For 2011, all but the base model get an all-new audio system with integrated Bluetooth hands-free functions, plus six speakers, an auxiliary jack, Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod controls, a USB port, and Sirius Satellite Radio compatibility.
The lineup includes base 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium, and 2.5 XT Touring models. For the 2.5X Premium trim, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design has been added, along with that new sound system and Bluetooth. And on the Limited, in addition to those features, HD Radio, six upgraded speakers, a back-up camera, and 4.3-inch display screen have been added.
Top Touring models are again distinguished by their HID headlamps, bright roof rails, dual-zone climate control, one-touch folding rear seatbacks, and electroluminescent instruments. This year, you can get the top Touring trim with either engine.
A new TomTom navigation package—with a portable unit that can detach from the base—is being offered for just $595 when paired with the All Weather Package. A big seven-inch touch-screen nav system also remains available for $1,800.
Included in Premium and Touring models is a panoramic sunroof that really brightens the Forester's interior—without interfering with headroom, as the Forester already has plenty.
The Turbo XT models don't cost that much more compared to standard-engine Foresters, but they're only available in top Premium and Touring trims, and only hooked up to the outdated four-speed automatic.