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8.0
/ 10
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BASE INVOICE
$19,397
BASE MSRP
$20,495
On Features
The 2011 Subaru Forester offers an excellent feature set, and is an even better value this year with new audio systems and standard Bluetooth on most trims.
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Controls are mostly straightforward and easy to access.
Edmunds

USB and iPod connections were in the center console and using the Bluetooth connection was a snap.
Boston Globe

you won’t feel as though you couldn’t afford the uplevel 2.5X Premium package, which adds such features as 17-inch tires and alloy wheels, a "panoramic" power sunroof, roof rails, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Car and Driver

huge and delightful “panoramic” sunroof
New York Times


Considering its rather low price—starting at less than $23k including destination—the base 2.5X comes with a pretty good feature set, including standard cruise control, full power accessories, air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, a tilt steering column, and a trip computer.

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.

Conclusion

The 2011 Subaru Forester offers an excellent feature set, and is an even better value this year with new audio systems and standard Bluetooth on most trims.

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