.
      Because, in the USA, Big and Ugly Sells.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Subaru,

      Call me back when you release the Forester with the turbo engine and a manual transmission... something different than everyone is doing. You know, something not mediocre.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Subaru,
      I am never going to buy this anyway but will still bitch publicly in comment sections about how many things you forgot to add to this car, even while you enjoy great sales setting records in September. Sales were so good, you even jacked the price after all! Wait, that's another reason I won't buy it. Meet all the demands above or suddenly all Subaru sales will drop right off. The 6 potential customers above will put you out of business.

      http://www.subaru.com/company/news/index.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, to be fair I'm sure some of the people whining actually are shopping for a new vehicle and just find the crummy old 4-speed a real disappointment.
        Hopefully they drop a new transmission next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to de-uglify their cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Owning a 09 Touring 5MT has been incredibly unspectacular. True definition of versatile, it does everything I need it to without excelling at any one thing. The low center of gravity (despite being a jacked up wagon) gives it sportyish handling but its certainly no Miata. Good cargo capacity and a modest towing capacity gives it genuine truck-like utility, but it’s no F150. Permanent awd sucks gas, but is a nice to have come Ontario’s winters (and having all 4 wheels engaged for engine braking doesn’t happen with a VTM4 system). Unspectacular is exactly what I need for my daily driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel that way about the Outback....it's even bigger than this!
      • 4 Years Ago
      why is the TomTom thing an option, I wish that company would just admit it should become a free software provider.
      decent looking wagon, a little to far into the suv world for me though, I wish it would just stay a high wagon - I realize it is mostly just the pics though.
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