2014 Subaru Forester Test Drive

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2014 Subaru Forester Drive

by Ben Lewis on 09.11.2013

The 2014 Forester may be more than previous models, but worry, it’s still a

And that’s a good thing, Subaru has always done a little differently, and it gives a charm and a unique driving that makes them

When the Forester first out, it was the anti-SUV, a small, and capable off-roader when of the competition felt and looked like converted small

Well, in the meantime, the world has Subaru’s way, and we now have a assortment of small crossover/SUV’s are much like the mold the formed years ago. RAV4s, CR-Vs, Santa Fes and all offer a similar set of talents, and all really quite good.

So when Subaru created the 2014 Forester, they had a challenge on their hands; the is fierce, and they have the bar for expectations. Buyers expect it all now of space, comfort, good efficiency, quality materials and a drive. And being Subaru, still had to make it fun to drive, and greater capability in poor and light off-roading than the guys.

That’s a tall

Well, the looks will Forester fans. The design is with handsome square-jawed that are more no-nonsense fashion plate, and the overall is one of capability. Our Satin White sitting on its standard 17” wheels and with nearly of ground clearance looked for just about anything.

The is what really sets the apart, and for 2014, the drive has substantially improved. It starts the famous Subaru “boxer” which has horizontally-opposed cylinders to the mass of the engine low a benefit for

It’s the same kind of Porsche uses in its iconic and while it’s no German it gives the Forester a very feel at the wheel that is fun than any other small we’ve driven.

Of course, just the beginning. Hooked up to the 170 2.5L four-cylinder engine is an CVT transmission. While we don’t like the CVTs, in the Subie, it well, giving a smooth of power and quick acceleration.

It gives real benefits in economy we averaged an excellent 27 MPG and in a relatively large vehicle all-wheel drive.

That Subaru all-wheel is superb, too. We didn’t a chance to go off-roading, but even in conditions, the grip is excellent, and you can the rally-car DNA urging you to have a fun on your favorite twisty

Our tester also featured which is specially designed for conditions. While the Forester may not be an off-roader like a Jeep or Rover. in many parts of the Subaru off-road ability is and we have no reason to expect the Forester would be anything than extremely capable.

And if looking for more scorching there’s also the turbocharged, Forester XT model, something we forward to testing in the future.

Ok, if more likely to be making a run to Depot than the Himalayas, the will serve you well. previous models leaned on the side, the new one is gorgeous, with quality materials throughout the enjoying an understated, tasteful design. Our tester was a 2.5i and that got us leather-trimmed seating, made the interior that nicer.

Like many other the Forester uses a two-tier system for info-tainment, with a sized main screen in the of the dash for stuff like and audio, and a smaller screen up for climate controls, trip and the rearview monitor.

We do have a with the navigation/audio system. not up to the level of the competition, and the voice system had us screaming, begging, and anything else we could of to get it to understand us, but to no avail

Thankfully, the Frou-Frou hasn’t the functional, as the Forester has a huge hold with the rear down and plenty of room, for six-footers with the rear up.

Up front, we found the front are at the perfect height to step out when parking just a thing that makes in and out to do errands that little bit Speaking of nice, the 10-way front driver’s seat is as comfortable as what you’ll anywhere.

And that’s the thing Subarus. They are comfortable, vehicles that wear in like a favorite pair of boots. They also that sweetness to drive sets them apart.

no surprise owners tend to them a long time, and resale values on them are high. So we think if you want it’s worth paying to get a new

Your most basic, Forester starts at just and builds from there. Our loaded 2.5i Limited at $27,995. Add in the optional navigation and and we were still under 30

Load up a turbo 2.0XT and you can $36,000, so there’s a wide of models, equipment and performance to just about anybody’s

There are a lot of vehicles that with the Forester, but time and again, when we’re for a recommendation, the Subie is always at the top of our All new for 2014, it’s even And still all Subaru.

We love it.

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