The Subaru Forester enters in 2014 redesigned from the ground up. With all the improvements made, the Forester has just become a better family vehicle. But if towing capacity and ride quality are more important to you, you can look at the other vehicles in the segment for your perfect travel mate.
UNDER THE HOOD
There are two kinds of power plants that sit under the hood of the all-wheel-drive 2014 Subaru Forester. The base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that generates 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission or CVT is optional.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is available for more performance. It produces 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It can be paired only with a CVT.
The EPA gave the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester the following fuel economy ratings:
|2.5-liter 4-cyl, 6-spd manual||22/29/24|
|2.5-liter 4-cyl, CVT||24/32/27|
|2.0-liter 4-cyl turbocharged||23/28/25|
ON THE ROAD
The CVT should function like a traditional automatic transmission. But unlike the other CVT-equipped vehicles in the class, it is not as refined. Some reviewers, however, look past this flaw as they commend the impressive fuel economy it delivers.
Meanwhile, the available 2.0-liter turbocharged four causes the Forester to be quicker than some vehicles in the class. So if you’re looking for more performance in an SUV, opt for a turbocharged Forester.
As for handling, the Forester is composed and stable in daily driving. Steering is not really communicative but it is well-weighted.
INSIDE THE 2014 FORESTER
Subaru has made a good decision to transform the Forester’s interior into something like what its rivals already have—upscale. The new interior design is inviting and the upgraded materials contributed to the overall look and feel.
Aside from the design, another aspect that deserves applause is the roominess of the Forester. Legroom in the back is generous and the outward visibility from there is better. The cargo area is also bigger for the year at a maximum of 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
BASE 2.5i: 60/40 split flat-folding rear seatbacks, cloth upholstery, analog gauges with LCD display, multifunction steering wheel, 4-speaker audio system, iPod interface, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio input, daytime running lights, keyless entry, cruise control
PREMIUM: panoramic sunroof, 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, reclining rear seats, color multifunction display in the instrumentation, rearview camera, 8 cup holders, rear center armrest, 6-speaker audio system, HD radio, rear spoiler (on 2.0XT)
LIMITED: automatic climate control, heated front seats and side mirrors, fog lights, rear spoiler, leather seats, automatic headlights, power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, hill descent control
TOURING: dual-zone automatic climate control, side mirrors with turn signals, one-touch folding rear seatbacks, analog gauges with electroluminescent lighting, 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation system, 6.1-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, satellite radio
OPTIONS: HID headlights, keyless access and start, EyeSight Drive Assist System (includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and pre-collision throttle management)
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