2014 Subaru Forester Review – MSN Autos

26 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Subaru Forester Review – MSN Autos

Read MSN Autos’ review of the Subaru Forester.

Cons:

trims need more

Loud at full throttle

No rear seats

The Forester as a muscle-bound station wagon in and has evolved in prominence within the model line; it now accounts for 23 of U.S. sales. To keep the momentum going, Subaru’s have made the most of the redesign of the Forester by enhancing economy and body styling, as as powertrain, safety and tech The final result is a balanced that offers more versatility and rough-and-ready ruggedness its predecessor and much of its competition.

lineup

There are now two versions of the the naturally aspirated 2.5i and the 2.0XT. Subaru has moved the variant from an engine option to more of a standalone by giving it a substantially different fascia with aggressive at the outer bumper area and grillework.

The 2.5i is available in Premium, Limited and loaded-for-bear trims. The sporty 2.0XT is offered in Premium and Touring.

The base Forester 2.5i has a manual transmission. Some key features include Incline Assist, outside temperature security system with immobilizer, carpeted floormats, multifunction display with for outside temperature and fuel and all the improvement and innovation of an all-new

Stepping up to the Premium trim an upgraded audio system, alloy wheels, 10-way driver’s seat, rear-vision upgraded 6.1-inch multifunction reclining rear seatback, privacy rear glass and

With the 6-speed manual the 2.5i Premium comes with an All-Weather package, includes heated front heated exterior mirrors and a wiper de-icer. With the variable transmission, the 2.5i comes standard with a power moonroof; the All-Weather is an option.

The 2.5i Limited the CVT standard and also includes the package, perforated leather-trimmed leather-wrapped steering wheel and fog lights, automatic climate system, an upgraded instrument with LCD display and a power gate.

The Touring is at the top of the food for both the 2.5i and 2.0XT In addition to including all the Limited the Touring makes the touch-screen system standard and also a high-end Harman Kardon audio system with speakers, Aha smartphone integration, instrument cluster with LCD a one-touch folding rear and more.

Inner space

The tale of the shows the Forester has grown on the by 1.4 inches in length, an inch in and 0.6 inch in width. But savvy inside the Forester results in a larger, more optimized and refined interior than its measurements would suggest. The has been moved forward 4.7 to carve out more usable in the cabin.

The A- and B-pillars and have trimmed down and the vehicle’s lowered to improve outward and create a more open The front seatbacks have clamshell contoured and the center shortened by nearly four to open up more legroom for passengers. As for cargo, the Forester a cavernous max cargo capacity of cubic inches, up 9 percent the previous model’s 68.3 inches.

It’s a capable transporter.

Under the hood

going under the hood, start there: The new Forester’s is made of lightweight aluminum to fuel economy. Other design elements include power steering that up power and burns less a body shape honed to 10.7 percent less and an improved, low-friction CVT gearbox. The is an all-wheel-drive SUV with none of the compromises of other all- or crossovers.

The 2.5i with CVT delivers 24 mpg an impressive 32 mpg highway and a combined 27 mpg its 2.5-liter 170-horsepwer boxer Among all-wheel-drive nonhybrids in the segment, only the Mazda compares.

Subaru has added a new of traction for up-level versions, X-Mode. The system augments the symmetrical all-wheel drive to control of the engine, transmission and the distribution of power throughout the along with controlling the vehicle dynamics control and systems to improve performance on slippery surfaces and steep

The 2.0XT model pumps 250 from its two liters of turbocharged fury. For 2014 the XT engine is a variant of the FA-Series powerplant in the new BRZ sports car. The all-new engine is 26 horsepower stouter the previous turbo Forester returning better fuel at 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 mpg combined and a zero-to-60-mph time.

The turbo Forester has a system to its on-road agility. Subaru Drive is designed to get more when road conditions are advantageous, providing a simulated transmission in Sport mode or a 8-speed gearbox in Sharp mode, so drivers can unleash the thrust on their own terms via shifters. The Intelligent setting more commuter-friendly throttle and shifting.

On the road

The turbo engine is so transformational in its impact on the experience it’s easy to see why is pitching the 2.0XT as a separate and not a mere engine upgrade. The in Tucson, Arizona, included time. We only had two hot laps the wheel of a 2.0XT but that was all we to appreciate the visceral nature of the powerband and sport-tuned suspension.

The squealed their disapproval as we from apex cone to cone, but the Forester remained and stable, enduring more acceleration, nose-dive braking and G-forces than it will ever see in the real world.

In SI Drive mode the CVT provided functionality; pounding the paddles quick shifts from the We like the simulated 6-speed in SI Sport as it moves the tach nicely within the engine’s spot. In fact, we wonder why a 8-speed is needed.

Perhaps it has to do fuel efficiency in the top gears?

line, the on-road performance and durability of the 2.0XT provide an drive, and its kick-in-the-pants acceleration to belie its commuter-friendly fuel

While the turbo is a blast, the aspirated engine will be the popular among consumers. It an admirable job providing motivation, and says its 9.3-second zero-to-60 mph is better than the old model and of its competition. While dropping the in a CVT-equipped 2.5i creates an of engine sounds, we do appreciate the

Response is crisp from the right foot and under the as the suspension in the 2.5i provided a balance between handling the dirt roads on our drive and the highway sections. Inside, the of the cockpit is welcome, the seats and position supportive, and the quality of and design above par.

Right for you?

No matter how you to get your groove on, the Forester has a that keeps your in rhythm. If you want a utilitarian, -level fuel miser, go the base 2.5i at $21,995, or up your appropriate level of and technology amenities with the ($24,995), Limited ($27,995) or ($29,995) trims. If you want to a hoot on your commute it be hard to beat the turbo which start at $27,995 for the while the line-topping 2.0XT checks in at $32,995.

(As part of a press event, the automaker MSN with travel and accommodations to this report.)

Evan served as an editor of Turbo Tech Performance , a pioneering about sport-compact tuning. Griffey freelances for Import , Sport Compact Car , Car Audio and .

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