Review: 2014 Subaru Forester

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Review: 2014 Subaru

The all-new 2014 Subaru was first introduced at the 2012 LA Show and is the fourth-generation crossover. It its launch here in the U.S. recently and gets much than just a mild for the fourth-generation model. Subaru has the crossover a complete redo inside and out and we could see the differences as as we checked it out.

The new Forester is on a new platform but as before will be in two models, the Forester 2.5i and Forester 2.0XT. This we#8217;ll be testing a 2.5i model . We immediately noticed the on the exterior that has a longer and lots of glass. The new model look significantly different, but has styling inside and out.

Subaru made a number of improvements on the new mid-size SUV and it competes in the competitive segment with the Toyota RAV4, Honda and Mazda CX-5. One of the biggest comes in fuel mileage. The model jumps to the head of its in all-wheel drive fuel This 2.5i Forester the automatic CVT will achieve an EPA fuel mileage rating of 24 mpg / 32 mpg highway / 27 mpg combined.

That’s a improvement over the outgoing and will be a big draw with

2014 Forester offers interior room

The 2014 is built on a new platform featuring a wheelbase and vehicle length and is increased. Rear-seat legroom now many full-size SUVs legroom is now 41.7 inches. the 60/40 split rear lowered, maximum rear area room is now 74.7 cu. ft. is among the best in class. with the higher ground we noticed the Forester is easy to get in and out of.

Up front the cabin feels the controls are easy to use and storage is One of the things this driver is the large amount of glass and how it is to see out the front, sides and rear. It the Forester feel like a larger vehicle from the

Subaru is attracting a whole new with the Forester who#8217;s purchased the brand before: who lead active lifestyles. The version still comes with Subaru’s Symmetrical Drive, a distinction from the that only come front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an extra-cost The fully independent suspension 8.7 inches of ground clearance and these active buyers the to venture off the pavement.

For those of us in Colorado and the mountain this is a big draw and the reason sells more of their here than just anywhere else in the U.S.


Subaru is going after a new and the new 2014 Forester will be by people with active The 2014 Forester gets a new called X Mode that allow owners in North to go through more extreme both on the road and off. SUV owners never take vehicle off-road, but Subaru are a different breed and the X Mode the extra assist they need for sporting fun.

We tried the new feature and were with how easy it is to engage.

We it on some unpaved and slippery during a late spring snowstorm. Torque was distributed to all four wheels and one or more began to slip, but X Mode the Forester moving forward losing traction in the mud and snow. a flip of a switch, X Mode was and will allow any driver of skill level, to escape any situation they may encounter.

who buy the 2014 Forester who live in climates will appreciate X

On dry roads, the 2.5i Touring was easy to drive and handled for a crossover. This is due to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder Subaru Boxer that sits low in the chassis for The engine came mated to the new continuously variable fuel-saving (CVT) that didn’t like the typical CVT that up like a rubber band.

The power was smooth and it had plenty of for just about any driving we put it through.

Features and safety

The 2.5i Touring ( $29,995 ) with split-fold rear with three headrests, phone/streaming, tilt/telescoping steering and trip computer with temperature. This Touring ($2,400) brings navigation smartphone and Aha integration, 440-watt sound system, dual-zone control and the Driver Assist/EyeSight that employs a stereo (as opposed to radar) for adaptive control, lane departure and collision-mitigation braking.

The Forester is one of the mid-size SUVs on the road and has the IIHS#8217;s Top Safety Pick. puts Subaru in rarified air as it is the manufacturer with IIHS Top Picks for all models for the fourth year.


For families looking for a crossover that will all their needs, the all-new Subaru Forester 2.5i is a good choice. It features the AWD fuel economy in the segment and take those with lifestyles anywhere they to go. For those who will venture or live in harsh climates, the is the best choice in the segment.

It more cargo room the previous generation and can be optioned a number of new safety features.

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