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Subaru Forester 2011

The new-generation Subaru Forester enters its third model year with an all-new, more efficient engine for naturally aspirated models, along with a new Touring top trim line and new audio systems and user technology features. The Forester is Subaru’s best-selling vehicle and, like all Subaru models, features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment.




  • New Version of Boxer Engine Increases Efficiency

  • New Top-of-Line Touring Models Added

  • New Audio Systems and Available Rear-Vision Camera

  • New TomTom® Portable Navigation System Available


CHERRY HILL, NJ – The new-generation Subaru Forester enters its third model year with an all-new, more efficient engine for naturally aspirated models, along with a new Touring top trim line and new audio systems and user technology features. The Forester is Subaru’s best-selling vehicle and, like all Subaru models, features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment.

The 2011 Forester line includes naturally aspirated models, designated 2.5X, and 2.5XT models powered by a 224-hp turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine. For 2011, the 2.5X models debut an all-new double-overhead-cam (DOHC) 2.5-liter Boxer engine for increased fuel efficiency. The new 2.5X engine produces 170 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is increased by about five percent over the 2010 model.

A new grille design distinguishes 2011 Forester models. All models except the base 2.5X are equipped with a new tilt and telescoping steering column (tilt on base 2.5X). Revised front brake calipers help improve fuel efficiency by reducing brake drag.Like every Subaru model for 2011, the Forester is named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

New Top Model and Added Amenities

Forester is offered in six models for 2011: naturally aspirated 2.5X in base, Premium, Limited and new Touring trim lines, and turbocharged 2.5XT in Premium and Touring trim lines. The Forester 2.5X is one of the best values in the crossover SUV segment, with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. In contrast, most competitive vehicles that offer all-wheel drive make it an extra-cost option.

The Forester 2.5X Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels and numerous amenities, including a 10-way power driver’s seat, tilt and telescope steering column, panoramic power moonroof, reclining rear seatback, dark tint rear privacy glass, body-color exterior mirrors and chrome exterior door handles. An available All-Weather Package includes heated front seats, heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer.

The 2011 Premium gains a new, more versatile standard audio system and steering wheel Bluetooth® switches, plus a new auto up/down driver’s window with pinch protection. The new audio system (also featured on the turbocharged 2.5XT Premium) features an AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player with MP3 capability, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth hands free calling and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, USB port, SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability and four speakers. All Forester audio systems feature the Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), which can display a song’s title and artist, plus other data.

Reflecting the active lifestyles of Forester owners, the 2.5X Premium offers a new optional TomTom® navigation system. The package features a removable portable touch-screen navigation device with a 4.3-inch LCD display, along with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. In addition, when the TomTom option is ordered, it can be augmented with an accessory rear-vision camera and available Traffic Information (subscription and compatible cell phone required). The audio system packaged with the TomTom Navigation option features a single-disc CD/DVD player, along with all the upgraded features in the 2.5X Premium standard system.

New Luxury for 2011

The Limited trim line for the Forester 2.5X and 2.5XT models continues, including standard automatic transmission, perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), automatic climate control system, fog lights, stainless steel tailpipe tips and other amenities.

For 2011, the Limited models also debut a new display-type audio system that features a 4.3-inch LCD screen and offers an accessory option backup camera. The upgraded audio features a CD player with MP3/WMA capability, six speakers, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability and SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability. The display type audio in Limited and Touring models features HD radio with iTunes tagging.

The new Touring trim for Forester 2.5X and 2.5XT builds on the Limited. Externally, xenon HID headlights (low beams), side mirrors with integrated turn signals, silver-finish roof rails and a rear roof spoiler distinguish the Touring. Inside, in addition to all Premium and Limited equipment, the Touring features dual zone automatic climate control and electroluminescent instrument gauges. In addition, the rear-vision camera is standard on this model. Also on Touring models, a one-touch folding rear seatback enables lowering the rear seatbacks from the cargo area using levers on the right and left side interior quarter trim panels.

The Limited and new Touring models offer an optional Touch-Screen GPS Navigation System with integrated 7-inch LCD screen.

Engineered for All Roads

The award-winning Forester crossover blends positive SUV attributes, including a high seating point, interior versatility and rugged off-pavement capability, with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency. Even with its outstanding roominess and utility, the new-generation Forester retains the trim exterior packaging cited by owners as one of this model’s most essential attributes.

The Forester’s robust body structure uses high-tensile-strength steel at key structural points. Subaru optimized all elements of the Forester’s chassis to deliver an outstanding balance of ride, handling response, quietness and overall traction performance. Heavy-duty raised 4-wheel independent suspension and up to 8.9 inches of ground clearance help to make Forester equally adept at negotiating twisty roads and absorbing ruts and bumps.

A double-wishbone rear suspension, mounted to a sub frame, contributes to the smooth ride and agile handling and also allows more interior cargo room than with strut-type suspension systems. The Forester 2.5X base model features 16-inch steel wheels with 215/65R16 tires; all others ride on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/55R17 tires.

Rich Interior Design

The Forester interior emphasizes comfort and spaciousness. Rear seat legroom measures a generous 38.0 inches. Materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade plastics, impart a feeling of high quality. The sweeping twin cockpit design embraces occupants, and brushed aluminum-look insets flow into the center stack. Each door panel houses a molded recess that can accommodate a 24-oz. soft drink bottle, as well as loose items.

Rear passenger comfort is enhanced by a central armrest in all models. All but the 2.5X base model features a reclining rear seatback function and a retractable rear center tray that can securely hold food and drinks. The standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold to provide a flat cargo floor. With the rear seatbacks raised, the cargo area is large enough to accommodate four Tour-sized golf bags or four large overnight suitcases.

Advanced User Technology

The 2011 Forester offers added user technology, including an available navigation system in Limited and Touring trim lines. The navigation system also includes video jacks that can accommodate portable gaming devices or portable media devices. These can be displayed on the navigation screen when the vehicle is parked.

The 7-inch navigation screen is placed at the top of the dashboard for improved visibility and ease of use. The 2011 Forester models (except base) comes pre-wired for SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. Forester Limited and Touring models equipped with the optional integrated navigation system include Audyssey MultEQ® audio enhancement. Used in high-end home theater systems, Audyssey MultEQ creates the optimal sound experience for passengers in each seat position by tuning equalization that corrects for time and frequency response.

Renowned Subaru Attention to Detail

The headlights-off with ignition switch is a traditional Subaru convenience that can preserve battery life. On Forester models with the 5-speed manual transmission, the Incline Start Assist feature can help prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline. With the automatic transmission, Forester is pre-wired for a remote-starting system. The dual gas-strut hood supports make opening the hood easier and safer than using a prop rod.

New Boxer Engine Improves Performance And Economy

All Forester 2.5X models for 2011 are powered by the all-new 2.5-liter (2,498cc / 152 cu. in.) Boxer engine. Its 170 peak horsepower is same as the previous engine, though at 5,800 RPM vs. 6,000 RPM before. Torque is increased to 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 RPM vs. 170 lb.-ft. at 4,400 RPM before, and the overall torque curve makes the 2011 Forester feel more responsive in everyday driving.

The new engine retains the Subaru horizontally opposed (Boxer) layout, which yields low vibration for driving comfort and durability, as well as aluminum alloy for the new cylinder block and heads. The new engine uses a different bore/stroke dimensions and a double overhead-cam (DOHC) layout, vs. SOHC in the previous 2.5-liter Boxer. The camshafts are chain driven vs. belt-driven before, reducing servicing costs. The new Boxer engine employs Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing vs. the i-Active Valve Lift System in the previous engine. New cylinder head-mounted multi-spray fuel injectors reduce atomized fuel on cylinder head walls, improving efficiency and reducing emissions. A direct ignition system also contributes to efficiency and low emissions.

Forester 2.5X and 2.5X Premium models offer a choice between a standard 5-speed manual transmission and an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic; all other models come with the automatic, which offers a manual shift mode.

The 2011 Forester 2.5XT models are powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine delivering 224 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm and 226 lb.-ft. of peak torque @ 2,800 rpm. The turbo engine is teamed exclusively to an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission that offers manual shifting when desired.

Safety Technology

Like all Subaru models, the Forester is built around the company’s proven Ring Shaped Reinforcement Frame safety structure. All Forester models for 2011 feature standard side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system and Brake Assist safety system are standard on all models. Intelligent dual-stage deployment front air bags use sensors to determine front air bag deployment strength for optimal occupant protection. Active front head restraints can help reduce potential whiplash injury in a rear collision. A rollover sensor is designed to activate the seat belt pre-tensioners and deploy the curtain airbags.

Two Types of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

An All-Wheel Drive pioneer, Subaru is the only brand to equip all its models with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is comprised of the lightweight Boxer engine and the full-time power distribution system, which varies by model and transmission. The aluminum Boxer engine and symmetrical drivetrain layout help to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity, which contributes to handling agility. Subaru began offering four-wheel drive passenger cars over 35 years ago and introduced innovative automatic full-time All-Wheel Drive in 1987. In 1997, Subaru became the first brand in the U.S. to make All-Wheel Drive standard on all its models.

The 2011 Forester models offer two versions of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, both of which power all four wheels all the time and can transfer more power to the wheels with the best grip. Models equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission utilize a viscous-coupling locking center differential that distributes power 50:50, transferring more power to the wheels with the best traction should slippage occur.

In all 2011 Forester models with the automatic transmission, the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive uses an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch to actively manage power distribution based on acceleration, deceleration and available traction. This system automatically transfers more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur. Both versions of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive used in the 2011 Forester integrate the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system to further enhance all-weather stability and traction.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero- landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Subaru Forester 2011

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