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2011 Subaru Forester Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by ckoz

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Reviewed: 2011 Subaru Forester

4dr SUV 170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why Not the 2011 Subaru Forester?

Powertrain performance

Going up the same steep hill, the Forester managed, but the TDI had power to spare and the difference was compelling. Forester X Ltd nice as it was just could not compete with the diesel in performance.

Cargo capacity

This was an area where Forester excelled, but not enough to compensate for power and mpg.

This review was originally a two-car comparison review. Read the other half here.

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Response from mkaresh

12:48 pm January 31, 2015

Regarding managing hills, we drove the 2011 Forester through the western mountains (Montana, Idaho, & Oregon), and at times we wondered if it was going to make it up the mountains. My spouse commented that all of the Ford Explorers were zooming past us, seemingly without issue. We're very disappointed in the performance of the Subaru's ability to ascend mountains as well as regular hills we encounter in the midwest. While we weren't towing anything through the mountains, we do have a light-weight trailer that's supposedly within the Subaru's towing capacity. Subaru has served as a disappointment in this regard, as well. Towing capacity isn't even close to what it's supposedly rated to handle.

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