2011 Subaru Forester with new 2.5-liter boxer and prices

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It seems like Subaru is offering more for less for its new 2011 Subaru Forester, which comes with the new in-house built, third generation 2.5-liter boxer engine. With the new prices for the 2011 Sabura Forester a bit more from previous year model, is it still more for less? Read on about the new 2.5-liter boxer engine.

Subaru today announced the pricing list for the 2011 Subaru Forester. Starting with the base model of the 2.5X, it will carry a price tag of $20,495. The 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X will come with the all-new 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The performance numbers are the same as previous year model, the fuel economy rating is pretty much the same also with a 21/27 mile per gallon city/highway. That is about one mpg better than the 2010 model equipped with an automatic transmission. We are still puzzling about the improvements of this third generation 2.5-liter I-4 boxer engine.

Subara will also offer the 2011 Forester Touring versions. It will come with an automatic transmission, HID headlights and dual-zone climate controls. Prices start at $27,995 for the 2.5X Touring and $29,995 for the Forester 2.5XT Touring. And the 2.5XT Touring comes with additional features such as exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, backup camera, silver finish roof rails, one-touch folding rear seatback and electroluminescent instrumentation. In addition to those features, it has an upgraded audio system with a 4.3″ LCD display screen, dual-zone automatic climate control and perforated leather-trimmed upholstery.

All and all, the 2011 Subaru Forester is pretty much the same vehicle as last year model, but with the exception to the new 2.5-liter boxer engine and chain-driven dual overhead cams. But the new engine doesn’t seem to show any improvements from last year model. So, what gives with the price increase? Inflation or maybe just because it is the latest?