2014 Subaru Forester Prototype Drive Review – Autoweek

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2014 Subaru Forester Drive Review

The 2014 Forester comes with one of two horizontally opposed four-cylinder This 2.0 liter turbocharged may end up in th

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What is it?

It’s the next Forester. due throughout the United and Canada by the middle of 2013.

The Forester represents the fourth overhaul of a vehicle introduced in at the leading edge of the #8220;crossover#8221;

The next Forester’s dimensions slightly, starting with the (1.0 inch), length inches) and height (1.4 but curb weight increases 46 pounds. Hip points are higher, slightly larger. The bigger weighs no more than the Forester’s, according to engineers, to a broader application of high-carbon, steels, and torsional rigidity 150 percent. Subaru expects crash ratings in government and tests.

From the driver’s perspective, the structure allows a substantial in suspension-damping force for better and stability, without a corresponding in flex or vibration.

Inside, more shoulder room and space, a deeper dash, a new panel and new dual graphic A particularly tall automotive notes that the driver’s seems much less There’s more rear-seat too, and a less-intrusive center

Feature upgrades include Harman/Kardon audio with the Aha app, a programmable liftgate and new, optically controlled adaptive cruise control and

The base engine is about the carryover component. Subie’s port-injected 2.5-liter boxer generates 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. include a six-speed manual (up five) and a CVT (replacing a conventional These, better aero and efficiencies address a historical weakness: fuel economy the class mean.

Subaru EPA ratings of 24 mpg city, 32 highway standard all-wheel drive, and the base-engine 0-to-60 mph time its competitors.

A new direct-injection/turbo engine displaces 2.0 compared to 2.5 for the current Forester engine. This engine also power the forthcoming BRZ with direct fuel developed by Subaru rather the port/direct-injection combo engineered by for the normally aspirated BRZ and Scion A single twin-scroll turbocharger below the top of the block to maintain the engine’s low center of mass.

In the the 2.0T generates 250 hp and 258 lb-ft#8212;up 26 hp and 28 from the current, larger engine. Subaru claims a Cayenne-grade 0-to-60 time of 6.2 with EPA ratings of 23/28. with the CVT, which be the only transmission offered the new turbo.

Its control program a #8220;sport#8221; mode with six #8220;gears,#8221; and #8220;sport sharp#8221; eight, to simulate closer

Styling might be the least thing about the 2014 In profile, it’s hard to differences between this one and the The A-pillars are pulled forward

The front end and hood are flatter and the is taller, shaped with six like the grille on other models. The changes help the old Forester’s underbite, and if the new duds radically different, the overall is still slightly less The 2014 Forester looks a bit thanks to LED-infused light and other more expensive jewelry.

There are a lot of happy Forester out there, so it’s hard to Subaru for its conservative approach. The ranks second on Subaru’s American sales chart, and it outsells a whole bunch of sized, similarly purposed from the Acura RDX to the Jeep to the Volkswagen Tiguan. While and features have changed, the basic, multi-use utilitarian hasn’t changed at all.

it drive?

We’re not certain. difficult to draw road-valuable during a 25-minute scoot a manufacturer’s development facility, and are almost worthless for judging finish and refinement.

We’re the Forester’s base engine is enough to compete with in the class. The ride/handling balance please drivers under a arc of bell curve, and the Forester is stable at high speed many competitors. The steering#8212;with a new electric motor#8212;feels a bit numb on but comes in nicely moving the edges.

One thing stood out, and it has to do with the mechanical systems. The in a lot of crossovers is thick, pushed-out and big, pulled-tight side that create triangles of blocking a big chunk of the driver’s when looking ahead a corner. The Forester counters by the mirrors on struts and filling the with a quarter window, reducing the visual obstruction find in some vehicles in class.

Compared to many the ’14 Forester also an off-road bonus. A one-button called X-Mode changes control parameters for off-pavement including throttle/torque map, management and torque split, and it hill-descent control. So equipped, the manages off-road exercises and grades with less and driver intervention (or skill) a Hyundai Tucson or Toyota require.

The Forester turbo? It’s fast, and surprisingly fun, with the CVT. This doesn’t have to annoy you the drone of barely wavering revs, and it’s more satisfying than the typical variable box.

The programmed work legitimately like a automatic with a manual-shift holding whatever range you at whatever engine speed.

suspension tuned for reasonably response, the next Forester can be as exciting as crossovers in its class enough to make you wonder how Forester buyers want excitement in their vehicle. The take rate for turbos in the Forester line might that question.

Do I want it?

If a Subie geek, definitely. The Forester doesn’t do anything but, even more its predecessor, it does a lot of things well, like only a of vehicles in its price range. all-roles, Swiss Army-knife represents the core appeal of a to begin with.

In some respects, Subaru as a is like Saab in the 1970s and the ’80s, and then again in the ’90s. For reasons that easy to pinpoint, it appeals to a sort. We’d guess the Forester has the requisite Subie-ness, now in an improved package that the crossover role to a T. And it might just different enough to let the know it’s new.

$21,950-$31,500 (projection)

Available: 2013

Layout: five-passenger, all-wheel-drive wagon

Drivetrain: horizontally opposed four, 170 hp @ 174 lb-ft @4100; 2.0-liter turbocharged horizontally opposed 250 hp @ 5600 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ rpm; six-speed manual or CVT with full-time all-wheel

Curb Weight: 3,296 manual)

Performance: 0-60 6.2 seconds. 23/28 mpg (turbo,

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