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With perhaps the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, the Forester remains a top choice. It handles well in everyday driving and the cabin is spacious, with plain but straightforward controls and a great view out. A new 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine arrived for 2011 but did little for acceleration or fuel economy, which remain OK but unspectacular. The optional turbocharged version is a lot punchier and shaves off about 2 mpg. The four-speed automatic transmission is dated by today's standards. We found the front seats in the base model lack lumbar support. IIHS crash tests are impressive and reliability with the standard engine has been outstanding.

See Reliability page for the latest 2011 Subaru Forester recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2009.

Road Test

This iteration of the Forester remained one of the best small SUVs out there. With perhaps the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, it also handles well. The cabin is spacious, well designed and offers great outward visibility. A new non-turbo eng...

Highs

  • Ride, handling, driving position, visibility, controls, access, rear seat, fuel economy.

Lows

  • Noise, unrefined transmission.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (224 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)