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2014 Subaru Forester Overview
As promised, Subaru delivers the Forester with a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) plus a new 2-liter turbo in the XT in a total redesign for 2014. That new 2-liter offers 26 more ponies than the previously turbo-tweaked edition of its base 2.5-liter boxer 4-cylinder, which by the way carries over unchanged for the 2.5i models. Between this new engine and dropping the old 4-speed automatic in favor of a CVT, the new best fuel economy for a Forester moves from 21 mpg city/27 highway to an exceptionally impressive 24/32 with its naturally aspirated 2.5-liter. All this and Subaru's compact SUV still holds firm on its universally standard all-wheel drive while gaining 3.7 inches in rear legroom, 6 more cubic feet for cargo (now 74.7 cubic feet with the seats down) and improved interior materials for 2014.
For starters, the new 2-liter teams up with the CVT's improvements to put one of 3 contentions to rest. It seems to pick up where the 2013 left off for a combined rating higher than its previous highway rating, moving from 19/24 to 23/28. Fuel economy with the 2.5 and 6-speed manual will be slightly worse than with the CVT, but the CVT is at least available across the board and standard in all but the 2.5i and Premium.
The 170-hp and 174 lb-ft torque 2.5-liter is available in 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring trims, whereas the 250-hp and 258 lb-ft torque turbo 2.0-liter offers just the 2.0XT Premium and Touring trims a slight price bump upward compared to last year. The turbo also prefers premium fuel for premium performance, but Subaru says regular is fine if you don't mind a 10% performance drop.
As for those other 2 issues in previous generations, all early drivers agree both technology and ride quality are not only improved, but downright impressive. Subaru kept the Forester's 8.5-inch ground clearance, but its improved rigidity for 2014 actually makes uneven and unpaved roads a blast to navigate, and Subaru believes the Forester could compete on a track given its other suspension tweaks. However, early drivers say the energy-efficient electronic steering isn't quite as predictable as a true rally-ready dirt hog, but it could certainly maintain great posture and braking in any day-to-day extreme.
Loaded up with a 6.1-inch touchscreen paired to a color LCD for basic functions like climate control, fuel economy and a rear-view camera feed for all but the base 2.5i and Premium by default, the 6.1-inch touchscreen is otherwise a standard feature for the Premium and upgrades the Forester's tech savvy pretty significantly for 2014 with even a text-to-speech reader for Facebook if paired with a compatible smartphone. Otherwise the Forester is still pretty basic at its base, offering 17-inch steel wheels, power accessories, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, Bluetooth connectivity, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and 4-speaker sound system complete with CD player, an aux jack and iPod/USB connectivity standard in a 2.5i. Options for the 2.5i amount to satellite radio, so plan for at least a Premium if the base feature list seems wanting to you.
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