Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,696 - $13,672
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
170-224
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,696 - $13,672
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
170-224
Seats
5

Ranks #3 Compact SUVs by Owners

Ranks #13 Compact SUVs by Fuel Economy

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.3 Overall Score
Performance 3.0 Comfort 3.4 Styling 3.4 Value 3.2

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2011 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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Great family car with plenty of space for 4!

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

The Subaru Forester has been a great family car for us! My husband and I have 2 children and the 4 of us find it very comfortable for daily use and very long road trips for summer vacations. It has been super reliable for us as well with no major issues. We keep up on the scheduled maintenance and love that Subaru vehicles only need oil changes about once every 4-5 months. This car gets moderate gas mileage for its size and I personally love knowing the high safety rating so I feel more confident driving my family in this. Ascetically I love that the dash is simply designed. All the buttons and controls needed are there, but nothing much more. A very clean and simple design. Also love all the space the hatch provides, enough for tons of groceries, camping gear, kids bikes, lots of mulch bags, etc., it really works well for our busy family life! The back seats can easily fold down to make even more space when needed. My only suggestion would be to make the interior fabric more durable. Considering all the usage and 2 kids our Forester still looks pretty good but there are several spots where muddy soccer cleats were rubbed on the back of the front seats and surprisingly this won't come all the way out. Same thing has happened on the plastic middle console. Seems odd dirt won't clean up thoroughly even with fabric cleaner and car cleaner. Other than that I love this car and it has been good to us.

- Lauren S

I love my Subaru! It's practical, safe and comfortable.

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

I love my 2011 Subaru Forester. When I was looking for a car to buy, there were a few specifications I had in mind. I wanted a car that was going to handle well in snow and ice, which my Forester excels in. New Hampshire can get very icy during the winter months. The AWD definitely comes in handy. I also wanted an SUV that had a lot of space to pack up all of my camping necessities. Luckily, my Forester has tons of trunk space and the back seats fold down with ease to add more space for me things. Then, of course I was looking for comfort. The bucket seats hooked me in right away. I like to sit far back while driving and the amount of space in the back seat allows my passengers plenty of legroom.

- Jessica B

All of Subaru's vehicles, including my model the Forester, has the highest ratings for safety and they are all all wheel drive allowing drivers to travel just about anywhere despite the weather/road conditions without having to mess with switching from 4 wheel drive to 2 wheel drive. All wheel drive makes it a breeze to drive and is more efficient.

2011 Subaru Forester

I love how my vehicle is all wheel drive and allows me to travel on just about any road despite the conditions. I also love how roomy it is as I can fit 3 kids in the back with one in a car seat and another in a booster seat. I also love the fact that my vehicle is one of the safest vehicles made. That is very important. Any complaints I have would be that you need to buy snow tires for newer versions of the Forester to get up gravel roads covered in ice. My dad has a older Forester and he can travel on icy roads without a problem. Subaru changed the engine of the Forester and now it doesn't have as much power as the older ones did. That is my only complaint about my vehicle.

- Elizabeth M

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$20,495 - $21,695
$29,995

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
224 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC MPFI 16
2.5L DOHC MPFI 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.6 in.
43.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
39 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.7 in.
33.7 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.3 in.
36.9 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/65HR16
P225/55HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103 in.
103 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 ft.
34.8 ft.

Length

Length
179.5 in.
179.5 in.

Width

Width
70.1 in.
70.1 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
224 hp

Torque

Torque
174 ft. lbs.
226 ft. lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16.9 gal.
16.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 mpg
22 mpg

City

City
21 mpg
19 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
24 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety