2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Subaru Forester - Road Test Specs

2011 Subaru Forester SUV

(2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
Style2.5X Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$27,995
Options on test vehicleCargo Net ($48)
As-tested MSRP$28,768 (incl. $725 destination)


Drive typeAll-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected flat-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,498/152
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)6,400 (rev limiter)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)174 @ 4,100
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeFour-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 2.785; II = 1.545; III = 1.000; IV = 0.694; R=2.272; Final= 4.44


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.5
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelGeolander G95
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP225/55R17 95H M+S
Tire size, rearP225/55R17 95H M+S
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.7-inch ventilated steel discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.3-inch solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.6
0-45 mph (sec.)6.5
0-60 mph (sec.)10.1
0-75 mph (sec.)16.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.4 @ 78.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.1
@ Full throttle (dB)71.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot much sauce to speak of here, and compromised further by a four-speed auto with slow upshifts. Sport mode proved just a tenth quicker. Fastest run was in Manual mode (still shifts for itself at 6,200 rpm) because the upshifts are slightly quicker. Manual shifting via console lever (pull back for downshifts) does not hold gears; does not blip throttle for quick downshifts.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsLongish pedal travel. Brakes don't feel very powerful. Lots (and I mean lots) of dive from the body (even for a utility vehicle), and lots of ABS commotion and screech from the tires.
Handling ratingBelow Average
Handling commentsSkid pad: Surprisingly receptive to changing cornering arc when throttle is quickly released, although understeer was still prevalent in large amounts, requiring much throttle correction. ESC mostly kept out of it, only cutting throttle slightly and adding just a minor amount of brakes. Slalom: Reasonably quick response from steering, though overly light effort. Suspension is soft and spongy (no great surprise). Could not find a huge difference between ESC on and off, as it intervened by adding brakes in both settings.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)66.4
Relative humidity (%)28.6
Wind (mph, direction)8.4 head

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/27 highway/23 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,360
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,344
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.6/44.4
Length (in.)179.5
Width (in.)70.1
Height (in.)66.9
Wheelbase (in.)103.0
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)60.2
Turning circle (ft.)34.4
Legroom, front (in.)43.1
Legroom, rear (in.)38.0
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)30.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)68.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag, rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front3 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear3 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars
IIHS offsetGood

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