Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year, the 2014 Subaru Forester is one fuel-efficient compact SUV that combines muscle with economy and look that fits both lone drivers and families.
Subaru is a brand that’s best known for its no-nonsense and smart innovations. They know how to make honest cars that resonate with the modern car user’s practical needs, but are bold and intelligent enough to wow. For its 2014 line, Subaru hit the gold mine again with the 2014 Subaru Forester, which has been revamped to offer more space, greater power, better fuel economy and improved off-road efficiency. While it has become larger (both cargo and interiors), it still manages to bring fun and pleasure into driving, It’s predicted to attract not only sporty SUV fans, but laid back drivers who are looking for a family-friendly vacationing SUV that’s both impressive and professional-looking.
The refreshed 2014 Subaru Forester spells bigger and better in all aspects. Despite the airy cargo space, the shift in size is not too dramatic that it will frighten non-sports utility vehicle enthusiasts. It is just the right-size, enough to offer a smooth, comfortable ride. Outside, it looks like no major overhaul happened. The exterior have been redesigned only slightly, but take the SUV for a spin and you’ll see the significant difference from the 2013 model. Under the hood and inside, the latest Forester is a great companion both off-road and in daily city drives, with its supercharged engine and six-speed transmission.
2014 Subaru Forester
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Rating: 8.6 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|2.0XT Limited Package CVT||$35,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0XT Limited Package with EyeSight CVT||$37,995||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0XT Touring Package CVT||$32,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i 6MT||$25,995||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i CVT||$27,295||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Convenience Package CVT||$29,095||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Convenience Package with PZEV CVT||$29,795||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Limited Package CVT||$33,295||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Limited Package with EyeSight CVT||$35,795||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Touring Package 6MT||$29,995||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Touring Package CVT||$31,295||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||4X4 Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
Mounting a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine and a voice activated GPS, the 2014 Subaru Forester is capable of generating 170 horsepower and a torque of 174 lb-ft at 4100 rpm. The 2.0-liter XT engine though can produce up to 250 horsepower, and put out up to 254 lb-ft. of torque. What makes the Forester stand out from the competition however is its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that makes it capable and versatile. It is also powered by a Vehicle Dynamics Control System with sensors that enables the driver to course roads better and keeps the vehicle in proper alignment. Each wheel’s brake adjusts to maintain the course of direction as you cruise. There is some noise at high acceleration, which is understandable due to the CVT, but sprint off and the vehicle goes back to its usual hush. In fact, the 2014 Subaru Forester just happens to be the quietest Forester to date, thanks to its excellent aerodynamics - the same system that allows it to provide users a combined fuel economy rating of 25 mpg (23 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway). For a vehicle with an electric system, the 2014 Forester is a sweet surprise. The handling and steering is incredibly on centre - almost effortless. In about six seconds, a driver can do the 0 to 60, which is rather impressive for its range.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
The 2014 Subaru Forester shows that the company takes criticisms seriously. While simple, the dashboard has been redesigned to reduce plastic materials and exude soft-touch trims. Also, a digital display has been added at the dash’s centre which also mounts the backup camera. Both the camera and the screen are standard features, save for the base Foresters. There’s also the standard four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and USB port. Front seats and fittings are made firmer and more comfortable to so drivers can enjoy better rides for hours on end. The interiors offer spacious driver and rear room. Cargo space is plentiful, and with the rear seats folded, it can extend up to 74.7 cubic feet (34.4 cubic feet if seat is not lowered), enough to house mountaineering equipment and several grocery bags. Keyless access allows you to start the engines and unlock the doors with a simple touch of a button.
Aside from the Anti-theft security system, 3-point seatbelt and emergency airbags, pop-up type headlight washers with ample hydraulics can clear out the HID headlights without leaving a scratch. The High-grade multi-function display ensures enhanced visibility at accelerated speeds, while the redesigned fog lights and automatic rain sensors improves visibility during unpredictable weather. There’s also a rear child lock feature to ensure child passenger safety. Overall, the 2014 Subaru Forester is a top choice for enthusiasts searching for the perfect all-wheel SUV in terms of power, pricing and fuel efficiency.