2014 Subaru Forester Test Drive – Popular Mechanics

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No need to check your gun, constable#151;that was indeed a Forester.

January 25, 2013 AM Text Size: A. A. A

On Sale March 2013


Powertrains: 2.5-liter H-4, 170 hp, 174 turbocharged 2.0-liter H-4, 250 hp, 258 six-speed manual (2.5-liter CVT; AWD

EPA Fuel Economy 22-24/29-32 2.5-liter; 23/28 2.0-liter (manufacturer estimates)

New: The Forester is hardly but the wider, longer, and consequently Forester is certainly a lot sleeker its predecessor, yielding a quieter and 12 percent more slippery More important to most Subie buyers is the fact the base motor gets to either a new, crisp-shifting, gearbox, replacing the not-so-crisp or a CVT that’s much more than the ancient four-speed This switch gets the credit for a 5-highway-mpg gain on the 2.5X.

For more context, consider the new turbocharged XT model with 250 hp the same fuel economy as the 170-hp 2.5X. And with a time of 6.2 seconds, the XT is the fastest in its class, hands down. lovely 2.0-liter mill in the XT has injection and is based on the 200-hp BRZ though here it’s turbocharged, of course.

The extra 50 hp move the Forester’s nearly 900 of additional heft. We should see engine in the next-generation WRX as well.

Tidbit: X-Mode is a clever on typical off-road programming, and a lot more variables you’ll on washboard dirt roads. the CVT holds a low gear ratio essentially simulating first as long as the going is slow, and tip-in is muted, enabling nuanced control on our test along desert back outside Tucson, Ariz.

Second, the default on-demand AWD power distribution is recalibrated to closer to a simulation of a completely 4×4, and the traction control wheelspin more aggressively. there’s an auto hill-descent that engages as long as the is in X-Mode.

Driving Character: The Forester is a better planted, composed, and quieter vehicle for the range of duties that Subaru buyers are looking groceries in a snowstorm, or chasing snowstorm to the nearest ski resort.

And nobody in your neighborhood has to that the XT model hides an turbocharged monster under the a beefed-up suspension, and stouter But chuck this Forester some apexes and you’ll be relieved to find that a little of the mad scientist behind the WRX and BRZ has into this oh-so-benign-looking crossover, especially when highway passing maneuvers.

And its is well calibrated despite electronically assisted, so path are simple and feedback is direct. of all, the chassis is a heck of a lot and free of even the slightest of rattles.

Just because the Forester can be hard doesn’t make it It’s just that far too many crossovers, the Forester more engaging, not more when the road starts to up the shoulder of a mountain.

Favorite Subaru has a knack for thinking and improving upon subtle (it helps when you don’t a lot of models). The latest Forester’s doors have essentially no You don’t step up and out of the car, a sort of transom.

Removing the removes a place that dirt#151;and one that typically it directly to your pant

Driver’s Grievance: The interior has all the and panache of a chain-restaurant banquet This is Subaru’s biggest Yes, the business-case thinking has to tremendous success (increased of 70,000 units over and the driving quarters for this has great sight lines, a seating position, and a tilt/telescoping wheel even on the base

But for a car clearly reengineered with zeal, there’s not a single to let customers know there’s fun going on inside a Forester. to a Mazda CX-5, a Ford or the Kia Sorento, that lack of appeal makes the Forester a buying proposition.

Bottom The 2014 Forester is pretty great by many metrics. one of very few crossovers you can take on a two-track without trepidation. 8.7 inches of ground clearance, as as you’re on some kind of road, the Forester will get you and back in one piece.

We also love the fact you can still get one with a manual the new CVT makes that a less choice from a fuel-economy

This is also a really rig, with nearly 42 of rear-seat legroom and better cargo volume than the Rogue, Ford Escape, CR-V or Toyota RAV-4. arguably a more engaging than any of those, too; the or the Mazda CX-5 are exceedingly but neither has the Subaru’s ground What might make a hesitate to buy the Subie is a plain-vanilla and, in some markets, the of a higher-mileage 2WD option like the CX-5.

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