Her and His Reviews

July 2011

2011 Subaru Forrester

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

MSRP:$26,384 MSRP:$26,384
A top contender among many, The Forester is powered by a 2.5 liter, new 170 horsepower four cylinder, and horizontally opposed "boxer" engine. The Forester is powered by a 2.5 liter, 170 horsepower four cylinder, horizontally opposed "boxer" engine.
Fuel Economy
21 city and 27 highway miles per gallon The Forester provided 21/27 miles per gallon, and the estimated annual fuel cost based on $3.00 a gallon gas and 15,000 miles of driving was $1,957.
The Car
This brand has a very high loyolty among its fan base with most vehicles on the road for over 10 years. Not the most stylish of vehicles, but rather, reliable, performance based, and value added machines. Simply, count-on-able. It all starts with the smaller of the SUV's, the Forester, which continues to be a best buy. I love the Forester. It has an airy, spacious interior that's drenched with sunlight from the huge moonroof, a solid, capable feel to it, and it's still the fcar to beat for off road activity. And it's got charisma, a huge fan base and events calendar for social types. Still a buy--but better get a new one underway fast in this competitive environment.
AWD, Vehicle Dynamics Control, ABS. Electronic brake force distribution, Rigid Shape Reinforcement Frame Design, Advanced front air bag system, Front Seat Side Airbag System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Anti-theft Alarm. Symmetrical all wheel drive, vehicle dynamics control, advanced front air bag system, safety pedal system, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, rigid shape reinforcement frame design, etc.
Navigation system, panoramic powered moon roof, Remote keyless entry, heated seats 3 12V outlets in car, Bluetooth for Hands Free carrying, 10 way power seating on driver's side and heated exterior mirrors. Tom-Tom navigatioin system, 2.5 liter horizontally opposed engine, multi function center console box, panoramic power moonroof , etc.
Aesthetics & Styling
The Forester is a great buy and like much of the Subaru line up ?? while updated ?? the design language lacks real teeth and girth. Too vanilla, and easily can get lost in the mass of others in this category. The interior dash is laid out well and good organization from front to trunk. The Forester is a handsome, well-done small SUV, and although the design is only a few years old, it's already being passed up by the dynamite looking Chevy Equinox, the dramatic looking Ford Escape replacement coming next year, and the really dynamite looking Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. The message: Subaru--better get a freshening or replacement out, or the Forester will soon be lost.
3 years/36,000 mile limited warranty
5 years/60,000 mile limited powertrain warranty
3 years/36,000 24/7 Roadside Assistance
Three years/36,000 mile limited warranty doesn't cut it these days. Needs lengthening. Five year, 60,000 mile limited powertrain warranty is a bit better.