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8.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE INVOICE
$19,397
BASE MSRP
$20,495
On Styling
The 2011 Subaru Forester is refined and contemporary up close, yet unabashedly boxy and utilitarian in purpose.
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The Forester’s practical, unpretentious countenance personifies Subaru’s ethos
Car and Driver

Nice styling
Automobile Magazine

pleasantly styled and highly functional cabin design
Edmunds



The Forester was fully redesigned for 2009, gaining a slightly larger, slightly more rounded look that replaced its much-loved, more overtly boxy predecessor. In some respects the Forester had become a more contemporary take on the old Volvo 240 wagon formula, maximizing its space with squared-off corners and tall glass. Arguably, the look of the current Forester is more sophisticated—and looks more like a tall boxy wagon than a small-scale SUV. Its front-end appearance, especially now looks like a slightly skewed and scaled version of what Subaru's Legacy and Outback get, while the silhouette even is softer and close to that of the Outback.

Inside, the Forester inherits a swoopier design that borrows elements from both the larger Tribeca and the Impreza small-car family. The dash design is upright, but flows smoothly around to the doors, yet the center stack of controls is quite upright and straightforward. It's a little plain, but it's a good fit for the outdoorsy, understated crowd that falls for the Forester in droves.

Conclusion

The 2011 Subaru Forester is refined and contemporary up close, yet unabashedly boxy and utilitarian in purpose.

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