The Forester stands as Subaru's most popular model. We liked it so much, we named it the 2009 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year. In an effort keep things fresh, the Japanese automaker is updating its wagon/crossover for the 2011 model year. (Note: The 2010 model is pictured)

Halfway through its third generation, the 2011 Subaru Forester will receive a slightly updated version of the automaker's 2.5-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine, along with a few other refreshments to help keep it current. Output remains the same, at 170 horsepower, but the minor tweaks have bumped torque from 170 to 174 pound-feet and help boost fuel economy slightly to 21/27 (city/highway) for either a manual or automatic transmission. While XT-badged turbo models retain their current powerplant, all 2.5X trim levels get the slightly revised engine. Displacement has been bumped from 2457 cc to 2498 cc by way of a larger bore and longer stroke. Camshafts were previously belt driven, but are now turned by a chain.

Subaru also added a new 2.5X Touring trim that sits above the Limited but below 2.5XT models. The new model features HID low-beam headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, silver roof rails, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. As for the turbo models, Subaru has replaced the top-of-the-line Limited with the Touring, which features a new 10-way power driver's seat. As part of its new audio system, both Premium models receive a backup camera, while all trims get Bluetooth hands-free calling.

There's no word yet on pricing or an on-sale date yet for the 2011 Forester, but we expect that information will be available within the next few weeks.

Source: Subaru