The Subaru Forester is a compact SUV with stable and secure handling, unsurpassed all-wheel drive. There's excellent room and convenience inside, so passengers, families and cargo are all happy. Forester XT models use a turbocharged engine with potent power, while the Forester X models use a 2.5-liter DOHC engine that debuted for 2011.
Sam Moses filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from Washington's Columbia River Gorge.
two-stage frontal airbags, side-impact airbags in front, airbag curtains; active front head restraints; LATCH child safety seat system; tire pressure monitor; Vehicle Dynamics Control with four-wheel traction control and electronic limited slip differential; all-wheel drive; ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium ($23,295)
cloth upholstery, air conditioning with rear vents and an air filtration system, 60/40 reclining rear seat, cruise control, rear window wiper, trailer wiring connector, 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, 10-way power driver's seat, roof rails, power moonroof, steering wheel audio switches, AM/FM 6-speaker sound system with single-disc CD player, auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod, USB port and satellite radio capability
independent, MacPherson struts, L-shaped lower arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
independent, double wishbone
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 06, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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