Finally, Subaru unveiled today the 2011 Forester and as expected, the car comes with plenty of features ready to boost the sales of the Japanese manufacturer.
So, what’s new for the 2011 model year Forester? First of all we have an all-new engine for the Forester 2.5X models (turbocharged 2.5XT retains current engine) with a larger displacement (2,498 cc vs. 2,457 cc).
The new engine delivers 170 horsepower, which is the same as before, but at slightly lower rpm, while the torque is up to 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm. The result is an improved fuel economy 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway vs. 2010 20/27 for manual and 20/26 for automatic.
Furthermore, the 2011 model year Forester 2.5X Touring positioned above Limited features HID headlights (low beam) with automatic height adjustment, a new display audio system with backup camera, dual zone automatic climate control, new silver finish roof rails, electroluminescent gauges and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The new 2.5XT models now include 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring, while the latter replaces 2.5XT Limited as top-of-the-line model.
The 2.5XT Premium gets new 10-way power driver's seat, Bluetooth is now standard on all but base model, while backup camera comes standard on 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring as part of new audio system.
2.5X Premium and 2.5XT Premium receive a new standard audio system with AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, iPod control capability, USB port and Sirius Satellite Radio capability.
The 2.5X Premium offers an optional TomTom Navigation System with a removable 4.3-inch touch-screen portable navigation device. The 2.5X Limited and Touring and 2.5XT Touring models are now offered with a new audio system with rear camera.