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2011 Subaru Forester Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$19,397
BASE MSRP
$20,495
On Quality
A very roomy interior, good for both passengers and cargo make the Forester tremendously useful, though some cabin materials are unimpressive and road noise can be an issue.
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modern interior that affords unobstructed visibility and loads of space
Motor Trend

The Forester is one of the most spacious vehicles in the segment
Edmunds

On paved road, the ride was refined and relatively quiet.
Boston Globe

The back seat is now something of an amphitheater—legroom is vast, and egress will brighten the faces of octogenarians.
Car and Driver

Average interior materials
Automobile Magazine

The boxy shape of the 2011 Subaru Forester, along with ideally placed seating and a low cargo floor, altogether make it much roomier inside than you'd likely anticipate. It's actually good enough for four full-size adults, with the capability to fit three across in back in a pinch. The backseat folds flat, and the Forester has a lower cargo floor than some of the other vehicles in this class, lending a roomier feel and easier loading. Front seats are one of the weaknesses, though; they're just a little flat and unsupportive, and might not be up to snuff for long hauls, especially for taller drivers.

All the while, the Forester feels quite refined. Ride quality is mostly quite soft, yet road noise can be obtrusive on some surfaces, and it's certainly not quiet. Also, the Forester's interior materials and trims—especially the unremarkable dash plastics—are a weakness, with dash and center-console materials, and grained and matte-metallic plastics used as surfaces, feeling a bit hard and hollow.

Conclusion

A very roomy interior, good for both passengers and cargo make the Forester tremendously useful, though some cabin materials are unimpressive and road noise can be an issue.

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