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  • 2011 Subaru Forester

    #7 in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • 2011 Honda Element

    #3 in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • 2011 Mazda CX-7

    #4 in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $20,495
    • $20,825
    • $21,990
    • Avg. Paid
    • $8,806
    • $10,242
    • $6,940

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.3 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • 8.6 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.4 /10
    • 7.9 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.3 /10
    • 7.2 /10
    • 8.5 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.0 /10
    • 7.7 /10
    • 7.6 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 8.9 /10
    • 9.1 /10
    • 9.3 /10
    • Safety
    • 8.8 /10
    • 9.7 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • Reliability
    • 3.5 /5
    • 5.0 /5
    • 4.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Spacious interior and ample cargo space
      • Comfortable seats
      • Easy-to-clean interior
      • Versatile cargo and seating configurations
      • Strong safety rating
      • Nimble handling
      • High-quality interior
      • Strong turbocharged engine
    • Cons
      • Not as refined as some competitors
      • Only seats four
      • Seats not very comfortable
      • Poor fuel economy
      • Limited cargo and rear passenger space

       

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Automatic
    • Drivetrain
    • All Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas Flat 4 2.5L/152
    • Gas I4 2.4L/144
    • Gas I4 2.5L/151
    • MPG
    • 21 City / 27 Hwy
    • 20 City / 25 Hwy
    • 20 City / 28 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door Sport Utility
    • Sport Utility Vehicle
    • 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 103.0
    • 101.4
    • 108.3
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 179.5
    • 169.9
    • 184.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 70.1
    • 71.6
    • 73.7
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 65.9
    • 70.4
    • 64.8
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Privacy Glass
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Privacy Glass
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Running Boards
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Standard
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • - TBD -
    • 3515
    • 3496
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Optional
    •  
    • Standard
    • Wheel Locks
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Steel Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Wheel Covers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    Towing
    • Trailer Hitch Receiver
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Standard
    • Optional
    •  
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Back-Up Camera
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Luggage Rack
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Rear Parking Aid
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Remote Engine Start
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • Trip Computer
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 4
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • - TBD -
    • 103.6
    • 101.7
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 39.8
    • 43.3
    • 39.7
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 43.6
    • 41.0
    • 41.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 53.4
    • 57.1
    • 58.0
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • 55.0
    • 54.8
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 39.3
    • 38.0
    • 39.3
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 33.7
    • 39.1
    • 36.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 53.6
    • 52.2
    • 55.8
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • 47.6
    • 53.0
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
    • - TBD -
    • 74.6
    • 58.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
    • - TBD -
    • 25.1
    • 29.9
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Cassette
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • CD Changer
    •  
    • Optional
    •  
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Optional
    •  
    • Optional
    • Premium Sound System
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Entertainment System
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    Heating & Cooling
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rollover Protection System
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • All Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Front Wheel Drive
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Type
    • Gas Flat 4
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I4
    • Displacement
    • 2.5L/152
    • 2.4L/144
    • 2.5L/151
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 170 @ 5800
    • 166 @ 5800
    • 161 @ 6000
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 174 @ 4100
    • 161 @ 4000
    • 161 @ 3500
    • Transmission
    • Manual w/OD
    • Automatic
    • Automatic
    • Turning diameter
    • 34.8
    • 34.9
    • 37.4
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 21
    • 20
    • 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 27
    • 25
    • 28
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 16.9
    • 15.9
    • 16.4
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson Strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Double Wishbone
    • Double Wishbone
    • Multi-link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/Coil Springs
    • w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/Coil Springs
    • w/Coil Springs
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 5-Speed Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • 5-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  

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