2011 Subaru Forester
Since the not-quite-SUV, not-quite-wagon Subaru Forester debuted in 1998, it's grown into an award winning compact crossover, and brought throngs of people along for the ride. Now for 2011, it gets a few updates to try and keep the competition at bay.
Most notable is a slightly larger 2.5-liter flat-4 for 2.5X trim. Now with chain driven overhead cams, horsepower remains the same at 170, but torque is up to 174. Fuel economy is up as well to 21 City and 27 Highway. Though surprisingly, the automatic is still an antiquated 4-speed. Our 2.5X Premium also wears new 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside you'll find several new audio options, including one with a removable TomTom GPS system. And Bluetooth is now standard on all but the base model. The Forester has always been one of the best handling small crossovers, so fortunately nothing has changed there. And as in all Subarus, all-wheel-drive is standard.
On sale now, the 2011 Subaru Forester begins at $21,000.
Engine: 2.5-liter flat-4 for 2.5X trim
Price: Begins at $21,000