Great design. Spacious cabin. Terrific handling and visibility. Good gas mileage, average 23 mpg around town. Seats ok
for daily driving but need more support when driving long distances. Ground clearance and 4 wheel drive provide added safety in heavy down pours. Haven't driven in snow.
Subaru engineers did a great job designing a practical vehicle at a reasonable price.
Seats need to provide more support.
Blind spot monitoring system for added safety.
Interior materials & colors.
6 speed tranny.
Generally OK, but bad fuel economy (average 19
MPG, mostly high way miles), manual claim 91 octane GAS, but Subaru website says 87 octane.
All the instruments will be in red color during night while driving.
Can not open trunk without remote.
Inspection need to be handled specifically.
make day night running light automatically, if 19 MPG, don't claim 23 MPG.
We love our Forester, for the most part.
It is the perfect size.
I don't have to sink down to get in and better yet, don't have to yank myself high up to climb into it. Driving it is fun, very responsive and great turning radius. Visibility is excellent and parking is easy.
However, we have 2 strong complaints and a minor one. First, the radio is terrible!
The fm sounds like hollow am radio.
Next, the passenger seat is highly uncomfortable, non adjustable, and sunk down so low it's hard to see over the dash.
The minor complaint is storage. Glove box is tiny, cup holders are square and bottles routinely fall over. In-door cupholders are also flawed.
Fun to drive!
Easy to see out the back.
I have bought many new cars in the last 28 years or so (non of them high end cars) and have never heard such a lousy audio system.
It is hollow and tinny sounding.
Raising the base improves it a bit, but not enough to really hear the music right. Such a nice little suv should certainly have a decent sound system, the 11 forester does not.
The other major complaint is the terrible position and lack of adjustments for the passenger seat.
We both love the driver seat, set it nice and high and find it pretty supportive. The passenger seat is so low it feels like you are sitting in a hole and your knees are way up in the air if feet are flat on the floor.
Shame on Subaru for these flaws.
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Awesome Car! Bought my wife a 2011 Forester Premium in July. Our first Subie. I loved it so much I went and bought a 2011 Forester for myself. Got the 2.5 X(base) 5 speed. I was a GM owner for a number of years. I am sold on Subaru! Solid reliable cars. I have no complaints!
All of the standard safety features,AWD,,tight steering,handling,ground clearance,roomy interior.
I've ridden in the Ford Escape - no. Test drove the Nissan Rogue - awful interior.
Test drove the Honda CRV - pretty nice.
Test drove a Subaru Forester - bingo!
As soon as we got in, we were immediately impressed with the solid feel of this vehicle. Roominess was amazing, especially for my 6'1" husband is a big guy
and has huge shoulders.
He is completely happy with the spaciousness, leg room (which is 2" more than the CRV), and head room.
It drives smoothly, corners well and has tight steering and turning radius.
Had a Honda Civic, so kind of used to a quality drive, and the Forester doesn't disappoint.
Also liked the Honda Civic, but we were attracted to the AWD in the Forester.
Interior, drive is smooth, AWD, Yokohama Geolander tires. Size: not too big and not too small. Solid feel.
Super service from dealership.
Radio sound needs improving - even my Honda Civic sounded better.
The radio knobs are really tiny and when using volume, sometimes accidentally turns off radio.
Moon roof is actually too large for my taste and a tad windy inside when using it as compared to our 2010 Honda Civic.