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Subaru Announces Pricing On 2011 Forester
The popular Subaru Forester is known for conquering both difficult terrain and difficult-to-please customers, thanks to features like standard all-wheel drive and an approach to occupant protection that earned the Forester “Top Safety Pick” status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And if you thought the 2010 model was impressive, it’s an equally safe bet that you’ll like the 2011 Forester even more.
The new model year brings an all-new version of Subaru’s hallmark “boxer” engine, which leverages horizontally opposed cylinders for compact packaging and a lower center of gravity. The new 2.5-liter mill still provides plenty of pep, but now it also offers up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency. EPA ratings on the new Forester can reach as high as 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway/23 mpg combined, regardless of whether it’s equipped with a standard five-speed manual transmission or Subaru’s optional automatic gearbox.
In addition, all Forester models showcase a new grille design and an updated instrument panel made from more premium materials.
Also notable is something that didn’t offer a significant upgrade for the new model year—the Forester’s MSRP. The highly contented base model (the Forester X) receives a mere $200 bump to its price tag, which now starts at $20,495 with a DIY transmission or $21,695 with an automatic. And the price of a key Forester X option, the hot-selling alloy wheel package that delivers eye-catching 16-inch alloy wheels and roof rails, remains at just $400.
The rest of the Forester lineup includes:
- Forester 2.5X Premium—In addition to amenities like privacy glass, a 10-way power driver’s seat, panoramic power moonroof, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and roof rails, the 2.5X Premium gets new/upgraded equipment including a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, fresh 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with steering-wheel control switches, a USB port, an optional TomTom nav system and a starting price of $23,195 ($24,195 with an automatic transmission).
- Forester 2.5X Limited—Delivering further comfort and convenience touches is the 2.5X Limited, boasting standard leather-trimmed upholstery, stainless exhaust tips, automatic climate control, fog lights, and a premium sound system that includes Bluetooth functionality, iPod connectivity and two additional speakers. This model is only available with an automatic transmission, with the price of admission starting at $26,495. A touch-screen GPS navigation system with backup camera is available for $1,800.
- Forester 2.5X Touring—A new model in the Forester family, the 2.5X Touring showcases high-intensity discharge headlamps, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, silver-finish roof rails, Sirius satellite radio and electroluminescent instrumentation. Again equipped solely with an automatic transmission, pricing on the 2.5X Limited begins at $27,995.
- Forester 2.5 XT— The range-topping 2.5XT, with its powerful intercooled and turbocharged engine, is available in both Premium and Touring configurations as well. The powerplant here leverages Subaru’s active valve control system to deliver 224 hp worth of excitement at an MSRP of $26,995 for the 2.5XT Premium and $29,995 for the 2.5XT Touring. Both include all the features of their non-turbocharged Premium and Touring brethren, along with unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a functional hood scoop and aluminum-alloy pedal covers.
The 2011 Forester will start cutting the competition down to size later this year.
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